Friday, November 24, 2017

Penny Pincher

Everyone likes to save a bit of money, or grab a bargain for themselves.  Here in the UAE there are few loyalty cards I would like to recommend, if you haven't got them already that is, so here goes!

AIRMILES
The most popular of cards, handy to have in your wallet, build up your airmiles and then redeem them against anything from weekends away to kitchen appliances. Easy to apply for and completely free. You can find out more information about AirMiles on their website www.airmilesme.com

SKYWARDS
Very popular choice, it's the one of choice when Flying with Emirates.  However many people fail to realise that the Skywards card can be used in various partner hotels, car hire companies and on another 8 airlines. Easy to register on line with all the benefits there for us all to see. Check their website www.skywards.com for further information.

SIRIUS CARD
I have one of these and I love it, it is of course the Jumeirah Group rewards and recognition Loyalty Card.  Flash it whenever you are staying or dining at one of their venues to earn points, one point for every 3 USD spent.  Redeeming is pretty straight forward and can be done via their website.  They also offer points at certain retail outlets too, details can be found on their website www.jumeirah.com/sirius

SHUKRAN
The Shukran card was launched last year as a replacement for the old Lifestyle Card.  Set up by the Landmark group of companies they reward you with vouchers that can be redeemed in their retail outlets, for every 500 points you will get a 50 dhs cash back voucher.   www.shukranrewards.com

IBN BATTUTA TUESDAY CARD
Launched last year the *Tuesday* card is avaible on line and offers the shopper special discounts that only apply on Tuesday.   Discounted meals and Cinema Tickets up for grabs every Tuesday.  www.ibnbattutamall.com

WAFI SELECT
Offers discounts in selected stores.  It used to be a rewards system too but I think that has been discontinued, well I can't find any information on the website. Wafi also offer A Wafi Welcome Card to people who are visiting Dubai availing discounts at Wafi City.  www.wafi.com

CLUB APPAREL
Slightly different as all you need to avail the discounts of Club Apparel is a phone.   Not 100% how this works but apparently points are credited to your phone and then can be redeemed instantly at participating outlets. The website is a bit vague though.  www.imovation.com

CONNECTOR CARD
Not heard but about this one but it is free, register on line.  Offers various different discounts, one of note however was the Boston Bar in the Jumeirah Rotana, 15% discount on total bill.  www.mydubaiconnection.com

ASWAAQ WAFA CARD
Great card this one and the only Supermarket one that I am aware off.  You need to spend 1000 dhs to qualify for the permanent card but you are given a temporary one until you complete your spend.  A point per Dirham, which can be redeemed when shopping at the store. Basically 100 points will give you a 1 dhs spend,  you may think it's not alot but with a weekly shop of 500 dhs it soon racks up, use it all year and then redeem during the festive season.  www.aswaaq.ae

MAGRUDY'S LOYALTY CARD
Are you a bookworm? then you will love this super loyalty card, we have had one for some time now.  For each purchase you get points, which can be redeemed at a later date. You can also receive invitations to book signings and any events that Magrudy's are hosting/involved with.   A definate in my opinion.  www.magrudy.com/loyalty

GONABIT RED POINTS REWARDS
If you are a regular shopper at GONABIT then you will find this is a must you even get points for viewing a nab via their website, as long as you are logged in. All done on line so no card to lug about which keeps the wallet nice and slim. For more information log onto www.gonabit.com

GRAZIA INSIDER
This is a definate for the fashionistas!!! offering a massive 20% discount from some of the hottest fashion retailers in town, waste no time and apply on line now at http://www.ahlanlive.com/grazia/insider/

AMBER CARD
Set up by the Al Tayer group this card accrues points on spend at various Al Tayer outlets, including automotive, there is a minimum spend to qualify for the card but the benefits appear to be good. For more information and for a list of participating stores check their website www.myamber.ae

Happy Shopping


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