Citi ThankYou Points can now be used to purchase on BestBuy.com

Minneapolis, MN, 2016-Apr-09 — /EPR Retail News/ — Forget checking the couch cushions for spare change. It’s time to check your credit card rewards balance for unused points instead.

Best Buy customers can now use Citi ThankYou Points to pay for all or a portion of most purchases made on BestBuy.com, making it easy and convenient to redeem their points for top tech products.

Consumer electronics are already among the most sought-after redemption categories in the ThankYou Rewards program, and this partnership offers a new, more versatile way for Citi ThankYou members to get items they want the most.

It’s a big win for consumers because they’re now able to redeem points toward virtually any product sold at BestBuy.com, not just a preselected assortment in a rewards catalog. Plus, they can take advantage of sale prices, and they can opt forStore Pickup to get their order right away. (Customers will be able to return items at any Best Buy store, as well.)

“Our partnership with Best Buy is another important milestone for on-demand points redemption that offers members the flexibility to choose to cover all or part of any purchase made on BestBuy.com,” said Mary Hines, Citi’s managing director for benefits, new product development and global rewards.

The partnership between Best Buy and Citi is part of a broader trend of consumers being able to use rewards points as currency. Last year, Best Buy and American Express teamed up to launch “Pay With Points,” to allow customers to redeem their American Express Membership Rewards points to pay for all purchases at BestBuy.com (except e-gift cards).

To pay with points, Citi or American Express rewards members can simply visit BestBuy.com, select the items they wish to buy and enter an eligible credit card at checkout. They can then view their available points balance and select how many points they would like to apply, up to the full purchase amount. After completing the purchase, the full amount will be billed to the customer’s credit card statement. They will receive a statement credit for the dollar value of the points used within 24 to 48 hours.

As technology continues to evolve, so, does the way shoppers pay for goods and services. That’s why Best Buy gives our customers many options. In addition to the old staples of cash, checks and credit cards, we also accept mobile payment platforms such Apple Pay, Android Pay and Samsung Pay, as well as Visa Checkout, PayPal and now AmEx and Citi rewards points.

So go check your rewards balance for unused points. You might just be able to turn them into that new TV or smartphone you’ve been saving up for.

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SOURCE: Best Buy

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The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

Richfield, MN, 2016-Feb-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — The buzz is no longer virtual: Oculus Rift, the highly anticipated virtual reality system, is available for pre-order today on BestBuy.com.

Virtual reality, or VR, is a new technology that allows users to immerse themselves in lifelike locations — like a packed concert or the depths of the ocean — using a headset that’s paired with a PC, smartphone or other device. The technology lets you live in your favorite video game or even virtually “hang out” with friends from the comfort of your own home. The possibilities are endless, and this is the year VR becomes more accessible to consumers.

Many gamers and tech types are super excited about the new devices. Many others have questions  about the new technology and its uses.

Best Buy Blue Shirt Sid Demesa is here to help.

Sid is a sales consultant at Best Buy in Los Angeles by day and a hardcore gamer by night. His passion for technology extends beyond his shifts at Best Buy, as he spends his free time listening to gaming podcasts and keeping up with the latest VR news. He took some time out of his busy day to answer a few questions about the new technology.

1.   What are you most excited about when it comes to VR?
It’s the evolution of the television, where you’re no longer confined to a fixed screen when viewing media, whether it’s a movie, your favorite TV show or a video game. By putting on a headset, VR allows you to experience it firsthand. I’m most excited about the impact it will have on video games and creative works, such as movies.

2.   Is it only for gamers?
No. It’s true that VR will create a deeper gaming experience because video games already are so interactive and PC gaming, specifically, intersects well with VR. But there are, and will be more, practical uses for the devices. Imagine training for surgery; touring a new house or cool city from afar; attending sporting events, or even seeing the president’s speech as though you were in the front row – all through VR. Those are just some of the uses, and we will see many more.

3.  How should customers prepare for virtual reality?
PC gaming systems play a big role in VR.  For most experiences, customers need a high-powered, compatible computer. (For example, to pre-order the Oculus Rift headset through Best Buy, you’ll need to choose one of seven Oculus-ready PCs to go with it.) Other systems, like the Samsung Gear, require a compatible Samsung smartphone.

4. What is the one thing people should know about VR?
People shouldn’t feel intimidated. This is the future. Virtual reality has the potential to change the way we consume our media.

5. Where can you find content, such as games and movies?
Because VR is still very new, content is constantly being developed.  Customers can download content for platforms like Samsung Gear and Oculus Rift from the Oculus Store.

Pre-order Oculus Rift on BestBuy.com now. It should be available later this spring.

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The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

The highly anticipated virtual reality system Oculus Rift now available for pre-order on BestBuy.com

BestBuy.com started free shipping with no minimum order required from Oct. 25, 2015

Minneapolis, MN, 2015-10-26 — /EPR Retail News/ — Customers starting to tackle their holiday shopping lists early will enjoy free shipping on all orders starting this Sunday.

