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Imagine that you are at a coffee shop or restaurant, your meal is over, it is time to pay for your bill. You pull out your phone, scan a barcode via an app, enter a pin, and the bill is settled in seconds. Well, this is now possible.

Standard Bank have an app out there that is capable of allowing consumers to pay for purchases through a combination of QR code and PIN, with their smartphones.

How to sign up:

  1. Go to your app store, download the SnapScan app (Available on iTunes, Google Play, and Blackberry World)Screenshot_2014-05-28-12-12-06
  2. Enter your email addressScreenshot_2014-05-28-09-39-53
  3. Register (a 30 second process of entering your email address and name)Screenshot_2014-05-28-12-03-49
  4. Scan your card – your phone will take a picture of the card and picks up the card number (accepts MasterCard & VISA)Screenshot_2014-05-28-12-04-50
  5. Choose a PINScreenshot_2014-05-28-12-08-18
  6. Find a merchant to use it atScreenshot_2014-05-28-11-56-20

The app can search using your phones GPS to find the closest merchants that are signed up with SnapScan, or you can search by area.

SnapScan can be used with any MasterCard and VISA credit or cheque card, as well as selected debit cards, issued by any bank in South Africa. The card details are encrypted and only stored on your phone.

Powered by Standard Bank, SnapScan do not charge any fees for this service.

Download it, give it a try & let us know what you think…

 

An app that tells you exactly where there are available discounts? Sounds too good to be true. I downloaded this app, and it is true!

After downloading via my phone’s store, (available on iTunes, google Play and for Blackberry ), I completed the easy sign-up process, and then I was spoilt with competitions as well as vouchers and coupons for discounts and free items. These are available via voucher codes, links to the retailer websites, it saves on your app, and you can even print out a voucher. The service is available via the app, as well as on the vouchercloud website.

The vouchers, coupons, and links all display the expiry date, as well as the available days that it may be redeemed. The app detects your location via your phones GPS, and tells you where the available offers are closest to you.

You can even browse via category to have a look at what you may be in the hunt for, be it dining, travel, fashion, gardening, electrical, sports and much more.

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Powered by Vodacom, vouchercloud boasts deals/offering from the largest retailers, brands & franchises available to our country. Download the app or have a look at the website. Its easy to use, and will benefit every type of consumer looking for a good deal.

 

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Just before Christmas, we introduced you to the MasterCard Priceless Africa Program which offers an exclusive collection of experiences designed for cardholders around South Africa.

MasterCard have now developed an app which can:

  • Find offers around you on the go, locally and regionally
  • Maintain access to your vouchers wallet at all times and locations
  • Redeem the offers and experiences you like directly from within the app
  • Manage your profile and keep it synced on both the app and the website
  • Receive reminders about your offers and when they are due to expire

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The app can be downloaded from Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mastercard.priceless.africa&hl=en) or even iTunes (https://itunes.apple.com/sg/app/priceless-africa/id696951321?mt=8).

Go ahead and continue spoiling yourself…

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We usually see rewards programmes being issued for the everyday consumer. Benefits on swiping your card here, there and in return receive a portion back on your spend etc. A segment of our country which could also benefit from a rewards programme is students. 4real rewards have created a card that targets students and tertiary institutions, who can benefit from a range of different services if signed up to the rewards programme.

A student who has one of these cards, can present the card at the 4real retail network, which all have different discount structures to 4real card holders. When a card is swiped, a discount value is split 50/50 between the cardholder and the student’s tertiary institution who signs up with 4real rewards.

Some of the benefits of the 4real rewards card include:

  • Usage as a student card
  • Discounts at retail partner stores
  • Benefit’s structures for students
  • Access to discounted airtime

4real rewards, takes a rewards platform to a market that will benefit every day from discounts at retail stores, discounted airtime from mobile app’s, and a host of future benefits for students. Making money go further is always a key factor for students, this could be a rewards card that students can incorporate into their daily spending to gain great rewards from. 4real aims to assist the education sector with further benefits from student funding to even low price insurance. You can have a look at their offering here.

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I am one of those people who are a bit sceptical about getting a credit card. Yes, they may be useful for purchasing online, for booking flights, which honestly is probably the only reason I would consider getting one. However, my fear in getting a credit card comes from the idea that I would overspend, maxing out my card especially knowing that I can rely on it as my emergency cash float when times are a little dry financially.

That’s where products like the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card comes in handy, now I am able to shop online, book my flights and fulfill all my online purchasing needs with this one virtual card, without the concern of getting swipe happy with my credit card

Developed by Triloq Payment Services, a World of Avatar company and issued by Standard Bank in association with MasterCard, the system was created to remove barriers for would-be online shoppers and to increase online sales across the board and is designed for online shopping use only.

Registration for the virtual card is pretty straight forward and is open to any South African with a valid ID number. You can register on the 1-2-Pay-Online website in order to create and use the virtual prepaid cards. Online shopping demands the highest level of security and therefore the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual prepaid card created may only be used once, on any websites accepting VISA or MasterCard. Any funds left over are returned to the user profile. Should you wish to shop online again just create another virtual prepaid card, it’s as easy as that.

With no lengthy application forms, no credit checks, no annual fees, no interest charges or any other hidden fees you simply pay as you go.

As simple as that, music and movie enthusiasts can now pay for their favourite tracks and videos on iTunes using the virtual card and can even skip the queues when paying for E-Toll bills. Just like that, the 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card is making payments and shopping that much simpler and so much more convenient.

The value of cards you may create is dependent on whether or not you have been FICA verified by 1-2-Pay-Online, all for your safety and security. A non-FICA verified user can create cards up to maximum value of R200. If you are a FICA verified user then you may create cards up to a value of R1500.

To pay for your E-Toll bill, for example, you would then register for and load your 1-2-Pay-Online virtual card with the relevant amount, log on to the E-Toll website and click on online payments under their ‘payment options’ tab, log in and pay for your bills using  your virtual card like you would with a credit card.

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Each virtual card you create will have a unique 16-digit card number, expiry date and security number (usually referred to as the CVV/CVC or “last three digits” on the back of the card).

The great thing about this virtual card is that, even when you have loaded too much money on your card, the remaining balance will then be credited to your 1-2-Pay-Online profile, for you to use the next time you  register for a card.

Now there’s no more worry about overspend, with 1-2-Pay-Online, online shopping is as easy as 1-2 -(3)!

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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”.

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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.

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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.