Citation Smith A & Sparks L (2009) "It's nice to get a wee treat if you've had a bad week": Consumer motivations in retail loyalty scheme points redemption. Journal of Business Research, 62 (5), pp. 542-547. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2008.06.013
Abstract Research into loyalty schemes focuses primarily on business (strategy) rather than consumer perspectives. This paper investigates consumer motivations in retail loyalty scheme points redemption, through a qualitative study of participants in a major UK retail loyalty scheme. Academic research tends to neglect investigation of points redemption, despite its probable significance to consumers and certain value to businesses. The research identifies planned behavior towards redemption goals, plus interruptions by various circumstances and events. Self-gifting for reward and/or therapy purposes is common. Redemption activities have positive implications for consumer perceptions of the scheme and the retailer and appear to enhance future purchasing behavior. From these findings, this paper draws implications for theory and practice.