Frequently Asked Questions
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General Membership Questions
What is FreeShipping.com?
FreeShipping.com is an online shopping portal that helps members save money before, during, and after their online purchases. Learn more about the way members save.
Why should I join FreeShipping.com?
That's simple! Like most online shoppers, you want to get the best deal you can, and FreeShipping.com offers you the perfect online shopping companion: You can earn 10% cash back and qualify for free shipping at over 1,000 top online retailers, and if you do pay for shipping, you can claim shipping and return shipping rebates! Plus you can use our innovative search tool to find and compare prices on any item sold by any retailer in our 10% cash-back network — in seconds!
Our members also enjoy additional savings at the stores in our online network through our coupons, which are updated regularly, as well as added peace of mind with our price protection rebates, all included with your membership. So go ahead and join the hundreds of thousands savvy shoppers who make FreeShipping.com "The first stop when you shop!"
What is a FreeShipping.com rebate?
A FreeShipping.com rebate can be a rebate for shipping fees, return shipping fees, or price protection. Learn more about the different rebates.
Is FreeShipping.com safe to use?
Absolutely! The retailers listed on FreeShipping.com are all reputable, and the savings you'll earn shopping at those stores are real. Learn more about how safe it is.
How do I join FreeShipping.com?
Simply go to the home page and enter your email to start the easy join process. Find out what you'll be getting access to during your introductory trial here.
What's included with a FreeShipping.com membership?
FreeShipping.com members shop online with the power of savings through 10% cash back, free shipping — both ways, price protection, coupons and more. Learn more about the benefits that come with a membership.
If I have a question, whom may I contact?
How can I cancel my membership?
Simply log in to your account and click on the "Help" tab. Then click the "Cancel Membership" link, and follow the instructions provided. You may also request to cancel by emailing us at CustomerService@FreeShipping.com or by calling our Customer Service Team at 1-800-869-5597. We will process your cancellation right away. Learn more about how to cancel your membership
How can I sign up for an introductory trial of FreeShipping.com?
Signing up for an introductory trial is easy. Just go to the home page, and start by entering your email. Find out what you’ll have full access to here.
What is IC *FREESHIPPING.COM?
IC *FREESHIPPING.COM (Telephone Support: 1-800-515-9185) is the billing descriptor that appears on your credit/debit card statement when you are billed by FreeShipping.com for your introductory trial and monthly membership cost.
Where do I send my rebate documentation?
You can send all of your rebate documentation via email to Rebates@FreeShipping.com. Please include the claim number in the subject line.
Rebates can also be submitted by mail. Please send your supporting documentation to:
PO Box 290728
Wethersfield, CT 06129-0728
How does FreeShipping.com compare to Amazon Prime?
FreeShipping.com and Amazon Prime both offer great benefits to members, but FreeShipping.com offers more thanks to our consistent 10% cash back and guaranteed free shipping. Learn More
How does FreeShipping.com compare to Ebates?
Ebates is a free service that offers limited cash back on purchases. FreeShipping.com helps members save in every way possible when they shop online. Learn More
10% Cash Back
How do I get cash back with FreeShipping.com?
FreeShipping.com members can get 10% cash back at over 1,000 retailers just by shopping through the links on FreeShipping.com. Learn more about shopping with 10% cash back.
How does the 10% cash-back benefit work?
As long as you're an active member of FreeShipping.com, you can earn 10% cash back on every qualifying purchase you make at over 1,000 online retailers, up to a maximum of $1,000 every membership year, by shopping through the links of stores that participate in our 10% cash-back network. Your 10% cash-back earnings will be automatically deposited in your Savings Center account as soon as we receive notification of your purchase from the retailer. To qualify for 10% cash back, purchases must be made through US-based websites (which use .com extensions); purchases made through Canadian websites (which use .ca extensions) do not qualify for 10% cash back. Please note that if you choose to have your purchase shipped to Canada, you may be re-directed to the retailer's .ca site, in which case your purchase will no longer be eligible for 10% cash back.
Savings tips: Type any retailer's name into the search bar to find out whether the retailer is in our program and to get a direct link to that retailer's FreeShipping.com page. The headline on each retailer's page will also tell you whether or not you can earn 10% cash back on purchases at that retailer.
