Finally, a Worthwhile Redemption for Verizon Smart Rewards Points?

a woman looking at a phone

Verizon launched the Verizon Smart Rewards program last year and its value was dubious. I zeroed in on the cash and points hotel options for stays outside out of my usual chains, but have since become disenchanted. They offer few properties in the locations I need and then the discounts are hit and miss.

And since all their other awards and merchandise basically just offer a 10% discount that you can match or beat somewhere else with a sale, it seemed as though the privacy you give up to be a part of the program isn’t worth it.

Then I discovered a possible use for the points: gift card auctions!

You have the option of choosing points-only auctions and bidding on $25+ gift cards to a variety of stores — Verizon, Best Buy, Buffalo Wild Wings, Kroger, Brookstone, Dunkin Donuts, Royal Caribbean, Outback, etc.a screenshot of a store

Now, abandon all hope of getting a penny per point value or even a tenth of a penny! Apparently I’m not the only one desperate to find ways to spend my points.

a screenshot of a card

But at least you can get some value for them! If you can win an auction.

I’m now opting out of the Verizon Smart Rewards program…

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    1. plenty you can actually buy products with from places like Macy’s of even Att accessories or even use them to pay on your bill. they are actually worthful unlike verizon points

  1. You can use them to buy viator.com activities at a slight discount. You save about 10-15% by using your points (at a very fair value). Unfortunately, it doesn’t burn through points fast enough – but when valuing these points, it is by far one of the better redemption options I have seen from VZW.

  2. You should really read through the terms and conditions of the program as well. Basically when you opt-in, you give up all information about yourself and your cell phone usage to Verizon so they can sell it to companies who will then be able to target and solicit you. Nothing a telecom ever does is for the benefit of the consumer.

  3. I’d thought you might find this youtube video interesting regarding the Verizon rewards program. I agree the program is quite ridiculous but this lady has a worthwhile suggestion to donate a decade’s worth of points to a children’s hospital like St. Judes.

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