How would you like to make a bit of extra money when you’re doing your shopping? Or maybe you’ve lost some loyalty points and you need a hand reclaiming them? Take a look at this Swapi review to see how the app works and whether it’s worth joining.
With the need for all of us to tighten our belts, cashback sites and apps are one of the simplest ways we can save money without having to make huge sacrifices. But some sites are far better than others. The latest one to cross my path is Swapi, but is it better that the rest?
What is Swapi?
Swapi has two main functions. It allows you to combine all of your loyalty cards together in a single e-wallet, meaning you never have to carry your physical cards again. It also rewards you with points when you shop at certain retailers, which can then be exchanged for rewards such as gift vouchers, discount codes and special introductory offers.
The app can be downloaded from the Apple Store and the Google Play Store
Does it cost?
No. You can download the Swapi app for free and there’s no subscription cost.
How does it work?
Simply download the app to your phone. You’ll need to provide a few personal details such as an email address, mobile number and date of birth before your account is ready to roll.
You can then link your loyalty cards to Swapi. These are all stored in something called a digital wallet (or e-wallet). The big benefit of this is that you no longer need to carry all of your cards around with you. You can also add your debit or credit cards to your digital wallet (more on that below).
On the app, you’ll find a list of retailers you can earn points from. They’re separated into different categories, such as fashion, health & beauty and travel. The retailer will either have a purple icon or a green card next to it.
This means you can earn points when shopping online. Click on a link on the Swapi app before you make a purchase and you’ll earn a certain number of points depending on how much you spend and the offer available. If you’ve ever used a cashback site or app before, I’m sure you’ll be familiar with the process.
If a store listed on the Swapi app has a green card icon next to it, you can earn points when you shop either online or in-store and you won’t need to click a link. However, you will need to link a payment card (debit or credit card) to earn points this way. This is so Swapi knows you have actually made a purchase. It’s exactly the same process to a similar app called Airtime Rewards.
All of these transactions will accumulate points, which you can swap for various rewards.
Which retailers are included?
Be warned that the stores included on the Swapi app will change quite regularly, with new brands added and old ones removed on a regular basis. However, here are some of the most popular shops you can earn Swapi points from:
- MandM Direct
In general, the majority of retailers offer you between 1%-5% back in points on your purchases.
What can you redeem your points for?
At first glance, there’s plenty on offer. The most popular option for many will probably be the chance to exchange your Swapi points for gift cards. You can choose One4all and Prezee cards, which can be redeemed in shops around the UK like Argos, B&Q, Boots and Marks & Spencers.
Or, you can opt for an Uber Eats card if you’re a fan of having food delivered to you.
Away from gift cards, you may be able to find a free sausage roll from Greggs or a Coffee from Caffe Nero.
But, there are some offers listed on the app that aren’t quite such good value.
For example, you can convert 50 of your points for £15 off your boxes at HelleFresh. However, this kind of offer is widely available all over the internet (including from my HelloFresh review), so there’s no reason to use the Swapi points you’ve collected.
You can also earn 10% off at Boohoo in exchange for 50 points. A quick search on Google will show you a discount code, completely free.
The app comes with a couple of added extras that are worth checking out
Reclaim your expired loyalty points
Another big feature that may appeal is the fact that Swapi can help you claim expired points from your loyalty cards. As you may (or may not) know, most loyalty scheme points eventually expire if you don’t claim them or stop using your card for an extended period.
All you need to do is let Swapi know your loyalty account details (which should already be linked to Swapi), the number of points you have lost and send some supporting evidence, such as a screenshot. They will then chase this up on your behalf.
How successful this all is, I’m not sure.
Refer a friend
If you fancy building up some extra points without shopping, you can refer your friends. Share your unique link that you’ll find in your account and when a friend joins using it, you’ll earn 50 points each.
Is Swap worth it?
Although I’m not overwhelmed by the Swapi app, it’s definitely worth downloading. The best feature is the fact that you can link your debit or credit card and earn points without any further effort. You can then swap these points for some fairly decent rewards.
I’m not so keen on the collecting points online option. I find that cashback sites like TopCashback usually offer better rates. Plus, you’ll earn cash, rather than points.
If you want to get started, click on the link below and you’ll get a bonus 50 points.