People are only just realising their McDonald's loyalty points have expiry dates

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If you're a keen McDonald's fan you will always be in the know about new menu changes, savings and offers - but did you know that you can rack up loyalty points? Finally, the more burgers we eat the more it can pay off as McDonald's newly launched a loyalty points scheme for the biggest of the Big Mac fans.

You can rack the points up with every penny you spend, and once you hit 1,500 points you can start to reap the benefits and claim some free goodies, as several items can become free if you have enough points. Fan favourites such as McFlurries, and breakfast meals can be scooped up with points.

If you order and pay on the McDonald's app the points will get automatically added, and if you pay in-store or at the drive-thru till, you can get a one-time code - available in the "code" section of your app. So when people started to realise their points can expire, one Maccies fan shared on Facebook that she went around the drive-thru two times to make the most of her points before they expired.

She wrote: "Never really took note of the McDonald’s reward points until I had a notification to say they were expiring. Well worth it, [you] can only add five items per order so went around twice. Had to pay for the milkshake, smoothie and one meal, didn't think a third time through drive-thru was appropriate but all this for less than £13."

And people have flocked to the comments to share their dismay, as one fan commented on the post: "Oh how soon do the points expire? What time frame do you need to use them?" and another shared "I didn't know they expire! I have 42,350 when did it say yours would expire?" And: "I didn't know they expire either until I got a notification and email yesterday to say some of mine would expire on September 1! I'll be making sure I use them up."

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You can check your points on the MyMcDonad's app in the 'rewards and offers' tab, and you can also check when they will expire in the 'history' section to be sure you don't lose them. McDonald's states the points are available on the last day of the 12th month after you earned them so if you earn points on June 1, 2023, you can use these points up until June 30, 2024, luckily you will also get a heads up a month before they expire to tempt you into spending them before they go.

So if you want to know what goodies you can get free, you'll need the following points to get each item:

1,500 points

  • Small fries
  • Medium salad
  • Regular McCafe hot drink
  • Mini McFlurry
  • Hash brown
  • Regular drink

2,500 points

  • Veg Deluxe
  • Bacon Mayo Chicken
  • Cheesy Bacon Flatbread
  • medium fries
  • Double Cheeseburger
  • Apple Pie

4000 points

  • Big Mac
  • Double sausage egg McMuffin
  • Large crispy chicken salad
  • 6 chicken McNuggets
  • McChicken sandwich
  • McPlant
  • Fillet- O-Fish

5,500 points

  • McSpicy
  • Mighty McMuffin
  • McCrispy
  • Double Quarter Pounder with cheese

Niamh Kirk

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