In my last post about Ulta, I expressed some doubt that I would make it to the Diamond Rewards level. However, I did fall in love with some things this year, and I got a new flat iron, pushing my total above the required amount.
So, here’s the skinny:
There are a few perks to becoming Diamond: Free Shipping Over $25, Free Inductee Gift including a $25 Gift Card, Earn 1.5x the points
Let’s dive deeper into these perks.
Free Inductee Gift including a $25 Gift Card
Here is what I got after becoming Diamond:
It includes two sample sizes: A Pur: Fully Charged mascara, a “Porefessional” primer by Benefit and a $25 Beauty Services Reward Card. The samples are pretty self-explanatory. The $25 gift card is only applicable to Beauty Services. Prior to receiving it, I thought it was a $25 gift card for anything, but once I received it, I realized that it’s applicable only to beauty services- aka the Ulta Salon. This will probably not get used up for a while, as it is very rare that I use the salon at Ulta.
Free Shipping Over $25
For Members and Platinum Members of the Ultamate Rewards program, free shipping is earned after adding $50 worth of items to your cart. For Diamond members, this is cut in half to $25. Actually, I also received free shipping for purchases under $25 during Ulta’s 21 days of beauty promotion, when products that were a part of the sale earned me free shipping with purchase. I thought that was a nice bonus.
Earn 1.5x the points
This is actually pretty cool. My main post about the Ulta Ultamate Rewards Program is about getting the best deals at Ulta and prominently features the points program. If you’re platinum, you earn 1.25 points per dollar spent. Diamond members earn 1.5 points per dollar spent. Earning points 25% faster than Platinum will definitely mean that the points are easier to come by and make getting to 2000 way easier too! (For more info on why you should wait to spend your points until you get to 2000, please read my other post.)
A little math on getting to 2000: In order to get to 2000 points as a “platinum” member, you would in theory need to spend $1600, whereas a Diamond member would only need to spend $1333. I say “in theory” because Ulta is always having 2, 3, and 5 times the points offers on specific items or specific days or during your birthday month, etc… So, it is unlikely that anyone would actually need to spend so much, but you can definitely see the difference that extra 25% makes in your ability to earn!
Whether or not this program is worth it to you is subjective. I prefer it to Sephora’s program, but only because Ulta offers cash to spend as a reward and not product samples, although, I had heard that Spehora has been experimenting with other rewards in the mix.
What do you think about the Diamond Rewards program? Are you in?
Let me know in the comments below!