How to register online for SBI debit card FreedomRewardz program


Want to know the registration process for the SBI freedom rewards program? Need details on how to get great deals and discounts through SBI freedom rewardz points' redemption? This article provides complete information about the unique SBI FreedomRewardz program for debit card holders in India and abroad.

Overview

Nowadays all banks provide their customers with a debit-cum-ATM card. You can use this card not just to withdraw money from an ATM but also for purchasing goods or paying for a service. Some banks even offer special schemes to those who use the debit card frequently for shopping or availing of a service. SBI offers one such unique scheme, known as FreedomRewardz loyalty program. Under this program, if you use your State Bank Group Debit Card at a Point of Sales (POS) you are entitled to a certain number of FreedomPoints. You can then redeem these points for a range of goods & services as well as free gifts from the SBI redemption platform. Indian nationals residing outside India who hold a SBI debit card can also avail of the FreedomRewardz plan. In fact, you can earn points anywhere in India and overseas by making payments using your SBI debit card. Thus the SBI FreedomRewardz program for NRIs will be highly beneficial to Indian nationals staying abroad.

What you can redeem with SBI FreedomPoints


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There are a range of specific products and services available on the redemption platform which are changing from time to time to offer new options. These include:
  • Tickets for movies: You can book a maximum of 10 tickets per transaction in each seating category of a movie theatre. You can even select your seat or change it at any time during the transaction process, but not once your seat(s) has been booked & confirmed.

  • Tickets for bus travel: You can redeem the points you have accrued for up to 4 passengers at any given time. You are also allowed to gift bus tickets to your friends or family members. In this case, you would need to book in the name of the passenger(s) who would be undertaking the bus travel.

  • Tickets for flights: You can book a maximum of 9 seats at one time, including for an infant (one infant per adult) below 24 months (as on the date of travel). Note though that currently multi-city booking is not available. Also, unlike bus tickets air tickets are not transferable.

  • Electronic products, including entertainment products.

  • Beauty and fashion products.

  • Products for the home.

  • Sports kits and equipment.

  • Music products.

  • Products available for a limited time under the Seasonal Rewardz scheme, such as 2015 Cricket World Cup merchandise.

Note: All reward merchandise is generally delivered within 7 days.



How to enrol for SBI FreedomRewardz plan

Once you hold a State Bank Group Debit Card, you are automatically a FreedomRewardz member. However, you need to activate your account in order to avail of the benefits of the FreedomRewardz loyalty program. There are 2 ways to activate the account:
  1. Visit the official website: www.FreedomRewardz.com. Then go to the link 'Activate My Account'. At the page which opens you need to fill in basic information. Your account will then be activated.

  2. Call the FreedomRewardz Service Centre at 60008500 (local charges applicable) or at the toll free number 1-800-209-8500 (Monday to Saturday, 9a.m. to 9p.m./Sunday 9a.m. to 6p.m.) to get your account activated.

Note: There is no compulsion to enrol for the program. You have the option not to activate your membership and also can unsubscribe at any time after activating the membership.

Eligibility criteria & how to redeem FreedomPoints

  1. You need to reach a threshold of 300 FreedomPoints.

  2. You can earn points for each payment you make using your State Bank Group Debit Card at (i) POS; (ii) Partner stores also. You earn 1 point for every multiple of Rs. 200 which you spend using your State Bank Group debit card.

  3. You can get additional points through the Max Get More Partner Network, which is a network of different brands offering special discounts. The discounts are awarded on swiping your State Bank Group debit card at select outlets only & are applicable on the M.R.P. of the products. Note that some partners of this network may offer only additional FreedomPoints while others will offer both FreedomPoints and discounts.

  4. When using the card at a partner store, you can earn additional FreedomPoints.

  5. The FreedomPoints you earn will get credited into your account within 7 days.

  6. At any time you can check your FreedomPoints via log in to your FreedomRewardz account or by calling the contact centre. You can even check the balance through your smartphone by sending an SMS to 567678. You will also receive a monthly statement.

  7. You should redeem your FreedomPoints within 3 years (which excludes the month of accrual) of earning them. After 3 years, the unredeemed points will expire and you can no longer redeem them. Note: (i) For FreedomPoints earned before 01/01/2013, the validity period is 36 months excluding the month of accrual; (ii) For FreedomPoints earned on or after 01/01/2013, the validity period is 18 months excluding the month of accrual.

How to get bonus points

You can accrue special bonus points too using your debit card. This is how:
  • Making the first transaction within 1 month of issuance of the debit card = 50 bonus points.

  • Making the second transaction within the same month of issuance of the debit card = additional 50 bonus points.

  • Making the third transaction within the same month of issuance of the debit card = additional 100 points.

  • Minimum 3 transactions every quarter after the first month of getting your debit card = double the points that you earned in that quarter for Classic/Silver/Gold/Other Debit Cards and triple the points for Platinum Cardholders.

Contact information

The Qube, A-703,
MV Road, Marol,
Off Andheri-Kurla Road,
Andheri (E)
Mumbai-400059
India
Toll free number: 1-800-209-8500
Website: http://www.freedomrewardz.com/

As you can see from the information provided in this article, there are huge benefits to activating your SBI FreedomRewards loyalty program. Make the most of it! I did wonder, though, why there is no mention of redeeming points to book train tickets.. After all, train travel for long distances is the preferred way to commute for lakhs of Indians.

[Readers are advised to check the official website for terms & conditions of the SBI FreedomRewardz program.]


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Comments

Guest Author: ashok kumar patra23 Nov 2015

I have not yet received the activation link against the activation request ID- Mis0101056568. Hence I am deprived of freedom points since 3 months though I purchased through gold debit card before 3 months. I spoke to your toll free number about 5-6 times, but there is no progress in this case. As per the mail received from you on 26.10.15, it was written that this case would be resolved within 15 days. Please expedite the case and send your feed back.



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