Drop App Earns You Gift Cards Just For Linking your Credit Cards

The Drop App offers points on shopping purchases at top retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Target, various grocery stores and restaurants, and more. Just link your credit or debit card in the app, and you’ll earn up to 2% back in points, with the points redeemable for various merchant gift cards from Drop. You can sometimes earn more with the bonus offers such as with Boxed.com.

You have to link your credit and debit cards to the app so they can see where you spent money. Then you’ll earn Drop points to redeem for gift cards at select retailers. Points can only be earned at the five specific retailers you choose from the list (full list below). After initially choosing five stores, it’s not possible to change your selection. Choose your 5 stores carefully!

How to get a sign-up bonus from Drop and start earning cash back:

  1. Download the Drop app in the Android or Apple Store.
  2. Enter code gsb8q to start earning cash rewards and get a bonus of 1,000 points.
  3. Link a card by signing into your bank login for additional bonus points.
  4. Choose the five retailers where you want to earn points (see below).

Here’s a few of the available merchants to earn points from, and the point earnings rate for shopping with the Drop app:

  • Uber10 points per $1 (1.5%)
  • Lyft10 points per $1 (1.5%)
  • Chipotle12 points per $1 (1.5%)
  • Shell3 points per $1 (.3%) – You could double dip with this offer using the Fuel Rewards Program to save more money on gas purchases.

Other retailer’s for earning cash-back include:

  • Walmart – 2 points per $1 (.2%)
  • Seamless – 16 points per $1 (1.6%)
  • HEB – 10 points per $1 (1%)
  • Fred Meyers – 12 points per $1 (1.2%)
  • Trader Joe’s – 12 points per $1 (1.2%)
  • Peets – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • Blue Bottle – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • Macy’s – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • Dunkin Donuts – 14 points per $1 (1.4%)
  • Target – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • Urban Outfitters – 15 points per $1 (1.5%)
  • Bath Body Works – 15 points per $1 (1.5%)
  • Whole Foods – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • Safeway – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • 7-Eleven – 16 points per $1 (1.6%)
  • Walgreens – 8 points per $1 (.8%)
  • Starbucks – 12 points per $1 (1.2%)
  • McDonalds – 8 points per $1 (.8%)

Personally, I eat at Chipotle and use Uber and Lyft quite a bit so this app has been giving me free gift cards for really doing nothing different. I also took part in a Boxed.com promotion they had and earned several extra dollars with the app.

One-Time Offers

It’s the one-time offers we really love with this app. Such as the Phil Pharmacy where you can earn 30,000 Drop points or $30 when you order for the first time the online Pharmacy. An Amazon bonus can get you 2,000 points or $2 on your next $20 purchase. We’ve also seen $75 for signing up with Wealthfront, $7.50 at Naturebox, and $20 back at Boxed.

Know the Point System

Any purchase made with a linked card at your 5 selected retailers will earn points. Each point is worth 1/10 of a penny. For example, 1,000 points is worth $1. When Drop says you’ll earn 20x per dollar on Amazon, that’s not 20% back, rather 2% back. And when you get a 1,000 point signup bonus, it’s not $10, rather $1. You basically move the decimal point over on the points three places to know what the dollar amount will be.

Points can be redeemed for gift cards

Here’s a few examples of redemption options:

  • $5 Starbucks – 5,000 Points
  • $10 iTunes – 10,000 Points
  • $10 Amazon.com – 10,000 Points
  • $20 Whole Foods Market – 20,000 Points
  • $25 Lyft – 25,000 Points

One of the downsides is this does not like with all credit cards. We could not link it with our new Uber Visa from BarclayCard. Hopefully they get this glitch worked out since it’s where I put all of my dining and Uber purchases now.

Apps to Stack With This One

We recommend stacking this app with Ibotta and possibly Dosh. You could also use Ebates, coupons, and promo codes with this because it’s based on the overall card-linked purchase.

Dosh App Review: $7 Bonus To Link Your Credit Cards

Dosh is a new card linked loyalty app where you link your debit or credit card and you receive credits for making purchases with Dosh partners. The credit can then be donated to charity or transferred to your bank account. They also have a travel section where you can earn credit for booking hotels, renting cars or booking activities.

