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Rewards Catalog is Horrible!

Hello Rewards Warriors

 

Have you noticed the catalog is horrible?  Everything is for sale with very small discounts, and many offers for only the East coast.

 

Sunglass Hut card for $20, and there cheapest shades start at $49.50 plus shipping😢

 

What would you like to see in the catalog?

 

Have a Blessed Day

Marylin

 

 

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hello everyone just wanted to say, I know it's no surprise to , but have you noticed that there is only the same 6 Items For Points for the past 2 weeks. Is AARP REWARDS people waiting for December 30 to post some decent Rewards? I still have about 1 half weeks before I can Redeem my points for a item. I just hope they'll have something Good. What was up with that 12 Weeks of Good Rewards or what ever it was? One more thing, this months Extra Credit is horrible. I'm out. 

Also thank you mi4090 for the Promo Codes 👍

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Hello @al45009948 

 

There are days I completely miss coming to site now, nothing in catalog to use points on.  

 

The way program set up now, mostly everything for sale. 

 

Jan. 1, 2021 points will start disappearing. Beginning of year the "Points Only" Gift Cards and Deals will appear for an outrageous amount of points for $5 or $10 value.

 

Rewards pprogram and catalog is horrible.😢

 

You are welcome @al45009948 glad to help😊

 

Have a Blessed Day,

Marylin

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Hello @al45009948 

 

I don't believe anyone at Rewards truly knows what a deal is or what value means😢

 

Their goal is to make seniors a cash cow😢

 

The catalog is still horrible since I posted.  I guess I'll ever get my ACE badge back now😂

 

Have a Blessed Day

Marylin

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Agreed. I don't even bother anymore to go to the AARP rewards website anymore. The only interesting things are the free games/ crosswords. They definitely need more points only rewards. I am reconsidering renewing my membership. I don't use those perks either. Also, tired of AARP junk mail for life and car insurance in my post every week...

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@mi4090   Thanks for the info about the location of the company running the program.  I did not know that.    Safeway is in the DC metropolitan area....but not where I live unfortunately.  That explains that one.   Many of the others I have not heard of even though I live on the east coast.   Perhaps some of them are west coast, I don't know.  

At any rate, it seems everyone agrees the program this month has seen a significant downgrade.  

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Hello @HokiePoq 

 

None of grocery card chains in my city, and the discount is not worth the trouble.  Kroger, Costco, Sam's Club here are good but most other grocery stores here add 10% to your total.

 

They're performing maintenance on catalog today, patience is a virtue😉.

 

Have a Blessed Day

Marylin

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@andrewtoo 

 

Andrew, I got the max on some of the streaming services which won't expire till next year, no money paid.  Also, got (2) Panera Bread which I'll use for my daughter's birthday lunch this month😉 All this was within the first (3) months.  I will also be watching and waiting for all buildup that was pushed out about how great this program was😯

 

@a170938b those cards would be great for "Points Only" and we've been asking for them a long time.  I'd love to see Kroger cards.  Does management know what value means?  Guess not, look at how the valued paying members are treated😢

 

@HokiePoq there are very few options in other parts of the U.S.  Internet stores with small discounts and huge prices plus shipping, or something no one wants.  Merkel is located in Columbia, MD.  Isn't that the company that owns Hello World?😕  Things aren't looking good.

 

@rednexsrus 

Lucy, I stopped the Sweeps in the R4G program, entered almost all and never won.  I call it the Points Graveyard😆. It seems to be common for at least (1) Community Manager to say something, if any at all.  Hoping for better days😊

 

@shamit  at least we all agree that it's the worst so far.  It would the sad to end after using us to keep up the numbers to a site that promised so much at the start 😢

 

@AARPJessicaT are we really valued customers?

 

Have a Blessed Day

Marylin

 

 

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@mi4090 

Hi Marylin: It's so sad😫. Horrible is a a kind word for the current catalog. Can you believe that we are presented with only one ( 1 ) Sweepstakes as of this morning. 😡😡

To make matters even worse have you noticed that not one single Community Manager has offered any sympathy or concern for the current conditions with this current rewards program. I suppose they are just concerned for their positions.

