Archives For January 2014


If you thought that the only way you could win at Montecasino was by trying your hand of luck at their casino slots and tables, think again as the popular Johannesburg destination has introduced their new rewards card programme.

The Montecasino rewards programme is open to all persons over the age of 18 to benefit from instant rewards, immediate earnings like points earned when playing at slots and tables, free or exclusive parking, movie and event discounts, restaurant and accommodation discounts and much more.

In order to register for the programme, all I had to do was to visit the customer service desk at Montecasino on the main casino floor. The desk is open 24 hours, 7 days a week and all that was requested from me was either my South African ID, driver’s licence or passport in order to sign up for the card which was free.

Just like that, I was issued my very own Montecasino rewards card and could instantly start reaping the rewards that come with my gold piece of plastic.

The rewards programme works on a points accumulation basis. The more I use my card by swiping it at the slot machines and tables, the more points I accumulate. The gold card is the programme’s base card, so once I accumulate 5 000 points over a rolling 12 month period, I will then qualify for a platinum card and after accumulating 150 000 points, I then move up to black card status. All points accumulated on my card are valid for 12 months before expiration, if they are not used.

With every different type of card status (from gold to black) different discounts apply. The higher you are ranked as a cardholder, the higher the discounts you receive from playing at the casino to parking, eating, accommodation, entertainment and more.

  • To redeem your points as gaming points, simply insert your card into the slot machine card reader and follow the prompts to convert your points to credits. Visit the customer service desk for information on how to convert your points to tables credits.​
  • Benefit from the parking perks by exchanging your parking ticket for a R10 FreePlay voucher at the customer service desk, giving you a chance to play at the slots for the money you used to pay for parking.
  • Receive entertainment discounts by presenting your ID and active card when booking show tickets or movie tickets.
  • Receive discounts on meals at selected restaurants at Montecasino by presenting your valid card.
  • As a cardholder also get 10% accommodation discount on standard rates at participating Tsogo Sun hotels in South Africa (excludes the Garden Court and StayEasy hotels) and 5% accommodation discount on the SunBreaks leisure rates.

Please note that all cardholders will be notified via SMS and Email of various promotions, from shows to restaurant discounts, to get your points balance, as well as their expiry.

Rewards cards like these are a great way of increasing customers and interest into your establishment, whether it be a store, salon, retailer or, in this case, a casino.

And for friends or family members visiting from out of town, or who would like a taste of what’s on offer at Montecasino, spoil them with a Montecasino gift card. For everything from dining to shopping, a hotel stay, a spa treatment or entertainment, a Montecasino gift card offers endless opportunities. Get a gift card loaded to a minimum value of R50 and a maximum value of R3500, giving you a variety of choice.

Gift cards are accepted by selected stores and service outlets at Montecasino and can be purchased at the Montecasino information desk.

So now you too can be a winner at Montecasino, simply by signing up for their rewards programme , swiping and earning some instant points to enjoy however best suits you. If not, how about a spoil with a Montecasino gift card? proving why Montecasino can confidently say “We’ve Got It”.



The beginning of the year always seems like a time when people flock to the gym in an effort to burn off the extra calories gained over the holidays and also to become more fit. Even apart from this, it seems to be the time of the year when there’s an influx of various fun runs, marathons, challenges and fitness programs.

I have one friend who is very fond of this time of the year, particularly because he is somewhat of a fitness freak.

From registering for nearly every marathon, to preparing months in advance, he definitely is one determined guy, set on his fitness goals.

While browsing the internet I came across the Sportsmans Warehouse website which informed me of their online gift card purchases, which I was totally unaware of.

Immediately, I thought this would be a great way of getting a gift (which he could choose for himself) for my friend for one of his races, especially because we now live in different cities.

All I had to do was to visit the Sportsmans Warehouse website to register for an online gift card which would automatically be sent to my friend, simply by filling in this online form.sportsmans formAfter I had chosen the amount of the gift card, which ranged between R100 and R1000, I specified my friend’s details and added the gift card to my cart like a product. Payments can be made using MasterCard and Visa credit and debit cards which are registered with any South African bank. EFT payments are also accepted.

Once I checked out and my payment was confirmed, the voucher was sent to his email address. So when my friend wanted to make his purchase at a Sportsmans Warehouse in his city, all he had to do was to present the emailed gift card to the cashier to be redeemed.

SMS or Email vouchers such as these presented by Sportsmans Warehouse are a great way of reducing the risk of loss or theft by not having physical vouchers.

Now purchasing vouchers for my fitness fanatic friends, both near and far, has become as simple as a few clicks.

*Please note that the Sportsmans Warehouse gift cards are currently only redeemable in their stores and are not valid for online purchases.


We all have a desire to travel the world, explore all the amazing and breathtaking sights that’s on offer, from seeing the Eiffel Tower, to the Statue of Liberty and so much more.

Now, traveling the world has become even easier for you and as simple as a swipe away with Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points and Avios travel rewards.

Everytime you swipe your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card at any of their retailers, earn points which you could then redeem at their Smart Shopper kiosks to spend on groceries, airtime, prepaid electricity, even use your Smart Shopper points to pay for utility bills.  Now to make things even better, as a Smart Shopper customer,  convert your Smart Shopper points into Avios and earn travel rewards.

To enjoy this benefit, you need to be an Avios Travel Rewards Programme or British Airways Executive Club member and make sure that your Avios account is linked to your Pick n Pay Smart Shopper card and this is how:

  • Link your Smart Shopper card to either the Avios Travel Rewards Programme or the British Airways Executive Club
  • If you’ve never registered your Smart Shopper card, do so at where you can register right now
  • Visit a Pick n Pay kiosk to switch your Smart Shopper points to Avios
  • Get one Avios for every eight Smart Shopper points you convert
  • The registration process can take up to five days before you can visit the kiosk and switch your Smart Shopper points to Avios.
  • Your Avios will be added to your account within 10 days

To ensure that you are collecting enough Avios to book for your travel, collect more Avios when you shop at BP, Avis, Lew Geffen Sotheby’s and British Airways.

