There’s little more annoying than having to keep track of endless cards, apps, etc. just to rack up points at your favorite businesses. My purse simply doesn’t have room for physical representations of all the businesses I frequent. But what if I told you that you could start racking up loyalty points at hundreds of Chicago’s favorite restaurants simply using your credit card?
Spring Rewards is an awesome concept that allows you to connect your credit card to their program to track purchases and earn points. Some restaurants give welcome incentives like $5 or $10 credited back after your first meal with them as a Spring user. Others offer Groupon-esque deals where you pay a certain amount of money (say $5) for a certain amount credited back to you ($15 for example) upon purchase. The caveat – these deals tend to expire quickly after purchase so have a plan in place for when to use them.
As a relatively new company, Spring isn’t perfect. I’ve had to contact them on more than one occasion about a purchase not counting towards loyalty points or credits on my account. As they’re working out the kinks, you have to be proactive about making sure credits are applied. On the flip side, I’m pleasantly surprised when I get a text message from a place I didn’t realize was a part of Spring, and my purchase counts toward future rewards.
PRO TIP: A lot of these businesses (Hutch, Geja’s Cafe, Rockit Ranch, to name a few…) have Groupon offers than run simultaneous to the limited-time Spring offers. You can easily use both at the same time to double-dip for discounts.
So what are you waiting for? Head on over to Spring Reward’s website and sign up with the credit card you use most for dining. You’ll be glad you did.
Have you used Spring Rewards? Tell me about your experience in the comments.