How Do I Get The Best Deal at Ulta?
How Do I Get The Best Deal at Ulta? Ulta has more offers and the most rewarding loyalty program than any other beauty retailer. The best thing about Ulta is it encourages deal stacking. Some deals are a little harder to find, because it rewards our digging efforts with a larger bounty. There are always new things to learn, so I will edit this if I discover something new.
2020 Ulta Beauty Sales Calendar
I have one timeline where I list all major: deals, coupons, GWP, Sales, promotions, and Events. Those who want to see an overall idea of what to expect this year should stop by. See where these Ulta Beauty coupons line up with others on the calendar. You can also visit my Ulta retailer page to see active and upcoming offers of all types.
How Do I Get The Best Deal at Ulta?
I break down the Ulta Sales calendar, go over all the major events, and my favorite aspects of the program to help you get the best deal. The links below take you into the respective articles if you want to learn more about a specific topic, but understanding how the Rewards Program works is the most important factor toward getting the best deal.
Simplified Ulta Sale Calendar 2020
How Do I get the Best deal at Ulta? Know when the major promotions are coming. You can stock up on your favorites for less this way. This is a simplified calendar of only major events you can expect. See the main calendar for all promotions as we go or the 2019 Ulta sale calendar if you are looking for an idea of when smaller promotions might repeat.
Ulta December Sales and Events
Ulta November Sales and Events
Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Deals
Ulta October Sales and Events
Ulta September Sales and Events
Ulta August Sales and Events
Ulta July Sales and Events
Ulta June Sales and Events
Ulta May Sales and Events
Ulta April Sales and Events
Ulta March Sales and Events
Ulta February Sales and Events
Ulta January Sales and Events
The Most Important Tip
Ulta runs on Central time. If you live on the West Coast, the new day starts at 10pm. Offers for the new day usually go live at right at 10pm (as long as we can find them as we cannot always find Beauty Breaks, Platinum Perks, and Diamond Perks until we get the emails with the links). There are times when offers set to expire that day run past 10pm and other times when they cut off right at 10pm. Make sure you get your purchases in before 10pm if your offer expires that day. When new steals for events go live, we can also purchase right at 10pm. Sure you can wait until the next day, but popular items may sell out while you’re sleeping. I’ve missed so many Beauty Breaks, and Platinum Perks because early risers grab them while I sleep.
Sign Up for Notifications
Make sure you get notifications from as many Ulta mediums as possible. While most offers are emailed, I have received offers in the mail (like the one above) and offers via text or in the app. At times, the 20% off prestige coupons get mailed and emailed. Whenever that happens, you end up with two different codes. There is an online catalog for those who have issues receiving mail. I like looking at that, because I always find things that are not advertised well on the Ulta site. The coupon in physical catalogs is missing from the online catalog, but the Ulta always advertises the current coupon separately. Ulta has mailed surprise gifts to people (mostly Platinum members), so always have your current address on file. It is 2020, and I am still waiting for a surprise gift from Ulta. One day!
Sign Up for the UltaMate Rewards Program
-Join the Bronze UltaMate Rewards Program. You get perks for joining, including 1 point for every dollar spent, a birthday gift, 2x points during your birth month, 5x points during your anniversary week, 20% off prestige coupons, special point multipliers, and more. Cash points in for a credit to use on anything. The more you bank the more valuable the points are. Points expire one year after the quarter you earn them in at this level. See all 2020 Bronze Rewards Perks.
How Do I Get an Ulta Birthday Gift?
You must have purchase history on your account to trigger an Ulta birthday gift coupon. All UltaMate members with purchase history should get a coupon on the first day of their birth month to redeem a gift in-store. They also get 2x points during their month of birth. The birthday gift changes every month in 2019, but it changed by quarter before that. Platinum members get a $10 coupon with their birthday gift.
How Do I Become an Ulta Platinum Member?
-Spend $500 a year and get upgraded to Platinum. Your Platinum membership is valid from the date you earn it through the end of the following year. Points do not expire while you’re in Platinum status, but use them within a year of earning them if you’re not. You get all UltaMate Rewards perks plus extra Platinum Perks, including 1.25 points per dollar spent, a $10 birthday coupon, and exclusive Platinum Offers. See all 2020 Platinum Perks.
What is the Ulta Diamond Rewards Welcome Gift?
When you earn Diamond status, you get a unique promo code for a gift. I enjoyed my gift in 2019 when I qualified for 2020.
How Do I Become an Ulta Diamond Rewards Member?
-Spend $1200 a year and get upgraded to Diamond. Your Diamond membership is valid from the date you earn it through the end of the following year. You get all Platinum Perks plus extra Diamond Perks, including 1.5 points per dollar spent, free shipping with a $25 purchase, and a free $25 reward card annually good toward beauty services (which comes inside the Diamond Rewards Qualification Gift). Read more about the Diamond Program. See all 2020 Diamond Perks.
