Published on July 25th, 2018 | by Chuck40
Verizon Up Rewards Program Review [Formerly Smart Rewards]
7/25/18: Verizon Up has added a Local Offers section with many BOGO’s and the like at local stores. Added section below.
Verizon Up Review
The idea is to simplify the older, bloated Verizon rewards program called Verizon Smart Rewards which some people didn’t find smart or rewarding. The new program has simpler earning and redeeming options. Verizon Up is accessed via the Verizon app only, so you’ll need that to take advantage of the program.
Note: Verizon Up is only for mobile phone users. Verizon Fios users can participate in a different rewards program called Verizon My Rewards+.
Those who still have Verizon Smart Rewards can use them by October 31. Unfortunately, points do not roll over to the new program, and there aren’t any good deals to be had with them; people are trying to unload their huge stash of points to get any sort of $5 gift card via auctions.
Verizon Up earnings are simple: each $300 you put into Verizon’s coffers you’ll get one credit. This includes your wireless bill or any other purchases paid on your Verizon Wireless monthly bill, like a phone purchase which gets paid monthly.
The rewards program is only for products and services paid on your monthly bill, not a phone purchased outright and certainly not on home phone service or internet service.
Each 1 credit earned entitles you to one reward. It doesn’t matter which reward you pick – it’s always one reward per 1 credit, meaning one reward per $300 in spend. Once earned, you have 60 days to redeem a credit.
Reward options are refreshed each month. To give you an idea, here is a list of some of the current options:
- $5 Starbucks gift card
- 20% off 10 Uber rides within a month
- $10 off a new device
- Free 3 months of HBO Now
- 15% off any case
- 4 months free music (Apple Music, I think)
- 1 GB of bonus data (useful for those not on Unlimited plans)
They also will offer periodic ‘Super Tickets’ which can be anything from concerts to local sporting events. Be sure to snag these fast since they’ll go quick.
At the minimum, a $5 Starbucks gift card is an easy option, and the Uber option looks fantastic: assuming there’s no cap there, it can easily be worth $50 or more for the right person which is incredible.
You get one free credit upon signup. Could worth signing up just for that.
Verizon Up Local Offers
Verizon Up also offers deals at man local establishments. One common offer is BOGO at local restaurants. Many similar offers as well.
Most people will probably like the new rewards program better (I think?), though people who were experts at picking up on the deal under Verizon Smart Rewards will find they got better value under the old system.
The jury is still out on the value proposition of Verizon Up – sounds like there are good options available, and the fact that they have the $5 Starbucks gift card for easy redemption is nice. The bigger question is how these rewards will change over time. We’ll see.
Some people have expressed concern that in order to enroll in the new Verizon Up program you need enroll in Verizon Select which mines data about you. If you’re worried about that kind of thing, you’ll want to steer clear of this rewards program.
Let us know your thoughts or tips to maximize in the comments.