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-Ulta has a number of minor and major promotions throughout the year. All promotions with set expiration dates cut off right at midnight central time. Only in rare scenarios will offers work even a minute past the deadline. The major promotions take place around the same time each year while the minor promotions can pop-up randomly at any time. Read below for details (and date predictions). Tips For Getting The Best Deal is a great place to start for those looking to maximize their deal shopping this retailer. The online catalog lists many current promotions.
-Join the UltaMate Rewards Program. Earn 1 point for every dollar spent. Platinum members earn 1.25 points for every dollar spent and get exclusive Platinum offers throughout the year, including a bonus birthday item. All members get a birthday gift plus 2x points in their birth month and additional multipliers sporadically throughout the year. Members also get an offer for 5x points during the month of their account anniversary (the date they signed up under the original program, not the new one), and that multiplier is good for one week. Cash points in for a credit to use on anything. The more you bank, the more valuable the points are. Spend $450 a year, and you will be upgraded to Platinum. Your Platinum membership will be 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. Diamond members (those who spend $1200 a year) earn 1.5 points for every dollar spent. They also get all the benefits Platinum members get, plus free shipping on a $25 purchase, and a free $25 reward card annually good toward beauty services, which comes inside the Diamond Rewards Qualification Gift. As more details emerge on the Diamond program, I will update this article.
-Point values are calculated when you redeem, not when you earn. The only way to get maximum value is to redeem in 2000 point increments. 4000 gets you there, because it is divisible by 2000. 3000 is not. Redeeming 3000 at once will get you $125 on 2000 and $50 on 1000. Redeem 2000 at once for $125. Cashing in 1000 points twice gets $50 for each order instead of $125. When redeeming points, you still earn points on the amount you spend. If you redeem $125 and spend $75, you get points on the $75. It will divide the $125 redemption across all items and calculate points based on the amount left for each item, so items with better multipliers will not get special weight. You can redeem up to 4000 online and 5000 in store, but I suggest only redeeming 4000 in store and saving the remaining 1000 until you get to 2000.
–Multipliers can be combined, but there are two basic rules:
-If you’re Platinum and have a 5x multiplier combined with a 2x multiplier: you will get 5x for the first offer + 1x point for the second (deducting the base since it is already factored into the 5x offer) + 0.25 Platinum bonus for a 6.25x total. I’ve written an article on Earning and Redeeming Points if you have more questions.
-Read articles regarding Ulta coupons. Ulta takes a lot of Coupons. I go over all types, how to receive the offers, and rules for the coupons. Ulta carries drugstore and prestige brands. Drugstore brands are priced higher than your average drugstore, because they run constant promotions and almost all Ulta coupons are eligible. You can even use manufacturers coupons if you shop in person. If you shop during a promotion with a coupon, you can get a better deal than most drugstores. Prestige brands have competitive pricing, so you tend to get an even better deal with sales and coupons.
-Ulta always has a bevy of brand specific GWPs that can be combined with any general GWP and a coupon code (assuming the items you are buying qualify for the coupon you are entering). I always type in Gift With Purchase (so my links do that as well), because it pulls up one extra item than when you visit the GWP section. There can also be pop up gifts available with any Ulta purchase that are not always emailed out.
-Check all offers, including: sales, Buy More Save More 2018 Offers, and special offers before purchasing anything. There is no official clearance section online, but there is one in every Ulta store. I’ve seen them by the register, in the middle of the store, and back by the salon. Store clearance tends to have deeper discounts than the sale section online, but selection is very limited and differs from store to store. It is not in the same place across different stores, so ask an employee if you cannot locate it.
-Try not to order more than one nail polish at a time online from Ulta. It comes loose inside a bag with no bubbles. They have broken on me in multiples but not singles. Ulta branded polishes are great quality, and I have a lot of nail polish brands.
-Ulta also tends to send offers for point multipliers (frequent offers for 2x points, 3x points (Platinum), 4x points (Diamond) 5x Anniversary Points for a week, 5x points (usually on specific brands), Bonus Point Offers, free gifts, GWP offers, Hot Buys, Platinum deals, Platinum Perks, Targeted GWP Offers, Buy More Save More Offers, Beauty Breaks (mostly on Wednesdays from 8am-12pmPST), Steals, 20% off Prestige, and unique dollar off coupons. Be sure to check your mail, look at the catalogs, and read all of your emails, because the special promos hide at times in otherwise normal looking ads. If you get a special offer (these are usually targeted based off past order history), you must activate it from the email or from the My Rewards section of your online account. It never hurts to check My Rewards before placing an online order, because offers appear there before the email arrives.
–Flash Sales happen throughout the year. These are usually one-day sales that offer a single item or a lot of items.
-Read articles for the Love Your Skin Event, previously called The Glowing Skin Event. The Love Your Skin Event made its debut in early January 2016. Winter is a great time to pamper skin. This replaced the less impressive Love Your Skin Event. It is a 21 day event where skincare is featured. So far, there is no indication this event will repeat twice a year.
-Read articles for the Liter Sale. The Liter Sale, also known as the Jumbo Size Haircare sales take place in winter and summer. In the winter, it usually started in early to mid January. The summer event usually starts in early to mid July. It offers the cheapest prices of the season, because this special does not take place during the Gorgeous Hair Event. Both sales last 21 days and unlike promotions with steals, items are usually on sale throughout the event. Popular items will run out of stock before the event ends.