How Do you Earn and Redeem Points at Ulta?
You cash your points in for actual money off purchases. To make the most of the program, I suggest delving deeper into how to earn and redeem points. In the simplest terms, only redeem in increments of 2000 and utilize multipliers and bonus point offers as much as possible. Make sure you know how to run the math, so you get all the points you should. The more multipliers you combine, the harder it is to calculate.
Do Ulta Points Expire?
Points never expire for Platinum or Diamond Members. As long as your account is in Platinum or Diamond status, you can bank them as long as you want. UltaMate members should use their points before they expire, even if it means redeeming them in increments under 2000. Ulta only removes points once a quarter, and it removes points that are at least a year old. Any points you earn in quarter three for 2019 get removed when quarter four starts in 2020. You will get an email reminder to spend your points before they expire (as long as you’re opted into emails).
What are Beauty Bags?
Bags full of items ranging from foils to full-sizes that are free with a minimum purchase. These can pop up at any time throughout the year and are available to everyone.
What are Ulta Beauty Breaks?
A 4-6 hour GWP event that available on most Wednesday mornings, but can take place on other dates and times.
What are Ulta Point Multipliers?
These come all year and there is rarely a period where Platinum accounts do not have at least one. There are 2x points, 3x points, 4x points, 5x points, 6x points, 7x points, and 10x points offers. You must activate these offers through the email or the My Rewards section of your account before shopping. As I mention above, multipliers combine. Although certain deals only pop up when there are no multipliers, many pop up during multipliers. It would actually be difficult to purchase many times throughout the year and not hit a multiplier of any kind.
What Are Ulta Hot Buys?
Ulta Hot Buys are items that get special pricing and are only available at that price for a limited time and it can pop up at any time. The price is usually 30-50% off.
What are the Ulta Sale Dates?
Ulta has an event or a promotion going on almost every day of the year. Any of which could be classified as a sale, because items gets discounted in almost all of them. It has more deals than even I can keep track of. This calendar covers every major promotion though. Scroll down and you will not miss any of them. See the 2019 Ulta Sales Calendar to get an idea of when the event you are looking for will repeat this year.
Does Ulta Accept Coupons?
Ulta accepts and offers a lot of coupons. If you want more details about any coupon I mention here, refer to Everything You Need to Know About Ulta Coupons. I go over all types of coupons and important details about them. There is almost always an offer for Ulta and drugstore branded items. It is usually for $3.50 off $15, 20% off a single item or 20% off the entire (drugstore) purchase. At times, you can get a coupon for a specific item, like 20% off a hair tool. Those are online, at the bottom of your emails, or in the catalog. Manufacturers coupons work if you shop in person. Brand specific coupons give a discount off a purchase within that brand. We covered the birthday coupons above. I track 20% off prestige coupons. Some members get a discount coupon to urge them to start shopping with Ulta again. Coupons for discounts in the salon are usually available. Unique or general offers for a gift with any purchase get emailed to select accounts.
How often does Ulta have 20% off Prestige Coupons?
You can expect 20% off Prestige Coupons at least 5 times a year. Some people will get them more. Platinum and Diamond members are more likely to get extra codes via mail. These codes are different from the ones that arrive via email.
When is the Next 20% off Prestige Coupon Coming Out?
I track the 20% off Prestige coupons, so I have a good idea of when the next one will come out. They usually come out around late January-February, April, June-August, October, and December.
How Do points work at Ulta?
There is a lot to cover, so I will refer you to Earning and Redeeming Points. Having a good understanding of how to maximize earnings and spend points at the right time makes the program more valuable.
What GWP Offers does Ulta Have?
Whether shopping in-store or online, make sure you know which gift with purchase offers are available. Many offers are available in-store and online. Just as no customer knows every offer, no employee does either. An employee cannot give you a freebie if s/he does not know you should get one. It is important to check the online gift with purchase section before shopping online or heading over to a store. Most of the offers in this section are for specific brands, but general offers hide in here. General offers in there are almost always online only, but it never hurts to ask the person checking you out about the gift. Some offers pop up and tell you to add them but others require you to add them. You cannot add them if you are unaware of them. I like to browse this section every time I make a purchase just to make sure I am grabbing all of the freebies I can get. This is also helpful when you are purchasing from a specific brand and are just under that brand’s specific GWP minimum. If you know about the offer, you can decide whether you want to purchase something else to trigger it.
Does Ulta Have a Clearance or Sale Section?
