Empower’s Mastercard Rewards Program Features

  • Redeem gift cards - Some offer gift cards as low as $25 increments!
  • Redeem points online and over the phone.
  • Redeem points for travel within our travel booking tool ††.
  • Need more points to top up your account? You may purchase additional points to use towards your next redemption. Points cost $.02 each with a maximum purchase of 5,000 points.
  • Pay with Rewards™. You can pay with points at millions of eligible locations worldwide, in store or online. This gives you the option to receive a reimbursement for all of your purchases where you want, when you want. You will receive confirmation of your credit and point balance alerts via email or text (you can select your notification preference). Note: Funds must be available on the credit line for the full purchase total. Pay with Rewards will display as a credit after the transaction posts. As always, you can save up your points with a larger purchase in mind, or use them to pay for everyday purchases. The choice is yours.
Please note: When redeeming Reward Points for Gift Cards delivery can take 3-4 weeks.

You may redeem points to receive gift cards beginning at $25 value. Depending on the merchant, higher denominations may be available.

To shop for gift cards, login to your account, select the Rewards widget, and shop the catalog to view options.

Learn more about the benefits of using Pay with Rewards to purchase your gift card.
Use Pay with Rewards and pay with points at millions of eligible locations worldwide, in store or online. This gives you the option to receive a reimbursement for all of your purchases where you want, when you want. A credit is applied to your account.

Pay with Rewards is available when you login to your Empower FCU account and select the Rewards Widget. Within this online option, you may select to apply the number of points you have available to your next purchase. When you enable Pay with Rewards, you can set the minimum cash amount. Then your very next transaction for the card selected that is greater than the minimum will trigger a pay with rewards reimbursement on your credit card statement.

Example: set your card to enable only for next transaction with an $80 minimum, and the card has over eleven hundred dollars in rewards available. The very next authorization that is over $80 will be fully paid with rewards up to the rewards amount available – so a $230 purchase is over the $80 minimum thus your reward balance will be reduced by the full $230 and $230 will show as a credit to your Mastercard statement.

Tip: Would you like to only redeem part of your rewards balance when making a purchase? If so, simply set your pay with rewards account to “Enabled only for next Transaction”. Select Pay with Rewards on next purchase and ask the merchant if you can divide your purchases into two separate transactions. The first transaction they process will generate the Rewards Reimbursement. The second will not impact your rewards point balance.

Important Pay with Rewards Information

When using Pay with Rewards the credit is based on the authorization amount. This is important to understand when using Pay with Rewards at gas stations and restaurants. Gas stations frequently authorize for $1 prior to pumping gas. Restaurants receive authorization for the amount of the bill not including the tip. Therefore, your pay with rewards credit in either of these instances may be different from the amount of the actual transaction.

Note: Funds must be available on the credit line for the full purchase total. Pay with Rewards will display as a credit after the transaction posts.


 
Redeeming points for travel is even easier! Use the online booking tool to arrange for air, hotel, car rental or other activities. Minimum points required for booking is 2,500 points per ticket. Nominal fees will apply.

View our MasterCard Rewards brochure.

Q: Did the value of my rewards points change?

A: While the VALUE is remaining the same, the EARNING of the points changed from earning 1 point for every dollar spent, to earning 1.5 points for every dollar spent. The REDEMPTION changed to $0.01 for every point (see table below). This change makes it easier to determine the value of your points at a glance and is also more in line with industry standards.



Q: How do I access my Rewards?

A: The Rewards widget is available online when you login to your Empower FCU account. With this online option you may redeem points for gift cards, travel or opt to Pay with Rewards*.

Q: What denominations are gift cards available in when selecting online?

A: Additional denominations are now available based on merchant (login to your account, select the Rewards widget, and shop the catalog to view options). You may now redeem points for gift cards beginning at $25.

Q: What is Mastercard Pay with Rewards™?

A: Mastercard Rewards is the overarching rewards program sponsored by Mastercard. Mastercard Pay with Rewards is part of Mastercard Rewards and gives you the flexibility to use your points to pay* for purchases online and in stores instantly.

Q: Important Pay with Rewards™ Information

A. When using Pay with Rewards the credit is based on the authorization amount. This is important to understand when using Pay with Rewards at gas stations and restaurants. Gas stations frequently authorize for $1 prior to pumping gas. Restaurants receive authorization for the amount of the bill not including the tip. Therefore, your pay with rewards credit in either of these instances may be different from the amount of the actual transaction.

Q: When would it be best to order a gift card vs. using Pay with Rewards™?

A: Unless you intend to give the gift card as a gift, Pay with Rewards is faster and more convenient. No more waiting for the card to arrive in the mail! Pay with Rewards can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted, so you are no longer limited to the gift card merchant list.

Please note: When redeeming Reward Points for Gift Cards delivery can take 3-4 weeks.

Q: Can Mastercard Pay with Rewards be used at any merchant?

A: Mastercard Pay with Rewards can be used anywhere Mastercard is accepted. By using the Pay with Rewards option, you can determine where and when you’d like to redeem them.

Q: Is there an additional fee for Mastercard Rewards and Mastercard Pay with Rewards?

A: No, there is no additional fee to participate in Mastercard Rewards or to use Pay with Rewards. It’s one of the many benefits of being an Empower Mastercard credit cardholder. Nominal fees will apply when using the travel tool.

Q: How will the travel rewards change?

A: Redeeming points for travel is even easier! Use the online booking tool to arrange for air, hotel, car rental or other activities. Minimum points required for booking are 2,500 points per ticket. Nominal fees will apply.

*This gives you the option to receive a reimbursement for all of your purchases where you want, when you want. A credit is applied to your account. Funds for the entire purchase must be available at the time of purchase. Minimum threshold for redeeming Pay with Rewards is an option.

† Empower Business Debit Mastercard, Business Credit Mastercard, Empower Debit Mastercard and Empower HSA Debit are excluded from the rewards program.

†† The online booking tool may require fees associated with certain types of travel.

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