Monthly Archives: February 2014

Ace Hardware – Customer Friendly Ace Rewards

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Any home dweller knows just how much money is spent painting, fixing, restoring or simply maintaining a house. The money really adds up! So to help customers save money with their home improvement and hardware purchases, Ace Hardware offers ‘Ace Rewards’ to reward Ace Hardware customers for their loyalty and spending. Ace Rewards is a perfect example of a rewards program that doesn’t offer a lot of bells and whistles but sure gets the job done. Ace Rewards is simple, easy and straightforward making it very customer friendly. Customers simply register with their email address and voila! Here are the benefits of being enrolled in the Ace Rewards program:

 

  • Automatically receive 1,000 points just for signing up
  • $1 spent = 10 points
  • 2,5000 points = $5 reward (in other words, $250 spent = $5 back)
  • Notifications sent to remind customers of sales
  • Special coupons
  • Helpful home tips
  • Instant in-store savings

 

Customers simply use their Ace Rewards card when they shop at Ace to rack up points and save. When purchasing items to fix up the home, Ace offers a straight forward and easy way to save money. To learn more about Ace Rewards you can visit their website.

Kohl’s Somewhat Secret Rewards Program

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Go to Kohl’s website to see whether they have a rewards program, scan every square inch and nope – nothing about a rewards program. But if you do an internet search for “Kohl’s rewards program” you’ll stumble upon ‘Kohl’s Rewards’, which links you to a few pages proving Kohl’s actually does have a rewards program. So why the big secret – wouldn’t a successful retailer like Kohl’s want to advertise their rewards program to encourage customers to enroll? Absolutely and of course! The reason Kohl’s Rewards isn’t clearly advertised on their website is because the rewards program is in the pilot stage where it is being tested out in certain markets so that Kohl’s can work out the kinks before launching it nationwide. If you go to the Kohl’s Rewards website you’ll find that it requires you to enter your zip code… if you don’t happen to live in one of the test areas you’ll receive a message that states, “We’re sorry, Kohl’s Rewards is not yet available in your area. Check back soon. We’re expanding quickly!” Here’s what customers can look forward to once Kohl’s Rewards is launched in their area:
 

  • Earn 1 point for every dollar spend
  • Spend $100 and receive a $5 reward
  • 8 savings offers guaranteed each year
  • A special birthday offer
  • Easy account access via email

 
We did a little investigative research to find out where Kohl’s Rewards program is currently available and when we can expect the customer loyalty program to be available nationwide. The customer representative we spoke to mentioned that it is already available in select cities of California, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Ohio, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina and Arizona. The most recent launch was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but the majority of the state doesn’t have access to the program yet. Kohl’s will keep releasing Kohl’s Rewards in a handful of locations at a time and hopes to be nationwide by the end of the year. To learn more about this somewhat secret rewards program, visit the Kohl’s Rewards webpage.

Petco Pals Rewards – Rewards Dollars, Free Food & Free Grooming










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There’s a special joy when you bring home a new treat for your dog or toy for your cat and watch them as they happily revel in their new gift. For animal lovers who love to indulge their animal companions, Petco customers can earn 5% back on every purchase through Petco’s customer loyalty program ‘Pals Rewards.’ Once a Pals member spends $100, they receive $5 worth of Pals Rewards Dollars to use towards their next Petco purchase. What makes Petco Pals Rewards extra special is that you can update your membership to be a part of Petco’s ‘Free Food’ and ‘Free Groom’ club as well. Here are some of the specifics for those programs:

Petco Pals – Free Food
Once a customer buys 10 bags of premium cat or dog food using their Pals card, they receive a free bag of the same food. There are a couple of caveats – It must be the same size and brand of food for each 10 purchases; All purchases must be within 12 months; It takes 4-6 weeks to receive the coupon for the free bag of food through the mail; The customer must pay the sales tax on the free bag of food; Only in-store purchases apply.

Petco Pals – Free Groom
To receive a free groom, customers need to use their Pals card when they take their cat or dog to the Petco Grooming Salon to buy a Full-service Groom, Full-service Bath or Self-service Dog Wash. After 8 purchases, the next groom is free. Similarly to the Free Food program, it takes 4-6 weeks for customers to receive their coupon in the mail and all services must be purchased within 12 months.

Animal lovers know how fast and easy it is to spend money on their pets, so $5 back on every $100 spent and a way to receive a free bag of pet food or a free groom is truly a great way to reward loyal pet loving customers. To learn more about Petco’s Pals Rewards you can visit their website.

