I first saw a sign for Thanks Again when I was in line at Earl of Sandwich at a rest stop on the Florida Turnpike. Never one to pass up free points, I tried to figure out the program while on line. It took a little longer than my wait in line to sign up for the program but I’ve been earning points, here and there, ever since. While at first I thought these points would be worthless, it turns out they can be helpful in places where other points currencies aren’t all that useful.
Signing Up For The Program
Thanks Again is an app based program that has versions available for Apple and Android devices. Signing up for the program is easy, as you only need to provide your name, email and zip code. You can also sign in with your Facebook account (which I personally never do).
After that, the program works much like a dining rewards program. You need to provide your credit card number to Thanks Again and any eligible purchase made with that card will earn points. These points will be in addition to any other points you would earn for purchases, like the 3x points you’ll earn for using your Sapphire Reserve for dining expenses. The main difficulty for me is making sure I have all my cards registered. Luckily, Thanks Again lets you register all your cards (unless you have more than 99 cards).
Here’s where I was really impressed. Once you accumulate enough Thanks Again points, they can be really useful (in the right situation). You can transfer points to several travel loyalty programs. As of this writing, here are the transfer partners:
- Aeromexico Club Premier
- Alaska Mileage Plan
- American Aadvantage
- Fiesta Rewards
- Frontier Rewards
- Hilton Honors
- Southwest Rapid Rewards
- United MileagePlus
Since many of these programs need activity to keep your miles from expiring, transferring Thanks Again points to your account can keep your accounts open. I’m sure many people would rather transfer these points to Southwest to extend an account instead of using their Chase Ultimate Rewards.
I’m particularly interested in transferring points to Frontier Airlines. Their program makes you have qualifying activity every six months or your account goes inactive and you lose your points. Sending Thanks Again points would keep your account active, even if it is at a 2 Thanks Again points to 1 Frontier point transfer rate.
Thanks Again is a loyalty program that works like a rotisserie. You just set it up and forget it. I’ve never gone out of my way to visit a Thanks Again merchant but I’ve been pleasantly surprised when I get points for my breakfast burrito, or my Dunkin Donuts coffee or a drink from the only airport bar past security in Chattanooga, TN while waiting on a delayed plane. The points I earned for those purchases might just help me keep my other hard earned points from expiring.
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