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Re: Disappointed in the new rewards program

No Auctions and can win only one sweepstake a month.  Who would be happy with the changes?

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Hello Gem @gm5271 ,

I found a note that I wrote that shows that I purchased "Women's Health" on 7/17/19.  I did not record the number of issues redeemed, however.  We have been receiving it and my darling girlfriend enjoys it.

Nice to "see" you.  I hope this is of some help.

Take care,

AndrewToo
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@andrewtoo 

Hey Andrew thanks for reply 

Did you mean 9 instead of 7? Mine was ordered 9/21 2 days b4 program ended was thinking you got same time in September? Glad y'all receiving maybe mine will come soon

Have a wonderful holiday season Take care 

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Hello @BettyB374802 

I saw a post about the magazine issue about a month ago😢  I won an Elle subscription in August and checked after seeing post via email I received from R4G and my subscription should start in December as per magazine website.

Do U  have the R4G email about your Weight Watchers subscriptions?  Call R4G Customer Service at 800-842-2891.  Hope you get them.

 

Have a Blessed Day

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Thank you for your help,,,

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@azhotaz   We still have the Rewards for Good program  and left this message in the old forum - https://community.aarp.org/t5/Rewards-for-Good/Still-have-questions-about-Rewards-for-Good-orders-S... .  

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I think it is sad that when you earn thousands upon thousands and thousands of reward that they no longer offer free incentives as they have done in the past.  (We pay S&H of course!)

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I agree there are no longer any points only rewards. Only gift cards for a $1 or $2 discount which is not worth it. Come on AARP you can do better.

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@JamesE236846 wrote:

I agree there are no longer any points only rewards. Only gift cards for a $1 or $2 discount which is not worth it. Come on AARP you can do better.


My review:

 

1. Yes, the gift cards for a $1 to $2 discount is kind of a ripoff. If you get the cash app, they are offering 10% off groceries and you can buy gift cards at grocery stores. 10% of a 75 gift card is $7.50 off.... lol.

 

2. It seems AARP is trying to prevent members from hoarding points. You can now enter sweepstakes you likely will not win or redeem rewards which seems like they are scaling back the quality/quantity of gift card/items.

 

Definitely people were gaming the system. Some members were bragging having 500k points, maxing out on sweepstake entries and obtaining 3 redemptions every month. I can understand AARP trying to stop this.

 

In order to gain 3 quality redemptions every month you will most likely have to stop entering in the sweepstakes because now the entry point maxing sweepstake entries is very high and will prevent members from hoarding points.

 

I might lean towards not entering anymore sweepstakes but it also seems like AARP maybe reducing the quality in what you can redeem. 

 

 

 

 

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I don't think people are "gaming" the current system, nor are they bragging about their points totals.  It's more like they are complaining that they have very little that they are willing to spend their points on. 

 

The first time I tried to use an e-card at a Walmart, in the express register line, the  clerk messed up the transaction, which resulted in a lot of unhappy customers in the line behind me, waiting for a supervisor to come and straighten it out. I won't purchase any e-cards that I cannot use online and enter them into an account like Uber or Amazon for later use, or for a purchase right away that I was already contemplating.  

 

Unless you've been lucky over the past year and have won a sweepstakes, the new extra entries is a slap in the face, looking like its only purpose is to get us to lower our points total for nothing in return, save hope.  If the same people max out on entries for each contest, as they were before, the odds for winning are not changed. 

 

Rather than admit that it was a mistake to switch from Deluxe to Hello World!, the decision makers at AARP are struggling to make it work, rather than switch back. Hello World! decides what is offered for redemption, and the discounts available through their negotiations with vendors.  They are the ones responsible for when your purchases get messed up and don't come through. AARP is only responsible for switching and not realizing how unhappy the users are about it, and thereby switching back.  I can only surmise that AARP has a contract with Hello World! that they cannot get out of easily. That or someone is reluctant to admit the mistake in switching.

 

As far as I can remember, pretty much the only issue with Deluxe was with the auctions having tiers, and allowing for some people to fudge their way into lower tiers, using massive points totals to get what they wanted. AARP could have just eliminated Auctions, like they did anyway by switching to Hello World!.  If the contract with Deluxe wouldn't allow for that, AARP could have just made a recommendation to its members to not partake and explain why.

 

The additional sweepstakes entries are showing me that I have been spending too much time watching videos and taking quizzes, some over and over again, building up a points total that I may never need, due to lack of anything to spend them on. Shoot, I don't even need to spend points now for the Carnival gift cards I came here for in the first place. All I have to do is stay as a member.  

 

I will make a disclaimer, though, that I have learned quite a bit by taking quizzes and watching videos.  I have to keep reminding myself of that benefit.

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@RussellP197074 wrote:

I don't think people are "gaming" the current system, nor are they bragging about their points totals.  It's more like they are complaining that they have very little that they are willing to spend their points on. 