Dosh has raised over $6 million in investments so we know this app may be around for awhile (at least a year- ha!). According to Dosh they have partnered with over 100,000 brands and merchants to offer their users opportunities to earn credits. Currently, it seems that the card-link offers on Dosh are either for restaurants or some retailers such as Forever 21, Hallmark stores, or Sam’s Club.

Card linked loyalty programs are no-brainers for the most part. You can connect your credit cards and do shopping without worrying about receipts like you do with Ibotta or clicking links like you do with Ebates.  Dosh runs on Empyr, along with a number of other loyalty dining programs that run on that platform including MOGL, Living Social, Swagbucks, and Yelp. If you are signed up for Yelp Cash Back for example you cannot use Dosh with the same cards since they use the same backend network.

Find out more about the Dosh App here.

One great thing about a card linked loyalty programs is merchants cannot restrict what transactions do and don’t earn rewards. You can’t restrict a purchase that uses a coupon for example. Dosh aims to provide value to merchants by using geo-targeted offers which can also benefit the consumer. When there’s an offer in your area you’ll be alerted to that specific deal.

In our area we noticed that the Dosh app offers a few local deals that you do not see on Yelp or Swagbucks:

7% back at Hallmark stores
2% back at Sam’s Club (Wholesale Club) – You can double dip this with a Sam’s Club MasterCard.
10% back at Denny’s restaurants

You only need $15 in credits to redeem your “Dosh.” So the best best would be to try out the app and use it until you hit $15 and cash out and move onto another card-linked app in the network and get that bonus.

 

 

UBER Ride Pass for 20% Off ALL Rides & Free UberEats

UBER has unleashed a new version of the Ride Pass and it will probably not be as limited with sign-ups as the previous ones. This is mainly because UBER seems to be making more money from the Ride Pass this time around and you can only select one route you want a flat fare on. Read more about our first review of Ride Passes here and about UBER Rideshare discounts here.

The Pros:

-$3.99 to Free Delivery Fee Paid One-Time by signing up for this Ride Pass.
-Possibly 20% off your rides

The Cons:
-It costs $9.99 instead of the $5.99 before they charged to sign up and you get less in return.
-In our tests in the Houston area we were not impressed that it was 20% off. The price may have been marked up as it seemed higher than normal fares.
-No real fare difference on the selected choice route but maybe a dollor or so. We’re not sure what the advantage of this Ride Pass is but we will test it more. (more…)

Silvercar is here to make you forget about Hertz, Avis, Budget, and Enterprise

silvercarrentalsSilvercar Promo Codes
First-Time Renters of Silvercar can get $25 by signing up here with the referral code of VME in the Referral Section.  If you are an existing customer we have a discount for you as well below.

Silvercar $25 Free Bonus & $39 Per Day Offer:

    • Sign Up Now with referral code of VME for a first-time $25 Bonus.
    • After you sign up then enter promo code BESTEVER to get $39 per day rental (First Time Renters).
    • Valid: Limited time offer.
    • Book: Using the mobile app or online book your reservation and use promotional code VME.
    • Terms: You must be a new customer.

Silvercar Seattle, WA Promo

Right now, when you book one of our fully-loaded Audi A4’s in Seattle, you can take 40% off most rentals returned by December 20th. Just enter promo SEA40OFF at checkout! First time riders can stack this with the $25 by signing up here with the referral code of VME.

Silvercar Rental Review

I first learned about Silvercar when they came to Dallas a few years ago but never really had a need for them because they were not in a city I had planned to rent a car in until now. I’ve seen all the sites from Ebates to Retailmenot posting promo codes but never really understood how the car rental site worked compared to Budget or Hertz.com.

Pretty sure I have the hang of it now and just in time for a last minute July 4th Vacation in Denver, CO. I have been so worried about this trip because my family will be outside of Denver and I will need a rental car of some kind. So I researched on Kayak.com and then over on the Citi Thank You points site. I also looked over at Budget.com where I am used to putting in coupon codes to save 20% or so.
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T-Mobile is giving away tons of freebies each Tuesday!

