We're really excited about the big announcement today - Tim Hortons has just released their own loyalty program, Tims Rewards!
Before this new program, you could only earn rewards at Tim Hortons through their CIBC card.
As of March 20th 2019, Timmies lovers everywhere can earn free Tim Hortons drinks and food for every 7 purchases you make (only bagels and timbits are not included).
Ready to start earning free coffee?
Here's how to join and get the most freebies from the new Tims Rewards loyalty program:
You can sign up for Tims Rewards in-store or online:
If you are signing up in-store, request a free Tims Rewards card. Your physical card will come with a registration code you can use to register your card online.
If you are registering online, go to the Sign Up Page and register with your email or Facebook login credentials. You'll be issued a digital Tims Card and you'll also be able to use the new Tims Rewards App (more on the below).
Tims Rewards App: How to Join
For convenience, Tim Hortons has also released the Tims Rewards app available for Android and iOS smartphones.
You can sign up by downloading the app and getting your digital card. The app will store your digital card and login information so that you can use it to scan for points, pay for your order, or order through mobile.
Tims Rewards App: Mobile Ordering
If you're using the new Tim Hortons app, you can skip the line and order ahead of time on your phone.
To use this feature, you'll need to:
Download and sign up for the app on Android or iOS.
Load money onto your account.
Place your favourite Timmies order through the app.
Head to the "order pickup zone" in-store and skip the line.
Goodbye long wait times!
How To Earn More Rewards
Earning rewards is super simple and straightforward:
Scan your card or mobile app before you make your purchase.
For every 7 consecutive purchases you make, you'll receive one reward (so basically a weeks worth of daily coffees = one freebie!)
You can exchange every reward for a free coffee, tea, or baked good.
What's Not Included?
Unfortunately, not all Tims Hortons items are eligible as freebies.
When you redeem your free reward, you can choose from:
a hot brewed coffee or hot tea beverage of any size
an individual baked good (excluding bagels and TimBits)
Tims Rewards Restrictions
Always read the fine print! Here are some important restrictions to the Tims Rewards loyalty program that you should note:
Transactions less than $0.50 after the application of other discounts (like a roll up the rim tab) won’t count towards your next reward.
However, if you use a Tims Reward it’ll still count!
There must be 30 minutes between Reward transactions.
Any purchases that are made within 30 minutes of a previous Rewards transaction will not count.
You can bank up to 5 Rewards at any time.
Any Rewards earned above 5 will not be saved on your account until you have used the existing Rewards.
Banked/unused Reward expire after 120 days.
How Do We Rate This Program?
Free.ca Rating: 4.5 / 5
Why This Rating?
We gave the new Tims Rewards loyalty program an initial rating of 4.5 / 5 (this may change as we test out the rewards and limitations, stay tuned!)
If you go to Tim Hortons every day, which many Canadians do, you'll have a free reward every week or so! It doesn't get much better than that, and that's the main reason for the high rating.
We also like that the reward comes after every 7 purchases, which seems very easy to attain and affordable.
Where did they lose half a point?
We were a little disappointed to see that their rewards can't be redeemed for all menu items, especially bagels and TimBits as they're probably some of the most commonly ordered.
We're also a little wary of the fact that your Tims Rewards will expire after just 4 months (120 days), but this program is designed to work best for Timmies Lovers who frequent the store every week (if not every day).
So using up those Rewards before they expire shouldn't really be a problem for most of us.
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