Foot Locker VIP Club Rewards












When an athlete or a sports lover needs a new pair of kicks, Foot Locker is one of the first places they’re going to cruise for new shoes. And a little secret… women aren’t the only ones with shoe addictions. For those guys that can’t wait to pick up the next pair of Jordans, Foot Locker’s reward program ‘VIP’ makes this tempting vice very rewarding indeed. Athletic shoe lovers, male or female, have a great opportunity to save and even go Platinum with VIP. Here are the benefits for VIP Club members:

  •  Welcoming gift of a $10 coupon towards next purchase of $50 or more
  • Early access to select products
  • Exclusive coupons that are emailed or texted throughout the year
  • VIP treatment at special events
  • Access to VIP Blog

And when customers spend $300 in a year they are automatically bumped up to Platinum status which includes these special features:

  • Special Platinum welcome offer
  • Spend $100, get a $10 rewards card; $200 = $20; $300 = $30
  • Special birthday discounts
  • Access to exclusive online products

Becoming VIP is easy – customers simply enroll online to access all of these great features through the Foot Locker website or through Foot Locker’s VIP mobile app. To learn more about Foot Locker’s VIP rewards program, visit their website.

Jiffy Lube – Fuel Rewards Network

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We all know that person who drives an extra 10 miles to pay 4¢ less a gallon of gasoline – hey, maybe that person is you? Let’s face it… no one likes to pay for gas and if there’s a way to save money, most of us will jump on the opportunity. Understanding the dilemma of the gas pump, Jiffy Lube offers its customers the ‘Fuel Rewards Network’ – a rewards program that rewards enrolled customers with special gasoline discounts every time they purchase a Jiffy Lube service. Partnering with Shell Oil Company and Pennzoil, the Fuel Rewards Network offers different levels of discount based on the type of service purchased. Here’s a rundown of how it works:

First… Purchase a Jiffy Lube Signature Service® Oil Change. If you upgrade to one of Pennzoil’s premium oils or synthetic oils, you can save even more. Based on which oil you choose you can save 15¢/gal, 30¢/gal or 50¢/gal.

Next… After your service you will be given a FRN Rewards Code on card with the irresistible metal foil that you get to scratch off the back to reveal your unique code.

Then… Go online and logon to your Fuel Rewards Network account and enter the code you found under the scratched off foil.

Last… When you’re ready to gas up, go to a Shell gas station and swipe your Fuel Rewards Network card before you pump, and see the price of gasoline drop 15¢, 30¢, or 50¢ a gallon.

And if that’s not motivating enough, the Fuel Rewards Network helps customers save even more when they dine out, shop on the Fuel Rewards Network online mall, and rewards customers further with exclusive offers and special promotions. Successful rewards programs know how to motivate their customers and when it comes to oil changes, Jiffy Lube has found a surefire way into the hearts of many… a discount on gas! To learn more about Fuel Rewards Network, visit their website.

Champs Sports VIP Rewards












If you always dreamed of becoming VIP, Champs Sports is offering you a chance through their customer loyalty program simply called ‘VIP’. It’s not exactly the same as being VIP of your local sports team, but at least you can get all the gear to play your favorite sport while earning some big rewards. So what does VIP get you?
 

  • Just by joining, you get a $10 coupon towards your next purchase of $50 or more
  • Access to exclusive merchandise before anyone else
  • Exclusive VIP member offers
  • Special birthday discounts
  • Become Platinum automatically when you spend $300 in a year. With Platinum:

» Spend $100 in a single purchase = $10 reward card; $150 = $15; $200 = $20

» A special Platinum welcome offer

 
To get all of these VIP benefits simply register online and present your membership card, key tag or VIP number anytime you make a purchase. Tracking your account balance is easy – just logon to your VIP account through the VIP Rewards webpage. Champs Sports makes it very easy to be a Very Important Person with their rewards program. To learn more about VIP visit the Champs Sport’s webpage.

Nine West – 9WLOVES Shoeaholics

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There are many addictions in life and shoes happen to be at the top of list for a lot of fashion lovers. Luckily for those with a serious shoe habit, Nine West offers their 9WL♥VES rewards program for loyal shoe shoppers. Their rewards program is free and easy to join, requiring no cards or membership numbers – you simply sign up online and start earning points with your purchases. And if you’re really into shoes, you might even get bumped up to VIP status. Here are the perks members enjoy:

  • Points: $1 spent earns 1 point; 150 points earns a $10 rewards pass ($10 towards your next Nine West purchase)
  • Bonus Points: Specified blocks of time where you can earn bonus points on every $1 spent
  • Birthday Savings: Receive a special discount during your month of birth
  • Exclusive Surprises: Surprise exclusive members-only offers and promotions
  • Collection Previews: Preview new collections before anyone else
  • Dedicated Customer Service: A customer service line specifically for rewards members
  • VIP: Earn 1.5 points for every $1 spent

And so how, you may ask, does one get bumped up to VIP status? Once you spend $300 within a 12-month period you are automatically upgraded to VIP status and maintain your status and added perks until a year from the date you became VIP. So as the 9WL♥VES slogan suggests, it really does pay to put your best foot forward. To learn more about the 9WL♥VES rewards program visit their website.

