It’s no secret the Verizon Smart Rewards program was unpopular. Most redemption options required a cash component and the auctions were dominated by people with even more worthless points than you. A $5 Subway gift card with a current bid of 500,000 points? Really!?
The new alternative, Verizon Up, has already launched and Verizon Smart Rewards ends on November 1. If you’re left with several hundred thousand points to burn, here are a few decent options.
They have a decent selection of gift cards, many of which I never see pop up on Amazon or Costco deals. One of the standouts are the Carnival and Royal Caribbean gift cards — get $50 off a $500 card with only 5,000 points.
Also of note: Macys, Sephora, CVS, a wide variety of restaurants, a few movie theaters, and Avis and Budget rental car vouchers. A few offer electronic delivery, otherwise it will be $.59 to ship.
Many of these items rarely go on sale, so it’s a great chance to stock up on items at a ~20%+ discount. They have a low price guarantee and even have the functionality to compare their prices with other major retailers. I double checked and it’s mostly accurate for these products since they are typically excluded from coupons and sale codes.
Briggs & Riley make some awesome luggage backed by a lifetime guarantee. Their bags are rarely on sale, if you’re in the market, here’s a chance to get select backpacks, totes, and carry ons at ~30% off.
This is probably not your best bet since everyone else is probably entering with their reamaining points, but if you don’t want to shell out any cash it might be. They’ve got a handful of sweepstakes for cash, gift cards, and even a trip to NYC ending in the next few weeks. If nothing else appeals, it costs nothing to blow all your points on sweepstakes entries and you might just win.
Options to Avoid
I would advise skipping the Local Deals as most of the offers I’ve seen can probably be found elsewhere for free. Same with rental car options and magazines. For other merchandise, don’t trust the price comparison as it doesn’t take into account various sales and coupons that other sites might be offering.