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The 53 Best Customer Rewards Programs

From fast food restaurants to pharmacies, these are the most recommended store rewards programs around. Score freebies, coupons, and other perks!
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Best Rewards Programs

These days, it seems like every business has a customer rewards program. But which loyalty cards are actually worth keeping in your wallet, and which apps should you never delete from your phone? We've compiled a list of all the best rewards programs for you to take advantage of.

But First: Read the Fine Print

Even the best rewards program is only as valuable as you make it. A lot of stores offer amazing customer rewards and birthday freebies. That being said, not all the store rewards programs are worth your time or cash. If they're for a store you frequent — whether that's every day, week, or month — these programs can be well worth looking into.

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Still, we recommend reading the fine print before you sign up. True, that's easier said than done when you have a cashier pushing you to add yet another card to your keychain, but it's worth learning what the customer rewards program is about before you join.

Make sure the customer rewards are actually attainable, too. If a store has super cheap merchandise but is stingy with their point payouts, you could end up spending more than you normally would just to reach that next rewards threshold, or membership tier. And when you've earned your customer rewards, use them (wisely).

The 53 Best Customer Rewards Programs

So, without further ado, here are the 53 best rewards programs! Are there any you think we should add to the list?

AMC Stubs Insider

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards
Free Earn 20 points per dollar spent Redeem 5,000 points for a $5 reward

Perks
- Waived online ticketing fees for 4+ tickets
- $5 Ticket Tuesdays
- Free large popcorn refill
- Birthday gift: large popcorn
- Exclusive offers and screenings

Premiere

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards
$15 per year $5 Bonus Bucks Earn 100 points per dollar spent Redeem 5,000 points for a $5 reward

Perks
- Insider-level perks
- Free fountain drink and popcorn size upgrades
- Priority lanes at box office and concessions
- Waived online ticketing fees
- Birthday gift: large popcorn and large fountain drink

A-List

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards
$19.95 per month Earn 100 points per dollar spent Redeem 5,000 points for a $5 reward

Perks
- Premiere-level perks
- Up to 3 movies every week with free online reservations


B&N Membership

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
$25 per year Over $60 in bonus coupons - 40% off list price hardcover best-sellers
- 10% off almost everything else
- Free express shipping online
- Member-exclusive offers


Baskin-Robbins App

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free regular scoop - Receive deals and coupons
- Pay from the app
- Track events
- Send a mobile gift card


Premier Rewards Plus

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free Free Pizookie Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 100 points for a $10 reward Free birthday Pizookie


Millionaire's Club

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
$25 per year - Free $5 reward card
- $100 in bonus coupons
- Free shipping
- Up to 40% off best-sellers
- Up to 20% off other items
- 10% off in-store on almost everything else
- Free WiFi access in-store
- Exclusive email offers


Sweet Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free $3 reward Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 50 points for a $5 reward Exclusive offers


VIP Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free - Free appetizer or dessert
- 100 bonus points
Earn 5 points per dollar spent Redeem 500 points for a free meal Exclusive offers and savings


Chick-fil-A One Member

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Sign up online or download the Android or iOS app for free Earn 10 points per dollar spent - Free food rewards
- Bonus free food rewards from your local restaurant
- Birthday reward

Silver Member

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Sign up online or download the Android or iOS app for free Earn 11 points per dollar spent - Member-level perks
- Gift rewards to friends and family
- Meal donation on member's behalf

Red Member

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Sign up online or download the Android or iOS app for free Earn 12 points per dollar spent - Silver Member perks
- First to know about new menu items and insider info
- 2 Chick-fil-A College Football Hall of Fame tickets
- 6 Chick-fil-A Backstage Tour tickets


Movie Club

Cost to Join Perks
$8.99 per month - 1 2D movie credit every month (unused tickets roll over)
- 20% off concessions
- Share benefits with a friend
- Waived online fees
- Add-on tickets for $8.99


Club Cinnabon

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Coupon for a free Minibon - Exclusive offers
- Birthday treat


Coco's eClub

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Free slice of pie Deals, coupons, and news on promotions


My Cold Stone Club Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free - Buy one, get one free Creation
- 25 bonus points
Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 50 points for a $5 reward - Chance to receive prizes
- Exclusive offers
- Sneak peek at new products and promotions


Corner Bakery eClub

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Free sweet offer Exclusive offers


Cream Rewards Program

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free 5 bonus points Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 50 points for a free ice cream sandwich Exclusive offers


