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    What are your favorite rewards/loyalty programs?

    I thought this might be a fun topic. We often mention customer reward and store loyalty programs. Tell us about some of your favorites. Maybe it's a cashback credit card. Maybe it's a restaurant program, or a supermarket deal, or something else. Tell us about the programs that you really like and find you get a lot of value from. I realize that a lot of this may be regional and not apply to everyone but some will be national too.

    Marriott Visa - This is our main reward program. We earn points for every dollar charged to the card, and we charge 40K or so to the card annually. Those points combine with the points earned from staying at Marriott properties as it's all part of the same program. We've earned dozens of free nights over the years. We just used 2 free nights this past weekend as a matter of fact.

    Panera Bread - They send out rewards regularly. Sometimes it's a free pastry or free drink. It might be $2 off an entrée. A couple of times a year they do one free bagel a day for a whole month.

    Iron Hill Brewery - This is a restaurant chain and microbrewery in PA, NJ, DE, GA, and SC. One point per dollar spent. For every 200 points, you get a $20 credit. Bonus on your account anniversary and your birthday. Occasional members-only promotions, double point nights, etc.

    Rakuten (formerly ebates) - Cash back at a wide variety of stores and websites just for shopping through their portal.

    OpenTable - This is an app/site for making restaurant reservations. You get 100 points for every reservation. There are select places for which you get 1,000 points at certain times (usually early or late dinners). For every 2,000 points, you get a $20 reward toward a meal.

    What are some of your favorites?
    Steve

    * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
    * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
    * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

    #2
    Ibotta. I can usually get a buck back on my grocery bill.
    james.c.hendrickson@gmail.com
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      #3
      We spend $150-200K a year on our business via Chase credit cards. That’s sufficient for the 4 of us to fly round trip to a vacation spot twice a year. Cape Cod this May.
      How can you have any pudding if you don't eat your meat?

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        #4
        Boyd casinos, not a credit card rather their slot players card. 2 free nights per month. Sapphire just a tier higher than Ruby yields 2 free night every month.

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          #5
          Looking forward to free nights in Las Vegas for February, March, April. I want free stuff but I actually already paid for it in terms of gambling losses. Totally different from Bernie's free stuff. Sorry not to get political.

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            #6
            Not a loyalty program, but I love GiftcardGranny.com. Sometimes, I buy egiftcards while sitting in a restaurant and get 10% off (on top of any coupons). Sometimes, I get gift cards for grocery stores I frequent for 2-6% off. It's a great way to get a few extra percentage points off something you're doing anyway.
            -Milly
            Personal Finance Blogger, Mechanical Engineer, and Mother of 3 Toddlers
            milly.savingadvice.com

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              #7
              The one that comes to mind is the Dunkin’ app. Points accumulate to get a free drink.

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                #8
                Originally posted by Milly View Post
                Not a loyalty program, but I love GiftcardGranny.com. Sometimes, I buy egiftcards while sitting in a restaurant and get 10% off
                I've posted about GiftcardGranny many times.

                I'm curious. Have you ever run into an issue when buying e-giftcards where you didn't receive them right away? I always hesitate to do that because I worry it might take too long to get them.
                Steve

                * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                  #9
                  Curious if anyone uses Yelp's 10% cash back program. I don't eat out much so wouldn't reap much benefit but looks enticing.

                  https://www.yelp.com/rewards/signup?...rce=header_nav

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                    #10
                    We've used the Amex Blue Cash card for 3% back at gas stations and 6% on groceries for about a decade now. It all gets applied as statement credits. DH used to travel a lot for work so we had an Alaska card and would get free companion tickets, entry to their lounges, upgrade priority, etc. That was one of the best travel rewards program for a long time. But now we live in Delta country.

                    I have a AAA membership, which is like OK Boomer, but it also gets me a discount at Napa and I've used it at a couple of hotels for a couple bucks off their regular rate. Pulling it out is like a novelty.

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                      #11
                      Originally posted by QuarterMillionMan View Post
                      Curious if anyone uses Yelp's 10% cash back program. I don't eat out much so wouldn't reap much benefit but looks enticing.

                      https://www.yelp.com/rewards/signup?...rce=header_nav
                      I wasn't aware of this program. I'll definitely sign up. There are a couple of other services that do this that I do use. I always forget that it even exists so it's great when I get an email saying I've earned cash back.
                      Steve

                      * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                      * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                      * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                        #12
                        TD Ameritrade is giving Every month $25 Amazon gift cards for participating in their research forums. I just got this email. I may sign up.
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                          #13
                          Originally posted by ua_guy View Post
                          I have a AAA membership, which is like OK Boomer,
                          What do non-boomers do for roadside assistance? My daughter is 24 and we signed her up for AAA as soon as she started driving.

                          I know some cars come with roadside assistance and some insurance companies include it as well, but if you don't have either of those, AAA is the way to go. Plus you get various discounts, travel services, and more.
                          Steve

                          * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                          * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                          * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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                            #14
                            Originally posted by disneysteve View Post
                            What do non-boomers do for roadside assistance? My daughter is 24 and we signed her up for AAA as soon as she started driving.

                            I know some cars come with roadside assistance and some insurance companies include it as well, but if you don't have either of those, AAA is the way to go. Plus you get various discounts, travel services, and more.
                            Most of the folks I know have it through their car insurance -- I do, and at a significantly lower cost than a AAA membership. I currently pay $25/yr (both cars, both drivers) for comparable services compared to $50-$150/person from AAA.
                            "Praestantia per minutus" ... "Acta non verba"

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by kork13 View Post
                              I currently pay $25/yr (both cars, both drivers) for comparable services compared to $50-$150/person from AAA.
                              If you make use of AAA’s other services it can be well worth it. We travel a lot so the hotel discounts can really add up.
                              Steve

                              * Despite the high cost of living, it remains very popular.
                              * Why should I pay for my daughter's education when she already knows everything?
                              * There are no shortcuts to anywhere worth going.

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