 

The first time I tried to use an e-card at a Walmart, in the express register line, the  clerk messed up the transaction, which resulted in a lot of unhappy customers in the line behind me, waiting for a supervisor to come and straighten it out. I won't purchase any e-cards that I cannot use online and enter them into an account like Uber or Amazon for later use, or for a purchase right away that I was already contemplating.  

 

Unless you've been lucky over the past year and have won a sweepstakes, the new extra entries is a slap in the face, looking like its only purpose is to get us to lower our points total for nothing in return, save hope.  If the same people max out on entries for each contest, as they were before, the odds for winning are not changed. 

 

Rather than admit that it was a mistake to switch from Deluxe to Hello World!, the decision makers at AARP are struggling to make it work, rather than switch back. Hello World! decides what is offered for redemption, and the discounts available through their negotiations with vendors.  They are the ones responsible for when your purchases get messed up and don't come through. AARP is only responsible for switching and not realizing how unhappy the users are about it, and thereby switching back.  I can only surmise that AARP has a contract with Hello World! that they cannot get out of easily. That or someone is reluctant to admit the mistake in switching.

 

As far as I can remember, pretty much the only issue with Deluxe was with the auctions having tiers, and allowing for some people to fudge their way into lower tiers, using massive points totals to get what they wanted. AARP could have just eliminated Auctions, like they did anyway by switching to Hello World!.  If the contract with Deluxe wouldn't allow for that, AARP could have just made a recommendation to its members to not partake and explain why.

 

The additional sweepstakes entries are showing me that I have been spending too much time watching videos and taking quizzes, some over and over again, building up a points total that I may never need, due to lack of anything to spend them on. Shoot, I don't even need to spend points now for the Carnival gift cards I came here for in the first place. All I have to do is stay as a member.  

 

I will make a disclaimer, though, that I have learned quite a bit by taking quizzes and watching videos.  I have to keep reminding myself of that benefit.


I have noticed the number of gift cards you can redeem in September is down quite a bit. If this continues it doesn't look very good.

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I agree this new program is not near as good as the old one.  They should have beta tested it prior to release for our use and not used us to run into all of the bugs, also it is tiresome to have to continually page thru the activities just to get to where you left off.  Perhaps it will improve over time and maybe the fun parts of the old program will be brought into this one (auctions, daily deal, sweeps for just a few points an entry).  

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I agree 100% the new program sucks..What happen to carnival gift cards?

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@RobertN525535  @pb44561298  @pw17101802  @nwbw10  @hg88943930   Thank you for your candid feedback.  We are utilizing users like you to improve the program as it gets off the ground.  This is a BETA site, we are not promoting this as we are allowing users who find it on their own and of course our rewards community users to kick the tires and help improve the experience.  We appreciate your feedback!

 

We will have the Carnival gift cards return but not until we are sure you will not experience issues.

 

We will update you in these forums when they are back.

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thank you for your reply..PLEASE LET US KNOW WHEN YOU GET THE NEW TIRES ON AND CARNIVAL IS ROLLING AGAIN..

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I, too, have found it to be very disappointing. It is the single biggest reason I pay for AARP! If this doesn't improve I will not be renewing. The site has disappointing rewards and doesn't even work to claim what they do have. They were planning this well enough ahead to have worked more of the bugs out.
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Disappointed as well, only two points only gift cards and they are now gone
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Also disappointed, but hoping it's just a slow start building up to something as good as the rewards for good program

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I've pretty much given up on the new rewards program. I've signed up for the allstate rewards programs which seem to have all the benefits of the old rewards program that aarp had.

I'm not sure what the reasons were for the change or who made the decision, but i hope the organization realizes soon that alienating customers/members by removing the things they like is not a smart decision. This had not been a very good couple of weeks for aarp in the news and frankly that's another reason i most likely will not be back.

For those of you still waiting for this new rewards program, I sincerely hope they get it up and running for you.

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Very disappointed as well.

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If you have watched videos for points, you will have noticed advertisements in the beginning of the videos. Obviously someone is making money everytime someone watches a video, however small the amount.  It adds up, though.

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I think there were far too many bugs at launch than there should've been for a system that has been worked on for several months. If I remember correctly, they announced the new AARP Rewards in May. It was supposed to launch in June or July, but got delayed. A couple months later, they launch a program that was so full of bugs, it didn't deserve the title of "Beta" that they gave it.

 

This new system ran by HelloWorld, Inc. is, in my opinion, far inferior to that ran by Deluxe Rewards, Ltd., who ran the old Rewards For Good site. I believe this is why we're seeing a new website with terrible navigation, no search feature for gift cards, and an overall bad user interface. I would also assume that it's HelloWorld, Inc. who limits the gift card purchases to 1-3 a month, but I could be wrong. Possibly because of lack of stock maybe?? If that's the case, then there's another reason they never should've switched from Deluxe Rewards, Ltd.

