| Originally Posted by junefontaine
It's taken me a bit to figure out, but since a bunch of people have been coming in to redeem their rewards certificates, I think that I've finally got it.
Every time you make a purchase and use your card, you earn one point for every dollar that you spend, and this is on every single purchase, no matter what the item, price or dept. that it's from.
The program is quarterly, so the points accumulate on a quarterly basis, but unfortunately, don't carry over to the next quarter. Example, during the 3 month period of July-Oct, you earned 300 points. You would be a level 6 and would get your certificate mailed to you with your Ulta catalog after the quarter is over.
Every 50 points that you accumulate within every 3 month period earns you a level. The levels are unlimited and the neat thing is that you can combine levels. Example, you are a level 6, but you might want to get a couple of gifts, so you can get one gift in the level 2 category and also one gift in the level 4 category. As long as it equates to whatever level you've reached, you can mix and match.
Some of the gifts are pretty neat and can be a hair dryer, a prestige hair care item, etc. Obviously, the more points earned, the better the gifts, but even the level 2's have something useful to offer like Ulta nail polish or Neutrogena eye makeup remover, stuff like that.
I've noticed that many of our members get a free gift during their birthday month, which is a small token of appreciation that Ulta likes to show to their loyal customers. With the catalogs sent to beauty members, and if you sign up for Ulta's email promos, you can get advance notice of new products and sales from the warehouse before they are printed in the circular, which can come in pretty handy if you're a serious beauty junkie on a major budget.
The program is entirely confidential and your name isn't sold or traded anywhere, which is important in this identity theft-ridden society nowadays. Privacy is key and spam does suck. If you do ever forget your beauty card, you can always be credited later for the points that you've earned, and apparently you can add them yourself on Ulta.com, although I haven't tried it yet.
If you use your beauty club card and combine it with a sale like a BUY ONE GET ONE FREE, etc., and also throw in a vendor/manufacturer's coupon, the savings can be unbelievable. We do accept coupons as long as they are not expired and aren't a Target only, common sense stuff, but you would be surprised at what people try to pull off. Haha.
Hope that this helps shed some light on the beauty program. Happy shopping.