Wouldn’t it be great to be rewarded for making good choices? Track your activities like walking and cycling to win prizes, collect points and redeem them on high street gift vouchers or donate them to your favourite charity.
BetterPoints is ideal if you’d like to ditch the car and opt for other greener ways to get around, for your health and for the environment. It’s easy to get proper rewards for doing good things:
- Install the app and register
- Join a reward programme
- Track some activities
- Earn BetterPoints
- Redeem your points or donate to a charity of your choice
As seen on BBC News as the app that gives you free beer for cycling: https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/stories-45940844/the-city-that-gives-you-free-beer-for-cycling “Every time you take a sustainable journey, you log it on an app. At the end of the trip, you get points which can be cashed in for rewards. They are kind of like air-miles, the more journeys you do, the more points you get and once you have enough, you can choose a reward”. BBC
Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_xGDS7EEPOk
Here’s what people have found about using the app:
“I find BetterPoints is great for motivating me to cycle and walk that bit further and for tracking my route. Choosing to donate points to charity or reward yourself is also a fantastic incentive.”
“The app was easy to download and I liked it so much that I got my sister, husband and daughter on it too! As a family we’re looking at a healthier lifestyle and it’s a great incentive. I also like the fact that it’s designed around my community and what’s local to me.”
“I really like that you can choose to donate some or all of your points to local groups as it means we get double the value – people getting more active and money being spent in Salford on good causes!”
“BetterPoints gave me the nudge I needed to get off my posterior and get back into being more active.”
“What started out as "Oh well, let's see if I can earn the odd voucher" has genuinely changed my habits!”
“BetterPoints is more than the rewards, it's meeting goals and then looking back and self-reflecting, and realising how far I've come makes me feel really proud of my achievement.”
“The BetterPoints app is really easy to use, well laid out and provides goals and rewards all displayed in one place. I find myself wanting to walk for longer periods of time to see the points add up, me and my son have opted to walk to and from school rather than going in the car.”
The BetterPoints app uses the GPS to record the length of your journeys to allow us to award BetterPoints and BetterTickets.
We do our best to minimise battery use while tracking activities, but note that continued use of GPS running in the background can dramatically decrease battery life. We recommend a full charge overnight.
If you have any problems using the app, please email firstname.lastname@example.org - we’ll try our best to help you!
- Activities are now green in the timeline
- For some users, automatically-tracked activities are in orange and can be changed to different activity types before they are confirmed, allowing them to correct any activities that the system hasn't correctly identified or for public transport options.
- Allow some vouchers to be used entirely within the app
- Rename notification channels to make them more understandable
- Performance improvements
- Fixes & tweaks etc
Ratings and Reviews
It sounds very good, you are active and rewarded with points and vouchers. However not every time, it seems to cap your points after a couple of activities per week and doesn’t give you any points at all, no matter how long the activity. Kind of demotivating to use it every time. Also the estimation of miles done is completely inaccurate lately, not sure why. But occasionally you may get a small voucher. Oh and there is a catch there too - you cannot use it unless you register, so the retailer has your details! And that’s really not ok.
Developer Response ,
If you are in a funded programme there is usually a maximum number of BetterPoints you can earn for the week. But further activities count towards how active you are each week and towards medals (see the Progress tab of the app.)
If there is any discrepancy in the miles you think you've done and what has been tracked, have you written into us to flag this us? We can make recommendations as needed.
Incentives massively reduced, not recommended
When I first started using this app the incentives were much better (as in, you actually received points for your activities if you did enough!).
However, the scheme changed a few months ago to a “prize draw” approach to give points. Since then my points have completely stagnated (I have yet to ever be drawn in a prize draw for points) and it doesn’t matter how much activity you do, you cannot increase your points unless you are one of the lucky ones whose name gets pulled in the prize draw. Not motivating at all.
Automatic tracking is not great, although it would be acceptable if points could be gained on a more regular basis. All in all, good idea, poorly executed with diminished incentives since the scheme changed.
I would no longer recommend this app.
Developer Response ,
Sorry to hear that you're not happy with the app. Since you no longer live in a funded programme area - you can still use the app to see how active you've been as well as what virtual medals you have earned. The more active you are, the more BetterTickets you can earn into the prize draws - that would increase your chances of winning.
Great for encouragement and doing my bit
I enjoy using the app to track and monitor my walking and running each week. I’m quite competitive with myself so trying to beat my own times and distances encourages me even more.
New features are being added all the time and having automatic tracking means I don’t have to remember to track it manually each time.
I like the fact I can donate to my favourite local charities and knowing I am doing my bit to help.
- BetterPoints Limited
- 77.6 MB
Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
- Age Rating
- Rated 4+
- This app may use your location even when it isn't open, which can decrease battery life.
- © 2019 BetterPoints Ltd
Up to six family members will be able to use this app with Family Sharing enabled.