My Opinion of Plink

by Stacey Werner on July 22, 2013 · 9 comments

in Free stuff, Ways to Make Money

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Plink - Get rewards for dining and shopping offline

Have you heard of Plink? Plink is a site where you earn points for your purchases. In concept, this may sound very similar to other sites you may have used in the past. However, Plink is limited to your purchases on one credit card and purchases made in-person. Once you have earned 500 points, you can exchange your Plink points for gift cards. Rewards include:

  • Walmart gift cards
  • Amazon gift codes
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Tango cards
  • Airline miles
  • Kohl’s gift cards
  • Barnes & Noble gift cards
  • Facebook credits
  • Overstock.com gift cards

Or, you could exchange your points for donations to these charities:

  • The One Fund
  • American Red Cross

Note: The above list is valid as of 7/21/2013.

My experience with Plink

Getting started

I joined Plink in late May of 2013 and connected my Discover card to my account. Connecting the card was easy and I noticed that the site was using a secure connection. Then I was prompted to add stores to my Plink Wallet. I added Dunkin Donuts, Regal Cinemas, 7-Eleven and Red Robin. If I want to add any other stores, I need to refer other people to join (hint, hint).

Earning points

Now that I had my Plink Wallet full, I just had to shop at the stores/restaurants I added. Here is a glimpse of my account with the points I earned:

My Plink Account Summary

Notice how much I enjoy Dunkin Donuts? I have to admit, it is a weakness!

Reward

It took me about 6 weeks to reach 500 points and I decided to go ahead and get a reward. You can wait until a higher amount of Plink Points and earn more, but I wanted to see what the process was like, and if I would really get the reward. The process was easy, and I got my reward with no problems!

What I didn’t like about Plink

I really only have one complaint about Plink. If you take another look at my account image above, you will notice that all of a sudden it switched from 70 points to 25 points at Dunkin Donuts. Apparently, they changed the options to earn at Dunkin Donuts.

Plink Point requirements for Dunkin Donuts

I used to be able to spend $5 and get 70 Plink Points. As you can see from the new options above, if I spend $6 I will only get 50 Plink Points. I was never notified of any change. Of course, for one person to spend $6 at DD, you need to buy a good amount of food! And who pays $50 for food at Dunkin Donuts?

So, I guess my only complaint is that they didn’t notify me of the change. I’m not happy with the new requirements, but I’m sure they had their reasons.

Who should use it?

If you frequently shop at any of the following stores/restaurants in-person (online purchases do not count for most stores), Plink is a great idea for you:

Stores:

  • Champs
  • Eastbay/CCS
  • Footaction
  • Foot Locker
  • Dollar General
  • Kmart
  • Sears
  • Old Navy
  • Gap
  • 1-800-Flowers
  • 7-Eleven

Restaurants:

  • Dunkin Donuts
  • Burger King
  • Outback Steakhouse
  • Taco Bell
  • Red Robin
  • Quiznos

Entertainment:

  • United Artists Theatres
  • Edwards Theatres
  • Regal Cinemas

Note: The above list is valid as of 7/21/2013.

If you do not use any of the companies listed above, you may want to sign up anyway… they keep adding more and notify you when they have been added.

So, is Plink legit?

The simple answer is YES! In my experience, everything ran very smoothly, and I was always awarded points earned. In addition, I was notified when I reached 500 points so I could cash in for a gift card. I chose the $5 Amazon gift code and was promptly emailed the code. I added it to my Amazon account with no trouble.

Join Plink and earn while you shop!

What do you think? Is Plink for you?

Note: if you join via the links on this page, I will get 100 Plink Points. If you join Plink, you can earn referral points too!

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Dawn July 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

Oh that change in the Dunkin’ Donuts reward would have made me ill. Not just the lack of notification but the HUGE change. Wow.

It sounds interesting otherwise.
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Stacey Werner July 23, 2013 at 9:11 am

I know! I’d have to ramp up my eating to get the higher amounts now… not diet friendly :)

Jesica H July 22, 2013 at 4:22 pm

Sounds like a good concept, just not sure if I need one more thing to keep track of right now though, lol
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Stacey Werner July 23, 2013 at 9:12 am

I know what you mean, Jesica. However, it actually is something you could set and forget. You earn the points just by purchasing… no more effort on your part. Then they notify you when you can get a reward. Really not too bad!

Sharon July 22, 2013 at 9:53 pm

I have heard of plink but never signed up. I like places that reward me like this though.
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Stacey Werner July 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

I love a good reward!

Kristin Wheeler (Mama Luvs Books) July 23, 2013 at 1:03 am

Interesting! I never heard of Plink before!
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Stacey Werner July 23, 2013 at 9:13 am

You should definitely check it out, Kristin!

Alyssa McVey July 23, 2013 at 11:36 am

I have heard of Plink before, but I never knew what it was. Sounds great! Too bad they aren’t very good at notifications.
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