In this article, let’s take a look at the 7 quick ways to maximize your PC Optimum points in 2019. Let’s get started.
The PC Plus and Shoppers Optimum rewards programs were combined into a single program – PC Optimum on February 1, 2018.
If you are a frequent shopper at the Canadian Superstore, Shoppers Drug Mart or Loblaws retail stores you should have been migrated over to a new PC Optimum points card by now.
PC Optimum Points Value
Let’s take a quick look at the previous PC Points Loyalty Program and points earned :
PC Plus: With the PC Plus, you earned 10 points for every $1 spent at groceries, minimum redemption point threshold of 20,000 points (which equates to $20).
Shoppers Optimum: With Shoppers Optimum, you earned 10 points for every $1 spent at the pharmacy, and redeem 8,000 points for every $10.
Under the new PC Optimum points loyalty program, here’s a brief snapshot of the points you essentially make –
Easily accumulate 10 PC optimum points per $1 spent at the Canadian Superstore
Earn 15 points per $1 spent at Shoppers Drug Mart stores
You can redeem 10,000 PC optimum points points for $10 worth of goods at any Loblaw stores
The minimum redemption threshold is now lowered to 10,000 points (for $10), making it easier to redeem points
PC Optimum Points Redemptions are in the increments of 10,000 points. For example – $10, $20, $30 and so on.
You can maximum redeem up-to 500,000 points for a single transaction (equates to $500 per transaction).
You can also earn points at any of the Loblaws stores in Canada using the PC optimum points card or by downloading the mobile app.
Maximizing Your PC Optimum Points
PC Optimum Loyalty program is one of the most popular loyalty programs and points card in Canada.
Below is the list of 7 easy ways to maximize your PC Optimum points and earn more rewards.
1. Always Look For The Weekly Offers
When you initially sign up for the PC Optimum points program, the company will start to sending you weekly emails with personalized offers.
For example – this week one of my personalized offer is 800 points for every $4 spent on groceries.
Weekly offers do not co-relate to the other in-store offers or discounts.
For example – I could buy the the groceries on sale at a discount of 50% and still earn points as per the offers.
You should be getting the weekly personalized offers every week on Thursday and it is valid until Wednesday of the next week. So do sign-up or opt for the weekly news-letter. Its pretty good and personalized based on your spending habits across stores.
I would highly recommend doing this as a first step.
2. PC Bonus Points Events – Weekly Flyers
You can always, round the year find exciting In-Store promotional offers to Maximize your PC Optimum Points. You just need to grab a quick weekly flyer.
PC Bonus point events are very frequent. On the recent bonus offer was – Get 40,000 points when you spend $300 or more in a single transaction.
Sometimes, these bonus offers are a lot more juicier, like the one my friend got the other week for “9500 points when you spend $35 on fresh produce” That’s converts to a good 35% in rewards!
Some of the weekly bonus offers are for free items. The bonus offers are sometimes sent through email, they may show up in your personalized offers, or you may find them on the weekly store flyers.
Once in a while, we stock up on our usual necessities such as toiletries, diapers in order to take advantage of these bonus offers before it expires.
Other bonus points events include the popular Shoppers Drug Mart “spend $60 or more on almost anything and earn 15x the points”
3. Refine Your Personalized Offers
The personalized email offers you get weekly is based on what you normally buy at stores with the PC Optimum points card.
However, If you are getting offers on a product you are no longer interested in buying; you can simply click on the offer link and choose the option as – Don’t show again.
When you do this, the offer is gone and the best part of doing this is – PC Optimum in-built algorithm learns and shows you other product offers that are more efficient and better personalized on what you want.
Let me tell you another trick which is pretty useful all the time – you can always save an item you find interesting for later.
In-order to do this – You need to click on the product offer and choose – Save for next week.
Doing so – will save an offer for later, giving you extra time to redeem it.
Not all offers give you this option – but do look out for. It’s worthwhile.
Case Study – How I recently earned 21,090 Optimum Points in One Single Transaction at Shoppers Drug Mart
So recently I was at the Shoppers Drug Mart in Mississauga. Long story short, I had the promo offer right across in my mobile app – which said earn 7500 points when you spend $50 or more on almost anything in-store at Shoppers. Luckily, I was about to walk-in to the store to get myself a new Philips trimmer.
As you can see the screenshots below – The trimmer costed me close to $85 with tax included. And how many optimum points I got? Make a quick guess.
I got a cool 21,090 points with this one single transaction. (Screenshot below). Now, isn’t that cool and nice to have accumulating over time. We all buy from different stores and adding up points is as easy as this.
4. Pay By PC Financial Mastercard and Earn Points Faster
You will earn points faster when you use the in-house PC Financial Mastercard combined with PC Optimum points card for your regular purchases.
