Using the Airtime Rewards app, I’ve been able to reduce my phone bill by shopping as normal in places like Boots, Wilko, Argos, Cafe Nero and more.
I love a good way to make money without even trying, and the Airtime Rewards app does just that.
Once signed up, I carry on living as normal, shop as I need, and I earn cashback on my purchases without even looking at the app.
In no time at all, I’ve been able to earn money back, which I can redeem off my phone bill.
And, who doesn’t like paying less when it’s so easy?!
I’ve been using the app for some time – here’s my review.
How does Airtime Rewards work?
Airtime Rewards is a free to download and use app that rewards you money back against your mobile phone bill – both for contract and PAYG.
Simply shop (as usual) with your favourite retailers and restaurants online and on the high street, and you’ll get a discount on your bill.
Airtime Rewards claim that members are saving £10 each month, but some are clearing their phone bill entirely!
For me, it’s not been that much, but that’s not a reason for me to stop using it.
I clearly don’t shop enough on the high street, or online, with the retailers listed on the app.
It’s not that there’s a bad selection of shops, with ones I use like Boots, Wilko and Matalan, it’s just that I don’t spend money that often (I suppose that’s a good thing).
If you shop more often, then you will save more on your phone bill.
Here’s how it works
Once you’ve downloaded the app, enter your mobile phone number and get your account set up.
You can then link any Visa or Mastercards.
It’s not just from your main bank account, but you can link as many cards as you want. This will give you more opportunities to earn more money.
Then, just go shopping and spend money as you normally do.
The app will track your spending and will reward you with cashback from the retailers listed in the app.
This can be both online shopping and on the high street with shops as well as restaurants.
When do you get the money off?
Cashback is a percentage of what you spend, not the whole amount, so it will be pennies you’re earning (unless you’re a big spender).
After you shop, your cashback will appear in the app within 5 days as “pending”.
It can then take around 35 days before the retailers pays up and the cashback rewards will show as “complete”. This then means the money is yours.
The cashback rewards will tot up, and once you’ve earned £5 worth, you can redeem them off your phone bill if you’re on a contract or you’ll get a free top up if you’re on PAYG.
To get money off your phone bill, head over to the Rewards screen and choose how much you want to redeem.
Airtime Rewards promo code
You can earn extra money too.
When you invite a friend, you can earn 50p bonus (so do they).
On top of this, you each get another £1 if they make a purchase within 7 days.
This works on all major networks.
Use the promo code J3TNHCG9 to get a free £1.50 in airtime credit.
Download the app:
Airtime Rewards networks
Airtime Rewards is available on most mobile networks, including pay monthly and pay as you go.
Networks you can earn money back on include:
Airtime Rewards partners, shops and retailers list
They have some big shops, restaurant and entertainment chains – but nowhere near all of them.
How much you can earn depends on who you shop with.
If you find yourself in need of a new wardrobe, you can make a fair bit of money back.
|Hawes & Curtis||15%|
|Aspinal of London||10%|
|Tower of London||5%|
The stores take a mix of VISA, Mastercard, Apple Pay or Google Pay, with some only paying cashback for in store purchases, but some allowing you to shop online as well.
Be sure to check as rates may change.
Food and drink
When it comes to eating out, there are loads of chain restaurants who will pay cashback via the app.
|Byron||1% base (4% £30+)|
|Waitrose||1% base (5% £20+)|
|Carluccio’s||1% base (5% £20+)|
|Chef & Brewer||9% base (10% £30+)|
|Hungry Horse||9% base (10% £15+)|
|Farmhouse Inns||9% base (10% £20+)|
Remember, you can get free kids meals at a few of these restaurants so you can make more of a saving before you pay the bill.
Gotta love saving money on the food shop.
There aren’t many supermarkets yet, but fingers crossed they’ll add more soon.
|Morrisons||1% base (10% £30+)|
|Waitrose||1% base (5% £20+)|
If you need something for your house, there are plenty of shops who will give you cash back.
|The White Company||5%|
|NOW Broadband||25% with £10|
Whether it’s makeup, or toiletries, you can get them for cheaper using this app.
|The Body Shop||5%|
There are a couple of stores for the health-conscious.
|Holland & Barrett||5%|
Sport & Fitness
Get healthy and enjoy a discount with the following shops:
Christmas on the way (never too early to start) or maybe even a birthday – it’s the thought that counts, not how much you pay.
|Virgin Experience Days||10%|
|Ambassador Theatre Group||4%|
If you’re heading somewhere for a day trip or an all out holiday, you can make money back.
|Butlins||2% (£150+ spend)|
Other retailers include:
|JoJo Maman Bebe||5%|
|Pure Pet Food||5%|
New providers are being added all the time.
I check into the app every now and then to see if a new retailer is added (not that it sways me to spend anymore!).
Make even more back
This is just one form of cashback.
And, you don’t need to use Airtime Rewards on its own, but can double (and even triple) up on the amount of money you make back on your spending.
First up, be sure to look at some of the different cashback websites who’ll pay you when you shop online at thousands of different shops (see what is cashback).
Also, if you’ve got a good credit history, can pay back the balance in full each month, and can trust yourself, then you may want to look into cashback credit cards.
They pay you a percentage back on your everyday spending.
So, if you do all of these, you can have a triple-whammy on the amount of money you get back after shopping!
Download the app:
And remember to use the promo code J3TNHCG9 to get a free £1.50 in airtime credit.
Naomi knows the burden of living on very little and became debt free by learning from past mistakes and following her own money saving tips and tricks.