T-Mobile is giving away tons of freebies each Tuesday!

Get FREE Stuff on T-Mobile Tuesdays! You will be able to access this promotion using their Android or iOS app. Non-T-Mobile customers may also be able to access this promotion here: amoe.t-mobiletuesdays.com.

  • $0.25 off per gallon at Shell Gas Stations through Fuel Rewards Program. See below to increase it up to 65 cents a gallon!!
  • FREE $10 to Pier 1 Imports
  • FREE $30 off at Paper Culture
  • FREE 40% off + Free Shipping at ModCloth
  • BOGO at Baskin Robbins
  • FREE $3 off $5 at Panda Express

The no-brainer in this week’s gifts for T-Mobile customers is $0.25 off a gallon of gas at Shell, up to 20 gallons. The biggest prize if you ask us is that they are giving away free Gas! This is $0.25 off per gallon at Shell. Make sure to sign-up for the Fuel Rewards program here (to extend this to up to 65 cents a gallon savings) for the Free Shell Gas and the promo code will automatically open in your app after you redeem it in the T-Mobile Tuesdays App.

One grand prize winner will get a VIP movie experience that includes a two-night trip for two to Seattle, Wash., in August to appear as an extra in an upcoming indie film. Also included with the grand prize is a lifetime subscription to IndieFlix, an Apple TV, a 55-inch 4K TV, and a check for $2,845 to cover taxes or other expenses. Twenty-five first prize winners will each receive a lifetime IndieFlix subscription and an Apple TV. Finally, 300 second prize winners will each get a one-year subscription to IndieFlix.

T-Mobile is known for doing things a little differently to other carriers, and its rewards program is much the same. When T-Mobile CEO John Legere announced that the company will give all customers a weekly gift, one share of stock, and free in-flight Wi-Fi we were grateful.

The weekly rewards program is pretty simple: it’s called T-Mobile Tuesdays, and it gives every subscriber a free gift every Tuesday. Examples are things like a free (carryout) pizza from Dominos, food from Wendy’s, movie tickets, or free rides with Lyft. There will be some recurring gifts you can claim (like dinner and a movie), while others will be happening on a week-by-week basis. This week, everyone’s going to get a ticket to see Warcraft. Whether that gift makes you happy or afraid probably depends on how many Warcraft trailers you’ve seen so far.

Subscribers have also had a chance for a free hour of Gogo inflight Wi-Fi on every flight they take, in addition to the free texting T-Mobile subscribers already get on planes. One hour of internet means this won’t be a replacement for truly frequent flyers, but an hour of emails and tweeting per flight is a pretty decent perk, all things considered.

To get these rewards, users just need to download the T-Mobile Tuesdays app from the Google Play store or iTunes, verify their T-Mobile number, and start spending the free stuff. It’s possible to spin T-Mobile’s motives here as being a straight publicity grab, in partnership with movie theaters that are mostly empty anyways on Tuesdays, and just want people to come in and buy popcorn. But in all honesty, free stuff is free, and the amount of free stuff you can potentially get in return for a $40 cell contract is sweet.

Past Promo’s

FREE MLB.TV Premium for T-Mobile Customers ($112.99 value) on 4/4
Get FREE MLB.TV Premium for T-Mobile Customers! – On April 4th, T-Mobile is giving every customer a free season-long subscription to MLB.TV Premium (a $112.99 value) PLUS MLB.com At Bat Premium–$19.99 value! Download the T-Mobile Tuesdays app to redeem.

T-Mobile customers can score a free order of chips and guacamole from Chipotle, giving you some Mexican food to follow your pizza from last week. Also available will be a code good for $5 toward a movie rental or TV show purchase from FandangoNOW and two Lyft credits worth $5 each.

Everyone is raving over the Free Chips and Guac at Chipotle but the Lyft credits this week are actually something to be excited about not like the normal ones that expire the next day. This week you can get $5 off two rides each until 3/20 at 11:59pm so you have all weekend to use this deal! If you are new to Lyft sign-up here first with our promo code to save $20 more.