Let’s take a quick example :
PC Financial World Elite Mastercard: you earn 45 PC Optimum points per $1 spent at Shoppers Drug Mart and 30 points per $1 spent at Esso
PC Financial World Mastercard: you earn 35 PC Optimum points per $1 spent at Shoppers Drug Mart and 30 points per $1 spent at Esso
PC Financial Mastercard: you earn 25 PC Optimum points per $1 spent at Shoppers Drug Mart and 30 points per $1 spent at Esso.
Also, you earn points when you use your PC Financial Mastercard to shop at any where else at the rate of 10 points per $1 spent.
With that said, if you prefer to accumulate PC Optimum points that can be used to purchase household groceries or medication, you can simply use you PC Financial Mastercard for your other day-to-day spendings.
5. Are you a PC Insider Subscriber? – Earn Extra PC Points
PC Insiders is a paid subscription program available to PC Optimum points members. Insiders score extra points, skip fees, and much more.
So, here’s the thing if you are PC Insider subscriber, you are entitled to receive extra PC points and free shipping on their grocery.
PC Insider subscription price is $9.99 per month or $99 Annually. You almost get back your $99 through PC Travel credits in the first year itself. So it’s a win-win situation in either case.
Getting hold of the the PC Insider subscription looks really beneficial even though I haven’t tried it yet, looks really promising. Just look at all the great benefits it offers in the official page.
6. Refill Gas at ESSO and Real Canadian Superstore
Did you know that you can earn PC Points just by filling gas at the nearby ESSO stations? I recently filled my car gas at ESSO for $50 dollars and got 420 PC Points.
All I want to say is, all these points adds up to be something big by the day and you can redeem it for something you want.
You earn even more points by refilling gas at the Real Canadian Superstore or Esso gas stations.
When you refill gas at Esso, you will earn 10 PC Optimum points per litre.
And, when you pay for the gas with your PC Financial Mastercard, you earn even more per dollar spent.
7. Add more PC Optimum points card for family members
You can add your family members to the main PC Optimum account and inter-link each other.
Doing so, you can accumulated more points and also access individual personalized offers on what you like.
My friends and family have different accounts than mine and the bonus offers we receive is very different from each other.
Good example here would be – I get an offer for 20,000 points for every $150 spent, and the same week my wife gets an offer for 8,000 points for a $90 spend. If our shopping list for that week is $90, it is obvious that her offer is a way better.
PC Optimum App Review – Very Convenient and Easy to Use
Let me tell you my story of using the PC Optimum iPhone App (Sorry haven’t used it on Android – But should be easy as-well)
So here I was at the Shoppers self checkout lane – I quickly pulled out my phone and installed the PC Optimum Points App right then and there. It hardly takes 5 minutes. Trust me try it out!
After keying in a few details I was good to go. The best part its completely free!
Once you complete your registration just check out your items purchased and scan the bar code from the App. That’s it you are done making your first PC points.
Points usually refresh and hardly taken about 15 minutes at max to show up on the App. That’s how quick and convenient it is.
Like I said before, having the app is good in all ways (app is located based) – you can check your personalized offers, weekly flyers and redeem points anytime.
How do I earn more PC Optimum points? – Quick Recap
Load your personalized offers via the link in your emails, by logging into your online account or using the PC Optimum app.
Look for offers on items in your store’s flyer.
Keep an eye out for offers on items in store.
Look for opportunities to participate in exclusive points accelerator events in store such as the Shoppers Drug Mart 20x the point event – be sure to opt in for emails to be in the loop.
Exclusive to participating Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix and Shoppers Home Healthcare locations, earn 15 points for almost every dollar you spend.
Purchase fuel at participating Esso, Mobil and gas bar gas stations to earn PC Optimum points per litre. Points earn amount varies by location.
Apply for a PC Financial MasterCard at pcfinancial.ca.
I personally like and will endorse the PC Optimum points card to every Canadian out there.
Also, I use the PC card (mostly through the app on my phone and the bar code in it), every single day on different purchases be it at Esso, Shoppers Drug Mart, Real Canadian Store or Loblaws.
Accumulating PC points is really easy and redeeming it is even better. Trust me give it a try. You won’t regret, I can assure you that.
Other that that, PC Optimum points program is really good if you do lot’s of grocery shopping for a medium to large family, its well worth it.
Also, do not forget the added benefits (more points) when you combine your PC Optimum Points Card with PC Mastercard.
I especially love it when I get into the Canadian Superstore and pay for my entire day’s shopping with the PC optimum points accumulated over-time.
Please let us know your thoughts and comments below!
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Hey, I’m Sagar from Toronto, Canada.
I am a self-taught, motivated Canadian Personal Finance Blogger who loves writing articles about Savings, Investing, Stocks & ETF reviews, Side Hustles, Frugal Living, Credit Cards and Retirement Planning. Husband. Father. Software Developer. Web Designer. Hiking Enthusiast.