Posted by Lara M under General  on Feb 25 2016

For more than 10 years, PokitPal has delivered sweet savings to students through the PokitPal app and booklet. In 2016, the student’s life is going to get a whole lot better with a national student rewards program. 

We’ve teamed up with Bendigo Bank to create a PokitPal Debit MasterCard that gives the student discounts, rewards and points when they use the card.  As always PokitPal is dedicated to making the student dollar go further and we now deliver Australia’s largest student discount network. 

To enjoy even more discounts and rewards simply apply for your FREE PokitPal Debit MasterCard at any Bendigo Bank branch (or apply now online in minutes).  Within 3-5 days you will have your card and open up a whole new world of rewards. 

Simply link your PokitPal Debit MasterCard to the PokitMoney section of the app to access exclusive deals. We’re talking anytime offers from the big brands including the likes of BWS, EB Games, Coles, Hoyts, Kmart, Woolworths, Rebel Sport and David Jones!
Using the debit card connects you to a discount without having to put your hand up and say, ‘Hey I’m the discount guy’. Your card simply identifies you as a PokitPal member and does the deal for you.  
The MyPokit section of the app keeps all of your good things in one place including your favourite deals, your savings, rewards and we’ll also be adding loyalty points at food franchises. 
What are you waiting for?  Apply now online at Bendigo Bank

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Posted by Lara M under General  on Sep 22 2015

Mobile discounts are still growing in Australia. In America, 79% of people shopped with coupons/discount vouchers in 2012. America has embraced mobile discount programs with a “why pay full price?” attitude and Australia is playing catch up.

Whilst we have access to daily deals sites and discounts on the back of shopping receipts, these really don’t have much of an impact or create a stir with consumers having a take it or leave it approach.

Mobile discounts however, are a game changer. Mobile discounts are convenient, hassle free and within arm’s reach at all times. Nothing must be too planned (pre-planning life through group buying is yesterday’s problem!).

If you’re looking to purchase, eat, drink or exercise then check the student discount app. Planning a night out- dinner, drinks and dancing? Visit locations that will look after you with a simple flash of your PokitPal mobile voucher.

Like those millions of people in America, we feel that if we play the game with our wits, we’ll never pay full price!

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Posted by Lara M under General  on Sep 11 2015

Well the sun is out (finally) and festival season is upon us! There’s something to look forward to pretty much every month (if not every week in your city) until the cool weather hits so it's time to get amongst it!
Big Sound – 9 – 11 September 2015
For three days, musicians, buyers and experts across the globe assemble to “explore the challenges of our ever-evolving industry and experience the next wave of music from Australia and beyond.”

Night times are filled with live events across 14 venues in Brisbane where networking, and partying are at the forefront. Features acts like Polish Club, Stonefield, Jesse Davidson, The John Steel Singers and Born Lion.
Stereosonic – November/December
One of the largest festivals on the calendar, this year’s two day dance party line up features big names like Axwell and Ingrosso, Diplo, Duke Dumont and Major Lazer. Skirts are high and shirts are off!
Meredith – December 11 - 13 December 2015

Designed as a party in the country for friends 25 years ago, Meredith festival combines music, nature, excursions, the environment, nonsense and a fantastic time. Meredith continues to keep the community feeling alive. This year catch the likes of The Peep Tempel, Ratatat, Briggs and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

Falls Festival – Dec 29 2015 to Jan 1 2016
New Year’s Eve is a fantastic time to get away with a bunch of mates and let loose! This festival has expanded out to three locations now – the old faithful at Lorne, plus Marion Bay and Byron.

To welcome 2016, you can celebrate with the Bloc Party, Courtney Barnett, Kurt Vile and the Violators, Elephant and Foals, to name a few.

Soundwave – January 2016

Despite reducing cities in recent years, Soundwave continues to be the biggest festival that has kept real to it’s true genre.
Only early line up announcements have taken place thus far with punters looking forward to catch Bring Me the Horizon, Refused, Bullet for my Valentine, Lordi, Northlane, Dead Letter Circus and Failure.

Laneway Festival – February 2016
Save the date(s)! One of the best festivals on the circuit, Laneway has certainly grown from its roots as weekly show in a tiny Melbourne bar.

The 2015 line up was massive, featuring acts like Caribou, Future Islands, FKA Twigs, Royal Blood and Flight Facilities.
Artists for 2016 have not yet been announced but there have been leaks and it seems we’ll definitely be getting a taste of Hudson Mohawke and Purity Ring.
Womadelaide – 11-14 March 2016
Womadelaide 2015 was another huge success with over 400 artists hitting seven stages over four days. Under the warm sun, attendees flowed in the breeze to First Aid Kit, Bombino, Orquesta Beuna Vista Social Club and Gotye and Djalu Gurruwiwi to name just a few.

