It seems most stores offer rewards programs these days, but you often have to spend quite a lot to get anything in return. Are there any programs you think are actually worthwhile? What benefits do they offer?
I like the Myer One card. It's one of the only ones I've ever got something from. Your points never run out, and you earn quite quickly. For a while I would shop in Myer quite a bit and I was getting $20 or $40 giftcards all the time.
The Woolworths Everyday Rewards is good once it is linked to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account. Small amounts of points add up quickly over time to help with air travel. Sure, we're trading some marketing data but we are also earning points for money we would spend anyway. My favourite loyalty cards are the ones that you don't have to give up any data for- like the local takeaway coffee cards or bakery cards.
I like the Coles and Woolworths ones because they're places you often shop anyway and can be used at quite a few stores. You don't need to go out of your way to earn points, even if it takes a while for them to build up. And the rewards you get are useful - like money on your next grocery shop (the Woolworths ones can be linked to Qantas Frequent Flyers too).
The Myer one card is one of my favorites, especially now that you can get Myer One points on your petrol at Woolies garages. The Baby Buntung loyalty card gives you 5% off all purchases not already reduced. The Everyday Reward card and Flybys are good as I shop there so regularly but the rewards seem to take forever to accumulate. Dymocks books is good too but I prefer to buy my books online and save money.
My 'Friends of the Odeon' loyalty card is pretty good. Get 800 points and you can get a free cinema ticket. With less points you can buy snacks and things. If you watch a lot of films, then it is a great deal.
The Nectar card is my favourite though, as you can use it so many places. I build up a lot of points through ebay, watching adverts, and grocery shopping. I then spend them on books.
I'd probably say Woolworths Everyday Reward Card due to the offers that you sometimes get in store on certain items only applicable to card holders. Village Cinemas card has been offering a few good deals lately too such as $8.50 tickets and 2 for 1. Most loyalty programs I think are a bit of a waste though.
I like Flybuys since I shop often in Coles anyway and like the occasional discounts. I also like Nando's Peri Peri card where I accumulate points everytime I eat there and eventually have enough points for a free meal.
If you become a Witchery member you get a $20 reward on your birthday without actually doing anything. You also get additional monetary awards when you spend certain amounts of money ($150, $250 and $500).
I am not part of any loyalty program at the moment. A while ago I joined a frequent flyer program, but I found booking my flights was a nightmare as the frequent flyer seats were never available on the flights I wanted. And my points ultimate expired.
I seem to be in several of these however I think the American Express Qantas card is the best -i.e. qantas loyalty one.
I am also in Bakers delight, and Dome coffee shop and every 10 you buy you get a free one, but that is only small in comparison with the frequent flyer points that I have through Amex.
And Qantas points never run out.
In my opinion the Flybuys and Everyday Reward cards are the best.
I have my set up so my partner and I both have cards and the points go to the same account.
Even though it's only a dollar per point (Except for special deals, like triple points) you do save quite a bit and get something in return whether its an appliance or a giftcard etc.