9:30 Club loyalty program: it’s about the journey


Sign up for the 9:30 Club’s Friends With Benefits loyalty program and you’ll earn free swag ... eventually. (Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post)

As a member, you earn points each time you buy tickets to a 9:30 Club show — that’s 10 points right there. Attend the show you bought tickets for? That’s another 25 points. Assuming you use every ticket you buy, you’ll walk out of 9:30 with at least 35 points. So all you need to do to get a free ticket to the 9:30 Club show of your choice is attend 14.28 — let’s call it 15 — shows to break the required 500 point threshold, though you can accelerate the process through food and drink buys. (You can never go wrong with the Nachos of Ulysses, anyway.)

If that seems like a lot of effort just to get one free ticket to a show, well, it kind of is. But no matter: You’ll probably experience some great shows (and some memorably bad ones!) along the way. You also get free shipping on ticket merchandise orders, periodic access to sold-out shows, early entry to Merriweather shows and a birthday cupcake for signing up.

You can also trade in your accumulated points for a classic 9:30 T-shirt for 400 points, a club water bottle for 275 points, or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, a covered pavilion ticket at Merriweather for a cool 1,000 points. So start saving for the future, rock kids. Here’s the full list of the program’s incentives and rewards:

How To Get Points

· Buying Tickets

o Member gets 10 points for making the transaction

· Attending a Show at 9:30 Club

o Member receives 25 points for attending a 9:30 Club show with a paid ticket

· Attending a Show at Merriweather

o Member receives 40 points for attending a Merriweather show with a paid ticket

· Buying food/beverage at 9:30 Club or Merriweather

o Member will receive 1 point for each dollar spent

· Buying merch at 9:30 Club or Merriweather

o Members get 1 point for every $1 spent on ANY merch, including band merch.

· Sharing their online ticket purchase on Facebook

o Member receives 1 point for posting about the show they’re going to through the Ticketfly confirmation page loyalty link

o They can receive this social media reward 1 time per purchase, up to 10 times per month

· Tweeting their online ticket purchase

o Member receives flat 1 point for tweeting about the show they’re going to through the Ticketfly confirmation page loyalty link

o They can receive this social media reward 1x per purchase, up to 10 times per month

Rewards:

· 9:30 Club Ticket - One Ticket to a 9:30 Club show of your choice, pending availability.

Reward Points: 500

· Merriweather Post Pavilion - Lawn Ticket - One Lawn Ticket to a Merriweather Post Pavilion show of your choice, pending availability.

Reward Points: 500

· Merriweather Post Pavilion - Pavilion Ticket

Reward Points: 1,000

· One Pavilion Ticket to a Merriweather show of your choice, pending availability.

· 9:30 Club Classic T-Shirt

Reward Points: 400

· 9:30 Club Water Bottle

Reward Points: 275

· $20 FWB Gift Card – 9:30 Club

Reward Points: 350

· $20 gift certificate to be used at 9:30 Club for tickets purchased at box office, merchandise or food and beverage.

· $20 FWB Gift Card – Merriweather Post Pavilion

Reward Points: 350

· $20 gift certificate to be used at Merriweather Post Pavilion for tickets purchased at box office, merchandise or food and beverage.

Alex Baldinger is editor of the Going Out Guide blog, which covers food, drink, arts, music, events and other curiosities in the D.C. area. He is forever in search of a great sandwich.

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