MyCulver's

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Free scoop Exclusive offers


CVS ExtraCare

Cost to Join Perks
Free - 2% back in ExtraBuck Rewards
- Extra savings on your favorite items
- Email-only deals if you provide an email address during sign-up


ScoreCard

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 300 points for a $10 reward - Exclusive coupons
- Access to events
- Also valid at Golf Galaxy and Field & Stream


Dot Crazy! Email Club

Cost to Join Perks
Free - Free Dippin' Dots on your birthday
- Special coupons and offers


DD Perks

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free beverage Earn 5 points per dollar spent Redeem 200 points for a free beverage - Free beverage on your birthday
- Offers and discounts on your favorite items


JCPenney Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free - Earn 1 point per $2 spent
- JCP cardholders earn 1 point per dollar spent
Redeem 200 points for a $10 reward - Receive an offer on your birthday
- Bonus rewards


Shore Points Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Purchase
Free Earn:
- 3 points per kid's meal
- 4 points per mini sub or breakfast sandwich
- 6 points per regular sub, wrap, or sub-in-a-tub
- 12 points per giant sub

Rewards Perks
Redeem:
- 48 points for a mini sub
- 72 points for a regular sub, wrap, or sub-in-a-tub
- 144 points for a giant sub
Receive text offers


Yes2You Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards
Free Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 100 points for $5 Rewards Cash


Krispy Kreme Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points Earned Rewards Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free doughnut Points earned vary based on your purchases Redeem points for free beverages and doughnuts - Exclusive offers
- Free birthday gift


Slab Happy Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free ice cream Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 50 points for a $5 reward $5 reward on your birthday and Slab Happy anniversary


McDonald's App

Cost to Join Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Exclusive offers in the app


Mimi's eClub

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free 2-pack of croissants or muffins Exclusive offers


Moosejaw Rewards

Cost to Join Perks
Free for basic level - 10% back on every order
- 2.5% back on sale items
- Can apply reward dollars as payment type

High Altitude Rewards

Aconcagua

Cost to Join Perks
Spend $500 annually - Access to private promotions once a year
- Early access to key promotions

Denali

Cost to Join Perks
Spend $1,000 annually - Aconcagua perks
- Annual madness gift
- Free 4- to 6-day shipping

K2

Cost to Join Perks
Spend $1,500 annually - Denali perks
- Access to private promotions twice a year
- Free 3-day shipping
- Access to VIP phone support

Everest

Cost to Join Perks
Spend $2,000 annually - K2 perks
- Free 2-day shipping
- Free return shipping


The Nordy Club

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Free - Earn 1 point per dollar spent
- Nordstrom cardmembers earn 3 points per dollar spent
Redeem points for $5, $10, $15, or $20 Nordstrom Notes that can be spent in-store and online at Nordstrom, Nordstrom Rack, and HauteLook


Office Depot OfficeMax Rewards

Cost to Join Perks
Free - 2% back on furniture, supplies and tech
- Members-only savings, recycling rewards, and rewards for reviews

VIP

Cost to Join Perks
Spend $500 in 12 months - Basic-level perks
- 5% back in rewards on ink, toner, paper, and print/copy/ship services
- Free delivery with no minimum purchase
- Birthday offers


Olive Garden eClub

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Free appetizer or dessert Exclusive coupons


Steaklover Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Free Earn 1 point per dollar spent, or 2 points per dollar spent on Private Reserve items - Rewards for purchases and referrals
- Email-exclusive offers

Premium Tier

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Spend $300 in 12 months Earn more points on every purchase - Access to private offers
- Free birthday dessert


The Color Club Pastel Level

Points Earned in Past Year Points/Dollar Perks
0 points Earn 2 points per dollar spent - Receive $10 for referring a friend
- Provide input on new colors and kits

Vibrant Level

Points Earned in Past Year Points/Dollar Perks
500 points Earn 4 points per dollar spent - Pastel-level perks
- Birthday gift points

Extreme Level

Points Earned in Past Year Points/Dollar Perks
1,200 points Earn 6 points per dollar spent - Vibrant-level perks
- Free U.S. shipping
- Early access to sales
- Early access to new colors


Fan Club

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free 3 free tenders with any purchase - 1 free offer every month
- Free birthday meal


Pals Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free Earn 1 point per dollar spent Redeem 100 points for a $5 reward - 5% back on purchases
- Free shipping on repeat deliveries
- Free gift on your pet's birthday


