Woolies revamps Rewards program

Woolworths’ loyalty program revamp is shaping up to be a winner.

Woolworths store front

After ditching Qantas frequent flyer points in favour of the unpopular Woolworths Dollars, the supermarket giant has been forced to revamp its loyalty program. But with little fan fare, you may have missed the gems hidden in the detail.

In Woolworths’ last loyalty program iteration, Woolworths Dollars could be earned on certain products, the range of which was updated regularly, but was limited. Once you had banked $10, this was then deducted automatically from your next shopping bill. However, the products that offered the chance to earn dollars were often not everyday purchases and many customers failed to ever rack up the $10 saving.

Now, under its revamped program, the ‘Dollars’ are out and Qantas frequent flyer points are back in, but only if you choose to ‘buy’ them. Members can now collect points on every dollar spent in Woolworths, Caltex fuel stations and BWS bottle shops. When 2000 points are collected (a $2000 spend), customers can opt for an instant $10 discount or convert to 870 Qantas frequent flyer points. Extra points will be offered on certain products, such as essential household items and fresh food, and personalised offers will also be made from time to time, giving customers the chance to boost their savings.

By ‘purchasing’ Qantas frequent flyer points every 18 months, those who travel infrequently but are still keen to hold onto their frequent flyer membership, will be able to meet the terms and conditions by keeping their account active.

And here’s the best bit of the revamp – customers who dread the larger-than-usual shopping bills at Christmas can bank their savings to ease the financial burden of the festive season.

Also, Caltex fuel customers will now receive a double reward, with the ability to collect points on fuel spend, as well as claim the fuel discount loaded onto their Woolworths Rewards card when $30 is spent in store.

The revamp aligns Woolworths program more closely with its rival flybuys – offered to Coles customers – although flybuys offers more opportunities to collect points from spending with affiliated businesses.

So whether you're looking to fly or save, you would have to agree that this is a change for the better. You can find out more at Woolworthsrewards.com.au

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    7th Sep 2016
    12:00pm
    Shop at Aldi and you receive greater rewards - a lower bill.
    MICK
    7th Sep 2016
    1:27pm
    Ditto albeit Aldi prices have been rising as the chain's popularity increases.
    Bookworm
    7th Sep 2016
    1:29pm
    How true, Fast Eddie! You beat me to it. And what a joke - spend $2000 and get $10 back? Wow!! They must think we are all fools.
    Anonymous
    7th Sep 2016
    2:26pm
    Lidl is buying up fairly big throughout the country and will be arriving in the not too distant future which will help keep prices down a bit through competition. They plan on giving Aldi a run for their money, and I don't mean just through liquorice sales.
    Me Myself and I
    7th Sep 2016
    12:29pm
    By the time I get enough frequent flyer points to take to the skies I will be already be sitting on a cloud with a harp...:)
    MICK
    7th Sep 2016
    1:33pm
    Playing 'uP, up and away with TAA, TAA....'? Sorry. I am showing my age.
    Anonymous
    7th Sep 2016
    4:46pm
    "Chance it with Ansett"
    johnp
    7th Sep 2016
    12:40pm
    I agree with Fast Eddie
    What does this mean: "only if you choose to ‘buy’ them" ??
    Does this mean the points expire after 18 months ??
    See "By ‘purchasing’ Qantas frequent flyer points every 18 months"
    KSS
    7th Sep 2016
    3:02pm
    And don't forget that for every 2000 points (read $2000) you 'choose' to convert you only get 870 Qantas frequent flyer points! You'll be going no-where fast at that rate!
    Young Simmo
    7th Sep 2016
    12:50pm
    Boy I would be happy if they gave me an unused $1 postage stamp, for every e-mail they send me.
    Fran
    7th Sep 2016
    9:52pm
    Excludes Tasmania!!!!
    ---An eligible shop means a transaction in which you spend at least $10 (excluding any money spent on smoking products, gift cards, mobile recharge, Woolworths Mobile, travel cards and tickets, delivery charges, internet cafes, Carpet Care, Woolworths Flowers and lottery products) in Woolworths supermarkets, Woolworths Online and BWS (in all cases excluding Tasmania).
    PlanB
    10th Sep 2016
    6:39am
    We should also get more OFF the bill if we choose NOT to use their petrol -- it is always much dearer in any case -- and there are many that don't have a car -- but they are still paying for it on their food bill --- Coles and Woolies don't GIVE anything away.
    Aldi import most of their packet or tinned / bottled stuff
    johninmelb
    10th Sep 2016
    6:52pm
    You must have a fake Aldi store near you.

