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Vitamin World Savings Passport Rewards Program

By Dawn Allcot / February 2, 2011

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Verdict: If you’re into health and fitness and make regular purchases of vitamin supplements, protein shakes, dietary supplements or herbal remedies, this free membership card from Vitamin World is well worth the time it takes to sign up. The rewards coupons you receive in the mail do have an expiration date, so you have to remember to carry and use them. But it’s a simple program that can earn you lots of savings over the year.

The card has some rules and regulations that are unusual — you cannot bring in your receipt and get rewards credit for past purchases, and points don’t roll over from purchase to purchase. These idiosyncrasies keep it off the list of my favorite rewards cards, but it is a good value and easy enough to use.

Overview: Out of the blue we started receiving coupons in the mail for $5 off or “buy one, get one” on purchases from Vitamin World, the national health supplement chain store and website. I was surprised to learn my husband signed up for their loyalty program; he dislikes giving out his contact information even more than I do.

But this program turned out to be a winner. We’ve saved on everything from pre-natal vitamins to work out supplements. One of the things I like best about the program is that the website outlines everything you get, and how rewards points break down into real savings.

Like any store loyalty program, the more you spend, the more you save. Read on to find out exactly what you get in exchange for your name, address and e-mail address.

How This Card Works: The Vitamin World Savings Passport Program offers the same savings and benefits online or in any one of the 400 retail outlets nationwide, unlike some cards, which don’t offer the same deals to online shoppers. The card is free with your first purchase online or in a store.

When you buy online, you’ll need to enter your 12-digit membership number. That means there’s no log-ins or passwords to remember, but you will need your card in front of you even for Internet purchases. In the store, simply give the clerk your Savings Passport card (yes, it includes a key tag) when you make a purchase.

You’ll earn points at a rate of 1 point for every $10 in purchases. Each point is worth 50 cents in Rebate money; you earn up to 7.5% back on each purchase, according to the website. Individual purchases under $10 do not earn you any points. (It’s rare to spend less than $10 in the store unless you’re just buying a single protein bar or beverage to keep you going during a day of mall shopping). Points for purchases do NOT roll over, which is a big negative in my book.

In other words, if your purchase is $26, you’ll earn 2 points for a rebate coupon of $1, and the other $6 will just vanish. Your next purchase won’t get added to that $6 to help you reach $10 and earn another point.

A handy chart on the Vitamin World website breaks down exactly how much you’ll earn with every purchase. For instance:

  • $10 purchase… earns… 1 point… receive a 50 cent Rebate coupon
  • $50 purchase… earns… 7 points… receive a $3.50 Rebate coupon
  • $100 purchase… earns… 15 points … receive a $7.50 Rebate coupon
  • $200 purchase… earns… 30 points… receive a $15 Rebate coupon

Benefits: VitaminWorld Savings Passport members earn additional benefits throughout the year. These include:

  • Discounts of 20% to 50% off from the catalog, online or in the store
  • Buy one, get one free offers
  • Special members-only discounts delivered via email

Pros:

  • No annual fee
  • Straightforward membership program: Make purchases, earn points, get Rebate coupons
  • Rebate coupons delivered to your home after every purchase of $10 or more
  • Earn up to 7.5% in Rebates per purchase
  • Get additional coupons and savings throughout the year via mail or email
  • Cons:

    • No way to earn credit for purchases retroactively if you forget your card
    • Must have your card or membership number to earn points
    • Purchases under $10 don’t count toward Rewards points
    • Points don’t roll over from purchase to purchase
    • Coupons have an expiration date
    • If you forget your Rebate coupon, you cannot bring in your receipt for a price adjustment later
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