Updated at 2:10pm PT on 11/14: After I made a $1 Groupon purchase through Drop, I earned Drop Points and unlocked the gift card redemptions. Scroll to the bottom of the post for more info.
Good morning everyone. I checked my Drop account yesterday and noticed a change to the Redeem Rewards screen. Listed at the top of the screen is a message regarding $5-$25 gift cards. I clicked on the message and learned that rewards between $2 and $25 are locked unless you make a purchase with the Drop app. I currently only earn Drop points when I make purchases with my linked credit cards. This is bad news for users who do not use the Drop app for shopping, but only for card linked purchases.
I looked on the Drop website and found this FAQ about rewards under $30. It says that this page was updated on Tuesday at 1:43pm. Just like the app said, the FAQ states that you need to make a purchase through the Drop app in order to redeem for rewards under $30.
Back on the Drop app, I scrolled down to the $20 and $25 rewards section. There is a big gray padlock on all the locked redemptions. When you click on a gift card, you are shown the same screen as earlier.
I looked on the Drop app for the cheapest merchant to shop at and found Groupon. I clicked the Add button on the bottom and then clicked the Book Now button.
I was taken to the Groupon app where I saw a small message at the top of the screen stating that I am earning Drop points. I also looked for the cheapest thing I could find and settled on a $1 Groupon from Kilham Farm. I made the $1 purchase and hope the order posts to Drop soon. I should earn 20 Drop points and unlock redemptions under $30.
Updated at 2:10pm PT on 11/14:
A few hours after making my Groupon purchase through Drop, I earned 20 Drop Points and unlocked the gift card redemptions.
I currently have enough Drop Points for a $15 reward, but I am going to wait until I have enough Drop Points to get a $20 Amazon eGift Card.
If you have any questions about this new Drop change, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone.