I want to love Passbook so I'm wondering how other people are using it (not how you're *going* to use it). Hopefully ideas will be added to this thread as loyalty cards, coupons, etc. become more widely available.
Thanks for sharing the information. For passbook iOS 6 users, First, you create the Passbook card inside an app, or on a website, and then you add the card to Passbook from that app or website. I see this becoming extremely popular, both with consumers and businesses.
I've onll used it at Walgreen but it did not pop up on my screen.
I had it set as a banner alert so now I've set it as an alert in notifications. Hopefully that will stay on my screen.
But the only thing that displayed was my Walgreen's card.
I was expecting coupons.
Was I doing something wrong.
As for as I can tell, the Walgreens card is not a coupon type card like Target. It is merely a savings/reward card. At least that is my understanding as well as how I use it. The information section of the Walgreens app state the following:
About Balance™ Rewards
Use your virtual card displayed in the Walgreens app to get exclusive Rewards pricing while earning points on purchases.
Scan the barcode on your physical Rewards card to connect it to your account and start using your virtual card for purchases.
Membership has its benefits. Sale prices are now exclusively for Balance™ Rewards members.
Earn points and redeem rewards every time you shop. Scan your virtual Rewards Card in store or enter your Rewards Member number when shopping on Walgreens.com.
Tracking Points and Activity
Keep track of your points and purchases in store and online, no matter where you are.
You can always add a receipt to your account on the Activity page later.
For coupons, you will need to use the Walgreens app and not Passbook. Finally, for location services, I *think* you need to have the Walgreens app enabled in conjunction with Passbook. I don't use the notification feature with Passbook or the associated apps. It's not difficult for me to just select Passbook while in the store.
I tossed Passbook into my Junk Drawer folder (along with Stocks, Weather, Game Center, Maps and Safari) once I realized it simply duplicated stuff I already have an app for (like Starbucks) or is handled through confirmation emails (like airline check-in). Interesting idea, but it doesn't add a level of usefulness with so few companies participating - and really, I need yet another pointless app embedded in the iOS? Isn't Newsstand useless enough?
Download the "belly" app it has restaurants and all kinds of stores near you that you can use passbook for just click whatever restaurant or whatever you frequent and you'll get a reward card. Let me know what you think.