Membership Period

Aug 2023-24

Why am I posting these WayAway Plus Cashback Updates?

Even for travelers who only take 1 vacation a year or weekend getaways, WayAway Plus is one of the best deals out there if you’re already making bookings online.

But I don’t think people are convinced. So, I thought I’d be transparent in what we get back so people can visualize their potential benefits.

We paid 44.99 USD for this year’s membership with our discount coupon.

Here’s the discount link, saving you 54 USD

And they also have a 7-day risk-free trial. So you can test it out before you commit.

I wrote a comprehensive guide on how to make the most of that trial.

And here’s my comprehensive WayAway Review, where I break down the different aspects of the platform.

 Why You Could Earn Back Even More Than US

1. We only book cheap accommodation. If you stay in 4- and 5-star hotels, you will earn your money back dozens of times over a year.

2. We rarely book full-service flights. Budget airlines have very little cashback

3. We rarely hire cars. If you rent a car while on holiday, you could earn quite a bit of cashback back in addition to finding the best prices.

4. Ditto with group tours, airport pickups, eSims, flight compensation and more. We don’t use those things much, but if you do, your cashback will add up even more quickly.

Here’s that WayAway Plus DISCOUNT CODE again.

June 2024

Since the May update, there hasn’t been much action. See key points

Key Points:

1. We’ve withdrawn another 93 USD to our PayPal account (Total withdrawn = 408 USD). We have $26 to be cleared from previous bookings for a total of 434 USD.

2. As mentioned last month, we’ve been stationary for the whole of May and into June, so we haven’t needed transport.

3. Our trip planning for the Northern summer season has been efficient, and we are now fully booked with housesits from the moment we land in the UK. This means we don’t need to book accommodation until at least mid-July. (And probably won’t need to then either.)

May 2024

Since the April update, we’ve added $18 to our cashback for a total of $434

Update on getting cashback for flights:

  • We made a booking from Bangkok to London on Qatar Airlines via Trip.com on WayAway. So, we did the search through WayAway and thought Trip.com had the best overall deal among the third-party providers.
  • NOTE: Trip.com was NOT the outright cheapest at first glance, but once I got through to the checkout on a couple of others, added fees (cc fees, service fees) made them more expensive. Unless you add any extras (insurance, seat choice etc, what you see first up with Trip.com is the price you pay at the checkout.
  • Trip.com was also $3 dearer than if I’d booked directly with Qatar. However, when I subtracted the cashback, we came out with 15 USD in front. It’s not a huge amount, but we’ve booked through Trip.com several times before, and they are excellent.

Key Points:

Despite not booking much at all this month as we are housesitting in Thailand, we still earned cashback and withdrew another 39 USD to our Paypal account (which is almost the discounted 12-month membership fee)

As mentioned last month, we probably won’t book too much more before the end of the membership period as we are busy housesitting, although we may need a few nights’ accommodation in between.

Spreadsheet showing Cashback accumulation from WayAway Plus

April 2024

Since the March update, we’ve added $65 to our cashback for a total of $416

Update on the missing flights:

  • The Wayaway Support team couldn’t find two of the flights in the system. The first one was probably my fault, as I had about six tabs open when checking prices and may have accidentally booked. The second one, I may have done the same. The last one, was a super budget airline and came back as zero cashback.
  • I have booked a flight through them since and almost immediately got the (2$) cashback credited to my account. Better yet, the flight was 20 USD cheaper than booking directly through the airline website.

Key Points:

Despite the glitch with the flights above, we’ve earned over eight times the discounted membership price back with four months to go.

And we’ve managed to accumulate over $2800 in savings all up. I’m pretty happy with that and will definitely start another membership this year.

We probably won’t book too much more before the end of the membership period this time around, as we have a 10-week housesit in Thailand and then several lined up in Europe. although we will need flights from Thailand To the UK or Europe soon.

Screenshot of a spreadsheet showing cumulative WayAway Cashback

March 2024

Since the February update, we’ve added $46 to our cashback.

BUT…it should be more:

  • I’m missing cashback from three budget flights that should be around $20 in total. It appears to be a glitch with the app (or maybe I screwed up – not sure), and the Wayaway Support team is on the job.
  • I’ve also also had a subscriber say they were missing cashback on one of their accommodation bookings. I’ll follow up on that and report back next month.

If you look closely you’ll see I’ve added another data point to the spreadsheet showing the amount we’ve saved from deals and discounts plus cashback through the app.

So far, it’s almost 2700 USD. Most of that’s from finding fabulous accommodation deals, but the recent deals I’m finding on flights are pretty good, too.

Key Points:

Despite the glitch above, we’ve earned over seven times the discounted membership price back with five months to go and a lot more travel planned.

Screenshot of a spreadsheet showing a cumulative total of WayAway cashbacks

February 2024

Since the January update, we’ve actually gone backward!

What????

Easily explained. 

  • Firstly, we’ve made very few new bookings in the last month as I had most already sorted up to our departure from Vietnam on the 18th  of February.
  • We often get up to 2 x (or more) cashback than what is mentioned in the original booking.
  • The booking confirmation for our three-week stay in Saigon stated we would get the equivalent of  43 USD cashback. (Remember, this booking was canceled after we checked in.)
  • When the transaction first appeared in my WayAway Plus pending transactions, it was 100 USD.
  • So once we got the resolution, it reverted to the original cashback (-57 USD) on all our booking documentation.
  • I’m okay with that, as the extra is always a pleasant surprise, and the 43 USD was what was promised initially.

Note that we withdrew another 95 USD into our PayPal account with a further 95 pending.

Key Points:

Despite the glitch above, we’ve earned over six times the discounted membership price back with six months to go and a lot more travel planned.

Spreadsheet showing cumulative WayAway Plus Cashback

January 2024

Since the first post, I’ve updated the list with all the bookings we made in December. 

Note that we withdrew the cleared amounts and now have 115 extra USD in our PayPal account.

I’ve added a few more columns to give clarity.

  • Date of the booking
  • The status of the Cashback
  • Total spend on bookings
  • Total Cashback withdrawn and in our PayPal account
  • Total Cashback pending (Remaining)

In the future, I’ll try to be a bit more diligent in showing the discounts we often get, especially for accommodation.

Key Points:

We’ve already made over 6 x the membership price with 7 months to go.

We made a booking in Cambodia before we flew to Vietnam. We never intended to use it but hoped that if we were asked for tickets out (which we didn’t have) we could show intent to leave.

We’re still trying to resolve the weird cancelation (not cancelation) in Ho Chi Minh City I mentioned last month. I’ll add the update to the January Travel Bug Times.

Screenshot of a spreadsheet showing accumulated WayAway Plus cashback

Massive discounts plus Cashback makes traveling so much cheaper

December 2023

This was the first post, including all bookings from August to the end of November 2023.

Subsequent months will show updates from that smaller time period.

Key Points:

We’ve already made our membership price back multiple times over, and there are still 8 months to go.

We had a weird cancelation (not cancelation) on our booking in Ho Chi Minh City. I told the whole puzzling story in the December newsletter. You can find it in the Travel Bug Times Archives.

Screenshot of a spreadsheet

The first one. I'll make improvements as we go along.

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