Samsung Pay rewards points have been decreased by half this week as Samsung made changes to the rewards program. If you're unfamiliar, the program is fairly standard, rewarding Samsung Pay users with points for every purchase they make using Samsung Pay as their payment method, and there are four different tiers for the member status including member, silver, gold, and platinum. As of now and moving forward the rewards points tiers for purchases will be decreased by half to 5 points, 10 points, 15 points, and 20 points, which are for the member, silver, gold, and platinum tiers respectively.
It doesn't appear that Samsung has made any sort of official announcement about the rewards points changes, but those who use Samsung Pay for purchases used to get 10, 20, 30, and 40 points per purchase based on the tier they were in. Also worth noting is that the amount of purchases you have to make each month to be in a certain tier has not changed. So for example, you'll still need to make at least 30 purchases per month if you want to be a platinum tier rewards member but you'll get half the points for anything you buy each time you buy something.
In addition to this, there is still a ceiling on how many purchases can be attributed to your point earnings, which caps out at 50 purchases before no more points can be redeemed in a month. This means if you make 50 purchases, you'll be a platinum member, and the max amount of points you can earn in that month will now be 1,500 points when it used to be 3,000. For those that are loyal Samsung Pay users and actually did redeem their points for stuff, or were hoping to rack up enough points to pick up some of the more big ticket rewards items, the process will take longer than it used to, and that may be a bit of a letdown for some consumers. That said, Samsung doesn't have to offer rewards at all but then again it does want its customers to use Samsung Pay, and the rewards points are the incentive, so cutting them in half may result in less people using it. It's also entirely possible that Samsung's aim was to convince more people to use Samsung Pay since it'll take more purchases to accrue more points.