Five new ways to use LEGO VIP points

It’s all change for the LEGO VIP scheme, with new ways for fans to spend those patiently accumulated points – Brick Fanatics counts down five of the new options

LEGO fans are used to the VIP scheme as it has operated since the introduction of plastic cards, accumlating points on purchases at shop.LEGO.com and LEGO Stores to convert into gift vouchers. It has had a make-over, with new ways to spend points and new ways to earn them. Some of the new opportunites have the potential to be quite appealing, so Brick Fanatics is checking out five ways fans can now use LEGO VIP points…

Gift with purchase exclusives

It looks like left over stock from ‘gift with purchase’ promotions will now be available through the VIP program. When LEGO Creator Expert 10265 Ford Mustang launched back in March, those buying it first also received a free, exclusive key ring. That same key ring is now available for 1,000 VIP points, which is approximately £6.00 worth if they were converted into gift vouchers. For those who miss these items initially, this could be a great new way to get them later.

LEGOLAND tickets

With the LEGO Group’s owning family buying back the LEGOLAND theme parks, there are more opportunities ahead for synergy between the theme parks and the rest of the brand. This is a neat example of how that might manifest itself, as VIP points can now be exchanged for tickets to LEGOLAND parks, LEGOLAND Discovery Centres and the LEGO House in Billund.

The old-fashioned way

Okay, so this isn’t new exactly – points can still be converted into money off orders at shop.LEGO.com, although a solution for in-store and phone purchases is still ‘coming soon’. What has improved is the number of points that need to be traded in – £5 worth of LEGO credit costs just 800 points instead of the previous 1,000 points, which means when double point promotions roll around they will be even more appealing.

Updated: A change in the way points are calculated means that the value has in fact not increased.

Sweepstakes

For a small number of points, there are prize draws to enter as well, just the one for now, but there will likely be more further down the line. A family trip to the LEGOLAND Florida Resort with flights and a VIP tour guide included is nothing to be sniffed at – the winner will no doubt consider the points well spent.

Rare sets

5005490 Bat-Pod was a very limited run set back in 2015, and was available when the new VIP Reward Centre launched for 15,000 points. It is now sold out, but was certainly a nice, albeit brief, opportunity. Hopefully this indicates that hard-to-find items can be made available through the scheme to dedicated fans who might not have other opportunities to aquire them.

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Graham

Graham is the Editor of BrickFanatics.com, with plenty of experience working on LEGO related projects. He has contributed to various websites and publications on topics including niche hobbies, the toy industry and education. If you would like to get involved with Brick Fanatics, as a builder, writer or photographer – then please contact Graham at graham@brickfanatics.com.

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One thought on “Five new ways to use LEGO VIP points

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    11/07/2019 at 22:45
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    This has to be one of the worst things Lego has done.
    It used to be a nice, simple system. £1, $1, or 1EUR got you 1 point. Get 100 of them (where did the 1000 figure come from Graham?) and you got £5, $5 or 5EUR off your next purchase. Now we have some strange, arbitrary figure applied so that 800 points is now required to get £5 off, or 650 points to get $5 off. Of course, much like decimalisation (and yes, I am old enough to remember that happening here in the UK) every reward has been rounded up to the nearest 100 or 1000 points, so in reality everything has now become more expensive.
    You want to go to a Lego shop and use your points? Well, you have to get a voucher online first. No more popping in to a store on a whim and using your points to treat yourself to something. Instead, after getting your voucher you are then on a clock, and have thirty days in which to use it otherwise your reward vanishes into the digital ether.
    Finally, and what I really cannot get my old head around, is that rewards will now be offered that allow you to win prizes such as the sweepstake to win a trip to legoland in Florida. A really cool prize but…hang on…a sweepstake that you have to purchase a ticket for (even though it is with points)….is that not gambling?
    Are we really introducing gambling to children Lego? Is this what Ole Kirk Christiansen really wanted to see his invention turn into?

    Think again please.

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