You could be saving hundreds of dirhams with a few smart choices
Adventure Club Sports and outdoors shop Adventure HQ promises members zero spam emails when you sign up. So why sign up? Members get exclusive offers, product demos, birthday surprises and the chance to win store credit. Apply online at www.adventurehq.ae.
Afrodiva This TECOM salon specialises in black hair, and offers a range of deals for clients, including a sixth hair treatment free after every five. Apply in the salon. Sheikha Noora Building, next to Alshafa Tower 2, TECOM, www.afrodiva.ae (04 443 4505).
Air Miles Miles can be earned 120 stores across the UAE, including Sharaf DG, Spinneys and adidas. Extra air miles are available to HSBC cardholders. Miles can be redeemed against the cost of flights or reduced-price shopping purchases. www.airmilesme.com.
Pick up a disposable card and collect stamps every time you buy a hot drink. Your tenth coffee is on the house. Apply in store.
Carrefour MyClub This free card allows users to earn points with every trip, which are rewarded with Carrefour vouchers to be used in the future. Apply at any Carrefour store, see www.carrefourmyclub.com for more details.
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JA Resorts & Hotels’ loyalty and privilege programme allows guests to collect points during their stay at any of the group’s properties. These can later be redeemed against reservations, dining, sports and health facilities. Apply by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Declaring ‘no cards, only rewards’, this programme works through mobile phones, and all members need to do is register their number. Every time they spend in an Apparel Group store across the UAE (there are more than 40 brands and 450 stores across the country, including Aldo, New Yorker, Aeropostale and Tommy Hilfiger) points are earned, which can then be redeemed immediately or on the next purchase. Apply in store, or visit www.clubapparel.com for more information.
Face Card This one’s not so easy to get your hands on – you’ll need to become an Emirates flight attendant to take advantage of Face discounts and offers. Visit the website to learn more about the unexpected benefits of a career in the skies and get discount spas, nightlife, shopping, food and much more. www.facecard.org.
Grazia Insider Card Get 20 percent off at selected stores, including American Eagle, Rvier Island, Valleydez and Topshop. Apply at www.grazia.ae.
Habtoor Hotels Loyal One point is earned with every Dhs10 spent on food, beverages and room charges. Points can be redeemed against hotel rooms, dining and Diamond car rental. Minimum spend of Dhs1,000 at the hotel to become a permanent member. Apply at www.habtoorloyal.com.
HHonours This Hilton scheme sees members earn ten points for every Dhs4 spent on dining, spa treatments and stays at the company’s properties, which can then be redeemed against future stays. Apply at hhonors3.hilton.com.
Members get five points for every Dhs4 spent at Hyatt hotels, which can be redeemed against free stays, room upgrades, meals and spa treatments. Appy at www.hyatt.com.
IHG Rewards Club
Earn ten points for every Dhs4 spent on stays, spa treatments and dining. Earn 2,000 points for each stay at the InterContinental Festival City. Points can be redeemed for reward nights and use of hotel facilities. Valid for InterContinental, Crowne Plaza and Holiday Inn hotels. Apply at www.ihg.com.
Le Club Accorhotels Valid at 13 participating hotel brands, including Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman and Ibis properties, spending as little as Dhs50 will start to clock up points on this loyalty scheme. Those points can turn to rewards at the participating outlets (which have varying degrees of generosity so check around for the best deals) Once members earn 2,000 points, they will receive hotel vouchers to pay for a stay, use hotel facilities and even redeem discounts when booking online. An active partnership program can be used to further redeem points. Apply at www.accorhotels.com/.
Lime Tree Café
Pick up a cake loyalty card in any Lime Tree outlet across Dubai. Collect a stamp every time you buy a piece of cake and once you’ve got to 12, the next one is on the house. Apply in store, www.thelimetreecafe.com.
This off-shoot of More Café offers its own loyalty card (unfortunately you can’t use More Café’s in Little More, and vice versa). Collect a stamp for every main meal you order, and your tenth is free. Apply in store.
Love My Points Love pampering? Love free stuff? This is for you. SensAsia Urban Spa’s rewards scheme gives spa-goers points every time they visit, with each point awarded worth Dhs1, and redeemable against treatments. What’s more, if you refer a friend, you can also collect points when they make a purchase. Apply in any SensAsia Spa, including Emirates Golf Club, or visit www.sensasiaspas.com for more information.
Marriott Rewards Earn ten points for every Dhs4 spent on hotel stays (excluding facilities used while there) and redeem against future stays to save now and enjoy later. Apply at www.marriot.com.
Mashreq Flavours Cardholders with Mashreq bank have exclusive access to one of the UAE's best dining programmes. Flash the card at more than 1,600 restaurants across the country and a further 1,200 internationally to get discounts of up to 30 percent off the final bill. What's more, the card will save up points for future savings and even comes with a free Time Out Dubai-powered app to help you track down savings on the go. Apply online at www.mashreq.com.
Najm Visa Platinum Majid Al Futtaim Finance’s platinum credit card offers impressive travel and lifestyle rewards, including flights, hotel stays, movie tickets, leisure experiences such as Ski Dubai and Aquaventure entry and fashion brands, plus access to Rotana Rewards benefits. Additionally, buy two Vox Gold tickets with your card and get another ticket free. Apply online at www.maffinance.com.
