Reviewers have weighed in on 2014’s best loyalty rewards membership programs in retail, and there are a lot of great contestants. There are so many different types of rewards programs that it is hard to choose, so instead of naming just one, here is a handful of some of the most popular and well received loyalty rewards programs from last year.
- Clothing – Loft wins again, with two different types of store credit cards that allow you to earn rewards points both in its affiliated stores and while shopping anywhere else. For every certain number of points, club members receive gift cards in a given amount, along with a discount for their birthday and on every Tuesday of the month. It has one of the most dedicated bases following its stores and products, and it continues to grow year after year.
- Food – Panera Bread offers up a basic membership card that the user has to register online, and then with every purchase racks up additional rewards such as a free drink or pastry. Almost every purchase rewards the consumer with some additional perk, encouraging repeat business with a minimal hassle for the customer itself.
- Marijuana app – CannaCash offers its participating customers rewards for shopping at all participating suppliers, and allows them to redeem them in those same places. The marijuana app itself allows any member to instantly find the nearest participating supplier and rack up rewards towards gift cards and other products. Cannabis rewards are earned by shopping at any of the stores that participate in the program, or by encouraging referrals to visit any of the participating stores and open a CannaCash account as well. Getting access to more clients is a win for suppliers, and consumers have more opportunities to both earn and redeem rewards right at their fingertips. This was a hugely popular program in 2014 and looks to continue to grow steadily in 2015.
- Gas – There are a few different programs where you can get pretty good bang for your buck, but the real point of this particular area is that if you do not have some type of rewards card affiliated with either a grocery store or a particular brand of gas, you are likely missing out on hundreds of dollars worth of savings every year. Everything from 5 cents to 50 cents off per gallon for repeat customers makes a rewards program more than worth it. To top it off, they typically operate like a restaurant rewards program, and issue cards to anyone who requests and then registers them for further use. It is simple, no hassle, and big pay offs in the end.
These are just a handful of the areas where consumers are finding excellent rewards for remaining loyal customers, and saving money while they are at it. If there is a particular product or brand that you love, ask around about a loyalty program for it today. More likely than not, there is one out there somewhere for you.