This true world festival is filled with dancers, street theatre, artist conversations and workshops – you won't find more culture than this at a festival in the country.
Blues Fest – 24 March 2016
The first artist announcement is out (no games with the Blues Fest crew) and it’s looking good! Grab sets from The National, City and Colour and UB40.

If you’re looking for a chilled crowd and a place to wind up your festival season, then Blues Fest is the icing on your festival cake.

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Posted by Lara M under General  on Aug 17 2015

With spring just around the corner, it's time to plan your next getaway .... in a campervan! Sleep in the van or under the stars and enjoy all this wonderful country has to offer.

The good news is that PokitPal has FIVE seven-day campervan rentals from Traveller's Autobarn to giveaway!* Each winner will receive access to a campervan rental worth $650 (and the chance to fulfil their wildest dreams)!

To access this awesome student competition, all you have to do is head in to the app and SHARE a PokitPal student discount or REVIEW a PokitPal deal.  Why not do it when you're already in the app accessing those fabulous student savings?

Entries close 1 October, 2015 and every review or share counts as an entry. Put some effort in and you could be on your way to starring in your own version of Wolf Creek...!

Our good mates at Traveller's Autobarn provide all you need for road tripping whether it’s renting a camper van or buying a second hand car for your trip of a life time. Don’t forget with the PokitPal mobile voucher, you always score a $150 petrol voucher with any car purchase.

Terms & Conditions
Entries close 1/10/15.  To enter you must share or review a PokitPal discount from within the app.  Winners will be drawn from 5/10/15 and notified by email.  Winners must claim their prize within 48hrs or a redraw takes place.  The price is a 7 day rental in a Budgie Van or Stationwagon and must be returned to the same location.  Available at all Traveller's Autobarn locations.  Travel must be taken within 60 days of winning the prize.  Prize if not transferrable and can't be redeemed for cash.  Prize comes with $2,500 bond and option to take full cover package - $25/day.  Subject to availability (at least 7 days notice muct be given).  Not available from 15/12/15-15/01/16, Easter or any public holiday.  

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Posted by Lara M under General  on Jul 31 2015

Day One: We Arrived

 After two very long flights including a stop over in Abu Dhabi, Joh (my plus one) and I were very excited to finally arrive in London. We were fortunate that PokitPal allowed us to extend our stay in the United Kingdom to make the most of this amazing opportunity.

At London Heathrow airport we met our driver who drove like a mad man through the busy city streets to our hotel, located just a short walk from the North side of Hyde Park. Although it was still very bright outside, it was 10pm in England and we fell asleep almost immediately after check-in.
Day Two: Buckingham Palace, Marble Arch and MnM World

The sun shined through our hotel window at some ridiculous hour of the morning awakening both Joh and I who were very keen to start exploring the city. After shoveling down some croissants and yoghurt at breakfast, we raced outside into the surprisingly warm summer’s morning, and jumped on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour bus hosted by ‘The Original Tour.’ Our first stop was Marble Arch. We learnt that Marble Arch, now situated on a corner of Hyde Park, was originally the entrance to Buckingham Palace. It was built for Queen Victoria but it said that she didn’t like the design of it, so she had a carriage built too wide to fit through the arch, forcing it to be removed from the palace entrance.

After viewing the arch, we took a walk through Hyde Park and visited the Animal War Memorial, dedicated to all those animals that served or belonged to soldiers who served during World War I and II. There was a statue of a dog, a horse and there was even a glowworm that was carved into the memorial.

Next stop was our future home (in our dreams), Buckingham Palace. There was an enormous crowd gathered to spectate the ‘Changing of the Guards Ceremony,’ which happens at 11am each day. A few weeks earlier we saw a YouTube video of a tourist being barged over by the parade of guards so we were sure to stay clear of their path. While we were at the palace, we visited The Mews where the Royal Cars (mostly Rolls Royce), Royal Carriages and horses are kept.

When we got hungry for lunch, we made our way to Oxford Street for food and shopping. We were surprised how hot summer days in England were and I needed to purchase some summer clothes (was the excuse that I gave Joh so we could go shopping). Along Oxford Street we came across MnM World, and no one passes by MnM World without going inside their four-story building.

