It’s safe to say plenty of us use smartphones, or at least some form of mobile phone. The statistics are clear. Around 79% of us use smart devices, which is a staggering figure. Therefore, services like Airtime Rewards are coming in thick and fast. But what exactly is Airtime Rewards, and what are the benefits of using the service in the long run?
What is Airtime Rewards?
Airtime Rewards is a relatively new cashback scheme that’s aimed at regular phone users. Any smartphone users on contract will, of course, need to pay bills each month to cover their general usage. For many people, these fees can skyrocket. That’s especially the case if you’re running over on your data and need to top up regularly.
Airtime Rewards brings a really interesting idea to the table. Download their app, shop with their branded partners, and get money back off your phone bill. Therefore, the idea is that you get money back just for registering your card through the app.
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It works similarly to other cashback tools and apps. Quidco, for example, springs to mind as being one of the most well known. However, Airtime Rewards is the first cashback service which revolves around your smartphone usage, which I think is a pretty appealing premise. But does it hold up?
How Do You Use Airtime Rewards?
Ok – so how does it actually work? It’s pretty simple. The main website for the app breaks it down in a way that’s easy to digest. You’ll need to link a card or payment option to the app, and you can then look for major retailers they support.
Once you’ve linked a card to the app, you can then claim back reward money simply by shopping with said card on the high street. You should find your credit added to your rewards wallet within five days, on the whole.
Therefore, instead of claiming money back which you might fritter away on other things, it pays directly towards your bills – making it a pretty responsible choice. What’s more, as you link a card directly to the app, there’s no need for you to fumble around with your phone while paying. The app will pick up on your transactions and reward you as such.
What Retailers are on Airtime Rewards?
There are more than 80 different retailers on board at Airtime Rewards. The main site lists big high street names such as Waitrose, Argos, Primark and Pizza Express.
However, do a bit more digging, and you’ll find you can claim money back off purchases made at The Body Shop, Dorothy Perkins, Boots, Bella Italia, Caffe Nero, Halfords and Topshop. To see the full list of retailers and restaurants taking part, you’ll need to download the app. Don’t worry – it’s free to do so, and you’ll find it’s available for Android and iOS devices.
How Much Cashback Can You Earn?
You could claim 5% on a purchase from a number of retailers. Therefore, if you were to buy a 4K TV at Argos for, let’s say £500, you’d claim £25 back towards your next phone bill. Some retailers offer as much as 10%, so again, applying this to the Argos example above, you’d get a cool £50 knocked off your next bill.
Therefore, it’s likely to be worth it if the app offers you retailers you regularly shop with. If you dine out at Pizza Express a lot, or if you do weekly shops at Waitrose then it might be a good money spinner. For smaller purchases, you’d probably need to stack up a few to make it worth your while.
Be aware, too, that you’ll need at least £10 in your rewards balance before you can claim anything off your phone bill. Therefore, it’s worth trying to shop as much as you can to claim big money back. But, in a way – some people might see that as defeating the object of saving money in the first place!
Does It Work with Apple Pay and Android Pay?
It works for some select retailers at the minute. It makes sense that you’d be able to link Apple Pay or Android Pay to the app – seeing as you might already have your cards registered. However you’ll need to check the retailer listing within the app to see which offer Apple and Android Pay options.
It’s also worth mentioning, while on the subject of payment methods, that right now you can only link MasterCard and Visa to Airtime Rewards. That means Maestro, Solo, Switch, AMEX and Diners Club holders are going to need to hold off for a while. However, it’s interesting that you can use both credit and debit cards, as there’s been a clamping down on credit card usage through some quarters lately (the gambling industry and HM Revenue and Customs in particular).
Is Airtime Rewards Worth Signing Up For?
I think it’s definitely worth signing up for, especially if you regularly shop in store at one or more of the retailers. Airtime Rewards is a fantastic concept. It’s one which has room to grow, and for many people, it will help to shave plenty of cash off their phone bills.
Those who will see the most benefit are those who a) have large phone bills to begin with, and b) spend regularly at the right retailers. Providing you shop at the right places, and have enough money to knock off your bills, it could be a good idea to get involved.
However, you must make sure it doesn’t encourage unnecessary spending. Spending more to save more doesn’t always make sense.
Have you saved money off your bills using Airtime Rewards? Or do you have any other favourite cashback apps that have saved you money on purchases? Let me know in the comments.