- Get a bonus of up to 5% on money you spend on vouchers, with the option of spending the vouchers before Christmas if you need to
- Savvy customers can get $25 free in one day by buying $500 to their club account
- But, unlike New World and PAK'n'SAVE, Countdown does not offer a club and buying vouchers is paper-based and can be time consuming.
- You also cannot use the vouchers to shop on Countdown online
Updated June 2018
Countdown Christmas Club Voucher Summary
- How it works: Countdown customers buy vouchers in denominations of $5, $10 and $20 - if the vouchers are spent in December or January, a 5% bonus is added.
- Cut-off date for getting the 5% bonus: 30 November; any vouchers bought after that will only activate the 5% bonus in the following Christmas.
- Compared to the Christmas clubs operated by New World and PAK'n'SAVE, Countdown's offering is messy. It's paper-based and very manual.
- We don't believe it is a "club" in the same way other retailers offer Christmas clubs. We believe it is more of a voucher offering.
- Lose a voucher and there is no way to get the money back. Damage or deface it and you may have problems redeeming it.
- Earning 5% on money spent on vouchers probably beats a bank or term deposit - the best way to maximise bonuses is to deposit money in November and use it December. A $500 contribution would turn into a $525 balance.
- The vouchers are not tied to one store - you can use the balance at any Countdown anywhere in New Zealand.
- We like the freedom of being able to use the money at any time of the year, with no restriction on what items you can buy.
- But we don't like the fact that you can't register the vouchers, or how 'old school' the program is compared to its competitors.
How to participate in the Countdown Christmas Club?
What to watch out for:
- Buy vouchers at the check out when you go shopping; you have the option of vouchers in $5, $10 or $20 denominations
- Don't lose the vouchers - there is no way to trace them back to your purchase
What to watch out for:
- You can only use it at Countdown stores, but there is almost no restriction on what you can purchase in store (tobacco products and Countdown vouchers/gift cards are excluded).
- If your vouchers are lost or stolen, you'll lose your balance(s),
- Vouchers do not expire
- If items you want to buy are cheaper at another supermarket, you won't be able to use your vouchers and will either have to pay cash at the other supermarket or accept you will pay more at Countdown and use your vouchers.
Usually, when a retailer goes bankrupt, people with gift cards or vouchers find themselves out of pocket. This has been the case with Dick Smith Electronics, Pumpkin Patch and TopShop among others. And the same applies to the Countdown Christmas vouchers - there is no protection on the value you hold. Comparatively, the Christmas clubs operated by PAK'N'SAVE and New World put your money in a trust account which means you won't lose the value if they go bankrupt.
Your vouchers are not locked up until Christmas - you can use them to purchase goods at Countdown any time of the year. The only drawback is you won't receive the Christmas bonus on the amount(s) used.
If you bought $100 of vouchers in March, the total balance on the Christmas Club card will be $105 but you won't be see the $5 bonus on the balance before the 1st of December. If you spend $50 of the $100 balance before December the 1st, you will only receive the bonus on the remaining $50 (which calculates to be $2.50).