Article: The Increasingly Desperate Flybuys & Woolies Offers When You Stop Shopping

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I routinely get targeted offers of 1200 for $30 or 2000 for $50 on flybuys. Stop shopping for a few weeks and it returns, though there was this stretch late last year where I constantly get 1200 for $30 every 4 days, just as the last offer was ending, the same offer comes back for the next 4 days. Safe to say I did a Coles run pretty often then.

Everyday Rewards gave me no love though, even after not shopping with them for months on end.
 
I was getting reasonable offers from both EDR and FB before i spent 2 months os from August 2022. On return occasional offers from FB which have improved until in the last month back to pre trip levels.
But for EDR no reasonable offer at all and now 3 months since I returned. In fact basically no offers apart from Pet Culture.
So coumt yourself lucky Matt. It is not what happens to some of us.
 
The Increasingly Desperate Flybuys & Woolies Offers When You Stop Shopping is an article written by AFF editorial staff:


You can leave a comment or discuss this topic below.

Yes this is the case.

Which is why I have been taking advantage of the way they market since pretty much inception. It is not that difficult to engineer things so that most weeks you should be getting getting significant savings (several multiples typically) of the 4% saving gained by paying with discounted GiftCards.
 
Try living overseas and coming back every few months for a week or so.. Works a treat (although the savings at supermarkets pale in comparison to the airfare :p ) . Certainly had quite a few from FlyBuys in second half of 2022.

At one point, uncannily (it made me wonder what the app was looking at in the background) I was getting some generous offers from EDR for the exact week I was back in Australia. Happened not once, but for three consecutive visits..

I noticed EDR seemed to have written me off with no generous offers any more, but maybe that was because I switched to QFF crediting for a bonus promo (seemed to stop since then). I've just switched back to 2000pt/$10 off (thanks for this thread to remind me). will see if the offers start again. And if I get one for around Feb 18th, I know something is going on with the apps in the background. 🤣
 
I was getting reasonable offers from both EDR and FB before i spent 2 months os from August 2022. On return occasional offers from FB which have improved until in the last month back to pre trip levels.
But for EDR no reasonable offer at all and now 3 months since I returned. In fact basically no offers apart from Pet Culture.
So coumt yourself lucky Matt. It is not what happens to some of us.

I had exactly this experience when I was away for 2 months in the middle of last year. I'd been consistently getting great offers with FB prior to going away (with tactical swapping between two FB accounts to keep the spend targets down). I assumed that taking 2 months out would lead to loads of offers but they just dried up to nothing on both our FB accounts. They're only really just starting to come back now 6 months later and I still don't think I'm consistently getting the quantity I was before.

The algorithm works in mysterious ways...
 
Not my experience whenever I dont shop for a week or 4 because Im travelling, I never come back to any special offers from FlyBuys.

As a single person household Im not a big spender; I've always assumed they just think I'm shopping at Woolworths (which I dont do except once or twice a year for specific baking items Coles dont stock), they obviously dont think i spend enough to try and entice back.

My Dad gets offers all the time and never takes a break from shopping.
 
Though when I first used my FB card after returning I started getting FB offers - a continuous 2000 points for a $60 shop twice a week yet 4 months later the only thing I get from EDR despite using my card is Pet Culture offers. I have never activated one. Even blind Freddy would realise it is pointless keeping on sending me those.
 
We usually shop at Coles in inner Melbourne and regularly get reasonably generous Flybuys offers on my partner's account, however Flybuys were extremely generous when we spent 6 months in Far North Qld in 2021, even though we were still shopping at Coles - we received close to 10,000 bonus points on half a dozen occasions for spending circa $200 ... and we had to let several offers go, as they were too close together. Not sure what happened there! But we received more than 50,000 bonus points.
 
Until recently I shopped almost exclusively at Coles for groceries and don't bother with multiple accounts.
From the last week of Nov to early Jan they seemed pretty keen to get my Christmas shops and I received 74000 bonus FB in that 6 weeks.
Typically 10000 point offers one after the other and culminating with a triple dipping offer (a $280 shop giving 10k, 5k and half of 9k as part of a 2 weeks in a row offer). Nothing better than 3000 offered since, but now on EDR in a PC+ pursuit anyway.
 
I have been out of Australia for the last few weeks and my Woolies offers are rubbish.
Things like get 160 points for buying yogurt.
Previous times I have been away I have noticed some decent incentives but definitely not now.

I really never shop at Coles. Once bought a packet of frozen peas that was two years out of date from my local so that kind of put me off a bit.
 
Any thoughts on whether activating the offer and not redeeming it is any better or worse than not activating it at all?
I’ve almost given up on Coles of late - so many stuff ups with my online orders (& just missing out on big points offers due to out of stock items is a whole other rant).
 
just missing out on big points offers due to out of stock items is a whole other rant
Somewhere in one if these threads is a comment that they will still give the points if you are not too far off due to out of stock items. I think up to $30 for $250 shop offer. You have to call. I have done that successfully once.
 
Always activate and leave it at that, even if you have no plan to use it.
By that, who knows, the system somewhere might blip a human to offer you something.
I have bought from Catch many times, its that website that is owned by Westfarmers, and allows point earnings on things not sold at Bunnings/Coles/Kmart/Target.
Just got an email, that its no longer 1 FB points per $1 earn at Catch anymore, from mid Feb, its 1 point per $2 spend/spent.
So have to spend more for the same points.
With Catch, there is no activating and the ignore, but with the lowered earn rate, I am ignoring Catch and going with the Woolworths side, called EverydayMarket.
Hopefully, it might blip on FB's system if I stop buying from Catch.
 
Woolies have now officially lost me. Would spend around $200 a week. They are closing the butchers in stores, supposedly in March. Our butcher was fabulous. Did great cuts of meat without fat (eg lamb rack) but the pre packaged stuff was covered in fat so no substitute. I have been buying up and freezing and had planned to do so until March. But he got the sack last week.
 
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Catch have dropped their points earn rate, now have to spend more for the same.
Mydeal, which is linked to Woolworths, still 1:1 or even better.
Just got one, 2000 EDR points for $100 spent.
The true Woolworths one is better, $0.01 only needed (!).
Woolworths are now in a tie in with their EverydayMarket website.
Desperate for our spending indeed.
 

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