Everyone loves indulging in some sweet, sweet retail therapy. It gets even sweeter when spending can get you more than just your original purchase. We’re talking about rewards programs, of course! These programs aren’t only adding value, but also allowing us (well me anyway) to shop free of guilt. It’s definitely way easier to justify a purchase when you know said purchase is going to eventually give you something in return. Whether it’s a free gift, redeeming points for cash money, or having a longer return period, we are all for it.
Here are the stores that have the best rewards programs.
Sephora perhaps has one of the best loyalty programs out there! It’s free to sign up and the more you spend, the more incentives you’ll get as your Beauty Insider status increases. The system allows you to earn 1 beauty insider point per dollar with a basic status, 1.25 with VIB status, and 1.5 with Rouge status. Along with being able to redeem points, all Beauty Insiders receive one birthday gift per year, while VIB and Rouge members also get exclusive access to sales, as well as a number of other perks.
Now that Shoppers Drug Mart is owned by grocery retailer Loblaws, the refurbished PC Optimum program allows your loyalty card to work double duty at both stores. Every 10,000 points are equivalent to $10 worth of free stuff. Not only do cardholders have access to extra points from both in-store and online flyers, but PC Optimum also has special “spend your points” events where you get even more value. This is perhaps the best time to cash in on the points you’ve been saving all year.
If you’re a bookworm or love the home decor at Chapters Indigo, then the Plum Rewards program will be right up your alley. Upon joining, new members will get 250 points, while 5 points are earned on every dollar spent. The highest rewards level you can reach is $100 for 35,000 points. Along with access to extra rewards perks on your birthday, opportunities for bonus points, and invitations to quarterly bonus points events, this is definitely a program to take part in.
Being fairly new to Canada, you might not know about Nordstrom’s great loyalty program, The Nordy Club. It’s entirely free to become a member and is quite easy to do online. Similar to the Sephora program, members can earn status based on how much they spend. This will get you priority access to things like style and beauty events, plus exclusive access to shop select brands.
Hudson’s Bay has three loyalty program options to choose from: Hudson’s Bay Rewards, Hudson’s Bay Rewards Plus, and Hudson’s Bay Rewards VIP. These cards don’t require the purchase of an HBC credit card, but when used in conjunction, it will increase the points earned. With the basic points card, earn 1 point for almost every dollar spent when you spend a total of $1 to $399.99 in a calendar year at Hudson’s Bay. For the Plus card, you earn 1.5 points per almost every dollar along with exclusive saving offers, and you’ll get notice of special events. To qualify for the Hudson’s Bay Rewards Plus tier, a member must spend between $400 and $1199.99 within the calendar year from January 1 to December 31 at two different Hudson’s Bay locations. With the VIP card, earn 2 points for almost every $1 spent at any Hudson’s Bay, when you spend a total of $1,200 in a calendar year. It pays to be a VIP — gets exclusive VIP savings offers, advance notice of special events, and invitations!
Last but not least, is the Simons loyalty program, which offers multiple tiers based on spending. The tiers are Enthusiasts, Connoisseurs, and Insiders. The most basic level will earn you 1 point per dollar, a $10 rewards card for the first 500 points, 2x the points promotions, in-store returns without receipts, a 45-day return period, and entry in exclusive contests. Connoisseurs and Insiders receive the same benefits as Insiders, plus a 60-day return period and free home delivery for online purchases, as well as unlimited in-store free alterations, access to exclusive events, and first-in-line access to sales respectively.
Check out Bed Bath & Beyond and take advantage of the Beyond+ membership program. For just $29 annually, you’ll get 20% off of your order, plus free shipping on every single purchase—yes, every purchase! Not only does that save you some coin with the discount, but you get to avoid any annoying shipping fees too.
If you’re an avid Starbucks drinker, I’m sure you already have the rewards program, but if not, you seriously need it! It’s totally free to download and create a profile. Each time you purchase items from Starbucks, upload money onto your app and pay through there. You’ll then earn stars, and once you reach a certain reward level you’ll get free drinks and other goodies!
DSW gives you the opportunity to join DSW VIP Rewards to save more on shoes and accessories. The DSW VIP Rewards program is free to join, so you can earn points right away. If you are part of the DSW Visa credit card, then you can earn even more!
The Student Price Card is $11.99 to purchase for the year for all students at any age. For this small fee, you can get up to 20% off of a ton of your fave brands. You can use the card either in-store or online!
You can start earning points at Aerie for free! Just by being a customer. For each dollar spent, you can earn either 10 to 20 points, depending on how much money you spend a year at the store, and turn it into actual cash rewards. Check out this page here for the points you qualify for.
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