The Nail Spa This loyalty scheme at the ladies-only salon allows customers to earn one point for every Dhs1 spent. Once customers have earned 850 points, they are entitled to a free treatment, Sunday to Wednesdays. Apply at www.thenailspa.com.
Rotana Rewards This scheme has three tiers – the first two are free. Classic cards get patrons two points for every Dhs1 spent (except on restaurant reservations), while Select cards offer complimentary late checkout and VIP guest room amenities, plus two points for every Dhs1 spent in all facilities, except Al Mawal and Chi Zen outlets. Apply at www.rotanarewards.com.
Shukran Card Accumulate points at stores across the city. Rewards for spending Dhs10 range from two to ten points, depending on the store. Once you’ve earned 100 points, you can redeem them for Dhs25 worth of products. Members must have 500 points in their account. Apply at www.shukranrewards.com.
Guests earn one Sirius point for every Dhs11 spent on dining, shopping, spa treatments or hotel stays at Jumeirah hotels, resorts and residences worldwide. Points can then be redeemed against stays, upgrades and dining. Apply at www.jumeirah.com.
Starwoods Preferred Guest Get two points for every Dhs4 spent at any Starwoods hotel in Dubai (except Le Méridien Dubai, Le Méridien Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina, Le Méridien Fairway and The Westin Dubai Mina Seyahi Beach Resort & Marina). Points can be redeemed against hotel stays, room upgrades and activities. Apply at www.starwoodshotels.com.
Snapp A digital loyalty scheme, Snapp allows users to collect points by taking pictures of QR codes in their favourite venues. Once you’ve accumulated a certain number of points, you’ll get rewards from the venues you love – and even find new venues that offer the scheme. Learn more and download the app at www.snappcard.com.
Subway Collect a stamp every time you order a six-inch sandwich, and once you’ve earned eight stamps, your next sandwich is free with the purchase of a soft drink. Apply in store.
The beauty store’s card programme allows one point for every Dhs10 spent in-store. Card holders get exclusive offers and their own web account. Once you’ve accumulated 200 points, you’ll get upgraded to the black card, which entitles you to bonus points, a surprise on your birthday, VIP access to private sales and invitations to exclusive events. Apply in store, or visit www.loyalty.sephora-me.com for more information.
So Spa Club Become a member of the Sofitel The Palm’s spa by buying one of its packages, each of which combine massages and facials with fitness programmes. Options are the So Invigorating package (Dhs5,600), the So Revitalising package (Dhs12,000) and the So Blissful package (Dhs16,500). Benefits include a 20 percent discount on spa treatments, LPG Huber Motion sessions and personal training, and a 15 percent discount on food and beverage outlets. Apply in spa or call for more information (04 455 5433).
Essential This independent beauty salon does hair, nails, waxing and more, and is one of our favourites in the city. Expert staff will leave you trimmed, buffed and smooth, and the loyalty card allows you to collect stamps to receive a 20 percent discount on your seventh visit. Apply in salon, Al Wasl Road (04 395 5809).
Free movies with du Tuesdays Those with du mobiles can buy one movie ticket and get one free on Tuesdays at Vox Cinemas. All you need to do is SMS the word ‘MOVIE’ to 9979, and you’ll receive a code that you can use online or in person to purchase your tickets.
Free MMA sessions Sign up for a free one-day trial pass at MMA Fitness gyms. Available only to non-members, it allows you to try out one class and use the fitness equipment at the gym. There’s no obligation to sign up after the trial, and all you have to do is call the branch you intend to visit to make an appointment. Make sure you bring your own towel. MMA Fitness Centre, Discovery Gardens, www.mmafitcenter.com (04 450 8808).
Free haircuts Allow yourself to be a guinea pig for Dubai’s trainee hairdressers at Formul’a French Hairdressing Academy, and you’ll get your locks shorn for free. Knowledge Village (04 438 0122).
Toko Dubai’s hottest new Japanese restaurant offers a special three-course Joto lunch menu, featuring signature dishes such as pan-fried scallop with sweet pickled apple and jalapeno garlic dressing. The meal is accompanied by miso soup, edamame and green tea, and is a snip at just Dhs125. Daily noon-3.15pm. Vida Downtown, Downtown Dubai (04 442 8383).
Business lunches These midweek deals are a great way to explore some of the city’s very best restaurants without paying full whack. Try Time Out award winner Gaucho, where two courses will set you back Dhs100, three Dhs120 or fill up on four for just Dhs140 (Daily noon-3pm. DIFC, 04 422 7898). Zuma at DIFC is also highly recommended, at Dhs130 for four courses (Sun-Thu 12.30pm-3pm. DIFC, 04 425 5660) and Indego by Vineet, where you can tuck into a twist on the traditional thali – served in stages – for Dhs190 (Sun-Thu noon-2.30pm. Grosvenor House, Dubai Marina, 04 399 8888).
Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse Check out two-for-one Tuesdays at this classy steak restaurant in Dubai Marina. Diners get a free entrée for every one purchased – that means your date eats their main course for free. The Address Dubai Marina (04 454 9538).
SoHo Bar & Grill Exclusively for the ladies – head down on a Tuesday evening between 6pm and 10pm and have your dinner for a dirham. Choose your starter from options such as crispy calamari, tempura shrimp or chicken wings, followed by a main of grilled chicken breast, Kansas black rib or a lighter salad. There’s also live entertainment from singer Emmanuel Marie. Century Village, Garhoud (04 286 8520).