Well this idea is new to me too, but you can actually get money off your phone bills by doing (almost) nothing!
The trick is this app called Airtime Rewards. You simply need to download the app, register your phone number, link your bank card(s) and then forget about it. If you shop using the card(s) at qualified retailers, cashback will cumulate towards your next phone bill.
It doesn’t sound utterly new – actually it functions similarly to the in-store cashback system offered by certain websites. However, Airtime Rewards is different in:
- Cashback can only be redeemed against your phone bill
- There are many participating retailers
Currently, the following is a selection of the retailers I can see in the app, as well as the cashback rate:
- Boots – 5%
- Argos – 2%
- Farfetch – 5%
- Topshop / Topman – 2%
- Clarks – 5%
- The Body Shop – 5%
- Feel Unique – 2%
- Debenhams – 4%
- Groupon – 3%
- Halfords – 5%
- Q-Park – 2%
- megabus – 5%
- Gett Taxi – 10%
Some retailer offers may be targeted to only selected customers. Cashback is usually available for both online and in-store (where applicable) purchases. You don’t need to go through any special link, just shop as usual and purchase using the registered card.
Airtime Rewards supports all major network providers, including Vodafone, Three, O2, EE and giffgaff.
The trick is, cashbacks can take a long time to confirm. Depending on the retailer, it may take weeks or even months before the cashback becomes payable, and you can only redeem chunks of £10 (or another amount, depending on the network) against your phone bill. However, it requires minimum effort and the long processing time doesn’t bother me.
Only Visa and Mastercard are supported at the moment, so no American Express. It’s also mentioned in their FAQs that Curve isn’t supported, but it worked for me and many others.
If it interests you, it’s worth noting that Airtime Rewards runs a referral scheme. Sign up using my referral code NAYK9C9Y and you’ll earn £0.5 free credit immediately, plus another £1 if you spend within 7 days. I’ll also earn the bonuses too, thank you!