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‘Pret Perks’ launches today – how does it work?

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A couple of weeks ago we had the exclusive news about the launch of ‘Pret Perks’, the new Pret A Manger loyalty scheme.

The programme finally goes live today. However, it will be in beta for a few weeks and can only be accessed by people with a Pret coffee subscription and an iPhone.

You will earn one ‘star’ for every purchase and stars can be redeemed for ‘perks’. You will require 10 stars to receive a free product from a rotating list of rewards. You do not get your choice of any item in the store.

Once you have hit 10 ‘stars’, you will have 30 days to claim your free product. Your free gift will expire at this point.

You will NOT earn ‘stars’ when claiming a free coffee from your subscription unless something else is bought at the same time. All Pret coffee subscribers will receive a nominal one star per month as part of their subscription. You need to scan a QR card in the Pret app to receive your stars.

One attempt at gaming the system is already blocked in the rules. Any purchases made in quick succession will be amalgamated together, so you cannot buy a coffee and a sandwich in two transactions and earn two ‘stars’.

Full details should be on this web page from this morning.

Comments (399)

  • Vasco says:

    I never used my card for any NSI activity and still got cancelled

  • Greg says:

    Why does everybody go on about ERNIE and buying and selling premium bonds – an NS&I direct (instant access) saver is (was) much easier.

    • Rui N. says:

      That’s what I had 🙂

    • Chrism20 says:

      Because Ernie also pays out prizes. With interest rates at what they are you are better taking the chance of Ernie picking your numbers than the minuscule interest you’ll get from the savings account.

      You can also from my understanding withdraw after the Ernie draw and recycle the cash through before Ernie picks the next set of numbers.

      • John says:

        No, you’d skip a month.

        If it’s your actual money, depositing on the 2nd of a month is equivalent to depositing on the 28th, so you might as well let the money earn elsewhere for those 4 weeks. When it comes from a credit card you only need to time it after your statement cut off so you get 56 days to pay it back

    • John says:

      Because we were depositing, not recycling, and PBs have the highest expected value plus tax-free

      • Rui N. says:

        LOL Yes, all the people here discussing PBs (and how long it took until they could be withdrawn) were depositing! ROTFL

        • John says:

          I’ve never withdrawn from Ernie.

          • Froggee says:

            you can only put £50k in premium bonds. What do you do in week 2?

          • Rob says:

            You mean ‘what do you do on Day 2?’.

            You withdraw it all.

            Guess what you do on Day 3.

          • Rui N. says:

            Well Rob, not everyone had access to multiple Curve cards with £9k daily limits and accompanying credit limits in their cards! Some had to live with more pedestrians numbers and it took a few days to get to £50k.

    • xcalx says:

      This

  • Colin says:

    Creation have repaid my annual fee in full this week.

  • James says:

    Has anyone managed to convince Creation to reverse their decision to close your account ?

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    A simple solution for NS&I would be to have an annual limit on top ups like ISAs. Use it or lose it.
    Number of people who would be genuinely impacted should be tiny.

    • MadHatter says:

      It wouldn’t stop people paying money in and then moving it straight out again?

      • BuildBackBetter says:

        They can only do it to the annual limit once. A small win for them and ‘low level background noise’ for Ernie.

    • Rui N. says:

      Much simpler would just be to block Curve…

    • John says:

      You mean effectively say everyone has a £50k curve annual allowance?

    • JDB says:

      For the UK’s national savings bank to impose such limits would be totally absurd as it is a key source of government funding.

      • TGLoyalty says:

        So we were all keeping the lights on … should be applauded for using our credit to keep them funded with thousands each at any one time.

        • Track says:

          Actually yes, because short-term < 2M holdings of PB earn nothing.

          eg if you deposit 1st May you have to wait full May, full June and only eligible for prize run end of June which is announced and paid first days of July.

  • MadHatter says:

    Has anybody received a reply from Paul Henry yet?

  • Aston100 says:

    I think Paul the Destroyer and JDB the Apologist should have a long overdue battle royale showdown in an exclusive HfP article.
    Who will win? grab your popcorn and hang on tight.

  • memesweeper says:

    Following yesterday’s detective work in the comments re. NS&I, I’d like to make it clear I am not Mr X

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