For some folks, the best rewards are those that don’t take a lot of effort to earn. And the Drop app is about as hands-off as you can get!
Team member Jasmin has already redeemed 40,000 Drop points ($40) for Amazon gift cards. Without investing a lot of time or energy!
The Drop app tracks your debit and credit card purchases. And automatically adds Drop points to your account when you spend at certain merchants you’ve picked from their list.
When you reach a certain threshold, you can redeem Drop points for gift cards to popular retailers, like Amazon, Dunkin Donuts, Whole Foods, JC Penney, and many more!
But Drop has a couple of pitfalls. I’ll help you decide if it’s worth signing-up for.
Automatically Earn Rewards With the Drop App
Drop started in Canada last year. And until recently was only available by referral in the US. But now it’s open to everyone. If you sign-up with our referral link, you’ll earn 1,000 Drop points (worth $1). That’s not much, but every “drop” counts! 😉
After you’ve joined, you’ll get your own referral link to share with friends (you’ll get 1,000 Drop points, and so will your friend, when they sign-up and link an account).
Once you’ve downloaded Drop and linked your debit and credit card accounts, you’ll pick 5 merchants from Drop’s list to earn ongoing points. Then, you’ll earn Drop points for purchases you make with these merchants (in addition to credit card rewards points and other bonus points).
The number of points you’ll earn depends on the merchant. And you can redeem at a rate of 0.1 cents per Drop point (1,000 Drop points = $1) in increments that vary by retailer.
Here’s how to get started.
1. Download Drop and Link Accounts
When you download the Drop app to your phone, you’ll be prompted to link your credit or debit accounts to the app. This means you’ll have to provide logins and passwords for your accounts, which some folks aren’t comfortable with.
You can link accounts from most banks, including:
- American Express
- Bank of America
- Capital One
- TD Bank
- US Bank
- Wells Fargo
Even if you bank with a local institution, you might be able to find it with the search function.
Once you select your bank, add your login details. Repeat the process for each bank you want to link.
Drop uses the same encryption technology used by major banks and financial apps like Mint, Acorns, and Robinhood. Still, having to provide bank logins could be a deal breaker for some of y’all!
Some folks choose to only link accounts that are connected to credit cards, NOT savings or checking accounts, to avoid the possibility of having their money tampered with.
Once you’ve linked your accounts, Drop will have access to your transaction data. That’s how they’ll track what you’ve spent at certain merchants and award points.
2. Choose (Wisely!) 5 Merchants to Earn Ongoing Points
After linking your accounts, choose 5 merchants from a list of 20+, each of which have different earning rates.
But once you pick, you will NOT be able to change them! So it’s best to select retailers you know you’ll continue to shop often. Here are the current rates:
- Bath & Body Works – 15 points per $1 (1.5% back)
- Blue Bottle Coffee – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- Chipotle – 12 points per $1 (1.2% back)
- Dunkin Donuts – 14 points per $1 (1.4% back)
- Fred Meyer – 12 points per $1 (1.2% back)
- HEB – 10 points per $1 (1% back)
- Lyft – 10 points per $1 (1% back)
- Macy’s – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- McDonalds – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- Peets Coffee – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- Safeway – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- Seamless – 16 points per $1 (1.6% back)
- 7-Eleven – 16 points per $1 (1.6% back)
- Starbucks – 12 points per $1 (1.2% back)
- Target – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- Trader Joe’s – 12 points per $1 (1.2% back)
- Uber – 10 points per $1 (1% back)
- Urban Outfitters – 15 points per $1 (1.5% back)
- Walgreens – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
- Walmart – 2 points per $1 (0.2% back)
- Whole Foods – 8 points per $1 (0.8% back)
For example, if you spend $1,000 per month on groceries at Whole Foods, Safeway, or Target, you’d earn 8 Drop points (0.8% back) per $1, or 8,000 Drop points. That’s worth $8 in rewards (8,000 Drop points X 0.1 cents per point) which you can later trade in for gift cards to Amazon, Starbucks, Groupon, and more!
Remember, the Drop points you earn are in addition to credit card rewards points, shopping portal points, and rotating category bonuses. So it’s a great way to triple-dip rewards, even if the earning rates are small.
After choosing your 5 ongoing earn merchants, you don’t have to do anything more to earn points. Drop will automatically track your purchases and apply the points to your account, usually ~2 to 3 days after the transaction date.
Note: The screenshot above reflects the higher earning rates Drop offered before they opened the app to everyone. If you signed-up for Drop before they launched to the public, your rates will stay the same. But new users will earn less.
For example, Walmart used to offer 10 Drop points per $1 spent (1% back). But now it’s only 2 Drop points per $1 (0.2% back). I guess they figured out lots of folks spend a ton at Walmart! 😉
That’s not a great return. But if you shop at Walmart a lot, it can add up over time. It’s like having a little robot in the background adding a few points here and there without you having to think about it!
3. Watch for Special Offers
Take a peek at the Drop app now and then. You’ll see how many points you’ve earned, and you’ll often get special offers for one-time spending at certain merchants (many of which aren’t ongoing!).
You don’t have to do anything except activate these offers and meet the required spending (if any). Drop will automatically track your spending and award the bonus points.
4. Redeem Your Points for Gift Cards
When you reach a certain number of points, you can redeem them for gift cards to popular retailers. For example, you can trade in 10,000 Drop points ($10) for a $10 Dunkin Donuts gift card.
When team member Jasmin redeemed 40,000 Drop points ($40) for Amazon gift cards, Drop sent redemption codes in an email (like a virtual gift card). It was easy to add to the funds to her Amazon account.
Earlier this year, users reported issues with getting their gift cards after they cashed in their Drop points. But this seems to have been resolved.
Drop Isn’t Without Drawbacks
If you’re uncomfortable with sharing your bank logins, you shouldn’t use Drop.
And during its initial testing phase in the US, folks reported numerous issues with Drop, including purchases not posting or not being able to redeem points. These problems didn’t help with Drop’s reputation.
And some customers were upset because they’d run a LOT of additional spending through certain merchants, expecting to earn a lot of Drop points.
Drop then changed its terms and conditions to exclude large purchases, repeat purchases, business spending, and gift cards:
Drop users are permitted to earn points with Drop in connection with spending activity for non-commercial, personal and household purposes (“Qualifying Transactions”). Drop users are not permitted to earn points with Drop for commercial purposes (e.g. in connection with a business).
They’ve also added a limit of earning 5,000 Drop points per week ($5). So you’re certainly not going to get rich with this app! But as a passive way of earning a few extra dollars here and there, it’s worth a look.
Folks have also complained that Drop isn’t very responsive to technical issues or email inquiries. So if you have an issue, you might not be able to get the help you need quickly.
The Drop app lets you link your credit and debit card accounts to track purchases made at qualifying merchants. You’ll automatically earn Drop points, worth 0.1 cents a piece, which you can later cash in for gift cards to popular retailers.
The earning isn’t great. But Drop is an easy way to earn rewards in addition to credit card points and shopping portal bonuses.
But you’ll have to provide your bank login information, which many folks aren’t comfortable with. And before Drop was released to the public, there were numerous issues with properly tracking spending, redeeming points, and technical support.
Have you tried Drop? I’d love to hear about your experience!