Customer loyalty programs seem to be everywhere these days. From supermarkets to local grocery stores, multiplexes to shopping malls, local restaurants to major airlines. It seems like wherever we go, a company is offering us the option of joining their customer rewards program or loyalty club. The question that pops into my head every time I see their Ads is

 what are these loyalty programs and, more importantly, how effective are they?

The main goal of customer loyalty programs is to keep customers coming back. With so many options available online, keeping customers loyal to your brand is no easy task. Promotional gifts are great for rewarding customer loyalty but can also work wonders for ensuring customer retention. But what attracts them the most is getting more reward for the amount they pay. Because more is always better!

1) Dineout

Founded in 2012, this one is my fav app among all. Dineout, India’s largest table reservation platform by Times Internet can help slash your restaurant bills in half and sometimes you just dine-in for free. I ain’t kidding you!! Dineout is partnered with 18,000+ restaurant in 8 cities of India – Delhi-NCR, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Kolkata.

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The offers you get from this platform includes getting free mocktail/cocktail or 15% extra on total bill or free ice cream/brownie, first access to Great Indian Restaurant Festival (GIRF) where 10,000+ restaurants will offer flat 50% off on your bill and much more.

2) Eazy Diner

Founded in 2014, instant table reservations in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune, Chennai, Kolkata, Goa, Jaipur, Ahmedabad & Dubai with unbelievable deals & discounts.

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The EazyDeals are the highlight for the loyal customers, ranging from the finest 5-star hotels to small local eateries and even Home Delivery options! Every single booking is going to get you a deal ranging from free beverages to up to 50% off on your entire bill or 1 + 1 on the best buffets in your city!

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Secret Tip: You also can get EasyDiner vouchers by joining MakeMyTrip Black Program.

Must say – DineOut & EazyDiner are helping drive people to five-star hotels with offers & freebies. So everyone could afford to have a luxury meal.

3) Nearbuy

A steady flow of discounts and deal offers is a great way to keep customers coming back. Nearbuy is one app among all which I urge you to download now if you haven’t. They have thousands of offers, deals, discounts and coupons on restaurants, buffets, pizzas, spa, massages, salons, beauty therapies and many many more.

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You could literally save a thousand bucks and treat your friends/family like King. INR 1599 brunch buffet could cost you only INR 299 + freebies in 4-star restaurants.

4) Payback 

PAYBACK is a multi-brand loyalty program that lets you earn and redeem points on every shopping. With a wide range of in-store and online partners, you can earn points on groceries, fuel, entertainment, travel, apparel and more.

Members can stack up points and redeem these points for free food vouchers at partnered restaurants as well shopping. Membership comes at no cost and offers a host of benefits as well they offered the card for a lifetime.

5) BookMyShow 

Buy movie tickets online at BookmyShow and get free food coupons & discounts on outlets like CCD, Subway, KFC, MOD, Baskin Robbins etc.

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6) Jet Privilege 

You can get different offers like Earn up to 200 JPMiles on bookings made via Dineout app and also get a discount or a freebie. Members downloading the Dineout app and making their first ever eligible transaction on the Dineout app will get 200 JPMiles. Sounds pretty amazing right? They’ve also got for special offers for foodie travellers, they can earn up to 1500* JPMiles every month by reviewing restaurants on TripAdvisor.

 

(I tell you this secret now: I have travelled Ahmedabad-Mumbai for free after collecting JP Miles on DineOut and TripAdvisor).

7) Mr Mint 

Started by Mohit Bohra and Vismay Agarwal. Everybody loves to have some mint after a meal, so Mr Mint is a unique rewards program that lets the users earn points (mints) at their partner restaurants after the meal. The mints can be used by them to claim rewards at various restaurants and cafes that are a part of the program.

It’s easy to use – Download the app, upload the bill, earn mints and get rewarded.

8) Reelo 

The name ‘Reelo’ derives from the verb reeling. It has an indirect reference to what they do, which is bring customers back to them. Reelo also has a direct reference to the words ‘rewards’ and ‘loyalty’ so that customers can identify with them and what they do. Customers simply need to give their mobile number with the bill at any Reelo partnered outlet and they start earning points to get those awesome rewards!

Customers earn as much as they spend – earn 1 point on every 1 Rs spent. They can download the Reelo app to discover nearby places and get notified about their points and rewards at multiple places.

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9) Little App 

Little App helps you save money on awesome deals on everything near you! Restaurants, Lunch / Dinner, Buffets one can get up to 40 %. The list is endless – you name it and Little App has the best deals & discounts on it.

Shweta Lakhwani is a Travel Planner, Travel Blogger, Social Blogger, Amateur Poetry Writer and now Foodstagrammer and a Food Blogger, you can follow her food discoveries here: @voyager_epicure