Hut Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free Earn 2 points per dollar spent Redeem:
- 150 points for a medium 2-topping pizza
- 200 points for any medium pizza
- 250 points for any large pizza
- Unlimited points on every order
- Exclusive offers
- Birthday rewards
- Faster checkout


Pizza Inn Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free medium chocolate chip Pizzert - Rewards on every 9th visit
- Online ordering
- Exclusive offers
- Free birthday dessert


Potbelly Perks Cookie Rookie

Cost to Join Smiles/Dollar Perks
10 smiles Earn 1 smile per $2 spent - Free treat after 5 sandwich purchases in first 5 weeks after enrollment
- Personalized perks
- Free birthday food and drink
- Order ahead and jump the line

Sandwich Superstar

Cost to Join Perks
50 smiles - Cookie Rookie perks
- Exclusive first tastings and member events
- Underground menu access

Menu Master

Cost to Join Perks
250 smiles - Sandwich Superstar perks
- Free cookie with purchase from 3 pm to 5 pm


REI Co-op

Cost to Join Perks
$20 for a lifetime membership - 10% back on purchases in the form of an annual member dividend
- Members-only special offers
- Access to in-store REI Garage sales
- Special pricing on REI outdoor classes and events, rentals, shop services, and REI Adventures


Rita's Rewards

Cost to Join Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free regular Italian ice, frozen custard, or gelati on your 8th visit


Wellness+ Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Free - Earn 1 point per dollar spent on nonprescription purchases
- Earn up to 25 points for every prescription filled
- Members-only pricing
- Exclusive email offers
- Automatic savings on participating items
- Earn up to 20% off almost the entire store for a year


Sally Beauty Rewards Preferred

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free $5 reward when you sign up and make a purchase Earn 10 points per eligible dollar spent - 10% back in rewards
- Redeem 500 points for a $5 reward
- Custom color consultation
- Bonus point opportunities
- Members-only offers, discounts, and coupons
- Birthday bonus month

Elite

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Spend $200 in a calendar year $5 reward when you sign up and make a purchase Earn 12.5 points per dollar spent - 10% back in rewards
- Redeem 500 points for a $5 reward
- Preferred-level rewards
- Free shipping
- Annual qualification gift


Beauty Insider Insider

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Free Earn 1 point per dollar spent - Birthday gift (2 choices)
- Seasonal savings
- Rewards Bazaar
- Trial-size products
- One-of-a-kind experiences
- In-store beauty services
- Free beauty classes
- Access to the Beauty Insider community

VIB

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Spend $350 per calendar year Earn 1.25 points per dollar spent - Insider-level perks
- Birthday gift (4 choices)
- Tier celebration gift (3 choices)
- Full-size products

Rouge

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Spend $1,000 per calendar year Earn 1.5 points per dollar spent - VIB-level perks
- Free standard shipping
- Early access to products
- Exclusive events
- $100 Rouge Reward


Sonic App

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Free medium slush or drink - Reload your MySONIC card to receive monthly rewards
- Send digital gift cards to friends


Starbucks Rewards Green Level

Cost to Join Number of Stars Earned Stars/Dollar Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free 0-299 stars Earn 2 stars per dollar spent - Pay and order ahead by phone
- Birthday rewards
- Free in-store refills
- Member events and offers

Gold Level

Number of Stars Earned Perks
300+ stars - Green-Level perks
- Monthly double-star days
- Personalized gold card
- Reward every 125 stars


Loyalty Program

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free 10% off your next purchase - Earn sweetBenefits with every purchase
- Personalized offers
- Free 12-oz. cup after 10 visits


TCBY

TCBY Insiders

Cost to Join Rewards/Dollar Rewards Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free Earn a $3 reward per $30 spent Earn $3 for every referral - Free birthday treat with Silver Spoon status
- $3 reward with Gold Spoon status
- $5 reward with Platinum Spoon status


TGI Fridays Rewards

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Free appetizer or dessert Exclusive perks


Ultamate Rewards Member Level

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Free Earn 1 point per dollar spent - Free birthday gift
- Double points during your birthday month

Platinum Level

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Spend $450 per calendar year Earn 1.25 points per dollar spent - Member-level perks
- $10 birthday coupon
- Earned points will never expire

Diamond Level

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Perks
Spend $1,200 per calendar year Earn 1.5 points per dollar spent - Platinum-level perks
- Free shipping on $25
- Annual $25 beauty services reward card


Village Inn eClub

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Perks
Free Free slice of pie Valuable deals and coupons


