Discovering how to unlock rebates on Ibotta is essential to make the most of the app. Ibotta offers multiple ways to earn cash back from its partner retailers, including any brand offers, any receipt offers (for groceries), cash amount rebates, percentage cash rebates, and free after offers. Additionally, it offers a wide array of bonuses you can unlock in different ways like a welcome bonus upon signing up, referral bonuses, streak bonuses, and more. This makes staying on the platform and making purchases through Ibotta highly profitable, if slightly time-consuming.
Ibotta rebates or offers are many and varied. With hundreds of new offers each week, it might not be easy to keep track of those relevant to an individual customer. Further to our previous post outlining the different types of offers, here we will review how to unlock rebates on Ibotta to access offers, bonuses, and rewards.
What Type Of Rebates Are There?
One of the key traits of Ibotta is that customers must choose the rebate offer they wish to activate before they purchase the item. Otherwise, Ibotta’s strict receipt rules make you ineligible to receive that rebate. There may be conditions to unlock rebates on Ibotta, like watching an advert, answering surveys or completing other tasks. It all depends on the type of offer you’re trying to unlock.
The table below outlines the different types of offers available on Ibotta.
|Type of Offer
|Any Brand Offer
|In this type of offer, you can’t choose the product, but it can be of any brand. Consequently, the product details may be pretty broad—for example, any brand of ice cream, cleaning product, or frozen meal. Sizes and quantities may be specified or not.
|Any Receipt Offer
|This offer allows the purchaser to receive cash back on any product, size, and brand item. The only condition is that the offer must be from a grocery store.
|Cash Amount Rebate
|This is a precise cash value rebate on a specific item. There may or may not be a limit on the quantity bought.
|Percentage Cash Rebate
|This is the most common type of cash back offer. It’s a percentage cash back on the total value of a purchase. There may be a limit on the amount of money back you can earn.
|Free After Offers
|These are special offers that give you 100% cash back or more on certain selected items, making them essentially free.
How Many Rebates Are There?
Ibotta partners with almost 3,000 retailers from across the country. Each retailer can offer cash back on multiple items. This means that, at any given time, there are thousands of rebate offers on Ibotta. This makes it hard to sort through all the products to find one that you may be interested in purchasing. However, you’ll receive general and customized offers depending on your purchase history, earned rebates, and spending amounts.
When Does Ibotta Add New Rebates?
There’s no particular day or time when Ibotta adds new rebates. Hundreds of rebates are added to Ibotta every week. Account holders can opt-in to receive notifications to ensure they get all the benefits. Some offers are easy and quick to unlock, while others can take up to 90 days to complete.
How To Earn Ibotta Bonuses
Apart from earning a rebate on a specific product, customers can also earn special bonuses if they complete certain milestones or redeem specific offers. These milestones are challenges that make buying through the app feel like a mobile game.
Conditions usually imply redeeming a certain number of offers within a given time frame which could be days or weeks. Available, partly completed, and completed bonuses appear on the app. There are different categories of bonuses, as outlined in the table below.
|Type of Bonus
|New and current bonuses.
|Bonuses are part way to earning.
|Bonuses specific to you.
|Bonuses that have expired in the last 72 hours.
|Bonuses you already earned.
Bonuses can be earned in lots of different ways and may vary between customers depending on their saving history. There are strict terms and conditions that apply to each bonus. The following table details some examples of different types of bonuses.
|A set amount of cash back given to new users.
|Customers earn Streak Bonuses by redeeming consecutive bonus offers.
|These bonuses are unlocked by redeeming offers related to a specific theme. For example, the Thanksgiving bonus.
|Games and treasure hunts leading to extra bonuses.
|These are bonuses that appear regularly in the bonus section of the app.
For example, the Mid Week Money Maker Bonus appears each week. This bonus will appear after 45 days of membership and gives a specific offer challenge.
|Share your Ibotta referral code with family, friends, and colleagues. When they sign up using the code, you receive a cash back reward (currently $10).
|Specific redemption bonus
|A set of specific offers that must be redeemed to qualify for the bonus. For example, this Renuzit bonus gives a bonus of $1 cash back when two or more Renuzit offers are redeemed.
|Non-specific redemption bonus
|A set of offers that must be redeemed within a specific time frame.
For example, this Lucky You bonus gives an additional $5 cash back when one offer is redeemed.
|Free after rebate offer
|Rebate offers may cover the entire price of the product, in which case the customer gets it for free.
If the rebate is more than the cost of the product, the consumer gets the difference and cash back.
What Is Stacking?
Simply put, Stacking is the process of applying multiple rebates to one item. This may include a digital offer through Ibotta (like scanning a receipt with the app) and a printed coupon from a magazine or retailer rewards card. In September 2022, Ibotta quietly removed the ability to stack coupons, but after some technical issues and severe backlash, the company now allows stacking on certain offers. Customers must check the conditions of an offer to see if they can use multiple coupons in this way.
What Are Streaks?
Streaks are multi-part bonuses. You can earn a Streak bonus by completing consecutive bonus-earning offers. Details of current and earned Streaks can be seen in the Bonus section of the app. The longer the Streak, the more cash back the customer makes.
Ibotta's company philosophy is to reach every customer with the best deals. This relies on the account holder using the app as much as possible so that purchase history can be gathered and offers appropriately targeted. The wide range of rebate offers, bonuses, and rewards, along with the different ways to access them, means that there should be an offer to suit everyone. In short, the more customers use the app, the better and more valuable the offers they will receive.