Is Verizon your cell phone provider? If so, are you taking advantage of the Verizon Up rewards program? You should be.
It's an easy way to save and get perks for things you normally do. Plus, some of the rewards are really cool! Some of the coolest rewards are super-tickets to concerts and events that you may not have ever had the opportunity to attend otherwise.
Here's what you need to know about Verizon Up rewards.
What Is the Verizon Rewards Program?
The current Verizon rewards program for Verizon mobile phone users is the Verizon Up program. This article outlines what’s included with Verizon Up rewards.
What Do They Offer?
Some of you may be familiar with and have even used the Verizon My Rewards+ program, which ended on May 30, 2019, although the program started being phased out in the summer of 2017. Any points that weren’t used before May 30, 2019 were forfeited.
Running parallel with this program and still active is the Verizon Up program. It is the current Verizon rewards program for mobile users. Business and prepaid accounts aren’t eligible for Verizon Up.
The Verizon Up program got an update in May 2019. Customers previously needed to spend $300 before they could take advantage of rewards. That has now changed.
After enrolling in Verizon Up, you’ll receive one credit per month once your bill is paid. The credit can be used for one reward. Note that credits expire after 30 days. It’s a use-it-or-lose-it scenario.
Rewards fall into four main categories:
- Rewards: Credit-based rewards
- Bonus Rewards: Perks that don’t require using a credit
- Local offers: Rewards specific to your geographic area
- Super Tickets: Concerts, sporting events, special dining, and movie premiers
Rewards come and go so you may see different rewards depending on how often you check. To use a credit, you simply claim a reward. Note that you must be logged in as an Account Owner or Account Manager to claim any reward. Account Members do not have this privilege.
Once a reward has been claimed, there’s no going back. You have to use the reward that was claimed, even if you selected it by accident.
So what exactly do Verizon Up rewards look like? Common offers include gift cards that can vary from $3 to $5 for Amazon, Starbucks, iTunes/App Store, Bed Bath & Beyond, and other retailers. Besides gift cards, you might run across rewards such as 50% off one Uber ride or 50% off three weeks of Plated. A couple of the Bonus Rewards are a free Starbucks coffee on International Coffee Day (September 29) and a free Mrs. Fields cookie on Tax Day (April 15).
There are also $10 Device Dollars, a free three-month trial of HBO Now, and $60 of StickerPop coins. Keep in mind that these deals can and do change.
“Our customers wanted more rewards, more often, and we’re delivering,” said Angie Klein, Vice President, Consumer Marketing for Verizon, in an announcement. “Verizon Up has always been simple and free – [sic] and now it’s even simpler and brings customers even more value. It’s just a great way for us to say thank you to our customers.”
In the war of mobile phone service providers, Verizon Up seems aimed at programs such as T-Mobile Tuesdays. T-Mobile Tuesdays offers rewards every Tuesday, including free tacos from Taco Bell, free coffee from Dunkin', a free movie from Redbox, $4 movies at Regal Cinemas, a free stick-on wallet for your phone, and more.
For more information on Verizon Up, visit https://www.verizon.com/rewards/verizon-up/.
Are There Any Fees?
How Do I Enroll?
Log into your Verizon account through the website. In the upper left is a link to “Account.” Hover over it and a menu will appear. You’ll find the Verizon Up rewards program as a link in this menu. You can click it and enroll from there.
You can also enroll through the Verizon mobile app. Once you are in the app, tap the navigation in the upper left, then tap Verizon Up. Make sure you have the latest version of the app, as older versions may not have Verizon Up.
The Verizon Up section of the website or app will also show if you currently have a credit available.
Is My Money and Information Safe?
No money is involved with Verizon Up. It isn’t clear what happens to any information used with Verizon Up. However, you remain on the Verizon website or mobile app when using Verizon Up.
At the least, participating retailers probably receive some anonymized data about shopping behavior. Verizon doesn’t mention that your information will be sold or that you’ll receive more marketing emails as a result of signing up with Verizon Up.
Is It Worth It?
There doesn’t seem to be any drawback to using Verizon Up. If you like reward programs, Verizon Up is another box to check off. Based on $3 gift cards as a worst-case scenario, that’s about the amount of value you’re receiving each month — not quite enough for a Starbucks Tall latte, but then again, it’s certainly a nice discount.
You may also find rewards available for some of your favorite local restaurants, which can make the deals even better. Verizon Up does lower the rewards threshold from spending $300 to simply paying your bill, which makes it available to more people.
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