This Week’s Five Loyalty Deals

Loyalty programs are already set up to reward customers for their frequent patronage by offering points, miles, or exclusive discounts.  But sometimes there are periodic promotion periods in which the reward system is ramped up either to pick up sales during a down time or simply to encourage continued customer loyalty.  Either way, there are savings to be had or extra points or miles (eventually converted into extra savings or a freebie) to be earned.

Here are five loyalty deals for this coming week or longer:

Gap: GapCard owners can earn double points on purchases made at Gap, GapKids, babyGap, GapBody and online until May 2, 2010.  If you do not have a GapCard yet, you will also receive a 20% off coupon for the first purchase you make on  Notably, the terms and conditions of this promotion state that while the discount does not apply to gift cards, you can still earn double points on gift card purchases.

Barnes & Noble: Free expedited shipping has been extended for Barnes & Noble members until May 1, 2010 on purchases of $10 or more.  This applies to all items with the “Get Free Shipping” box on their page; and to take advantage of this deal you must input your B&N membership number when placing the order.

Harris Teeter/ Nationals MLB: Every Tuesday, showing your Harris Teeter VIC card can give you $5 off up to four tickets at the Nationals’ box office in Washington, DC.  This discount is valid for any Tuesday regular season game at the Nationals ballpark, though it excludes Club, Terrace, Outfield Gallery and Upper Gallery seats.

Southwest Airlines: Until May 26, 2010, members of Southwest’s Rapid Rewards Program can earn 2 credits (rather than the usual 1) for each flight booked and taken during the promotion period.  Since a Standard Award goes for only 16 credits, four round-trips during the next month can already earn you a free trip.

American Express/ Dunkin’ Donuts: American Express Blue, Blue Cash, or Blue Sky cardholders will receive a $5 Dunkin’ Donuts card after every 4 purchases at a Dunkin’ Donuts store within a calendar month.  Sign up for this deal at in the Blue Savings Program website, and make sure to pay for your purchases at Dunkin’ Donuts stores with one of the eligible AmEx cards.  The DD card will be mailed to the address AmEx has on file for you.  This promotion runs until March 31, 2011.

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