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Known as one of the oldest and trusted motoring and traveling service house in South Africa, AA (automobile association) is now giving current and new clients an opportunity to win with AA.

You can now shop at one of the largest retailers in the country, with one of 150 gift cards with R500 loaded on each one.


The competition will close on 16th March (there are only a few days left). It is open to all South Africans who use the services that the AA offer. You can stand a chance of winning a voucher from AA by doing one of the following:

Partnering with Makro, a large retailer/wholesaler of consumer goods, AA aims to offer clients something back for completing any of the processes above. These gift cards can be used at any Makro countrywide, and does not have any restrictions on the type of goods that it is used to purchase.

The winners will be drawn on 7th April, and all terms and conditions can be found on the competitions page of the AA website.



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.


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.

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.


The festive season is officially over and it’s time to get back into the swing of things as we embark on a new year.

Usually during this time of the year, many people have new year resolutions from ‘becoming a better person’ to ‘quitting certain bad habits’, but what I’ve found most common among new year resolutions is the aim to ‘get fit’ or ‘into shape’.

This resolution is understandable, considering all the eating, celebrating and festivities over the December period. So more than just gifts, friends or love gained over the season, another guaranteed gain is definitely some weight gain.

In an effort to kickstart my goal at becoming more fit this year, I popped in to my local Totalsports store yesterday to get some exercise gear to motivate myself. Common during this time of the year, the store, as well as many around it, was filled with big signs indicating sales which were taking place. However, at Totalsports, the sales and discounts came with a difference.


As part of The Foschini Group (TFG), Totalsports have recently introduced their TFG Rewards programme. The programme is a great way to earn and redeem rewards with every purchase made from any of the stores which are part of TFG. When I made a purchase at Totalsports yesterday, I automatically was signed up for a TFG Rewards card, which guaranteed me great discounts on every purchase from that point onwards.

Now every time I swipe my TFG card at the checkout at any of the TFG stores, I receive a reward voucher immediately to use on my next purchase.

What’s great is that, whether I am a cash or even an account customer at one of the stores, I still benefit from this programme. Cash customers get a cash rewards card but account customers do not need to carry two cards because they can swipe their account card in cash or account sales and earn and redeem vouchers in both.

From fashion to jewellery, sportswear, footwear, cosmetics, cellular, outdoor, homeware and more, rewards are chosen especially to suit the customer. It might be an entry into a R10 000 shopping spree competition exclusively for reward customers, a discount on your favourite make-up, an exciting free gift, a special offer and more exclusive rewards.

Stores part of TFG include @home, @homelivingspace, American Swiss, Donna Claire, DueSouth, Exact!, Fashion Express, Foschini, Fabiana, Charles & Keith, G-Star Raw, Hi, Luella, Markham, Mat & May, Sportscene, Sterns and Totalsports.

Now you can choose where you want to reward and can make every shopping spree a rewarding one.


The Christmas season is always filled with the hustle and bustle of running around, trying to figure out if you’ve bought enough presents for everyone, if  you’ve budgeted enough for your spends and if the grocery cupboards are stocked up for all your visitors. I now understand why this time of the year has also been dubbed, “the silly season”, because it seems that the amount of spending – even sometimes without realising it – can become quite silly and overwhelming.

Various banks. including FNB eBucks, Nedbank Greenbacks, Standard Bank UCount Rewards and Investec’s Dividents Rewards Programme, have introduced their very own rewards programmes for times just like these. Simply by swiping your card, depending on who you bank with, you can instantly gain rewards which can be saved and used when you need that extra cash to spend.

Because I bank with Absa, I was able to reap the benefits of the Absa Rewards programme where I pay only R21 a month to gain rewards everytime I swipe my debit card. Rewards redemptions vary in amounts, depending on where I swipe my card, offering me highter redemptions if I swipe at any of Absa’s redemption partners.

You can imagine my surprise this week when I realised I could spend a little bit more without the added expense, all thanks to my Absa Rewards and my Pick n Pay Smart Shopper account.

My family have decided to visit me in Johannesburg for Christmas this year. Being Christmas time, I want to be able to spoil them with yummy treats and sweet goodies, especially for my younger little cousins, making their Christmas away from home that much more memorable.

My Absa Rewards, which I had gained from swiping my Absa debit card at various outlets, allows me the option of choosing to redeem my rewards either as cash, airtime, shopping vouchers, giving back to charity or redeeming through their Redemption Partners (Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points or Dischem Benefit Programme points). This came in really handy to get those extra grocery goods for the family and redeeming my Absa Rewards as Pick n Pay Smart Shopper points was such an easy process.

All I had to do was to call the Absa Rewards customer care line on 0861 788 888. Once I was on the line, I prompted to press number “1” on my phone which gave me the option of redeeming my rewards. I was then put through to an operator who was very helpful in converting my rewards to my Smart Shopper points, now redeemable at any Pick n Pay. All I had to do was to provide him with my South African ID number, he confirmed my details, asked how much of my rewards I wanted redeemed as Smart Shopper points and just like that, it was done.

To make things even better, because of this kind of redemption of my Absa Rewards, I gained an extra 15% on the amount redeemed, giving me even more to spend.

For security purposes and to keep me, as the customer, in the know about my transactions, I received two SMSes, one alerting me of my redemption transaction and another letting me know what my remaining rewards balance was.

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You can redeem your Absa Rewards online too if you are registered with their online or cellphone banking. If not, visit their website to sign up.

As easy as that, I was able to go to my nearest Pick n Pay and spend using my Smart Shopper points, without any extra expense to me. Now I can spoil my family, with no extra costs incurred. I’ve rewarded myself this Christmas, why don’t you?