- This Time Round
- 4 years ago
- Wedding: December 2012
Has anyone else signed up for the PC-Plus Card being offered by Loblaws… now that they’ve finally aggressively jumped onto the Loyalty Card Bandwagon that is so popular for shopping here in Canada?
The NEW PC-Plus Card is a points card, that is no longer solely tied to the old program where you earned points for using your PC Financial Card… this one can be used by anyone.
That is attractive to me… so we signed up.
(Previously we used our Air Miles Credit Card to pay for our Groceries so at least we were earning some sort of Loyalty Points… we will continue to do that… but use the Points Only PC-Plus Card as well)
So far we’ve only used it on one occasion… for a load of groceries. It was relatively easy to use, but here are my key observations:
- Finally get to earn points on Groceries at Loblaws
- Not tied to a Credit Card
- Like the On-Line Program & Website
- Such as the Shopping List Option (really great feature)
- Menu Suggestions & Recipes
- Like the Email Notifications
- Don’t like that the points ONLY APPY to certain items
- Versus earning points on the whole purchase as well
- So far only available for processing at a Cashier manned Check out
- Haven’t had enough experience yet to see if I’ll like “customization” offers that they are touting.
- Certainly makes Grocery Shopping more “rewarding” for us… albeit probably at a slow rate 20,000 points = $ 20
Ultimately it means that Loblaws goes head to head with some of the other big Grocery Store Loyalty Programs…
Metro = an AirMiles (the Blue Card) affiliated Retailer
Sobeys = Club Sobeys
We have cards for both… but shop at them “selectively”.
Metro if there are a bunch of stuff on Sale that is offering Air Miles BONUS Points (get to double-dip… Points Card & Credit Card)
Sobeys if there is a great deal… or there is one in the area we happen to be in… also great for last minute stuff cause they are open 24/7
Downside in my mind to both these chains is they tend to be more expensive IMO than Loblaws overall, and there isn’t as much selection (Loblaws has tons of choice in regards to brands… lol, 50 kinds of pasta, tea, soup whatever)… and I am also seriously in L♥VE with the President’s Choice Brand.
They say this Loyalty Program was put into place due to the new competition that is (or about to) come into the Canadian marketplace with more Retailers getting into Grocery items… Canadian Tire (offers Cdn Tire Money) – WalMart (no Loyalty Program) – Target (don’t know if they have a Loyalty Program)
Any personal experiences or thoughts ?