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11 Stores Giving Better Black Friday Prices to Rewards Members

Nov. 21, 2016
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Members of retailer loyalty programs regularly get incentives like discounts, points, coupons and free shipping. What some might not know, though, is that they can take advantage of their standard program perks — and maybe even a few bonus ones — on Black Friday as well.

Here are 11 stores where memberships will come in handy this Black Friday.

1. Amazon

Amazon offers no shortage of products on Black Friday, and its membership doesn’t skimp either. Amazon Prime members will get access to limited-time Lightning Deals 30 minutes earlier than other shoppers and a 50% discount on Prime Photos custom holiday cards. Plus, they’ll have exclusive access to over 70 deals through Amazon’s voice service, Alexa, on devices like the Amazon Echo or a Fire tablet. As usual, Prime members can score free two-day shipping on select purchases or, in some cases, just an hour.

2. BJ’s Wholesale Club

All doorbusters and offers are exclusive to the warehouse club’s members, both in stores and online. Nonmembers normally can shop on BJ’s website with a one-day shopping pass, paying a steep 15% surcharge on top of the listed member prices. However, the wholesaler will not distribute these passes on Black Friday.

BJ’s Black Friday ad features coupons for additional in-store member savings, like $30 off any Oral-B rechargeable toothbrush and buy one, get one free Herbal Essences shampoo and conditioner. On top of the discounts, BJ’s Perks cardholders will earn double points through Nov. 28.

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3. Costco

Like many other wholesale clubs, Costco is a retailer where you’ll pay more than the sale price for an item if you aren’t a member. This holds true on Black Friday. Nonmembers won’t have access to in-store deals, like $160 off the Dyson Ball Complete upright vacuum. While they can shop on Costco’s website, they should expect a 5% surcharge on top of the listed member prices. Plus, select online-sale items will be available just for members.

4. J.C. Penney

Shoppers in the free J.C. Penney Rewards program typically earn one point per dollar on purchases made throughout the year. These points accumulate as store credit that shoppers can apply to future purchases. Members who buy appliances this Thanksgiving or before 5 p.m. on Black Friday will earn double points, which means they’ll have extra rewards dollars to redeem later.

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5. Kmart

Kmart Shop Your Way members can earn a generous number of points on certain Black Friday purchases. For example, they’ll bank $50 in points if they purchase the Samsung Galaxy Tab A or $20 in points with the purchase of the Paula Deen 12-piece nonstick cookware set.

Members can get an additional $5 in points on select buys of $50 or more when they pay with a Sears card. And there’s one more advantage for loyal patrons: Shop Your Way members get $10 off layaway purchases of $50 or more through Nov. 26. Online customers will need to enter the code LAYAWAY10 at checkout first.

6. Office Depot

Office Depot members can get bonus rewards on Black Friday that allow them to score a few items practically for free. For instance, a three-ream case of copy and print paper is selling for $10.01, but members get $10 back in rewards with the purchase.

7. Petco

All of Petco’s Black Friday ad prices are specific to Petco Pals Rewards members, who also earn points from their transactions. Members traditionally are treated to a gift with purchase for their pooches and felines, too. So while you don’t have to join the program to shop at Petco post-Thanksgiving, you’ll need a membership to get the special prices and merchandise.

8. Rite Aid

Virtually every Black Friday offer at Rite Aid is reserved for members as well. Shoppers need to have a Plenti rewards card to snatch up deals like buy one, get one free snacks and 40% off fragrance gift sets. And with your card, you can earn up to 1,500 extra points — worth $15 — on certain products like gift cards.

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9. Sam’s Club

If you don’t have a Sam’s Club membership or know someone with one who’s willing to cover you, Black Friday sales are off the table. Deals roll out exclusively for members after midnight online on Thanksgiving and at 7 a.m. in stores on Black Friday.

10. Sears

Sears, like Kmart, uses the Shop Your Way rewards program. With the purchase of some items featured in the Sears Black Friday ad, members will get 100% back in points, or up to $50. Buy a pair of Reebok athletic shoes, for example, and you’ll get the full amount back in points to use toward future purchases.

A new benefit for members this Black Friday is retroactive price matching. The Sears Holiday Guarantee gives members who bought items during the store’s Member Bonus Event a partial refund if the same items sell for less on Black Friday.

11. Walgreens

Walgreens Balance Rewards members basically have a monopoly on the drugstore’s Black Friday deals, including 50% off Sony and iHome headphones. Few offers are open to nonmembers. Shoppers can earn Walgreens gift cards or bonus points on certain items when they use their rewards cards, too.

Before you shop

Already a member at one of these retailers? Great. If not, it might be worth joining free programs at stores like Rite Aid and Kmart. However, paid memberships at places like Amazon and Costco don’t make much sense if you’re just looking to snag one-day discounts on Black Friday. Check with each retailer for possible time restrictions before you sign up.

Lauren Schwahn is a staff writer at NerdWallet, a personal finance website. Email: [email protected]. Twitter: @lauren_schwahn.

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