Just Saying

 

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Yes the Rewards Catalog is beyond horrible.  It has never been that great, but I did notice it took a huge downturn after they announced that your points will expire.  Tell us redeem our points and then pretty much have nothing to redeem them on. 

 

I think they are trying to end this program.  People will stop coming here because there is no reason to.  Then they will say the program is ending due to lack of participation.  Seen it happen on many other programs from other companies.  They make it impossible to use and then blame the customers for not using it.

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@shamit 

I think you made a good point!  If we don't participate because the catalog is lame, then they can say the rewards program has become irrelevant and shut it down or downscale the offerings to the comparatively inferior levels we are seeing right now on a permanent basis. 

 

@AARPJessicaT 

Thanks for the response.  We will be watching for recognition that Rewards management is watching for our recommendations.  I will be watching for the points-only opportunities mentioned in this thread to actually appear in the catalog.  I am excited!

 

Thanks,

AndrewToo
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@shamit Your points expire one year after they were earned, on the first day, of the following month. We will be introducing new brands to the catalog and increase the daily limit of individual sweepstakes entries. Giving participants even more chances to win exciting prizes. There will be plenty of time and ways to redeem your points before they start to expire January 1, 2021.

Keep visiting the catalog for new ways for you to redeem points.

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I live on the east coast.     There's nothing for me this month either.   It's not geographical bias on the part of AARP.   It's whoever gives the company that runs the program a deal. (Does anyone know where that company is headquartered?  Maybe some of the ones I haven't heard of are located there.)    I agree that some of them are pretty limited areas, in areas the majority of us do not go.    For several months there were very nice offers (I missed that Darden one, drat!).    This month the more generous offers are for digital services I don't want, the golf catalog....I don't golf...and the pet catalogs (no pets).    I keep checking just in case.  Best for me offer so far is $5 IHOP.  However we are not close to one and I would not get a takeout from there.  It would be cold by the time I got home.   It's probably gone now anyway.  And $15 is not worth the time I've spent on the program.   I like that we can donate to the AARP Foundation,   With points expiring it's not much incentive to spend the hour or more it takes to get 7500 points.  I do enjoy the new crosswords and new quizzes and will continue to do them.

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And continuing my previous post, if I am going to wish, let me wish for Petsmart cards ($5 or $10 would be great); Petsmart has the brands my cats will accept (finicky little things!).

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I agree with both of you that the Rewards Catalog is horrible. 
I would like to see more Walmart, Target, Amazon, CVS, Walgreens, for points only or with a useful discount (In Rewards for Good, we could sometimes obtain one of those cards ($10) at 50% discount);

The grocery cards that are showing up recently are not useable where I live. If AARP is so partial to a location without regards for members not living there, I would then suggest HEB (Texas). Kroger would also be great.

Though I do not eat out, I did enjoy the Panera cards while they lasted as I used them to buy their bakery products. It is a shame that they have disappeared.

 

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@mi4090 

 

The points only offerings are a drag.  I'm not interested in adding new accounts for steaming video channels that I already have through Prime Video.  Hulu offerings are not worth the trouble, if I can get something else of any value.  I suppose a $25 Netflix card would be nice, but, other than that, I have found a few points-only offers that I liked.

 

The $25 Panera Bread, later to become a $20 Panera card card was nice.  The $20 Longhorn cards were good as long as 3 cards were available for redemption.  I plan on using the Longhorn cards soon (the actual card was for Darden restaurants (Including Longhorn, Olive Garden, Cheddar's, etc.).  It is a useful card to me.  The $10 Target card I had gotten two months in a row, so, I have $60 to spend when I finally decide on something to buy there.  Target is not cheap, but, I'll find something because of the wide variety of items for sale.

 

I really would like to see points-only ($10+) Amazon cards, Walmart, Pharmacy and, Gas cards.

 

Just my two cents.  The Catalog looks terrible right now.  I'm hoping for better.

 

Thanks!

AndrewToo
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what's up with that? What are we supposed to do with the Rewards Points we accumulate ? If I could afford to pay for a gift card, I would go to the website. Most of us are bearly surviving as it is. AARP Rewards Program is going down hill

 Everyday while I'm watching a video a feedback ad comes up. What's the sense if they're not fixing the problems they have. Have a blessed day everyone

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