Can You Use Store Loyalty Cards and Ibotta With Instacart?

According to the Business Insider Intelligence report, online grocery sales in the US will continue to increase in the upcoming years. With the high demand for online grocery shopping, delivery services like Instacart gained popularity among consumers.

In this article, I will answer the question if you can link store loyalty cards and Ibotta account with Instacart.

I researched this answer and here’s what I found:

Some grocery stores offer loyalty card integration with Instacart. You can add your loyalty or membership cards to Instacart and continue to receive store benefits. You can also link your Ibotta account with Instacart and start earning cashback. 

I will give you step-by-step instructions on how to link store loyalty cards and Ibotta account with InstacartJust keep on reading!

How to Add a Store Loyalty Card to Instacart Account?

Adding a store loyalty card to Instacart is an easy task. You can find the instructions below on how to do it using the Instacart app on your mobile device:

  1. Open the Instacart app and tab profile icon on the top left corner
  2. Tap “Your account settings” and then tap “Loyalty cards”
  3. Tap on a retailer to enter your card/membership number
  4. Enter your loyalty card or membership number
  5. Tap “Add” to save your card

Please note that Instacart cannot confirm the application of your loyalty card on their end. If you’re having issues with adding your loyalty card, you should contact the grocery store directly with your Instacart receipt.

Another important callout is you may not receive the promotional prices associated with your loyalty card. It’s because each store has its own pricing policy on Instacart. Consumers often pay higher than in-store prices on Instacart in addition to the delivery and service fees.

I wrote a separate article on how to save money on Instacart orders. You can check out that article to find out more information.

How to Link Ibotta Account and Earn Cashback With Instacart?

Ibotta is my favorite app to save on groceries! It’s a rebate system with many offers to help you save money on groceries, household items, and more.

If you haven’t downloaded the Ibotta app yet, you can download it here.

Ibotta recently announced that you could earn cashback for items purchased on Instacart.

It is great news for grocery shoppers because it brings the two powerhouses together and increases grocery savings.

You can follow the steps below to link your Ibotta account with Instacart on your mobile device:

  1. Open your Ibotta app and type Instacart in the search box
  2. It will bring up Instacart under the “Retailers” section
  3. Tap the Instacart logo and open the Instacart page
  4. Tap “Link Instacart Account”
  5. Enter your Instacart e-mail and password
  6. Allow Ibotta to receive purchase history by sliding “Share purchase history?” toggle to the right
  7. It may take a few minutes or a few hours to link your accounts – An e-mail confirmation is sent when the accounts are linked.
  8. Once the accounts are successfully linked, you can browse offers on Ibotta under the Instacart gallery (Make sure to add offers in Ibotta app under the Instacart gallery to earn cash back)
  9. You can now shop using the Instacart app or on their website.
  10. Your cashback will be added to Ibotta within 24 hours of Instacart delivery.

Does Instacart Offer Its Own Loyalty or Rewards Program?

No, unfortunately, Instacart does not offer a loyalty or rewards program. However, they have a good referral program. You can refer up to 5 friends to earn a maximum of $50. Instacart pays you $10 for every referral who signs up for an account and places their first order.

Here’s how you can refer your friends to Instacart:

  1. Open the Instacart app and tab profile icon on the top left corner
  2. Tap “Invite Friends”
  3. Tap “Find Contacts” to send invites to friends on your contacts list OR
  4. You can share your referral link via text message, Facebook, or e-mail

7 Grocery Store Loyalty Cards You Should Add to Instacart

1. Kroger

Kroger expanded its grocery delivery by partnering with Instacart and made the service available at over 1,600 stores. 

If you already have Kroger’s Shopper’s Card, you can add it to your Instacart account and continue to receive points for items purchased on Instacart.

You can use those points towards gas purchases.

2. Costco

Costco started its partnership with Instacart back in 2016. Costco offers same-day delivery at all clubs in the US.

Instacart announced in June 2020 that its partnership with Costco expanded to include 76 clubs in Canada.  

If you have a Costco membership card, you should add it to your Instacart account. It allows Costco to track your purchases through your membership card.

It is easier to return an item to Costco if you add your Costco membership card to Instacart at the time of purchase. This way, Costco can see a record of you purchasing that item.

If you are an Executive Costco member, you may be eligible for a 2% cashback on Instacart purchases. 

3. Sam’s Club

Sam’s Club and Instacart joined forces back in 2018. Instacart offers same-day delivery to Sam’s Club customers in 1,000 zip codes across the US.

If you already have a Sam’s Club membership, you can add your card information to Instacart and start saving money.

Sam’s Club members who add their membership card to Instacart pay lower prices than non-members.

4. Publix

Publix first announced its partnership with Instacart in July 2016. Publix plans to bring same-day delivery to all stores in 2020.

If you have a Club Publix loyalty card, you can add it to your Instacart account and redeem most of the BOGO deals Publix offers.

Printed and digital coupons are not redeemable through Instacart at this time.

5. Stop & Shop

One of the largest grocery stores in the Northeast, Stop & Shop, recently expanded its partnership with Instacart and now offers same-day grocery delivery from its 321 locations. 

If you add Stop & Shop loyalty card to your Instacart account, you can receive points for items purchased on Instacart. You can use these points towards gas purchases.

6. ShopRite

ShopRite’s Price Plus Club Card is another loyalty card that you should add to your Instacart account.

It allows you to receive points on Instacart purchases and be eligible for special offers from Shoprite, such as free holiday items.

7. BJ’s Wholesale Club

BJ’s Wholesale Club announced its partnership with Instacart in March 2018. BJ’s offers same-day delivery from all its clubs on the East Coast.

If you have a BJ’s Wholesale Club membership, you can add your card information to Instacart.

It allows BJ’s to start tracking your Instacart purchases through your membership card.

If you have BJ’s Perk Rewards membership, you may be eligible for a 2% cashback on Instacart purchases. 

Summary

Instacart is one of the online delivery services worth trying. Their delivery service is now accessible to more than 85% of US households across 50 States.

The company has partnerships with more than 400 national and regional grocery chains with over 30,000 stores in the US and Canada.

It is a great convenience to have same-day delivery from major supermarket chains like Kroger, Albertsons, Costco, Publix, and Aldi.

Instacart also partners with local retailers to deliver specialty items to your home.

In this article, we learned that some stores offered loyalty card integration with Instacart.

If you have a loyalty, rewards, or membership card from your favorite grocery stores, I would recommend checking the Instacart app first to find out if you can add it. This way, you can continue to receive store benefits for items purchased on Instacart.

We also learned that you could link your Instacart account with Ibotta to earn cashback. Ibotta always has offers available, and they update the app regularly to include the latest deals.

Related Articles:

9 Tips to Save Money on Instacart Orders

Written by Erol

Erol has over 12 years of experience in the consumer goods industry. He launched many successful products for major brands, which are sold at big retailers like Walmart, Costco, Amazon, Target, Kroger, Publix, and more. He likes to write and share his experience with others. Outside of work, you can find him at a hiking trail in New England, or playing soccer with his kids.

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