    I go to a real Aldi, and while I do not buy everything there, the things I do buy are made in Australia. So no problem for me.

    Might pay you to take your reading glasses next time and read the labels. Don't rely on garbage you read on facebook etc.
    PlanB
    11th Sep 2016
    7:32am
    john --- I always take a small Mag glass with me to ANY shopping I do as the print is so ---ing small and most of the packet / tinned / bottled stuff from Aldi is IMPORTED -- the fruit etc MIGHT be Aussie but there is a HELL of a lot that isn't -- Aldi doesn't even have a proper bar code -- -- they have their own barcodes --- and everything says FROM MINCHINBURY -- so maybe its YOU that needs to take a closer look!
    johninmelb
    11th Sep 2016
    2:20pm
    My shopping last Friday:

    Brown Sugar - made in Australia
    White Sugar - made in Australia
    Icing Sugar - made in Australia
    Light Rye Bread - Made in Australia
    Raisin Bread - Made in Australia
    Crumpets - made in Australia
    700g Cage Eggs - made in Australia
    Tinned Crushed Tomatoes - Made in Australia
    Tomato Paste - Made in Australia
    Butter - Made in Australia
    Full Cream Milk - Made in Australia
    Greek Style Natural Yoghurt - Made in Australia
    Plain Flour - Made in Australia
    SR Flour - Made in Australia
    Scotch Finger Biscuits - Made in Australia
    Table Salt - Made in Australia
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil - Made in Australia
    Sultanas - Grown in Australia
    Bananas - Grown in Australia
    Truss Tomatoes - Grown in Australia
    Capsicum - Grown in Australia
    Tomato/Herb Seedlings - Grown in Australia
    Council Bin Liners - Made in China
    Passata - Made in Italy

    Other than tinned tuna and sardines, some vegetables from time to time, and one or two other things, all the rest is superfluous junk I don't need.

    I am lucky, I don't need, nor can I afford to live on tinned stuff like you, so it isn't relevant to me.
    johninmelb
    11th Sep 2016
    2:24pm
    Oh, and by the way, NOTHING comes from Michinbury.

    That is just the location of the Australian Head Office of Aldi. They are obliged by law, as far as I am aware, to state that fact on their packaging.
    PlanB
    11th Sep 2016
    2:45pm
    johninmelb


    Made in Australia -- yes lots are -- but from Imported OR Imported and Local ?--- does it state WHERE the product was sourced from????
    Yes I know Minchinbury is their head office -- thats what I am getting at -- it does not say where the hell the product was sourced from it can be packed in Aussie but the product can come for anywhere
    PlanB
    11th Sep 2016
    2:48pm
    These are the only ones that are Aussie the rest are MADE here but from where are the ingredients from ?

    These are OK

    Sultanas - Grown in Australia
    Bananas - Grown in Australia
    Truss Tomatoes - Grown in Australia
    Capsicum - Grown in Australia
    Tomato/Herb Seedlings - Grown in Australia
    johninmelb
    11th Sep 2016
    2:31pm
    The Woolworths rewards scheme where I live in Melbourne is entirely voluntary. No-one is forced to join it.

    I really do feel sorry for those of you who had a gun pointed at your head and were forced to sign up at the local Woolies, and have a ruthless store manager who makes you use it every time you entered his store.

    Who the hell cares if it is good, bad or indifferent, DON'T XXXXING USE IT. Only then will Woolworths get the message.