How to Finesse Your ULTA Rewards Program Part 1

Hey guys! I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgiving breaks (for those of yall that celebrate anyway), and even better Black Friday/Cyber Monday hauls! Anyone who’s been reading my blog for a while knows that in the debate between Ulta and Sephora, I will pick Ulta every single time. Now don’t get me wrong, Sephora has a couple items I can’t get from Ulta and for that I am grateful. However, I believe that Ulta’s reward program is better overall from Sephora’s.  On Black Friday, I walked away with a haul worth $162.05 for only 86 CENTS! So how exactly did I do it? It was largely in part to the Ulta rewards program, aptly named the Ultamate Rewards Program.

Today and Thursday, you’ll find plenty of tips and tricks that will maximize your Ulta rewards if you’re already shopping there, and hopefully, convert you from Sephora if you’re not! 😉 For today’s post, I’m breaking down how the Ulta Rewards Program works, and what you should know about each tier of membership!

So How Does the Ulta Rewards Program Work?

Before we get in deep, here’s the rundown of the Ultamate Rewards Program! New members & non-platinum members earn 1 point per 1 dollar spent. As your points add up, they become $ off “coupons” stored within your account for use on ANYTHING in the WHOLE store (which is way better than tiny samples imo). Non-platinum members get a free birthday gift and are allowed to keep their points for a year before expiration.

How to Finesse Your ULTA Rewards Program Part 1

What About Platinum Ulta Rewards?

It gets even better when you become a Platinum member (like yours truly). In order to reach this tier, you have to spend $450 in a calendar year (that is January to December). This may seem like a lofty goal, but I’ll be teaching you a few tricks on how to reach that threshold quickly! Platinum members earn 1.25 points on every 1 dollar spent which means that every $4 Platinum members spend become 5 points! Our points also never expire, so you can save up for some of the bigger redemptions values without worrying about expiration!

Platinum members also receive the aforementioned birthday gift, PLUS a $10 coupon that can be used on anything in the store for their birthday. The cherry on top of Platinum membership is the Platinum exclusive sales that happen throughout the year. Whether it’s getting to shop the newest Naked palette 3 weeks before everyone else all the way up to the annual 10x points Platinum member event, Platinum is where you wanna be!

So What’s the Fastest Way To Platinum?

I hate to break it to you guys, but there’s not a true fast track to Platinum. $450 is $450. However, I can tell you a few tips to get to Platinum with the most product in hand!

  • Get your hair done at the Salon! – The Ulta Salon seems to be a thing a lot of people don’t know about! Along with its drugstore and prestige makeup areas, Ulta is also allowed to sell professional haircare products because it owns a salon! I get my hair washed, blow dried, and flat ironed at Ulta for $37 (which is a steal considering a lot of places start at $50 for a silk press). I get my hair done there about once a month. Bam! That’s literally $444 right there. So even if you did nothing else but get your hair done, you’d be able to hit Platinum in a year. The fun part comes when I upgrade my style to a color or a cut. That’s a little more money added to my total in a very short period of time. Considering you’re likely also buying makeup and skincare at Ulta, you’ll be at $450 in no time!
  • Sign up for the emails! – If you’re not signed up for Ulta emails, you’re missing out. That’s how you find out about point multipliers, current sales, and get coupons you can use in-store and online! This is also where you get a monthly email tracking your progress to Platinum, as well as Platinum perks and early sales.
  • Shop on Wednesdays for Beauty Breaks! – Every Wednesday around 11 am EST (10 CT, because that’s where Ulta’s HQ is located) Ulta sends out its weekly Beauty Break where they highlight a brand’s products and offer a great GWP (gift with purchase) for about 4-5 hours. For example, one day the featured brand was Urban Decay, and they offered a 4-piece Urban Decay GWP with any $50 purchase! It allows you to a) cross the free shipping threshold and b) grab all of the items you wanted along with a great bonus gift! The threshold ranges from $40-$75 on an average week.

With these three tactics combined, I reached Platinum status in early June of this year! That means if you’re not currently Platinum, you are automatically upgraded to Platinum, then you keep your Platinum status until December 31 of the following year! So the earlier in the year you achieve Platinum, the better! This means a new user would keep their Platinum status all the way through the rest of 2017 AND all of 2018! How’s that for awesome?

So now that you’re Platinum and you don’t have to worry about your points expiring, this is where the fun begins. On Thursday, I’m going to show you how to maximize the points you get while minimizing the amount of money you spend, so be sure to check back for PART 2! Got any questions? Leave them for me in the comments!

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