Who said that Pick n Pay only limits you to being a Smart Shopper? Now  you can be a smart traveler too and enjoy one of the many benefits of being part of the Smart Shopper programme.


It’s the second week back at school for many scholars and as exciting or even dreadful as this time can become for scholars, it can be equally taxing on parents who have the concern of stationery shopping, uniform and school shoes shopping, packing lunches and the likes.

Now parents can get more quality for their money with Standard Bank’s UCount Rewards programme and Makro stores.

As a Standard Bank banker, you can earn up to 2.25% back on rewards, should you be registered with the UCount Rewards programme, on all back to school stationery and supplies. Register as a UCount Rewards member for only R20 a month.

Just like that, it’s basically like getting paid back for your spend.

To benefit even more from this, use your Makro Access Card to get all the promotional details available at their stores. So now you are able to see where you can earn points on your back to school goodies as well as getting great bargains on the latest promotions.


Who says going back to school had to be dreary and a hassle? With Makro and Standard Bank’s UCount Rewards programme, going back to school is becoming more and more worth it, both for scholars and their parents.

So whether you want to earn rewards to spend them at any one of the UCount Rewards participating stores or if you want to save them for your next “low-on-cash” purchase, the call is yours.

Make “back-to-school” a memorable one with such great rewards on offer.


Nothing beats a well deserved “Thank You” especially once you’ve earned it and that’s exactly what the Edgars Group  wants to say to you!

Edgars’ exclusive Thank U Rewards programme is a way of giving back to valued customers, everytime they swipe their card at any other participating stores. These stores include Edgars, Edgars Active, Red Square, Jet, Legit, Boardmans, CNA and others.


As an Edgars cardholder you can be rewarded instantly and earning points couldn’t be easier or quicker.

Personally, I am a rewards and loyalty card junkie, so when I first heard of this programme, I immediately hopped on board. The Edgars Thank U Rewards programme rewards both account and cash customers, allowing you to automatically earn base points every time you swipe your card as well as special bonus points on in-store promotions.

For account members part of the Edgars Club, automatically get signed up for the Thank U Rewards programme and earn bonus points as well as 10 points for every R1 you spend.

So whether I am buying a pair of jeans, perfume, some stationery or anything at one of the participating stores, I make sure to swipe my Thank U card, guaranteeing me points back which I can then spend once I’ve accumulated enough.

A minimum of 10 000 Thank U points is required for each spend. You can check your points balance by simply asking the cashier to swipe your card at the till point before making your purchase, and then advise how many of your points you would like to spend.

Swipe, earn and spend at Edgars and participating stores and reap the benefits of this great programme.


If there is one thing I dread doing, it’s going grocery shopping each month. Other than the actual increase in grocery costs, just the effort of having to go grocery shopping is a hassle for me. Now, Shoprite and Checkers stores have made shopping all that easier by motivating their customers through their Great Giveaway Competitions.

Shoprite and Checkers stores are running their Great Giveaway Competitions during the months of January and early February, allowing customers to enter online, standing a chance to win a R250 gift card every day.

A Checkers shopper myself, I decided to have a look at what the giveaway was all about and try my luck.

The whole process was actually quite simple. All I had to do to stand a chance to win was to visit the competition Facebook page, like their page and then register my details on their online entry form.

checkers gift card giveaway

Running from January, 10 2014 until February, 7 2014 the competition simply requires you to enter online to stand a chance to win.

On the last day of The Great Gift Giveaway, entrants stand a chance to win an Apple iPad Mini with 16GB WiFi and 3G.
Prizes will be couriered to the prize winners address stated on the entry form.
The greatest part about this competition is that, with gift cards, even though you may have already done your grocery shopping for the month, you can use your gift card to purchase in the coming months. But that’s not all, use your gift card as the perfect R250 contribution towards that special gift or buy that you have been saving towards.
The possibilities with gift cards are endless and now Checkers is giving you the chance to win your very own gift card every day.

Everyone could always use a little more space, and that’s exactly what 2014 has in store for me. My solution? I popped in to an Incredible Connection store nearby and started pricing a new external hard drive.

Walking passed the store, I couldn’t help but notice that, if I were an FNB banker and registered with FNB eBucks Rewards, I could gain rewards on every purchase at Incredible Connection stores nationwide.


FNB bankers looking to upgrade on all things hi-tech, Incredible Connection should be your first stop, giving you back 1% in rewards every time you spend by swiping your FNB card.

So whether you are buying a flash drive or a new laptop, whatever you swipe for you get rewarded for your purchase.

Even more so, as an eBucks Rewards member, you can earn an extra 1% back by paying with your qualifying FNB or RMB Private Bank linked Credit Card, or up to 2.5% back by paying with your Cheque Card, depending on your reward level.

Once you’ve earned enough eBucks, present your eBucks card at any Incredible Connection store and let your eBucks pay for that latest gadget you’ve been eyeing out. However, a no cash return policy applies when purchasing at Incredible Connection using eBucks, where items which were purchased using eBucks will not be refundable for cash upon return. Should you want to return your eBucks purchased goods, they will be refunded with an Incredible Connection voucher to the value of the return, which can be used to purchase again at the store.

As if shopping isn’t too much of a temptation already, FNB eBucks Rewards isn’t making it any easier for their clients.