How to earn and spend Hero Points

Screen Shot 2024-04-30 at 6.38.52 pm

Have you heard about Hero Points? They’re a special benefit created by Swag to help you make every dollar go further. You can use them on gift cards, movie tickets, electronics – even your next coffee or bus fare!  

At Swag, we love making employment easier and more valuable for everyone – and our team uses benefits like Hero Points to make our money go further every day. But just how much further? 

Today we’re exploring what you can do with Hero Points, and how you can earn more of them to treat yo’ self (without spending a cent). 

Swag Tip: Have you checked your Hero Points lately? You may have some lying around that you don’t even know about. To take a look, head to the Swag app > Benefits > Hero Points. 

What are Hero Points?  

Hero Points are a special reward for a job well done, and they’re delivered through Swag. They can be awarded by your employer, or you can earn them directly through the app. They appear in the ‘Benefits’ section of your Swag app, and can be spent in the Benefits store. 

Your employer can award you Hero Points for work milestones, achieving goals, birthdays and much more. You can also earn Hero Points by completing challenges within the Swag app. 

Swag Tip: Want to earn extra Hero Points? Right now, we’re running a challenge with energy provider Engie where you can earn a whopping 2,000 Hero Points, just by switching energy providers through Swag. 

Here’s what you could do with 2,000 Hero Points: 

🛒 Cover the essentials (boring): Pay for your next lot of groceries with your Swag Spend Visa debit card. 

💆‍♀️Treat yo’ self: Grab yourself some Endota Spa products for an at-home spa day (+bonus cashback!). 

🍿Level-up your movie night: Experience the perfect movie night with a new Chromecast + snacks. 

🌹Make someone’s day: gift that special person with locally sourced flowers and gifts from LVLY. 

Why do we offer Hero Points?  

The simple answer? When people feel seen and rewarded for the work they do, they are happier and perform better at work. That’s why we make it super easy for employers to award Hero Points to reward and recognise their team members. 

Hero Points are just one in a bunch of Swag features that are designed to make your life easier and make your money stretch further. Here are some of our team’s favourites:

💰Swag Stash: Our team members love to divert their pay into 3 different Swag Stash accounts to optimise their savings – without having to have that awkward conversation with payroll about why they can’t be trusted to do it themselves.

💵 InstaPay: Getting paid as soon as you’ve earned it? Yes, please. Our team uses InstaPay to pay rent and bills on time, cover unexpected expenses, and buy groceries when things get tight before payday. Way better than relying on credit cards or Buy Now Pay Later.

🫰 Cashback: It’s retail therapy without the sticker shock. Our team uses cashback deals to get up to 20% off purchases from brands like The Iconic, Booking.com and The Good Guys.

Spending Hero Points

Hero Points can be used in a bunch of different ways — here are a few favourites: 

Spend Hero Points in the Benefits store 

The items in the Swag Benefits store are usually already discounted, and you can cut the cost even further by using your Hero Points towards purchasing them.

Use Hero Points to buy:

💸Discounted gift cards to JB HiFi, Big W, BCF and more. 2,085 Hero Points gets you a $100 gift card.

🎟️Discounted movie tickets: 874 Hero Points gets you 2x Adult movie tickets.

📱Electronics: There are a bunch of options in the Swag store – everything from drones to cameras and keyboards. You could get a Google Chromecast for 1,936 Hero Points, or level-up with a new Sonos for 6,889 Hero Points

💡Swag Tip💡You can buy discounted $100 JB HiFi, Big W, UberEats gift cards and much more with Hero Points! Just head to the ‘Benefits’ section of the Swag app. 

Our team saves every dollar they can by using Hero Points in the Swag Benefits store, on gift cards for Big W, Dan Murphy’s and other essential retailers. 

Convert Hero Points into cash 

Looking for a way to spend your Hero Points but don’t need anything in the Swag Store? You can now convert your Hero Points into cold hard cash with a Swag Spend account and Visa Debit card. Use them on coffee, groceries, bus fares – whatever you like. Head here to see how it works.

You can also use Hero Points in conjunction with other payment methods, like debit or credit cards or InstaPay. But unlike credit or debit cards, Hero Points have no credit card fees, so you’re paying less again.

How can I get Hero Points?

Some employers use Hero Points as part of their reward and recognition processes.

They can reward you for kicking goals, birthday bonuses, or work anniversaries.

Head to the Benefits section of the Swag app to see if there are already Hero Points in your account. The balance will be shown on the top right hand side of the Benefits homescreen.

How are other people using their Hero Points?

With literally thousands of items in Discounts, there are so many ways you can save. Here’s how others have used their Hero Points:

Adam, Customer Success Specialist

“I’ve started using the Hero Points earned through things like Recognition and anniversary celebrations to purchase Coles gift cards, which I can then use to top up my Opal card for travel to and from work. Not only does this put a dent in my travel budget, it also means that by Employment Hero showing their appreciation for me, but I can also show my appreciation right back by showing up to work!”

Veronica, Business Development Manager

“I love going to the movies, but it is usually so expensive in Australia. I wanted to have a look at how much this was going to cost me with the discount on Discounts, and I actually realised I had $50 Hero Points from my employer from Christmas. This allowed me to go to the cinema twice with my partner – completely for free!”

Nidhi, Customer Success Manager

“I usually use my Hero Points to buy Woolworths gift cards and top up my Opal card. It pretty much means free travel for the month and I can use that money elsewhere. I usually spend $30 a week on my commute, so depending on how many Hero Points I have, I save over $100 dollars a month. Or I use it to buy birthday presents for my family – they don’t need to know their $100 gift card didn’t cost me a cent!”

Charlotte, Talent Acquisition Specialist

“I have been wanting to try the Gold Class cinema for a while, so when I saw the discount through Discounts, I jumped at the chance! Watching a move whilst being served wine and dinner – all paid by my employer with Hero Points – was simply divine!”

Ready to check out Hero Points?

Download the Swag app and head to the Benefits tab in the top navigation bar. You’ll be able to see your Hero Points balance – now you just need to decide what to spend your Hero Points on!