Day Three: River Thames Cruise, Tower of London and The London Eye
On ou
r third day in London, we again woke up early with excitement. There are so many things to see and do in this massive city that we didn’t want to waste any daylight hours (which seemed to be about 20 hours a day). We caught a ferry from The Elizabeth Tower, formerly The Clock Tower which inside holds Big Ben, down the River Thames. The cruise passed under London Bridge and the Tower Bridge to the Tower of London.
Joh and I then spent the rest of the day in the Tower of London. Both of us were pleasantly surprised at how interesting we found the history behind the tower. In previous years, it has had a variety of uses ranging from being a prison where it held some of Henry the VIII’s wives before their executions, to being used as a zoo. Today however, it is where the Crown Jewels of the Royal Family are kept.

In the evening we took a flight on The London Eye. We witnessed beautiful panoramic views of the city, and were even able to point out some of the places that we had visited.

Day Four: Exploring Whitechapel
Our last day in London was spent at Petticoat Lane Markets in Whitechapel. It was interesting to compare London markets to those in Australia, in particular our local Carrara Markets. The indoor section was filled with artwork and new clothing, made from local and upcoming designers. On the street, stalls included cheap and imported clothes, toys and other goods.

In the evening Joh and I went on a ‘Jack the Ripper’ walking tour. We were taken around the streets of Whitechapel visiting the murder sites of his victims and the pubs that he was likely to frequent. Our tour guide was very informative and knowledgeable about the life and times of Jack the Ripper. He pointed out errors made in movies that attempted to recreate the tale. The tour guide also noted flaws in many of the theories of the identity of Jack the Ripper.  

Day Five: Paris Bound

Another early start to the day, this time checking out of our hotel in London and catching the tube to St. Pancras International Train Station where we took the 9am Eurostar Train under the English Channel to Paris, France. We travelled passed beautiful French countryside and farms until we hit the busy Paris Nord train station.

From there we attempted to navigate our way to our hotel, struggling with how very little French we know. I let Joh do the navigating, as he seemed to have a much better sense of direction than myself. After check-in we had a little afternoon nap, before eating baguettes for lunch at a nearby restaurant. We wandered the streets around our hotel, which was probably not a major tourist attraction area compared to other parts of the city. We enjoyed observing the different culture and way of life of people living in France.

Day Six: Champs Élysées, Arc de Triumph and the Seine River cruise
Today we rode the ‘L’OpenTour’ hop-on, hop-off tour bus around the Paris. Joh and I got off the bus to walk 1.9km along the busy Champs Élysées street, to the Arc de Triumph at the end of the road. The arc stands in the middle of a round about, which is supposed to be seven unmarked lanes wide. The traffic that travels around this round about is crazy. Neither Joh or I could figure out the rules of this round about but somehow we never witnessed any crashes. Although Joh and I aren’t experts on art, we could appreciate the detail of the carvings in The Arc de Triumph.

In the late afternoon, we took an hour long cruise down the Siene River, departing from in front of the Eiffel Tower.

Day Seven: Climbing the Eiffel Tower
Like every good tourist of Paris, we climbed the Eiffel Tower. Feeling energetic, Joh and I decided to take the stairs to the second floor. When we made it we weren’t sure if we were tired from the climb or the views were just breath taking. The elevator took us the rest of the way to the top of the tower, where we could see to the far suburbs of the city. It was amazing to witness the layout of Paris, and compare it to the layout of London that was saw from the London Eye.  We learnt that the Eiffel Tower was built for the World Fair and was supposed to be taken down after the fair had ended. It has since become a landmark of Paris. We also ate macaroons on top of the Eiffel Tower, just to really fit in.

Day Eight: Scotland Bound
Today we were up before the sun. We quickly packed our backs, left our key card at reception, and ran with our suitcases through the empty Paris streets to the train station. We caught an early train back to London where we would then fly to Scotland. What we didn’t realize until we arrived in London, is that the tube wasn’t in use due to a strike. I started to stress with only 3 hours to find our way to the airport. The line for a cab at the train station was at least one hundred people long, and the bus lines were almost as bad. Starting to panic, we decided to check for a cab rank that wasn’t at busy train station. Luckily enough we came past a small store that booked us the last Mini Cab available for the day. They put a rush on it, and it almost cost us an arm and a leg (due to increased prices because of the strike) but most importantly we made it to our flight on time.

That evening we caught a bus to T in the Park where we popped up our efficient tent and waited for the partying to begin.
Day Nine: T in the Park Part 1
 We woke up pretty late from being tired from the day before, luckily for us though 30 minutes before The Wombats were playing. It was a great way to start the festival because we were looking forward to them since we found out we won the trip and they played all of our favourite songs too. After The Wombats we ran halfway across the festival grounds to see Duke Dumont in the ‘Wah Wah Tent’, a kind of indoor DJ setup with a killer lightshow. It was a tough call between David Guetta and Kasabian to finish the day off though, but we went with Guetta.

