Pre-sale for the upcoming Bloomingdales friends and family promotion has started. The sale officially begins later this week but those in-the-know can start pre-saling their purchases in stores now. The discount is 25% off fashion and home and 20% off jewelry. Online shoppers can use the code FRIENDS.
In the past, the exclusions haven't been too extensive. Designer collections, beauty and fragrance are never included in the promotion. To make up for the lack of beauty discounts, many brands offer a generous gift with purchase incentive.
If you're interested in buying designer merchandise, including Chanel, we suggest you take advantage of Bloomingdale's Power Points. For the term of friends and family you can earn $25 Power Points for every $100 you spend. That means that if you purchase $2000 Prada boots and you will receive a $500 gift card that can be applied-- in 60-days-- to anything in the store. To get your Power Points you must be a loyalist but that really means signing up for a rewards card.
We admit that Bloomingdales can sometimes be a nightmare to shop --too much merchandise, too many promotion exclusions, conflicting incentives. Friends have had lots of luck taking advantage of in-store pickup. Online product pages have a "In-Store Pickup" button and you can have all your purchases pulled and awaiting for you at the customer service department on the 3rd floor. Once you get there, you can try everything on and only take the items you like.
This season, some Bloomingdales highlights include Fenty Puma x Rihanna, the launch of Charlotte Tilbury, and, oh, who would ever want to miss the relaunch of Juicy Couture? We've also noticed that Bloomies seems to get the best designer exclusives.
The friends and family promotion runs through Sunday, October 2 and the discount can also be applied to sale items. There are few better things than a sale on a sale.