-Read articles regarding 20% off Prestige. Unique promo codes for 20% off prestige brands (excludes: Lancome, Clinique, Benefit Brow Bar, NARS, fragrance (at times), and brand new releases (at times) are available late January, early April, there was a bonus offer for some Platinum members in late June 2016 (so it could make 6 offers for some Platinum members in 2016), early July for UltaMate, late July for Platinum (this is the normal time but some members who received the June bonus offer did not receive the July offer), late October, and Mid December. The July offer was reduced to 10% for non Platinum members in 2015 and 2016. In 2016, the early April offer was also reduced to 10% for non Platinum members.
-Ulta started sending $15 off $50 coupons in 2016. These usually coincide with the 20% off prestige event. The trend has been Platinum members get 20%, UltaMate members with recent purchases get 10% (or 20%), and UltaMate members without a recent purchase get $15 off $50 to entice them to come back. This is a 30% discount if you only spend $50.
-Read articles regarding the 21 Days of Beauty. The 21 Days of Beauty happen in the spring and fall. At least one new steal is released everyday for 21 straight days. In Spring, the event usually runs mid March to early April. The fall event usually runs in September, but it does extend into early October at times.
-Read articles regarding the Gorgeous Hair Event. The Gorgeous Hair (previously Love Your Hair) Event happens in the spring and fall. This is the hair products equivalent of the Days of Beauty. It also runs 21 days. Most days release a new steal, but certain specials will be available for the duration of the event. In Spring, the event usually takes place in May. The fall event takes place in October. Most jumbo sizes have better deals during the Liter Sale.
-Read articles regarding 10x points. Diamond and Platinum members get a one day 10x points event in late August. There are also smaller multi-day events throughout the year. Only select items and brands participate, and they are not announced until the event starts. All items not included in the 10x points are 5x points. This is a great way to boost points if you’re interested in the covered items.
-Read articles regarding giveaways. There are a number of giveaways throughout the year, and I find moat Ulta giveaways fruitless (there are very few winners, even with winning coupons). The A Gorgeous Way to Give supports the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This is my favorite giveaway, because it supports a great cause even if you walk away with nothing.
-Read articles regarding Bonus Points. There are times when Ulta offers a fixed number of bonus points for a specified minimum purchase. These are targeted offers. Some members will not receive them. Others will receive a variety of possibilities. Offers come in January and October.
–Any general free gifts with purchase I am aware of are listed below. If your cart meets the purchase minimum, and the charge for the item is not removing, that means the free offer expired. Remove it or they will charge you to send it.
-All major offers are tracked. Many offers are listed in the current catalog. Active offers are listed below. If you wish to see a chronological history (or details on the most recent promotion) of specific offer types, view their respective articles: Birthday Gift, Targeted Dollar Off Offers, Targeted Percentage Off Coupons, Liter Sale, Love Your Skin Event, Bonus Point Offers, Platinum Perks, Platinum Beauty Bag GWP Offers, Diamond Perks, 20% off Prestige, Beauty Breaks, 5x Points on Anything, Specific 5x Points Offers, 2x, 3x, and 4x Points, General Beauty Bag Offers, 10x Points Events, Affiliate Beauty Bag Offers, Sweepstakes Opportunities, Sale Items, Summer Sale, Targeted GWP Offers, Buy More Save More, Hot Buys, Brand Specific GWP Offers, 21 Days of Beauty Spring, Skinfatuation Promotion and GWP Offers, Spring Haul Sales Event, Gorgeous Hair Event, In-Store Events and Deals, Diamond Rewards Qualification Gift, Forever Fabulous Sale, Diamond and Platinum Appreciation 10x Points Event, 21 Days of Beauty, 3x Points for UltaMate and 5x Points for Platinum and Diamond, and Fall Haul Sales Event, Diamond Beauty Bag Offers, Brand Specific Bonus Point Offers, Beauty Stars Event, Holiday Haul, and Cyber Fundays.
Ulta encourages deal stacking. Try to add as many gifts as you qualify for. I think my record is 6, but I will keep trying to improve that.
–Beauty Breaks are only available for 4-6 hours at a time, mostly on Wednesday mornings starting at 8am PST. To track all Beauty Breaks and trends, I will update this article every time a new one releases. If I see a Beauty Break outside of a Wednesday morning, I will list it here while it is valid.
-If a GWP offer is targeted, and I have an in-store coupon, it is in this article.
-UltaMate members get 2x points, Platinum members get 3x points, and Diamond members get 4x points on all products and services. Valid 11/11/18 through 11/17/18.
Get a free 18-piece beauty bag with a $65 purchase. Choose 1 from 3 options. Valid 11/16/18 through 11/17/18. *Looks like the mystery bags I posted earlier (after some extensive Google searching) are not the bags for this event. Those are new links, so I will post them again as soon I figure out the details on when the offers will appear.
-Use code CYBERFUN18 for $10 off a $60 drugstore purchase. Valid 11/16/18 through 11/17/18.
-Receive a free 3-piece candle set with a $40 fragrance purchase. Valid 11/04/18 – 11/24/18.
-Receive a free deluxe Lancome Cils Booster XL Vitamin Infused Mascara primer with any Mascara purchase. Valid 11/09/18 – 11/24/18.
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