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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. 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.
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,
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!
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.
On a side note, the way the rewards program is working at the moment might save me some money. I will be going on cruises in the next two months, three weeks total, and I have less of an incentive to pay for internet access so I can keep getting points. The only thing I might want to get online for are the sweepstakes. But since I have never won anyway, I guess I'll just have to miss some entries.
This new program is, in my opinion, worthless. Even if I wanted to buy something by using my points, I can't because the bugs haven't been worked out. If I click on something to buy, I get is this irritating pop-up that tells me to join their rewards program! At this point, it's a total waste of my time.
I don't doubt that your having problems with the rewards program, the question is why. I have been doing very well since the new rewards program started. I have only had a few very minor problems earning and redeeming points which a quick page refresh usually takes care of. So far during the new program I have earned over 500.00 in free gift cards mostly from the 3 redemptions per month and also several daily sweepstakes wins. When the new program first started I was very skeptical about it but have found that for me it pays off way better than the old .
I, too, have noticed many things about the new Rewards program to make me wonder how I will react over time. As Russell pointed out, are we serving ourselves by gathering points?
Sure, I'm getting more points each day, but from what I've seen, on some items, they seem to be worth much less in value toward items than they were in RfG. In other areas, they are worth just as much or more, such as with the sweepstakes for Tuscany. We can sign up for up to five entries per day (more if you want to use snail mail to get more entries). If you can sign up for a certain number of entries per day on such a sweepstakes, the only concern might be if you have enough points accumulated to do so.
We get a slight stroke to the ego by the fact that we do earn more points than we need in order to go after those things we want from the AARP Rewards offerings.
I'm still holding out for time to tell me what I truly want from the new AARP Rewards program. I don't know if it will be a week, a month, a year, or whatever before I figure it out.
Still, I won't let the new AARP Rewards, as it stands now, dissuade me from my membership in AARP. I've already gained enough tangible and intangible rewards from AARP and the RfG to make me believe that I'm a life member of AARP. The AARP Rewards program we have now is a bonus, even with its bugs and other things we might not like about it.
Through this forum and other means to contact those who can make changes to the program, perhaps we can help make it better for all.
They're not listening. I've been saying that they need to hire extra Programmers to fix the bugs in the Rewards Program. I can't stand the fact that I have to clear my cache files everytime I want to see my Balance total. They also had for a quick minute some Items For Points ( and I mean a minute ) but do to the 3 Redemption policy I have to wait until next month. I'm just saying.
I expected there to be bugs or issues, but not this many. I am somewhat disappointed becuase of the number, but I have faith that they will be fixed, but it will probably take longer due to the number of problems that need to be fixed. I even suspect that some of the fixes will have to be fixed as well. That's the nature of these things lately.
One thing though. If I had known there would be limits placed on some of the things we can purchase I would have been more vocal about it before the switch. Specifically the Carnival cards. When they were available, before the pin fiasco, it looked like there were no points needed to buy them. Same is true on other gift cards, although I haven't clicked on any to confirm that. Because of that, I wonder, what is the point of going after a large number of points? I am starting to feel like an idiot trying to max out my points every day, not knowing what I would ever use them for. I can only hope that future offerings will become available. In the meantime, I wonder if the time spent on AARP Rewards might be better spent at a part time job, in retirement.
...and to add insult to injury, despite the months used to roll out the new Rewards program, it launched to ridicule and failure.
People are complainin about programming glitches, receiving gift cards that are unusable, and just basic chaos.
It seems fitting that the Rewards website is down as I write this.
The new program is a pale shadow of the Rewards For Good program.
For me, I purchased a LOT of gift cards in the last couple of years through RFG. However, now they're limiting the amount you can purchase to 1 card per month from any supplier and a total of 3 per month from all suppliers.
Not sure why they would think that the new program holds any value for current AARP members, especially when compared to RFG. Also, don't see the new Rewards program enticing anyone to join AARP.
For me, I won't be renewing my membership when it comes due next month.
@bruceschuh As you learn skills and know-how for the future, the AARP Rewards program will provide you with awesome incentives. AARP members can earn up to 7,500 points each day - Non-members can earn up to 5,000 points each day with Trivia, Quizzes, Sweepstakes, Fitness Tracking, Retirement Calculators and More. From the aarp.org home page, click on *AARP Rewards to explore the catalog.
disappointed in the reward points redemption for my points where is the catalog for AARP reward points I have over 88,000 points I need to be redeemed can we get cash for these points if so send me the link a desperate game player email me as soon as possible I called I've been transferred to three different departments none helped me if this is the way how you going to treat us that I don't think we need to be a part of AARP membership