Department of Marketing
The role of computational ease on the decision to spend loyalty program points
Many consumers today hold loyalty program points which function as a currency, but are not cash. This paper examines factors that influence consumers' decisions to keep or spend their accumulated points. We found that consumers are more likely to spend points when they can easily anticipate the benefits they can enjoy with the points. Specifically, the decision to spend points is facilitated when it is easier to compute the percentage savings one can get by using the points. This computational ease has effects on point spending beyond that of saving magnitude. © 2010 Society for Consumer Psychology.
Source Publication Title
Journal of Consumer Psychology
Link to Publisher's Edition
Kwong, J., Soman, D., & Ho, C. (2011). The role of computational ease on the decision to spend loyalty program points. Journal of Consumer Psychology, 21 (2), 146-156. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jcps.2010.08.005