Colleen from the public relations department at Dial sent me an email on 05/19/16. She gave me six bullet points for why my readers might be interested in Dial Rewards. I told her I would join and play around with it for a little while. If I liked what I saw I would suggest it to others. Well, I obviously liked what I saw. The program is rewarding and only asks for minimal effort back.
For those wondering what the bullet points were, I got you covered.
· Dial Rewards launched in 2015
· The premier destination for consumers and fans of Dial Soap products
· The only loyalty program in the personal care category
· Offers its members many ways to earn and spend points
· Promoted on Dial Soap’s main webpage and frequently on social media
· More than 4,000 winners and $100K in prizes to date
The fine print on the activation email says the program started 06/11/15 and is valid through 12/31/16. I’m hoping that does not mean they are really ending it then, because I’d hate to refer a program that is going to close almost as soon as you sign up. If it does well, I think they’ll extend it though.
Earning points is easy: 50 points per day for signing in, watch a video that is less than 20 seconds for 500 points, click the Dial Rewards button on you monthly newsletter for 500 points, take a one question survey for 1000 points, refer a friend for 2000 points, redeem a coupon for 2000 points, enter a Dial Rewards code for 2000 points, and more. To get the 50 points for signing in, you will need to sign out and sign back in if you were still active from your last session. It is not hard to amass a large number of points quickly, so you’ll be spending in no time. It’s easy to spend points when you did almost nothing to get them.
Spending points is even easier. There are a number of sweepstakes available. Most are straightforward. You enter (usually up to 20 times) and the rules for each contest are on the entry form. Some of the contests are instant wins, so you’ll know right away if you blew the points. Others collect the entries and select the winner after the contest ends. Those have bigger prizes, but they will usually cost more points to enter and have more people entering overall. That reduces your odds of winning.
Some of them are actually games. I really love playing games. In the match game, you select three squares. When they flip over, you collect the prize if you have all three showing. This specific board disappointed me, because it costs 150 points to play. If the reward is only 1000 points and the odds of winning are small, that reward is not worth the risk.
Still, I had to see if the board always had the same lame prize, so I played a second time. I confirmed that the prize was still only 1000 points. This board had two $10 REI gift card spots instead of two $25,000 cash spots like the board above, so at least I know the minor pieces change.
I had to see if the minor pieces kept changing. They are the same base, but they pop up in different quantities. The problem is the major pieces do not change. After spending 450 trying to win 1000 points and only getting one of the three winning pieces each time, I was thankful I only spent points instead of money. As fun as this game is, it just isn’t worth it unless there is a nice prize. At least I had a little fun.
I had to see if the prize got better on different days, so I played one more time three days after the first three games. The prize was still only 1000 points. Now, I’ve spent 600 points trying to win 1000. Are you laughing with me? It’s safe to assume the “prize” rarely gets better than 1000 points.
I decided to play it a fifth time much later than the other four games to see if the prize ever improved. It is still just 1000 points, so I’ve wasted 750 points trying to win 1000. This is the only time I even got 2 out of 3, but that is not good enough. Even though it is fun to play, it is never worth it if the prize is nearly impossible to win and not rewarding enough if you ever do.
I played one last time, and I promise this was the last time in a different month. Now, I’ve spent 900 points trying to win 1000 and only got 2 out of 3 once. This game is way too hard for so little reward. The idea that the prize is ever better than 1000 points is gone in my head, so I do not recommend playing it. While I realize there is a chance the actual prize pieces offering a real reward do appear once in a while for select players, I am starting to think the odds of winning anything major are about the same as my odds of winning the lottery.
If you’re interested in playing games, entering sweepstakes, and getting Dial coupons, Dial Rewards would be a perfect fit. You’ll even get 50 points to start you off when you use a referral link. The only thing I find strange about this program is it does not seem to award points for buying merchandise. Coupons are not always available, so it is not as easy as saying you get points for redeeming coupons thus get points for buying. I think they should add a field to enter a code off their products the way some retailers do. Other than that, I definitely think this is worth it. Even though the tasks to earn points take very little time, you do not have to do any of it unless you want to and can still sit back and receive occasional coupons.
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I'm Kimberly. Shopping is always more fun when I've found the best deal available, so I am always on the hunt. My father instilled that in me, and I love that I carry a piece of him. Sometimes, my husband and sons (12 and 7) let me shop for them, too. They do not use as many beauty products as I do. We can all benefit from nice products, even though their routine ends with moisturizer. That is when I can convince my 12-year-old to apply it.