The Home Depot Pro Xtra










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If you weren’t looking for it, you could almost miss the fact that Home Depot offers a rewards program for their loyal professional customers, but dig a little deeper on their website and you’ll learn about the ‘Pro Xtra’ rewards program intended as a way for contractors and other professionals to save big. Because of the type of work they do, these professionals have an opportunity to save lots of money based on the fact their job requires them to spend lots of money. What’s especially attractive about Pro Xtra is that in addition to offering savings, it also offers tools specific to professional contractors that makes their jobs easier. Here are some of the benefits and features of the Pro Xtra rewards program:

  • Earn up to 20% off all paint purchases: Spend $2000 = Save 10%, $4000 = 15%, $7500 = 20%
  • Earn rebates on eligible purchases
  • Free tool to track spending with the ability to view and export detailed records of transactions plus storage of electronic receipts
  • Free estimator tool with real-time pricing and images
  • Discounted Eagle View tool that helps to assess roofing and wall measurements using aerial photography
  • Access to Pro Xtra reloadable cards that can be used amongst employees
  • Free Pro mobile app
  • Free to enroll

Although the Pro Xtra program is geared towards professionals, any Do-It-Yourself customer who has taken home building and repair into their own hands can capitalize on these rewards as well. Whether you’re a professional contractor or an individual who spends money working on their home, the Pro Xtra rewards program offers great savings and useful tools to make handy work easier and more affordable. To learn more about The Home Depots Pro Xtra loyalty program you can visit their website.

Best Buy – Four Different Ways to Save + Mobile

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In the modern technical era that we live in, computers and electronics appeal to a wide array of customer segments. Best Buy has capitalized on this diversity with their ‘My Best Buy’ rewards program by offering four different ways for their customers to save money, meanwhile using some clever techniques to encourage rewards members to utilize the Best Buy mobile app.

The first three rewards offerings are completely based on spending where the more a customer spends, the more benefits they receive from the My Best Buy rewards program. Appealing to their gamer customer segment, the fourth rewards program centers around the purchase and trade-in of video game and related products. Here is a basic description of all four programs:

My Best Buy
This is the base level membership offered for free to anyone who wants to join and has no minimum spending requirements. Perks include: 1 point earned for every $1 dollar spent (250 points = $5 reward certificate); Free standard shipping on any order $25 or more; Returns and exchanges within 15 days; Access to special sales and events.

My Best Buy – Elite

The Elite program is for customers who have spent a minimum of $1500 in purchases and includes even better perks such as: 10% point bonus so every dollar spent is worth more; Free standard shipping on any order; Returns and exchanges within 30 days; Even greater access to special sales and events such as Black Friday; The added feature of a points bank that allows customers to accumulate their points and use them when they choose.

My Best Buy – Elite Plus

The spending requirement to be in the Elite Plus program is a minimum of $3500 in purchases and include even greater benefits like: 25% point bonus on every dollar spent; Free expedited shipping on any order; Returns and exchanges within 45 days; The same features as the Elite program with regards to special sales and events and the point bank feature.

My Best Buy Gamers Club

Video game lovers have 10 ways to save money and earn points. Some of the standout features include: 20% off new video game software for 2 years; 2x the points on new video game software, digital content, and game accessories; 2x the points for every dollar earned for game trade-ins; 10% off pre-owned games.

 

Regardless of which program a customer chooses, Best Buy encourages the use of their mobile app by offering bonus points when a customer checks in with the Best Buy app and also encourages mobile use by offering special promotions that can only be accessed through the mobile app. Best buy has found a very smart way to incentivize customers to use the mobile app technology while giving customers even more rewards. Best Buy understands that one size does not fit all and has offered multiple ways for a diverse customer population to save. To learn more about the My Best Buy rewards programs you can visit their website.

Chart House Rewards

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Having lived most of my life far away from the ocean, there are few things I enjoy more than fresh, skillfully prepared seafood. When paired with a savory steak or ribs, the combination is nothing short of divine. With this in mind, I am delighted to see that the Chart House is offering customers its own loyalty program to compliment their famous seafood and steaks.

The Chart House is a member of the Landry’s Select Club, which offers a multi-brand loyalty program integrating dining, hospitality, and entertainment at dozens of locations across the country. When customers sign up for the Landry’s Select Club, they can expect the following perks and rewards:

  • Earn Points – 1 point for every dollar spent at participating Landry’s locations.

  • Welcome Reward – $25 Reward automatically added to your account upon registration.*

  • Birthday Reward – $25 Reward which can be redeemed during your birthday month.

  • Priority Seating – Receive seating privileges, seven days a week.

  • Retail Benefits – Receive a 10% discount or earn points on your purchases (benefit based on retail location)

  • Gift Cards – Earn points when you purchase gift cards.

  • Online Access – 24-hour access to your account to review transactions, point balances and rewards.

  • Email Notifications – You will receive information about rewards and other important club news.

  • Faster Delivery of Rewards – Rewards are automatically added to your account, so no more paper gift certificates!

  • Member-only access to special offers and promotions, including our entertainment and hospitality venues.

When customers sign up for the Landry’s Select Club at Chart House, they will have access to an array of restaurants and venues, as well as the opportunity to earn multiple rewards and perks. For more information, visit the Chart House website.