When shopping in store, make sure you stop by the clearance section. This is usually near the center of most stores, but ask an employee if you’re having a hard time finding it. Items inside the clearance section vary between stores. Clearance items in store are always discounted deeper than the same item in the online sale section. There is no guarantee items you find online are sold in store, because the online sale section is a lot bigger. It is a good idea to check the sale section even if you’re not going into the store. If you have time to go to a store and are planning on purchasing something from the sale section, I’d chance going into the store. The only exception is if the online gifts (which outnumber the in store gifts) are more valuable (to you) than the amount you could save with a trip to the store. Many promotions are listed in the Special Offer section. If you want to purchase multiples from a specific brand, check this section to see if there are any BOGO offers available.
Does Ulta Have Free Shipping?
The free shipping minimum is usually $50. It does reduce at times to $25 or $35, but shipping is $5.95 if you dip below. Paying for shipping always negates some of the deal, so I suggest shopping in store when you are not going over the minimum. Free Shipping is calculated after discounts are applied, so you must go over $50 before tax. Gift With purchase minimums are calculated before discounts. If you have a $60 GWP in your cart, and a discount that takes $10 off, you only need to spend $50 to get that offer.
How Does the Ulta Credit Card Work?
Ulta launched a new credit card. It is important to note there are added perks to selecting the MasterCard over the store credit card. A chart comparing the two is below. The official MasterCard will work at any place accepting MasterCard. Something would be amiss to mention Ulta Deals without bringing this up, but I’m not going to get it. While this is a fabulous card, I just have too many cards to justify picking up another one. If you decide to pick this up, you get a 20% discount when you open the card. There is no annual fee. Every $1 spent at Ulta earns a bonus point, and there is a 500 bonus point offer for spending $500 in the first 3 months. Outside purchases even get a point for every $3 spent. If you redeemed at 2000 points for $125, it would take $6000 spent outside to cash that out. That actually equates to 2.083% back (but only if you redeem at 2000 points). The in store rate is 6.25% back. This only includes the bonus point, because you’d get the other points for shopping whether you had the card or not. In other words, this is a very rewarding credit card!
How Do You Stack Deals at Ulta?
As long as you qualify for multiple offers in-store or online, you can add them all. The only exception online is for multiple offers that require a promo code, because you can only add one promo code per online Ulta order. If any in-store coupons mention they cannot be combined with other coupons, that would be the only in-store exclusion. Otherwise, you are only limited by the amount of offers you are aware of. Most in-store coupons combine and many online offers use a link instead of a promo code. I’ve redeemed plenty of orders where I stacked multiple offers.
What are your thoughts on tips for getting the best deal at Ulta? Let me know below. If you know anyone who could benefit from this information, please use the sharing tools below to help them see this on various forms of social media or private email. Thanks for reading and sharing. Targeted Offers are exclusive to UltaMate Rewards Members, so I do recommend joining. Whenever there is an exclusive or unique Ulta Beauty offer, I will note that above. An advanced breakdown on Earning and Redeeming Points can help you maximize the UltaMate Rewards Program. Coupons are almost always available. I go over all types of Ulta coupons and track 20% off prestige coupons. Remember to check my Ulta Deals page before placing an online order for possible exclusives and advice. There are always general and brand specific offers I do not list, so check the GWP section of the Ulta site as well. Ulta encourages deal stacking. Most major events run on a schedule, and I track each one. Read Tips For Getting the Best Deal at Ulta. See all Ulta articles. View my main page for the guide map to the site and deeper deal exploration.
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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 (13 and 8) 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 13-year-old to apply it.
WOW! Quite thorough, indeed….thanks for taking the time to put it all in one place! Will have to bookmark this for future reference. =)
No problem. I wanted to make a comprehensive list, because the ones I keep seeing miss so many details.
Thank you. I never knew I could stack 5x offers. I have 2 offers expiring today, 1 for all and 1 for bareminerals so I think I will head there today to try one of their new nude lipsticks and earn about 200 points. WOW. 10x points instead of 5x. Thank you for all the details. I will have to read this multiple times to understand it all.
You’re welcome. It would not be 10x points though. Each 5x offer has a base point built in. You cannot multiply the base, so you have to remove a base from the subsequent offer. I also assume you’re Platinum since the 5x points offer on everything was a Platinum exclusive. That adds a 0.25 bonus that does not multiply either. Your total is 5x for the everything offer + 4x for bareMinerals (5x-1 to remove the duplicate base) + the 0.25 Platinum bonus giving you a total of 9.25x points on bareMinerals and 5.25x on anything else (which is the 5x everything plus the 0.25 Platinum bonus).
Thank you. 9.25 is still incredible.
BTW, the Ulta associate told me they cap points at 5000. Is that accurate? I have 4600 points so I am sure that is why she brought it up.
