By: Tori Harris
Did you know that each time you use your VyStar debit or credit card, you can accumulate points on qualified purchases? Through our uChoose Rewards® program, those points can be redeemed for cool stuff like merchandise, gift cards and travel adventures. And now, we’ve added another option that lets you donate your points to a nonprofit organization.
our community a little brighter. It may feel like an indirect act of kindness, but it will directly benefit people in local organizations such as the Arc Jacksonville, Jacksonville Humane Society, Pace Center for Girls Jacksonville and Volunteers in Medicine Jacksonville. We will continue to add more nonprofits to the list in the near future.
Donors have the option to use their points to purchase a digital gift card or a physical gift card. If you opt for digital, you will instantly receive an electronic card via email. A physical gift card would resemble a credit card and would arrive in the mail in around seven business days. You would then use that card to apply your donation through the CharityChoice website.
After donating, CharityChoice allows you to print or email yourself a confirmation, certificate and tax receipt. You can also share your act of kindness on Facebook or Twitter and inspire others to perform their own good deed!
To donate your uChoose Rewards points to a charitable cause, follow the instructions below.
Get started by logging in to uChoose to see if you have any points to give away. If you’re like me, you could have points lying around that you don’t even know about. For years, I’ve been swiping away (“inserting my chip away” doesn’t really roll off the tongue), not knowing my card was earning points. When I recently logged in to my uChoose account to view which charities I could help, I was shocked to see how many points I had accrued. It was like finding a winning scratch-off lottery ticket at the bottom of a purse I hadn’t used in years. Does anyone know if lottery tickets expire?
To find out if you have surprise points stashed in your account, follow the first three steps listed above. To register your debit or credit card for the uChoose Rewards program, follow those same instructions, and then click “Enter” and “Register.”
Key takeaways: Don’t forget about your uChoose Rewards points, and start saving them up so you can give back to a charity that will put your donation to good use. We’ve also added Grubhub, DoorDash and Uber Eats to our uChoose options, so if you have any leftover points, you can support a local business and treat yourself to a sushi night. You deserve it.
The information in this blog consists of the opinions and ideas of the author alone and should be used for informational purposes only. VyStar Credit Union disclaims any liability for decisions you make based on the information provided.