rebel Active points: How much are they really worth?
Fitness retailer rebel is now offering loyalty points - here's what you need to know.
The rebel Active loyalty scheme has undergone a major revamp this week, and now offers the ability to earn points with all purchases.
But how much value can you really get from rebel Active? Here's my analysis.
Earning rebel Active points follows a simple formula: you get 1 point for every $1 you spend. Part-dollar amounts don't count. So if you spend $20.37, you'll get 20 points.
Each loyalty point then lets you take 5 cents off your next purchase at rebel.
The good thing 😊. There's no minimum number of points needed to redeem. Say you spent $30 at Rebel. You'll earn 150 points, which is worth $1.50 off your next purchase. You can spend that on that next purchase- you don't have to wait until you have a certain amount. That's different to, say, IKEA rewards keys or Everyday Rewards $10 off voucher, where you need to reach a minimum amount before you get anything.
The bad thing 😢. Your points expire 6 months after you earn them. So if you're making a one-off purchase, you might never get to use them.
Of course, rebel is hoping you'll spend those points, earn more points in the process and keep returning. But that's not a particularly wise shopping strategy.
How much are rebel Active points worth?
Effectively, each point is worth 5 cents off a future purchase.
That's quite solid value. As a point of comparison, a Qantas Point or a Velocity Point is worth around 2 cents. However, you can hang onto those for longer, and you also earn them more quickly. (A $129 sale domestic Qantas flight earns you 800 Qantas Points, for instance.)
As ever, smart shopping counts. If you shop around and find something for 10% less elsewhere, that's still better than buying at rebel just to earn the points.
Bottom line? It's free to join rebel Active, so if you're going to make a purchase at rebel anyway, you might as well bank what amounts to a discount voucher. But don't feel obliged to spend it for its own sake.
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