I do not have the willpower to save 4000, so I cannot personally confirm. Someone confirmed today she has over 5000 points, so there is no earning cap. Another member confirmed that you can only redeem 4000 per order online. It is possible you can only redeem 5000 per purchase in store. Even if they allow 5000, you would not get maximum value on the 1000 from 4000 to 5000. I’d suggest redeeming 4000 and saving the other 1000 until you build back up to over 2000.
I wasn’t aware of the 10X platinum day at the end of August. Is that a guaranteed thing? This is my birth month and I am wondering if I should hold out for that multiplier or take advantage of the 3X multiplier currently going.
Promotions can always change, but this promotion has been available since the national launch of the revised UltaMate Rewards program in 2014. In 2014, it did not have exclusions. There were exclusions in 2015, but anything excluded last year got 5x points. It is possible 2016 will see another reduction, but I seriously doubt it will disappear altogether. I’d personally wait for the event (and make sure you do not miss it as it is only for 24 hours). If the items you want are not included in 10x points, there is a good chance they will be available at 5x points.
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How can yoi refer someone?
When you are logged into your account, you should get a pop-up at the bottom right of your screen. Click on that pop-up, and it will give you a referral link to share. Anyone who uses your referral link will get a $10 coupon. You will only get $10 coupons for the first 10 people who use your link. I’ve received all of mine this year, so I do not receive them any more. Those who use my referral link should still get their $10 coupons though. In other words, there is no limit to how many people can use your referral link, but there is a limit to how many times you get credit for it.
By the way, the UltaMate Rewards credit card has an in-store only option as well as the MasterCard. It’s on the picture you posted, but you also posted in the text implying that it’s not available, which isn’t true. I believe the MasterCard is for those with superior creditworthiness as I only have the plain Ulta store card and my credit is so-so. Those with better credit may actually get a choice between the Store card and the MasterCard. Obviously the store card doesn’t have the 500 welcome bonus points (by the chart you posted), but you do still get an extra point per dollar spent on the card, which is typically rewarded once a month after your statement has been issued.
I was only referring to the new credit card. The store credit card had already existed to my knowledge, but I am not 100% sure as I do not have either card. If the words are unclear, I can edit them a little bit. When it comes to store credit cards, I generally avoid them. The perks are limited, and I prefer to have credit cards with more spending power than a single store. This is also why I’ve avoided the Nordstrom card (even though I realize you can use a debit card there and places like Target). It can hurt your credit score to have too many cards open, and I already have a decent number. If I ever close one of my current cards, I may consider the Ulta MasterCard. The initial hit from closing an older card and opening a newer card is what stops me, because it will decrease my overall length of credit history.
This article was entirely too long with repeat information. As it is with make-up — less is more
Less is more is not my style. I will never be a picture heavy blog. Substance is in the details. There are a million picture heavy blogs, and I avoid them. I like to anticipate questions before they’re asked and try to answer them within my writing. As some people only read sections that interest them, I have to write things that may seem repetitive to those who read the whole article. If you do not like details, you will not enjoy my blog. Less makeup is not always more either. When I am going full glam, I like a lot of makeup. To each her own.
New reader here! Did you receive notification of this deal at Ulta: Online Only FREE 12 Piece Hair Sampler with any $50 haircare purchase? I see it when I search for gift with purchase online and it says it’s valid today but it doesn’t show up in my cart when I add eligible items.
Ulta has been sending out broken links a lot. I was going to fix that one after I published the 20% off prestige article. Here you go. Happy shopping.
I can locate it but it is not the type of gift you add to cart, it’s just supposed to appear when you add enough to qualify. Even when I do ‘find items in offer’ and add to cart that way it doesn’t show up. Strange!
Yes, I see what you mean. Let me play around with it and get back with you.
There is definitely a problem with this promotion. For one, it is a big one and it is rather low on the list for best sellers on the GWP page. It would be higher if there was not. Two, you cannot scroll past the first page despite 35 pages of products listed. If you try to move to a different screen and move your screen quickly, it will say, “this promotion does not exist. My guess is one of two things happened here. The promotion was removed, which would explain the broken email link and why it is now impossible to add online or they are having technical difficulties. If you really want the gift and were going to place the order anyway, I would suggest calling. Maybe Ulta could place the order over the phone.
Thanks for your help! But, still no go LOL. They just told me it was out of stock which I don’t think is the case since like you said it won’t even let you scroll to page 2.
It would also be a lot higher up on the best sellers list in the GWP section if it sold out. The fact that is so low proves there was a problem. Clearly some people got it or it would have been on the very bottom, but very few people got it. This is not sold out. Hopefully, the glitch or problem gets fixed and you can still get it down the road. Fingers crossed.