Want to find the best possible deal on any product sold in our 10% cash-back network? Use our search tool to shop for exact items! Just enter any product term into the search bar, from a general phrase ("female gold watches") to an exact description ("Kate Spade New York Gramercy Grand - Gold"), to see a list of every item matching your chosen term. You can keep narrowing down your search results by using any or all of the four filters — Price, Category, Brand (e.g., Kate Spade), and Store (e.g., Macy's or Bloomingdale's).
Best of all, you can also compare prices on every item offered at participating retailers, as well as any coupons you can use to lower the purchase price even more (in addition to your 10% cash-back earnings).
When you use our search tool, you can make any purchase with complete confidence, knowing that you're paying the lowest price available at over 1,000 top retailers!
Please see our Terms of Service for full details on the 10% cash-back benefit.
What is the benefit of shopping with 10% Cash Back?
Shopping with 10% cash back makes deal-hunting easier. You can get 10% cash back on top of sale prices. Learn how you can shop with 10% cash back.
How does a purchase qualify for 10% cash back?
To qualify for 10% cash back, your purchase must be made while you're an active member of FreeShipping.com, and it must be initiated and completed through a link from the FreeShipping.com website. Additionally, your purchase must be made at a retailer that participates in our 10% cash-back network; purchases made at store that carry a "Rebates Only" ribbon do not qualify for 10% cash back. Qualifying purchases must also be made through U.S.-based websites (which use .com extensions); purchases made through Canadian websites (which use .ca extensions) do not qualify for 10% cash back. Please note that if you choose to have your purchase shipped to Canada, you may be re-directed to the retailer's .ca site, in which case your purchase will no longer be eligible for 10% cash back.
For complete details on how purchases qualify for 10% cash back, please see our Terms of Service .
Why doesn't my purchase qualify for 10% cash back?
Some of our online retailers aren't part of our 10% cash-back network. Retailers that don't participate in the 10% cash-back network are identified by "Rebates Only" ribbons. However, when you shop at those retailers through FreeShipping.com, you can still redeem their coupon offers, and you can also claim shipping and return shipping rebates if you have to pay a shipping charge and/or return an order.
There are a few other reasons why your purchase might not qualify for 10% cash back. Click here to see the Cash Back Restrictions for each retailer. You can also visit the Terms of Service for more details on why you might not receive 10% cash back on a purchase.
How is the 10% cash-back amount determined?
The amount will be calculated by applying 10% to the total amount you pay for a qualifying purchase, not including taxes and other charges. If your purchase qualifies for any discount(s) or coupon offer(s) from the online retailer, the 10% cash back will be calculated using the price you pay after any such discounts are applied. Because there is a maximum of $1,000 in 10% cash-back payments per member every membership year, the purchase that takes you to the $1,000 threshold may qualify for less than 10% cash back. Please review our Terms of Service for complete details.
When will I receive my cash back?
You'll receive a cash-back payout every month. To qualify for 10% cash back, your purchase must be made through the links on the Home page of the FreeShipping.com website. As soon as we receive notification of your purchase from the retailer, we'll deposit your cash back into your Savings Center account. This typically takes 5-7 business days, but it can take longer if the item you've purchased is on back-order. Each month, we'll pay you the full amount of cash back that you've accrued in your Savings Center account in the previous month. Please allow 2-3 weeks for processing.
What do "Pending," "Paid", "and "Declined" mean in my Cash Back Center account?
You can review the status of your 10% cash back earnings whenever you want by checking your Savings Center account. We categorize your earnings in one of four ways:
- "Pending" indicates that we've received notification from an online retailer that a purchase which qualifies for 10% cash back has been shipped.
- "Paid" means that we've sent out payment for those purchases that have earned you 10% cash back. Your Cash-Back Savings account shows a history of your 10% cash-back earnings throughout your membership, so your "Paid" purchases could stretch back to the first day of your membership.
- "Declined" indicates that your activity didn't meet the criteria needed to qualify for a payout (for example, you won't earn cash back on a purchase if you return the item or if your purchase is "shipped to store" rather than to a residential, non-retail location).
What does it mean when I see red purchases in my Cash-Back Savings Center account?
Negative amounts listed in red indicate items that have been returned and therefore don't qualify for 10% cash back.
Local Cash Back
What is Local Cash Back?
Local Cash Back is one of the many benefits included with your FreeShipping.com membership. You can earn up to 10% Cash Back at 1000s of local merchants, restaurants and other places when you pay with a linked credit or debit card.
How do I earn Local Cash Back?