BestBuy.com will offer free shipping with no minimum order required from Oct. 25, 2015, through Jan. 2, 2016, on all items sold by and shipped from Best Buy.1

It’s one of several new offerings at Best Buy this holiday season:

  • Best Buy Mobile App Live Chat: You can now get in-the-moment help through BlueAssist, a new in-app live-chat feature that brings expert service to the palm of your hand with the simple touch of a button (or a simple shake of the phone while in the app). Download the app by texting APP to 332211, searching “Best Buy” in the Apple App Store or Google Play or by clickinghere.
  • Free Setup by Geek Squad on Top Tech Gifts: Give your recipients free Geek Squad setup on many products on the Best Buy top tech gift list. When you buy a qualifying gift, you will receive instructions to pass along to your recipient on how to set up a one-on-one appointment with a Geek Squad Agent. Visit BestBuy.com/FreeSetup starting Nov. 1 to find out which gifts qualify for free setup.
  • The Gift of Geek Squad: It’s easy to give your loved ones a Geek Squad house call for tech setup and troubleshooting help. Starting Sunday, Best Buy stores will offer a limited-edition Gift of Geek Squad package good for an hour of in-home tech setup and support. The packages are available for $99.99 and $149.99 and can be used on a range of services supporting computers, tablet and mobile devices, TV/video, router/Wi-Fi connections, and more.
  • Nov. 7 Special Holiday Shopping Events: All Best Buy stores will offer Black Friday-like deals on this year’s hottest gifts on Saturday, Nov. 7. Special holiday shopping events will take place in 400 participating Best Buy stores from 1 to 5 p.m. local time. Go to BestBuy.com/ShoppingEvent starting Oct. 29 to find a nearby participating store. The in-store events will feature robot and virtual reality demos run by Geek Squad Agents; a free tech gift for the first 100 customers, and the chance to win one of five $1,000 Best Buy gift cards through a Twitter sweepstakes.

1Customers will enjoy free shipping on all items sold by and shipped from Best Buy from Oct. 25, 2015 through Jan. 2, 2016. Eligible items will have Standard Shipping automatically selected in the shopping cart.  Select Marketplace items, some scheduled delivery items and items displaying an “In Store Only” message are not available for free shipping. Starting Sunday, customers can visit  BestBuy.com/Shipping for more information.

SOURCE: Best Buy

amiibo fans can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo only on BestBuy.com

Richfield, MN, 2015-10-14 — /EPR Retail News/ — Hey amiibo fans. Today’s a great day.

You can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo right now – only on BestBuy.com.

There’s a limit of one Falco amiibo per customer as quantities will be limited, so make sure to secure yours today.

Then mark your calendars for Nov. 20 to head to your local Best Buy to get your hands on it.

The amiibo is compatible with a variety of games, including Super Smash Bros.

It’s as simple as tapping Falco to your Wii U GamePad or new Nintendo 3DS XL to bring him to life and expand your game play.

Click here for more amiibo info, and make sure to check out savings on WiiU titles, in addition to Friday’s Launch of Yoshi’s Wooley’s World.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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amiibo fans can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo only on BestBuy.com

amiibo fans can pre-order Nintendo’s Falco amiibo only on BestBuy.com

Surface Book laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, Band 2 can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores

Richfield, MN, 2015-10-8 — /EPR Retail News/ — Microsoft announced two new additions to its Surface family: the Surface Book, a powerful new laptop, and the Surface Pro 4 tablet.

The company also unveiled its latest wearable device, the Band 2.

The new Surface devices will arrive in stores on Oct. 26, but can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores. The Band 2 is available on Oct. 30, but you can also preorder now.

If you’re eager to see the new Surface Pro 4 but don’t want to wait weeks to check it out, you can visit any Windows Store at Best Bu
y starting tomorrow to test one.

With a 13.5-inch detachable screen and more than 6 million pixels, the new Surface Book is created for people who want more power and capabilities from their laptop. It can also be used as a lightweight clipboard that feels natural to write on, and it can still run full desktop apps.

The Surface Pro 4, with a 12.3-inch screen, is the thinnest and fastest Surface Pro yet. It features a new pen with an eraser feature, and new ways to integrate with Cortana. The keyboard is sold separately and can be found in a variety of colors on BestBuy.com and in stores.

The Band 2 is a sleeker way to track your activity, heart rate and sleep. It also sends you email, text and calendar alerts so you can stay productive on-the-go.

Read what Microsoft has to say about its new products here.

To find a Best Buy store near you, click here.

SOURCE: Best Buy

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Surface Book laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, Band 2 can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores

Surface Book laptop, Surface Pro 4 tablet, Band 2 can be preordered now at BestBuy.com and in all Best Buy stores