You Can Score More Than Guac!
One grand prize winner will receive “Burritos for One Year” in the form of 52 $10 Chipotle gift cards. Twenty-five first prize winners will receive a “Catering for 20” prize that includes include a gift card good for Burritos by the Box for 20, The Two Meat Spread, The Big Spread, or Veggie Spread. Finally, 200 second prize winners will get a “Dinner for Two” prize that includes a $20 Chipotle gift card.

Enter for a chance to win the T-Mobile Chipotle Instant Win Game! This giveaway is open to all, not just T-Mobile customers.

  • One (1) Grand Prize: The winner of the Grand Prize, subject to verification, will receive “Burritos for One Year,” awarded as fifty-two $10 Chipotle promotional gift cards.
  • Twenty-Five (25) First Prizes: Each winner of this prize, subject to verification, will receive “Catering for 20”, awarded as one Chipotle “Catering for 20” promotional gift card which includes a choice of Burritos by the Box for 20, The Two Meat Spread, The Big Spread or Veggie Spread.
  • Two Hundred (200) Second Prizes: Each winner of this prize, subject to verification, will receive “Dinner for Two,” awarded as one gift card, Chipotle promotional gift card for two free burritos, bowls, salads or orders of tacos including chips & guacamole and two fountain drinks.

FREE Firecracker Chicken at Panda Express (Open to Everyone not just T-Mobile Customers)
Through February 1st, Panda Express is offering up a FREE Order of Firecracker Chicken ($3.90 value)! You can redeem online by using promo code FCCB2017 at checkout. You may be able to use this offer at the restaurant by showing/telling your cashier the code FCCB2017 (be sure to call ahead). REDEEM BY 02/01/2017 AT 03:59 AM CST.

Free Firecracker Chicken Breast entree from Panda Express. The meal is “spicy and sweet” and is available both online and in participating physical locations while supplies last. In addition, T-Mobile subscribers will receive a $20 discount at Fanatics.com. This is an online store that sells sports apparel and fan gear. Among the items it sells are officially licensed MLB, NFL, NBA and NHL merchandise.

The weekly contest will have two Grand Prize winners. Each will get $5,000 to buy a big screen T.V. for the Super Bowl, or to spend on anything that the winners want to buy. In addition, the two Grand Prize winners will each be given a check in the amount of $2,142 to cover taxes, or to be used at the winner’s discretion. 50 First Place winners will receive a $100 Fanatics.com eGift Code that can be used to purchase merchandise. The $100 includes taxes and shipping. Two Hundred Second Prize winners will win a $50 gift code from Fanatics.com. That $50 includes taxes and shipping.

Non-T-Mobile customers may also be able to access this promotion here: amoe.t-mobiletuesdays.com

Halloween Promo’s
T-Mobile customers can get $10 off any costume from Spirit Halloween. T-Mobile is also giving customers a treat in the form of two free Subway cookies. The final gift next week is a free VUDU movie rental, with customers getting to choose one of 24 Halloween “classics.”  This week’s grand prize winner will receive a $1,000 shopping spree at any Spirit Halloween store. The purchase must be made in one transaction, and the $1,000 must be used by October 26. The winner will also get a $428 check to use for taxes or other expenses. Five first prize winners will get a 7-foot Boogie Man Animatronic from Spirit Halloween. This statue is worth $199.99, and you can see it for yourself below. Finally, 30 second prize winners will get a $25 Spirit Halloween gift card valid for in-store or online purchases.

#BBMA’s Week
T-Mobile received a free 12-week digital subscription to Billboard Magazine and 25 percent off most JBL products, including Bluetooth speakers and headphones, from T-Mobile stores. T-Mo is also touting a Billboard Music Awards playlist as a gift for its customers. That week’s grand prize winner will get a trip for two to the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 21. This prize includes roundtrip airfare to Las Vegas from May 20 to May 22, two nights in a hotel room, two tickets to the BBMAs including walking the magenta carpet and the after-party, and $500 in spending money. T-Mobile will also provide a check for $2,915 for taxes and other expenses. Fifty first prize winners will each receive a JBL Xtreme Bluetooth speaker, and 100 second prize winners will each get a pair of JBL E55BT Bluetooth headphones.