Simply pay with a linked credit or debit card at any participating local merchant. Your Local Cash Back earnings will automatically be placed in your Savings Center once your purchase is complete.
To link a card, click the “Local Cash Back” tab from your FreeShipping.com member homepage. Then, simply enter your credit or debit card information in the required fields and click “SAVE AND ENROLL IN LOCAL CASH BACK”.
After you’ve linked your first card, you’re welcome to link as many additional cards as you’d like.
Where can I earn Local Cash Back?
You can earn Local Cash Back at any participating merchant in your area. To find merchants near you, visit your Local Cash Back page and click “Search Local Cash Back”. Then, simply enter your city and state or zip code to view a list of participating merchants in your area.
New merchants are added to the program every day, so be sure to check back to see if more of your favorite places are participating!
Does it cost money to use Local Cash Back?
Nope! The Local Cash Back benefit is included with your FreeShipping.com membership. As long as you’re an active member, you may use the Local Cash Back benefit at no additional cost.
How much do I earn from each Local Cash Back purchase?
The Cash Back you earn may be different for every merchant, but you can earn up to 10% Cash Back per purchase. When you search for merchants on your Local Cash Back page, you’ll see how much Cash Back is offered at each merchant listed.
When will I receive my Local Cash Back earnings?
Your Local Cash Back earnings are included in your monthly savings check. All earnings are placed in your Savings Center until your check is processed and mailed to you each month. It can take up to 2-7 days for your earnings to appear in your Savings Center. If you do not see your Local Cash Back earnings in your Savings Center after 7 days, please contact our Customer Service team for assistance.
Why is my Savings Center missing a Local Cash Back purchase?
If you recently made a Local Cash Back purchase but don’t see your earnings in your Savings Center, there are a few reasons why your purchase would not appear. Please check whether any of the following apply to you:
- Your card must be linked before your purchase is made. To be eligible for Local Cash Back earnings, you must first link your card and enroll in Local Cash Back before making your purchase.
- Not all businesses accept all card types. It’s possible your linked card was not accepted by the local business you purchased from. Please review the business’ Local Cash Back listing before making a purchase to confirm your card is accepted.
- You must purchase directly from the participating business. Purchases made through third party ordering services such as Grubhub, Eat24, ChowNow, Groupon, Square, etc. are not eligible for Local Cash Back.
- Businesses participating in Local Cash Back change frequently. Be sure to confirm a business’ participation through the Local Cash Back listings before making your purchase.
- All Local Cash Back transactions must be processed as credit. Even if you’re paying with a debit card, your transaction must be processed as credit. If you enter your debit pin, we will not be able to track your purchase, and therefore cannot offer Cash Back.
Please note that it can take 2-7 days for Local Cash Back earnings to appear in your Savings Center.
If you do not see your Local Cash Back earnings appear in your Savings Center within 7 days of your purchase, please contact customer service for assistance. It's important to have a receipt or processing information from the business to verify a purchase was made and a linked card was used.
Why am I unable to link my card?
There are a few reasons why you may not be able to link your card to earn Local Cash Back:
- Confirm the card you’re linking is either American Express or Mastercard. Other types of credit or debit cards are unfortunately not compatible with the Local Cash Back benefit.
- Other programs offer a benefit similar to Local Cash Back with the same functionality. If you’ve already linked your card with another program, you will not be able to link it on FreeShipping.com.
- Confirm the credit or debit card information you entered is correct and free of typos.
If you’re still unable to link your card, please contact our Customer Service team for assistance.
If my card is already on my account for billing, will it link automatically?
No, the card you use to pay for your FreeShipping.com membership will not automatically link to the Local Cash Back benefit. To earn Local Cash Back, please re-enter your card information on the Local Cash Back page or link a different Mastercard or American Express card.
Why don't all of the retailers in your directory offer free shipping coupons?
We update our coupon offers frequently, according to the wishes of our online retailers, so be sure to come back and review them regularly if you don't see an offer you're hoping for! Remember: If you do pay a shipping charge for any of the retailers on our site, you're eligible for a shipping rebate.
Are there any restrictions when shopping with retailer coupons?
Some retailers will require that you enter a coupon code to redeem their offers, while others will automatically apply the offer at checkout. Similarly, many retailers will only allow you to redeem one coupon per purchase. Any restrictions will be displayed when you click “Visit Store” on a specific retailer’s coupon.
What are Shipping Rebates?
