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February 23, 2022

On the wires

Turning Groceries Into Getaways: Instacart Customers Can Now Earn Delta SkyMiles With Every Order

“Starting February 18, we’re teaming up with Delta Air Lines to give customers more ways to earn miles when they link their SkyMiles and Instacart accounts , with special earning bonuses for Instacart Express members. Once linked, members will earn 1 mile for $1* spent with Instacart, and Instacart Express members will earn 1.5 miles for $1* spent. Plus, Delta customers will have special access to extended complimentary trials of up to 12 months of Instacart Express.”

November 25, 2019

On the wires

Discover and PayPal™ Collaboration Gives Cardmembers New Way to Redeem Rewards

“All eligible1 Discover cardmembers can easily pay with their Cashback Bonus or Miles using PayPal when they shop online and in apps2. Once cardmembers link their Discover card with PayPal, they can instantly redeem any amount of their rewards on eligible purchases at checkout. This latest feature stems from an ongoing collaboration between Discover and PayPal to give Discover cardmembers a rich suite of benefits and experiences with PayPal. These benefits include enabling cardmembers to easily link their Discover card to their PayPal wallet from Discover’s app and website which were recognized by J.D. Power as the best in customer satisfaction among mobile credit card apps and credit card websites. Once linked, cardmembers can enjoy the convenience and security of checking out with PayPal while shopping at millions of merchants online.”

November 5, 2019

On the web

Google Play’s US Store Adds a Rewards Program With Points for Purchases, Downloads & More


“Google Play is launching a new rewards program , Googe Play Points , that will allow you to earn points for everything you do on the Google Play marketplace, from downloading new apps to subscribing to services to buying movies, books and more. Users can redeem the points earned in the program for things like in-app purchases of characters, gems and other items in apps like Candy Crush or Pokémon GO, for example. Play Points also can be turned into Google Play Credit, then put toward renting a movie or buying an audiobook, Google says.”

September 9, 2019

On the wires

May 22, 2019

On the wires

Ibotta Introduces Pay With Ibotta – In-App Payments With Instant Rewards at the Point of Purchase

“Pay with Ibotta marks a major milestone for the company as it seeks to further its mission of making every purchase rewarding. When Ibotta Savers use Pay with Ibotta, they will earn cash back on their entire purchase at more than 30 participating retailers. The feature allows Savers to simply enter the purchase total into the Ibotta app, prompting retailers to scan the app for an instant, rewarded checkout. With no waiting or redeeming receipts, users will earn immediate cash back upon purchase, and Savers who link credit cards through the Ibotta app will also have the opportunity to stack their credit card rewards with their Pay with Ibotta earnings.”

January 2, 2019

On the web

Rewards Credit Cards Gained a Fanatic Following—Now Banks Are Pulling Back

Wall Street Journal (paywall)

“The ultra-premium rewards of the kind that JPMorgan has championed have turned into financial albatrosses. Big banks calculated that giant rewards would make consumers spend more, earning the banks more interest and boosting their returns. They calculated wrong. Consumers have figured out how to game the system, spending just enough to earn generous sign-up bonuses—then abandoning the cards in a drawer. Others pay their bills in full and avoid interest charges and late fees.”

December 4, 2018

On the wires

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