By: Revanche

e-Rewards worth some attention

June 3, 2008

I’ve been concentrated on Mypoints for so long that I’ve been ignoring my e-Rewards emails. What can I say? I really wanted my $50 Target gift card. Since becoming a member several months ago, I’ve probably completed one actual survey, and about three Quick Response surveys worth thirty cents a piece in rewards currency.

Chalk my apathy up to the ignorance of their rewards offerings. I spent some time exploring their rewards structure, and honestly, they’re not that great, but there are two rewards that are worth actually participating in the program for, and their limitations are rather stringent:

1. A 26-week subscription to Wall Street Journal!! Remember that this would excite me. [cost: 45 Rewards dollars, worth: $59 cash]

This 26-week subscription will be delivered 6 days a week.
Offer is available for new subscribers and in the contiguous U.S. only. [So, even though there are “no limitations on redemptions,” I can only get a single subscription with no renewals?]
Subscriptions available for individual use only.

2. $15 Borders Bucks [cost: 15 Rewards dollars, worth $15 cash]

Redemption of this Reward is limited. You may claim one reward per calendar year per Borders Rewards account and/or e-Rewards account.
Borders Bucks that are not redeemed by the end of the month after the month they were issued will be forfeited. [ie: one month to redeem.]
Borders Bucks are redeemable at participating Borders stores for in-store merchandise only and cannot be combined with appreciation discount events.

They do have a small variety of travel rewards but they’re all increments of 500 and 1000 bonus miles or points which don’t go very far. Hilton Hotel Honors points are the only thing I might bother to redeem for. Someday I’ll use those hotel points for a nice stay somewhere!

I’ve got $25.95 in Rewards Currency now. It appears that it’ll be worth exerting myself to earn $60 worth of Currency this year and maybe stock up $15 for next year if it looks like the program’s still going to be around. A bit lackluster, but worth a little more effort than I’ve put into it.

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