Shipping rebates allow members to get their money back when they have to pay a shipping fee. Find out how a shipping rebate changes the way people shop online.
What is Free Shipping?
Free Shipping is an offer from a retailer to send your purchase to you for free. It’s not included with every purchase from every retailer. Find out how FreeShipping.com offers free shipping.
How do Shipping Rebates work?
Shipping Rebates allow members to get their money back when they have to pay a shipping fee. Find out how a shipping rebate changes the way people shop online.
How do I get free shipping with FreeShipping.com?
FreeShipping.com offers free shipping rebates to all members when they have to pay a shipping fee. You can even use them to upgrade your shipping speed! Learn how you can get free shipping.
How many retailers do you have?
We currently have over 1,000 online stores to choose from and are always adding more!
How can I find stores that have free shipping offers?
Log into your FreeShipping.com account to find which retailers offer free shipping. Learn how members get free shipping at stores that don’t have a free shipping offer.
I clicked on a retailer, only to find that shipping and handling charges aren't free right at checkout. Why not?
Not every participating retailer offers instant free shipping throughout the year. If you’re charged for shipping and handling while making a purchase through a retailer link on our site, simply pay those charges as you normally would. After you complete your order, you can return to our site to claim a rebate on your shipping charges.
Is there a limit to how long I have to submit a Shipping Rebate?
Yes, Shipping Rebates must be submitted within 30 days of the purchase date.
How long until my Free Shipping Rebate is paid?
Rebates that are submitted and approved will be paid every month.
What information do I need to send to get my Shipping Rebate?
Once you complete and submit a rebate under the “Rebates” tab on our website, just send us documentation of your shipping charge, which could be your order confirmation email, the original sales receipt, or the packing slip. With every email, please be sure to include your claim number in the subject line. You can also send your documentation via regular mail to:
PO Box 290728
Wethersfield, CT 06129-0728
If sending documentation via regular mail, please be sure to write your claim number on every document.
Return Shipping Rebates
What are Return Shipping Rebates?
Order the wrong size? Hate the color? Received a damaged item? No problem! All of your online purchases (not just those made at retailers listed on our site) are eligible for Return Shipping rebates. If you need to send an item back to an online retailer for any reason, we'll pick up the shipping charge!
How do I submit a Return Shipping Rebate?
Simply click on the "Rebates" tab in the navigation bar, and follow the instructions provided. You must be an active member when you make the original purchase and when you submit your rebate. Certain proof-of-purchase and shipping information is required.
Is there a limit to how long I have to submit a Return Shipping Rebate?
Yes, claims must be submitted within 60 days of the purchase.
How long until my Return Shipping Rebate is paid?
Rebates that are submitted and approved will be paid every month.
How much coverage do I receive?
You are eligible to receive up to $500 in Return Shipping coverage per year, and up to $10 for any single order.
Price Protection Rebates
What is Price Protection?
Price protection gives you the confidence of knowing that even if something goes on sale after you’ve purchased it, you can get some money back for the difference and say you got the best price. Find out how to protect your purchases.
Do I need to register my purchases to qualify for Price Protection?
No, coverage is available on any online purchases you make while your membership is active. Please note that you have to submit a Price Protection rebate claim within 90 days of the date of your original purchase, though.
What items are covered?
Most of the new, non-commercial retail purchases you make online are covered with Price Protection. Please note that the comparison product must be exactly the same as the product you purchased and must be available to the general public. For a complete list of covered items, please review our Terms of Service .
Is there a limit to how long I have to submit a Price Protection Rebate?
Yes, rebates must be submitted within 90 days of the date of purchase.
How do I submit a Price Protection Rebate?
You must be an active member to submit a rebate. Certain proof-of-purchase and lower-price documentation is required. Simply click on the "Rebates" tab, select "Price Protection Rebate" in the rebate type list, and follow the instructions provided.
How long until my Price Protection Rebate is paid?
Rebates that are submitted and approved will be paid every month.
Free Return Shipping via FedEx Ground®
What sort of savings does free return shipping offer?
When you shop through FreeShipping.com, we’ve got you covered! Whether you ordered the wrong size or color, received an item that was damaged in transit, or just don't care for the item now that it's in your hands, you can ship it back for free via FedEx Ground! Better yet, we'll cover items purchased at any participating retailer, from brand-name stores to that niche merchant you found via our search engine while you were looking for a unique gift for your niece's birthday. Simply put, we'll cover your FedEx Ground return shipping charge whenever you need to return an online purchase you made through us! Be sure you always review the specific retailer's return policy to see whether it already offers free return shipping and to find out if your purchase is eligible for a refund.
