Everyone knows that celebrities get special perks based upon their status as a VIP like free clothes, and early access to restaurants and entertainment. But did you know that you (yes, you!) can get be treated like a VIP too? Many retailers are known for creating member benefits that can make you feel a VIP -- check out five of our favorite perk programs!
Neiman Marcus InCircle
How it works: InCircle is an eight-level program that awards points per dollar spent at Neiman Marcus and Bergdorf Goodman. As the points add up, you earn gift cards which can be redeemed for merchandise in the stores and online. As you spend more, your move to higher award levels that each come with exclusive perks that make shopping at Neiman Marcus more and more attractive.
Best Perk: InCircle Concierge! Those who reach InCircle level four and above have access to this exciting service. The InCircle Concierge’s job is basically to make life more exciting; from reservations at the busiest restaurants and access to hard-to-get concert and show tickets, to exclusive travel itineraries.
REI Co-op Membership
How it works: A Lifetime Membership at REI costs only $20 and offers 10% back on annual purchases at REI through REI’s Membership Dividend program. In addition to cash back on purchases, a membership with the outdoor apparel and gear company leads to other meaningful benefits including access to REI garage sales, discounts on equipment rentals, access to outdoor classes and other exclusive special offers.
Best Perk: Special deals on REI adventure trips! REI is no stranger to finding the most amazing ways to enjoy a new city. From the colorful Cinque Terre to the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, REI adventures offered at a discount to Co-op members.
How it Works: Participants can achieve four different levels based on how much they spend at Nordstrom. Non-cardholders earn one point and cardholders earn two points per dollar spent. Benefits include early access to the Anniversary Sale (known as “Summer Christmas” at the ReturnRunners’ office), Personal Triple Points Days, and exclusive holiday benefits.
Best Perk: Nordstrom Notes! Every 2,000 points earn customers a $20 Nordstrom note, a digital certificate that can be added to any purchase you make in the store. This unique reward system has you saving while you spend!
Barney’s New York Credit Card
How it Works: By opening a Barney’s New York Credit Card, you earn points per purchase, earning a higher percent back the more you spend. Members can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine at Fred’s, complimentary valet parking, complimentary spa treatments and more.
Best Perk: While there’s so many to choose from, the best perk at Barney’s is arguably the dedicated phone number to a personal shopper. This perk truly makes Barney’s customers feel special and appreciated (especially when they have a wardrobe emergency). Does it get more VIP than having a personal shopper that comes with a dedicated phone number?!
How it Works: Target REDCard-holders save 5% every time they shop at Target. The card (either debit or credit) can be used both in-store and online, and awards customers free 2-day shipping on tons of website items. The Target REDCard also helps you save on Starbucks, clearance items, and speciality gift cards.
Best Perk: Cardmembers get extended returns! If your purchase isn’t feeling quite right, Target will give you an extra 30 days to make your final decision. This policy is music to ReturnRunners’ ears!
Kohl’s Yes2You Rewards
How it works: By signing up for the Yes2You Rewards program, Kohl’s shoppers earn 1 point per dollar spent (regardless of payment method), receive eight guaranteed saving offers each year of their membership, and receive a birthday gift!
Best Perk: Not only can Yes2You members share their points with loved ones, they can also share their earnings with charities through the Kohl’s Cares program. When a customer purchases a Kohl’s Cares item 100% of the net profit goes to charitable organizations around the country. Additionally, Kohl’s Cares partners with hospitals nationwide to provide resources, volunteers, and education to families in need.
At ReturnRunners, we want all of our customers to feel like VIPs. Shopping in Chicago is a special experience that can be tarnished by the frustrating return process. While we can’t offer our customers a complimentary glass of wine or the trip of a lifetime, we can offer them a trusted, hassle-free way to complete the world’s most boring chore – returns! Our service costs $9.99 (for the first items in a return order), and a $0.99 per each additional item. Since there is no limit to the number of items or stores within one order, ReturnRunners can save you hours of time, so you can get ready for the latest movie premiere (whether it’s being shown in Hollywood or on your couch!)