 

I agree with others that gift cards for small amounts like $1 or $4 off the face value of an already small gift card is a joke. Why would I go through the process of purchasing a gift card for a restaurant, for example, if it's only going to save me $1.00? The answer, I'm not, I'll just spend the dollar at the restaurant. Gift cards like that are practically insulting. Seems to me like they come from the new HelloWorld system.

 

I'm interested to know how AARP benefits from their rewards program, both Rewards For Good and now AARP Rewards. Was it merely an engine to drive traffic to their site/organization or do they actually get a piece of the gift card sales? Whatever it is, they do benefit somehow, because if they didn't, they wouldn't host such a program. The Carnival gift cards are an extremely popular product and are always in high demand. They have driven traffic to AARP for years. So why would you want to upset all of those buyers of these cards and risk chasing them away by limiting them to 1-3 a month. Anyone who buys those gift cards understands that a limit like that severely impedes their purpose. People pay off entire cruises over time with those gift cards and this new limit makes that extremely difficult. Again, if the limit is a direct result of the move to HelloWorld, Inc., and it chases away AARP customers, then I would think AARP would be eager to remedy that.

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A member for 8 years. They didn't send me the email they said they sent out saying the Rewards for Good expires 9/23/2019. Lost all my points!

Two weeks ago I tried to redeem new rewards for gift cards. What a pain. Turns out they charged my credit card $55.00 but never sent me the cards. I received emails from the 3 different vendors of the cards with NO link to redeem. (I didn't expect virtual cards or print outs either). No mail either.

 

I contacted AARP and spoke to Cynthia, who couldn't understand the problem and said 'that order is unflled'. Hmm, right, Cynthia - that's why I'm calling you! She said: 'You'll have to call the Rewards Hotline later to fix this - they aren't available' and said she couldn't give me a direct line. Great.

 

I waited 15 minutes and called back and spoke with Bill who was frustrated and sympathetic but the only thing he could do was give me each vendor's phone number and told me to call them to ask for a refund or a link to redeem the card.

 

No refund from AARP - they are now just a website where you can save a few bucks on gift cards but if you have problems you'll have to contact each vendor. When you place an order you think you are getting the cards in the mail, bulk, like before with the Goods program. Not now.

I think AARP needs to direct the buyer to each site when purchasing - THAT WAY YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE GETTING INTO? And the tiny amount saved on each card is now moot since I've spent valuable time trying to resolve this issue

 

I will NOT be using the rewards program at all. Note: Turns out Bill says there is NO Rewards Hotline. Which one should I believe? Cynthia or Bill? Ha.

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Okay, thanks. I used to get all the notifications but this one...no.

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I had to get the emails sent to me again to download the 'gift cards' and print them out. Frustrating amount of time spent to follow up and get the rewards. I ordered actual gift cards so me spending my time and effort, paper and ink to print out wasn't worth the $2.00 saved per card. Won't use again.

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@Hotson4nowhere   I am sorry you have not gotten the answers from our customer service.  I would be happy to follow up with you!  I see you have purchased three gift cards - have you received any of those?  I can follow up to see where they are if not.  You can also email me at community@aarp.org with any specifics.

 

Additionally, the emails for our old program were mailed for several months and our website also had announcements for the months leading up to the change.  We are sorry you did not see these announcements as we really did try to insure all of our users were notified.  

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Okay, thanks. I used to get all the notifications but that notification...no.

I had to get the emails sent to me again to download the 'gift cards' and print them out. Frustrating amount of time spent to follow up and get the rewards. I ordered actual gift cards so me spending my time and effort, paper and ink to print out wasn't worth the $2.00 saved per card. I understand about recycling and don't object to the paper cards - however, AARP shouldn't offer actual gift cards - they should state the cards will need to be printed out and a link will be sent. So confusing.

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Hello @Hotson4nowhere 

It's horrible that you never received the email informing us of the end of R4G and lost all your points.  Nobody could carry any points to the new program.  Your points went into the 50+ Winners Thank You Sweeps and nobody in the community has stated that they won.

I think it was a money issue which caused R4G to hype the new program and launch it as a Beta version for us to report all the problems.  With the 5 years experience they should know every problem that the members would encounter.

The gift card discounts are sad, and limits on everything.

I think that all of the member testers should get a $250.00 VISA card for time finding and reporting issues.

Hope you can get your money refunded.

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Marylin

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And then there is today's Daily Instant win.  A $5 gift card for Whole Foods.  $5 does not go far at Whole Foods.  So, you spend points to gamble on winning.  If you lose, you don't get your points back.  If you win, you get the card, but you forgo any chance of winning something better the rest of October.  Talk about a lose lose situation!

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The new program is no incentive to use if you want desirable rewards.  $9 for a $10 gift card, $45 for a $50 gift card - truly that is nothing very desirable.  Of course, many of the articles and information are valuable but they seem poorly arranged and just scattered around.

 

Receiving free items for points would be very good, but they need to be quality items.  This is what would attract readers to your publications.  Your articles are very helpful and valuable to people, but it does not help to advertise good point benefits, when they truly are not.

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