How do I save on return shipping?
Just click the "Return Center" tab in the navigation bar, and follow the instructions provided to print out a return shipping label from FedEx Ground. Once you securely fasten your label to your return shipment, just drop it off at any FedEx location; as long as your package complies with FedEx weight and size limitations, your return shipping charge is on us!
Is there a limit to how long I have to return my purchase to save on return shipping?
As a FreeShipping.com subscriber, you can return any item to any participating retailer at any time (and for any reason) and save on return shipping! However, if you're also hoping to get a refund or store credit on your purchase from the retailer, you'll need to make sure you follow the retailer's specific policy and procedures, including its deadlines, to qualify.
Which online retailers are included?
Generally speaking, you can save on return shipping for any purchase you make through FreeShipping.com. Certain purchases, however, may not qualify for free return shipping via FedEx Ground. For instance, if the retailer already offers free return shipping, the purchase won't be eligible for free return shipping via FedEx Ground. Also, the destination for a return shipment must be a valid commercial address in the 48 contiguous United States, so if a retailer’s return address is in Hawaii or Alaska, for example, you won’t be able to ship it via FedEx Ground. Similarly, shipments sent to residential addresses, P.O. boxes, or other non-commercial locations do not qualify for savings through the program. However, if you do have to pay for return shipping, you can claim a rebate of up to $10 on your return shipping charge.
How quickly will my return shipment arrive at its destination?
FedEx Ground, the exclusive shipping carrier of FreeShipping.com, will ship your package to the address on the shipping label. Just drop your shipment off at any of the more than 1,800 FedEx Office® or 5,800 FedEx Authorized ShipCenter® locations across the United States, and your package will be delivered to retailer locations in the 48 contiguous United States within 1-5 business days, depending on where you drop it off and its final destination.
Also,please note that FedEx Ground will not ship any packages that exceed:
- 150 pounds in weight;
- 108 inches in length; and/or
- 165 inches in length + girth.
How can I track my shipment status?
Just click the "My Labels" link in the “Return Center” tab on FreeShipping.com to track the status of packages you've shipped through the program. To follow the progress of a specific shipment, you can click its “Tracking Number” and see a detailed listing of its return journey. For instance, if you need to return an item by a specific date to qualify for a refund from the retailer, you can monitor the shipment every step of the way, from drop-off to delivery, to make sure it arrives within the required timeframe. We'll also send you a tracking email that will confirm that your package has shipped and provide a link through which you can track its progress.
What is the Barcode Scanner by FreeShipping.com?
With the Barcode Scanner by FreeShipping.com, you can take our price comparison feature offline and get the best deals on items in-store or at home.. When you use the barcode scanner to look up an item, the app will give you a list of retailers that carry the item and its offered price at each retailer. Once you compare prices, you can shop through the app and earn 10% cash back.
Who can use the Barcode Scanner mobile app?
The Barcode Scanner is only available to users with an active FreeShipping.com membership. You must login to the app with the username and password registered with your FreeShipping.com membership.
How does the Barcode Scanner mobile app work?
The Barcode Scanner lets you compare prices on in-store items by using a speedy scanning technology. You can use the app to find the lowest price on an item in-store by scanning the item’s barcode. Just open the Barcode Scanner, tap the bottom barcode icon and hold your device over the item’s barcode.
Learn more about how the Barcode Scanner works.
What can I do with the Barcode Scanner mobile app?
The Barcode Scanner lets you search and compare prices while shopping in-store. Once you scan the item’s barcode, the app will return a list of retailers that carry the item and its available price at each retailer. You can purchase and earn cash back on your scanned items by tapping a result from the list and purchasing through the site that opens in the app. You can view any cash back earned through your app purchase by visiting your Savings Center on FreeShipping.com.
To find an item you’ve scanned in the past, tap the clock icon in the app’s bottom navigation to view your scan history.
Is the Barcode Scanner available for download on all devices?
Right now, the Barcode Scanner is only compatible with iOS devices. You can download the Barcode Scanner via the app store on your iOS device.
Where do I find the Barcode Scanner in the mobile app?
When you open the mobile app, tap the blue barcode icon in the bottom menu. The Barcode Scanner will open and a message that reads “Ready to Scan” will appear at the top of your screen.