Unfortunately it started to lightly rain just before the set and by the end was pouring down, it didn’t matter so much during the show but on the walk back to the tent everything was so muddy. Our tent didn’t stand up to the rain well either, but we were so knackered we didn’t mind. Duke Dumont came in as favourite for that day with the Wombats and David Guetta tying for second.

Day 10: T in the Park Part 2
 After yesterday’s rain the whole festival site was covered in mud, including us. We woke up early to find some food and went back to the tent to make up our minds as to who we wanted to see that day. We started off with circa waves followed by Charli XCX and Labirinth at the same time, so we had to rush across the festival to catch half of both. The Script was a long-time favourite of ours so we had to see them and luckily Alt-J slotted between the Script and Avicii. Lucky we brought our rain coats or we would have been absolutely drenched from the day. Our spirits were a little bit down from the weather but avicii brought them right back up. We then made our way through the mud once again to our temporal home, but we discovered that some other festival goers had set up camp near on top of us, which was a minor inconvenience.
Day 11: T in the Park Part 3
 We were pretty knackered and dirty by this point in time and there weren’t any showers we could access without paying 40 pounds (just a bit more than $80) each. We spend most of the day at the VIP section in the bar in the downtimes between bands we wanted to see, but by fair the ones we looked forward to most were the Prodigy and Modest Mouse.
Prodigy, modest mouse,

Day 12: Edinburg Bound
 Joh and I, now two very tired campers, were grateful to get to Paradise Palms where we had a hot shower and a bed to sleep in. Our room at Paradise Palms was cozy and had a very homely feel about it. The staff at the bar downstairs were very nice and assisted us with whatever we needed including delicious popcorn chicken and cocktails (our favourite was the Long Island
Iced Tea served in little tea cups). The bar was trendy and nothing like what you would find on the Gold Coast in Australia. There were fairy lights, Hawaiian shirts and lanterns hanging from the ceiling and the atmosphere inside felt very warm and welcoming, just what was needed on a gloomy Scottish day. 

At night, we went on a Ghosts and Witches Walking Tour where we followed two tour guides who were dressed in costume, around the streets of Edinburg. We learnt a lot of history about the city, including information on ‘The Witch Trials’ that took place.

Day 13: Loch Ness
 We had a big day planned ahead of us today. We had booked a 12 hour day tour to take us to Loch Ness, to see if we could spot the Loch Ness Monster. The bus trip to Loch Ness was approximately 4.5 hours but we had a few stops along the way. On the way to the Loch, we stopped at the three sisters. Our tour guide taught us about the highlanders who used to live in these mountains and the battles that used to take place at the bottom of the hills.

When we arrived at Loch Ness, we noticed that the water is almost black in colour. Apparently this is due to a naturally occurring mineral called Peat, which is collected in the water as it runs down the mountains and into the Loch. Unfortunately we didn’t see Nessy (the Loch Ness Monster), and our only thing close to him was the sticker on the window of our boat. It is said that the Loch could hold the Earth’s population three times over, so no wonder we suspect there is a creature hiding in the depths.

Day 14: Edinburgh Castle
We didn’t plan much for this day, it was supposed to be our rest day before spending 26 hours in transit to get home, but it was also our last day in Scotland, so we decided it would be worthwhile squeezing in a few more landmarks.; we both decided we wanted to see Edinburg Castle the most. Similarly to the Tower of London, Edinburg Castle holds a lot of history and has served many purposes throughout time.

The Crown of Scotland was housed there as well as the Stone of Destiny, an important artefact used by the royal family during the coronation. Inside the castle was a museum dedicated to the services of the armed forces of Brittan through the years. On our way back from the castle we happened to walk past a stuffed puppy in a shop window, which was too adorable not to adopt. So Joh insisted on buying it for me, and we named it Ashe.

Day 15: Home
After almost missing a flight and spending 7 hours with an unhappy baby we finally made it home to our families who were eagerly awaiting photos and stories from our trip, and we enjoyed our first home cooked meals in weeks. Something about camping in the mud and a long haul flight made our beds especially comfy, and we promptly fell asleep.
 This trip was definitely a once in a life time opportunity and I’m still in a little bit of disbelieve that we won it. A huge thanks to PokitPal for providing the opportunity for us to go all the way to Europe. Everything was so well organised and handled by Fraser Duddy and Lara Mieszkuc from PokitPal. I would also like to thank Colette Baptie from T in the Park for providing PokitPal with the festival camping tickets so we could see some of our favourite bands. Another thank-you goes to Trystan O’Brien from Paradise Palms, who provided us with accommodation in Scotland and great drinks. It was such a fun holiday; we’re definitely going to be recommending PokitPal to all of our friends very highly.

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