In scanning the AARP website, we came across a new program that allows you to earn points and redeem them for rewards – without having to spend a dime.
Unlike other rewards programs, there is no purchase required to earn points. You earn points simply by exploring the AARP.org site. Rewards for Good includes free sweepstakes opportunities, gift cards, auctions and more.
You don’t have to become a member of AARP to participate in Rewards for Good, but if you join (a one-year membership only costs $16) you will earn 50% more points than a non-member. To us, that’s easily worth the cost of joining.
Here’s how it works:
- Register or Log-in. Once you are registered with AARP.org, you’re ready to start earning points.
- Earn points on AARP.org by using planning tools (like retirement and long-term care calculators), answering quizzes about such topics as health and finances, and more – they’re easy to spot by looking for the Rewards for Good badge. You can even link your Fitbit device to Rewards for Good and earn points when you reach your fitness milestones. So you get rewarded for staying healthy.
- Redeem points for rewards from select brands, local offers, gift cards, auctions, sweepstakes and more.
That’s all there is to it. And you use your points on:
- Savings on brand-name merchandise
- Special deals from local merchants
- Live auctions on everything from iPads to gift cards
- Entries in AARP Rewards for Good sweepstakes for the chance to win prizes like electronics and vacations
AARP’s website is full of interesting articles and before you know it you will have thousands of free points. It keeps track of the points you are earning as you navigate their website. Some of the quizzes were fun and they are usually just a single true or false question. You can find out the answer instantly and decide if you want to go to the next question. There are so many interesting articles and it has made navigating the AARP website a lot less confusing and more engaging.
FYI, you earn points when you join or renew your AARP membership, too. Here are just a few of the areas of the website you can explore to earn points fast:
There are many ways to redeem your points. There are local offers of dining, entertainment and shopping. You’ll find free food offers with Burger King, Baskin Robbins, and Taco Bell among others. There were 1,360 dining offers that included American, Asian, Italian, and Mexican food. There was also a fine dining option, and when we clicked on it the restaurants listed were local, which was convenient. You can go in the menu bar and type in your range from your house and the search will give you all of the options that you have locally.
The sweepstakes impressed us. AARP is currently running a $1,000 cash giveaway. It only requires you to redeem 2 points to enter, and you can enter as many times as you wish until the deadline. The sweepstakes change daily, and they make it easy keep track of all the sweepstakes that you’re entered in at the time.
There are live auctions for gift cards that include Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Exxon-Mobil, Macy’s, Victoria’s Secret. The value of the gift cards is displayed and you can see the current bid and when the auction ends. Below that is your point total, so you can see if you have enough points in your account to bid.
If you are looking for something more immediate, you can get gift cards for travel, dining and shopping. To get the gift cards you have to trade in your points for a discount on the price, and then pay the difference. The gift cards were for Ruth’s Chris Steak House, Denny’s, AMC Theatres, United Artist Theatres, Regal Cinemas, Avis Rent a Car, Royal Caribbean and others. The gift cards all offered a 10% savings. And remember your points were free so it’s a really good deal.
The travel was the best part of the program in our opinion. There are savings with hotels, car rentals and activities. You can search by country, city, and your dates of travel. They also highlight top travel deals. We saw a trip to Las Vegas at the Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa for $71 a night, a savings of 65 percent. Other hotels included Hyatt for $100 a night with the 5th night free.
Visit the AARP website and search for the Rewards for Good program. Just signing up is enough to get you started. Here at Point Savvy, we like any opportunity to earn points without having to spend any money at all. That’s why this program is one of our favorites.
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The AARP® Credit Card from Chase
- $200 bonus cash back after you spend $500 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening.*
- 3% Cash Back rewards on all purchases at restaurants and gas stations.*
- 1% Cash Back rewards on all purchases everywhere else, every day.*
- Redeem for cash back, gift cards and travel.
3% (min. $5)
0% for 12 months on purchases and balance transfer