Balance Rewards

Cost to Join Points/Dollar Rewards Perks
Free Varies Redeem:
- 1,000 points for a $1 reward
- 2,000 points for a $2 reward
- 3,000 points for a $3 reward
- 4,000 points for a $4 reward
- 5,000 points for a $5 reward
Earn points on:
- Prescriptions and vaccines
- Shopping trips
- Healthy choices


Wendy's App

Cost to Join Perks
Download the Android or iOS app for free - Exclusive offers
- Order from your phone
- Get delivery


The Key

Cost to Join Earn Rewards Perks Valid Stores
Free - 3% back in rewards
- 5% back in rewards if you're a Williams-Sonoma cardholder
Receive a reward when you earn at least $15 - Exclusive access
- Free design services
- Pottery Barn
- Pottery Barn Kids
- PB Teen
- Williams-Sonoma
- Williams-Sonoma Home
- West Elm
- Mark Graham


Real Rewards Green Level

Cost to Join Sign-Up Reward Points/Ounce Perks
Free Free 3 oz. Earn 1 point per ounce purchased Free 3-oz. birthday treat

Raspberry Level

Cost to Join Points/Ounce Rewards Perks
60 points Earn 1 point per ounce purchased Redeem 36 points for a free 3-oz. yogurt Free 5-oz. birthday treat

Platinum Level

Cost to Join Points/Ounce Rewards Perks
240 points Earn 1 point per ounce purchased - Redeem 36 points for a free 4-oz. yogurt
- Free "Unlimited Cup" for every 520 points earned
- Personalized Yogurtland Platinum card
- 16-oz. birthday treat

Readers, what are the best rewards programs you know about? Share your favorites in the comments below.


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joefloyd
Outback Steakhouse has a pretty good reward card if you are a regular diner at Outback, Carrabbas, or Bonefish Grill and other Bloomin Brands restaurants. You get a $20 off discount every 4th visit if you spend $40. Plus you can use AARP card and get 10% off every meal except when you're redeeming a reward.
Smithda
My one issue with your list is there are important program nuances that can make a huge difference of how good a rewards program is. For example, I notice you don't have Best Buys. While I get it doesn't have the strongest rewards value per $1 spent, you can use those rewards with essentially anything meaning if you have other coupons and price matches. Whereas Khols may seem like a higher percentage, but they apply it to your merchandise before any other discounts meaning that if you have a 30% off coupon, you don't get the 30% off of what the $5 covers.
cko916
You missed the Regal/UA Cinema's rewards program, even though competitors AMC and Cinemark were included. The Cinemark one isn't really a rewards program, it's a subscription service (with very limited benefits).

The Regal program gives you 100 points for every dollar spent on tickets or concession snacks. You move up in "gem" levels the more frequently you go to the theater (buy a ticket, only the first one per day counts) per year. When you reach the top "Diamond" level at 20 visits in a year, you'll get 1000 bonus points when you buy a ticket (once per day only). There are also frequent promotions where you get 500-1000 bonus points for seeing a particular movie there on the first weekend, or a series of movies from the same studio.

You can cash in points for tickets (18000 points) or popcorn, etc. You can even upgrade a free small popcorn to med (+$1) or large (+$2). So it's a pretty "rewarding" and flexible program.
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OkieDealKing
If you join at their $100 membership level and use their Sam's Mastercard there are a number of perks that make their's a nice rewards program. With their 5% back on gas - which is usually some of the least expensive gas per gallon anyway, 3% on restaurants, and 1% on everything else? I usually get twice my membership cost back annually in a check from Sam's for buying stuff at bulk discount and saving money that way too. Plus you get $10 back for every $500 you spend on top of whatever the Sam's Mastercard offers. Throw in free shipping, periodic bonuses (like their most recent spend $30 get $10 at Sams.com), and their fantastic, no waiting in check out Scan & Go app - makes their rewards deal and shopping at Sam's even sweeter.
joe1512
I would consider Amazon sort-of a rewards program. Their prime credit card offers 5% on all amazon purchases which is quite a bit better than any other card (except really specific categories). It also helps clarify just how much you are spending there.
The Kohls card is also good under certain circumstances as it can sometimes unlock extra % off at times that might not be available with current coupons.
taku74
As long as you don't mind sharing all of your information. Creepy to get e-mails that say "you bought this before, don't you want to buy it again?"
raskev
Eddie Bauer also has a very good rewards program. They send a number of $10 reward certificates that stack with sale prices throughout the year.
Woody484
Citibank