Discover Card: 5% Cash Back Categories 2018

The new 5% cash back bonus categories have been announced for all of 2018. Those cardholders will be able to earn cashback on up to $1,500 in purchases at Gas Stations & Wholesale Clubs from January – March 2018. Activation is available now, and you can also activate your Q4 if you haven’t done so. Simply log into your Discover account to activate your 4th Quarter 5% Cash Back Categories!

Tip: If you are not signed up for Discover IT then use our Discover $50 Bonus link. Simply make one purchase to get your $50 bonus! Don’t forget double cash back for the first year, which means you can get $100 referral bonus along with double for 5% cash back categories.

Discover 5% Cashback 2018 Q1 Categories:

  • Gas Station – Standalone only. Those affiliated with superstores and supermarkets may not be eligible.
  • Wholesale Clubs – Make sure your Discover card is accepted. You can use it at  Sam’s Club but not Costco for example. Purchases made using tap-and-pay, mobile or wireless card readers, virtual wallets or similar technology may not be eligible. TIP: You can always buy gift cards at Sam’s Club to shop at Walmart or other retailers.

Discover It 2018 5% Cashback Categories:

  • January-March: Gas Stations, & Wholesale Clubs (valid through 3/31/2018)
  • April-June: Grocery Stores (valid through 6/30/2018)
  • July-September: Restaurants (Valid through 9/30/2018)
  • October-December: Amazon.com & Wholesale Clubs (Activation begins 9/1/2018)

If you don’t have the Discover It Card, you might be excited to hear that it has 0% APR for 14 months on purchases, no annual fee, no fee for your first late payment, no over limit fee, no fee for payments by phone, and no foreign transaction fees. In addition to these already great features, all eligible purchases made with your Discover card are protected for up to $500 during the first 90 days if they’re stolen or accidentally damaged.

November 2017 Hotel Promo Codes

Here is a list of Coupon Codes for the month of March on Orbitz, Expedia, Travelocity, Priceline and Shared rooms such as AirBnb:

$40 Off  Plus 8% OFF at Hotels.com with a $300+ Booking, Stackable Promo.
Save 8% Off Get an extra 8% off with code SAVE8MAY17 while earning up to 20% cash back with Swagbucks on Hotels.com this week. You will also get a $5 bonus for signing up with Swagbucks.

$40 NEW! in AirBnB Travel credits. Plus, Earn up to $100 for everyone you invite. Read more about AirBnb here. There’s also a competing service called MisterBnb aimed at the LGBT community but friendly to everyone.

$35 credit on Travel Pony which you can sign-in your Facebook to book hotels easily.

3,000 Free AAdvantage Miles using Rocketmiles (Bonus) to book hotel for one night 
Sign up
through and book a hotel through a Rocketmiles link to get 3,000 bonus miles after your first stay plus any other miles you accrue.

12% Off Hotels + 8% Cash Back at Travelocity using Be Frugal link here. You would also need to enter promo code “TravelocitySave12″ to save 12% off participating hotels at Travelocity once you click on that site from Be Frugal’s Portal.

$15 in Credits on DoorDash Food Delivery

DoorDash is another on-demand restaurant delivery service but they have no minimum order size and are not as limited in geographical area as some of the other related apps. They bring food from your favorite restaurants directly to your door.

DoorDash allows you to order from some of the best restaurants that may not normally deliver. It is also timely as it is normally less than 45 minutes. When you order on DoorDash they provide you with the full restaurant menus to select your order then you add special instructions to make sure your food is the way you want it.

DoorDash $15 Sign-Up Bonus and First Delivery Free
When you sign up for DoorDash to get your first delivery for free you’ll get a  $15 free credit to your account. This is a great time to try out DoorDash because this is the biggest sign-up freebie we’ve seen from them. The offer is normally at only $7. Try out DoorDash then compare it to Postmates who is also running a generous sign-up offer.
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