Hey big saver!

The GEMS Rewards app is full of great offers, from eating out to days out, and as you spend you save. GEMS in 10 quizzed our current (Sep 2020-Dec 2020) set of top savers to find out how they stretch their dirhams using the app.

The Upgrader: Geraldine Roxas, Grade 3 teacher, GEMS Winchester School – Fujairah

“I was so surprised to find out that I was one of the top savers! I love to plan staycation weekends with my friends and dine out in local restaurants in Fujairah, so the app fits my lifestyle perfectly and that’s how I make the most savings.

Whenever I crave steak, which is quite often, I head to DineBest Restaurant & Café in Fujairah Mall where there is a buy-one-get-one-free offer on the app. It means I can have a nice meal with friends at a great price. I even used the app to celebrate New Year’s Day with my best friend. We had a delicious steak dinner for two, but for the price of one.

The app was particularly useful to me during the summer last year when I was unable to go back to the Philippines. Instead of getting upset about the situation, I used the app to treat myself to some great staycation reservations at Ramada Hotel, Delta Hotel and Dukes the Palm Hotel in Dubai, using the Booking.com link. The offer was cheaper through GEMS Rewards than on the hotel websites and I was even able to convert my spend amount into Gems Rewards points.”

Geraldine’s top tip: GEMS Rewards often has cheaper deals than the hotel websites, so always check GEMS Rewards before you book.

The Family Man: Brian Fernandes, Director – Finance and Business Planning, SSC

“Being in finance, budgeting and saving comes naturally to me, so having an app that enables me to save on the things I like is always going to be welcome. As a father of two (a 12-year-old boy and six-year-old girl), most of my spending is on the family. Fortunately, GEMS Rewards has discounts at Hamleys, Toys for Less and Toys R Us in Dubai, so I make excellent savings on the kids’ gifts. As a family we dine out together from time to time, and that’s another opportunity to make the most of the app. For myself, I do enjoy a frothy latte at my local Gloria Jean’s, which has an unlimited buy-one-get-one- free offer.”

Brian’s top tip: Add your friends and family to your account so they too can enjoy the benefits of discounts while you collect the points. Money saved is money earned!

The Five-star Foodie: Nerrissa Villacete, SEND Coordinator, The Westminster School

“I love to pamper myself, so I always make a date with myself to have top-notch restaurant experience at the end of every month, and take a well-earned staycation at least every quarter or during long holidays. By using the app I’ve been able to discover some new places in the city, with Minato at Raddisson Blu Deira, 24th St. World Street Food in Dusit Thani and Dine’s Best Majaz now some of my favourite restaurants that all have an offer on GEMS Rewards.

My favourite feature on the app is the Booking.com portal. It is so handy because I can check for deals and earn points, which has led me to Genius Level 2 on the Booking.com loyalty programme. That means I’m now entitled to lifetime Genius membership, a 15% base-rate discount, free breakfasts and free room upgrades. The app is helping me enjoy a little luxury for less.”

Nerrissa’s top tip: Stay ahead with the ‘trending offers’ section – when new offers become available you’ll find them there.

The Coffee Fiend: Raymer Panliboton, Service Delivery Executive, GEMS Wellington International School

“As a coffee lover, I use the ‘buy-one- get-one free’ promos in Gloria Jean’s whenever I catch up with friends. I must say, it makes me feel great to able to treat my friends without hurting my pocket.

With this app, there is never a dearth of food choices, and my family and I always make use of the dining offers whether dining in or out.

I was very surprised to be a top saver because I don’t spend a lot, but I do use the app for repeated purchases and the occasional large spend. Whenever I think of buying something for myself, my family or friends, I check GEMS Rewards for any offers or deals that may be relevant. I also enjoy the fact that the ‘My Savings’ tab shows my total savings. I now have a total of 6,000 AED in savings and I am motivated to use the app even more!”

Raymer’s top tip: Combine offers and discounts to save even more.  

Not yet saving with the GEMS Reward app? Download it now and start saving today.