Would it change your perception of a gift if you found out it was purchased using points from a loyalty program?
The last few years we've paid for a magazine subscription for a relative using Frequent Flyer points. They found out and basically said "Thanks a lot" in a sarcastic way.
Our approach is that normally we'd use those points for grocery vouchers or other things we need. Money is always tight, we work hard to make it stretch as far as it can!
So would it bother you how a gift was paid for? I'm not talking about freebies here, or re-gifts. Just gifts bought using points. I'm just about through with all the politics of gift giving - for adults anyway. This year I think I'll stick to gifts just for the kids.
Wow, how ungrateful! I used to get bonus points from my employer to spend on an online gift site, and I used to give the points away as gifts. The recipients were thrilled to receive them because they could then choose themselves a really nice gift and the points were always worth more than I'd usually spend on a gift.
I'm thinking the person probably doesn't understand how these things work...or gave it much thought. Perhaps they thought it was a free gift you got and you didn't want? (not that that should make much difference)...but some people aren't familiar with the sophistication of reward programs these days...
It wouldn't bother me in the slightest. I've done it myself. My points were about to expire, so I used them to get a gift for someone that I knew would like what I chose, and it would have cost more to buy than I was going to spend in actual cash.
As long as the gift didn't 'fall off the back of a truck', I wouldn't care. I'd be pretty miffed if someone was unhappy with me using points. How ungrateful of them.
No I wouldn't mind at all. I do this every year for my son's Kindy teachers. They each get a $20 voucher for Myers (not Coles-Myers) that I save my points from during the year to buy each December. It's just another form of savings, I could spend it on myself at Myer during the year, and then they would get nothing!
How ungrateful of them! Save your points for yourself or someone who will appreciate them next time. Or better yet, get them a donation gift from Unicef. That way they can't complain you haven't spent your own money plus you will be contributing to someone worthwhile and grateful. They sound like the type who would really appreciate such a thoughtful gift!
For me it's indifferent from where the money comes from. It's a gift, not an obligation.The fact you spent some time to choose something you think I would like (instead of a gift voucher) is heaps more important.
My family give me a gift voucher most years for XMAS from loyalty points.
It does hurt as they put a lot of thought into everyone else's gifts but I get a Coles Myer card.
If they chose a magazine subscription I'd like with the points instead I'd be thrilled.
I have done exact that. I used my points to buy a magazine subscription for the kids to give to XH for Christmas. Seemed less painful than laying for it with actual money, although in reality, it is the same given that I usually get Coles vouchers with my points and use them for groceries.