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Information for Cardholders

Wildcard Advantage businesses and organizations offer discounts when you show your Wildcard at the time of payment or at the time of offer. These discount offers are subject to change without notice. If you have questions regarding a specific discount, contact the business or organization directly for more information.

About the Program

The Wildcard Advantage is a free discount program, solely offering more than 300 independent businesses who are not affiliated with Northwestern the opportunity to provide and promote deals and discounts to Northwestern students, faculty, and staff. 

New businesses choose to join primarily based on word of mouth: they see the Wildcard Advantage stickers in other shop windows, business owners recommend it to other business owners, students inquire if they offer a Northwestern discount, etc. We do reach out to new businesses occasionally, but the majority of new applications are a result of referrals. Interested businesses apply for participation using the approved Wildcard Advantage Application Form. Once submitted, the application is reviewed by Northwestern to determine eligibility and compliance with provisions of program policy. If the application is approved, Northwestern will authorize the business's discount information to be displayed on the Wildcard Advantage program website. Businesses provide all information for their individual listings and are responsible for informing Northwestern of any listing changes. 

Any new applicants must have a physical location near Northwestern's Evanston or Chicago campus. We are currently not accepting online businesses unless they have a store in close proximity to either the Evanston or Chicago campus. Northwestern reserves the right to deny applications.

Finding a Participating Business

Once accepted, businesses are given complimentary window stickers with the Wildcard Advantage logo that they are instructed to display clearly and prominently so members of the Northwestern community know they participate in the program. Keep an eye out for those when you patronize a shop.

Program Guidelines

There is no binding legal agreement or participation fee. Businesses fill out our application form and decide themselves what discount they would like to offer and to whom. They may opt out of the program at any time. A business's participation in the Wildcard Advantage program does not constitute or create a contract or an agent relationship between the business and Northwestern. Participation in the program is separate and distinct from a Preferred Vendor contract with Northwestern's Procurement and Payment Services.

Northwestern does not subsidize any discounts offered by any participating Wildcard Advantage business. Northwestern is not responsible for transactions and/or disputes resulting from the use of this program and does not promote or endorse any goods or services these businesses may provide. Inclusion of a product or service in the program is not a guarantee by Northwestern of the quality or performance of a product or service.

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