We want to take a minute and talk to you about brand loyalty and the benefits of all those pesky frequent shopper cards. Bottom line friends, it is FREE STUFF! Who doesn’t like FREE?
Almost every store, credit card, restaurant, hotel, gas station and airline has its own frequent shopper program these days. Why do they do this? Simply because THEY WANT YOUR CONTINUED BUSINESS. Should you be a member of all of them? Which ones should you choose? I can feel it now that some of you are probably shaking your head and saying naahhh, I don’t want another card. Well that is your choice, but I am going to give a few reasons why you should.
If you travel and stay at hotels, you can earn points for future stays. Most hotels have tier levels, the higher the tier, the better the perks. Being loyal to that hotel brand and using your cards will earn you points for gift cards, gas cards, meals, upgrades and even free stays. Hilton brand hotels even allow you to “double dip” and earn points for future hotel stays and airline miles at the same time. We have chosen IHG as our preferred brand. We are Spire Elite members and will continue to use IHG brand as often as possible. Each time we check in the front desks greets us with a free upgrade and bonus points.
Robb and I also like to visit the casinos. We have chosen Caesars Entertainment as our preferred brand because we love Harrah’s Atlantic City and their incredible adult only pool. We are not high rollers by any means, but we almost always qualify for free stays. We often get comp dinners or comp dollars to use in any of the retail stores and restaurants.
Did you know that shopping at Safeway can earn you discounted gasoline? Did you know you can earn free makeup from Sephora? How often do you eat in restaurants? Tell my why wouldn’t you want free food?
Do you shop online? If you are not going through Ebates to do your online shopping, you could be missing out on real cash rebates for items you are going to buy anyway. How do I know this? Because we have cashed checks amounting to over $100 in this last year by simply logging into Ebates and clicking through to retail shopping sites such as Amazon, JC Penney, Choice Hotels and many more? In addition, you will even get money for friends that you refer when they sign up! How awesome is that?
Most of the rewards and communications come in an email . So, you don’t want all of that clogging up your email? Create an email for these rewards. You can check it on your time!
Look at your preferred shopping, dining and retail partners. It is time that you make these rewards work for you. It is time you start cashing in on those perks, free meals and free merchandise. To quote my favorite credit card, Capitol One Venture “What’s in your wallet?”
We would love to hear what perks you receive on purchases and travel. Drop us a line or comment. Shop wisely, travel safe and always love one another!