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What Your Brand Can Learn from Airline Loyalty Programs

What’s your favorite airline? If you’re like most Americans, a name popped in your head as soon as you read that question. If you can’t name just one, you can probably name two or three that you like.

Also like most Americans, it’s likely that you’re a member of your favorite airline’s rewards program. While rewards programs have a surprisingly long history (the first was launched in the 1800s), airlines have been the steady leaders and innovators in loyalty programs since 1981.

In a time when a lot of people are asking “I just need to get to point A from point B — how cheaply can I do it?” loyalty programs have been crucial to help airlines stand apart from their competitors and generate a legion of followers who choose that airline before any others.

The reasons for airline loyalty success fall into three categories:

  1. Lack of anxiety
  2. Comfort
  3. Creating a journey

Not only does an airline’s loyalty app provide members information about flight options or flight delays, it can even provide detailed information about luggage; Delta now sends out text alerts when members’ luggage has been loaded onto each leg of a flight.

Comfort can certainly be hard to come by on a flight, but many airlines allow loyalty members to earn seats with greater legroom or even earn seats in business or first class.

And, certainly, a flight is a journey in itself, but airline loyalty programs also create a clear, measureable, and compelling journey from one tier of membership to the next.

As you likely already suspect, loyalty programs are very successful for airlines. In fact, some loyalty programs are actually valued at more than the airlines themselves!

So, how can you use these airline innovations for your restaurant?

We’ve put together a free, on-demand webinar called “Look to the Skies: Airline Loyalty Innovations That Will Transform Your Restaurant” to answer that very question.

In the webinar, we dig deeper into just how airlines’ loyalty programs have made them so “sticky” for consumers. Then, we talk about how you can take the most successful elements of these loyalty programs and incorporate them into your own loyalty programs.

Click here to watch our free, streaming webinar now.

Loyalty’s Impact upon Uncle Julio’s – Award Winning Advice from Paul Marrero

Today we caught up with Systems Administrator Paul Marrero of Uncle Julio’s, the person behind the award-winning campaign that Uncle Julio’s was recognized for today with a 2017 Loyaltees Award. Paul offered some additional insight on how he’s leveraging Paytronix and the Uncle Julio’s loyalty platform to make an impact. 

Paytronix: Congratulations Paul, on Uncle Julio’s recognition as a 2017 Loyaltees Award winner. Thanks for taking the time to tell us a bit more about your loyalty platform today. As the System Administrator for Uncle Julio’s, you are the person responsible for designing the loyalty program, or the Uncle Julio’s Loyalty Czar as we’ve heard you called.

Paul: Thanks, the Uncle Julio’s team is honored by the recognition.

Paytronix: In talking with you about the Uncle Julio’s loyalty program, you mentioned having done away with your old email club in the process. How has the Paytronix platform replaced your previous email solution and how are you leveraging the integration of email and loyalty today? […]

How Chick-fil-A® Rewards its Best Guests Without Sacrificing Profit

There’s an interesting problem that restaurants with loyalty programs face. All of the behavioral data gleaned from these programs means that restaurants can easily identify their best customers: the people who spend the most and visit most frequently. And that’s very useful for creating profitable campaigns.

Running unsegmented promotions can cannibalize profit because your best guests will receive the same promotion as your less frequent customers. Your best guests are going to come in anyway, and discounting purchases they were already going to make can hurt profits.

Discounts and promotions designed to drive revenue should only […]

What Is the Lifeblood of Your Mobile Strategy?

I recently sat down with my fellow product manager, Joel Udwin, to talk about where our worlds collide: integrating mobile at the point of sale. We like to think that a mobile strategy is placed in the pocket of the consumer, but it doesn’t stay there – mobile engagement must integrate with in-store operations to be successful. Joel, who manages our mobile products, explains why:

Q: Why is a POS integration important when it comes to mobile engagement?

A: Wow, Paige. I thought that since we worked together, you would give me easy questions, but you just knocked it out of the park. [Chuckles] I don’t like bucketing mobile into this separate silo of mobile engagement. When we talk about mobile engagement, we are really just talking about guest engagement. At restaurants and convenience stores, a large portion of customer engagement occurs at the point of sale, where most transactions take place today. Implementing an engagement strategy without considering your point of sale is like driving a small car on an icy road – you’ll move around, but you won’t necessarily be able to control where you are going. Basically, if your engagement program doesn’t translate at the POS, your employees will be too frustrated by it to evangelize it, and your guests won’t want to use it. Successful mobile engagement programs need to work in harmony with point-of-sale technology and operations.

Q: How can mobile speed up service? […]