Monday, May 9, 2011
LevelUp Now Lets You Swipe Your AmEx Card To Redeem Deals, No Print-Outs Required
Back in March location-based game SCVNGR launched a spinoff venture called LevelUp ?�a direct competitor to Groupon, Living Social, and other daily deal sites. LevelUp's key twist is that it has a heavy focus on generating repeat visitors, as opposed to customers who only stop by a venue once to redeem their deal. And today it has some significant news: it's partnered with American Express to start allowing LevelUp users to redeem their coupons simply by swiping their credit cards ? a feat that they say is the first in the daily deal space. To use the new feature, users connect their AmEx cards with their LevelUp account (a process that you only need to do once). Then, once they purchase a deal from a merchant that accepts American Express, they'll see a button that prompts them to 'load' their card with the deal. When the card is swiped at the merchant, the user receives an immediate push notification and email notification informing them that the coupon was applied successfully, and they don't have to bother pulling out a printout or showing their phone to an employee.