Alliance Data's Canadian Loyalty Business Announces Air Miles® Reward Program Expansion With Sobeys

AIR MILES Reward Program to Launch at Needs and Sobeys express Stores in all Atlantic-Canadian Provinces

24 Feb, 2016, 07:30 ET from Alliance Data Systems Corporation

PLANO, Texas, Feb. 24, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Alliance Data Systems Corporation (NYSE: ADS), a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions, announced that its LoyaltyOne business, operator of its Canadian coalition loyalty business, and Sobeys, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Empire Company Limited, will issue AIR MILES reward miles at 157 Needs Convenience and Sobeys express convenience store locations in New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island.

In 2015, Sobeys became the AIR MILES Reward Program's first national grocer to issue reward miles across Canada. Including Needs Convenience and Sobeys express, there are more than 1,200 Sobeys-owned banner retail locations issuing reward miles across Canada.

The AIR MILES Reward Program is Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, with nearly 11 million active Collector Accounts representing approximately two-thirds of all Canadian households. AIR MILES Collectors get reward miles at hundreds of leading brand-name Sponsors representing thousands of retail and service locations across Canada. AIR MILES reward miles can be redeemed for more than 1,200 different rewards, such as travel, movie passes, entertainment attractions, and electronic merchandise. The AIR MILES Cash program option enables Collectors who opt-in the flexibility to instantly redeem their AIR MILES reward miles from their AIR MILES Cash balance in-store toward their purchases at participating Sponsors.

About LoyaltyOne LoyaltyOne® is a global leader in the design and implementation of coalition loyalty programs, customer analytics and loyalty services for Fortune 1000 clients around the world. LoyaltyOne's unparalleled track record delivering sustained business performance improvement for clients stems from its unique combination of hands-on practitioner experience and continuous thought leadership. LoyaltyOne has over 20 years' history leveraging data-driven insights to develop and operate some of the world's most effective loyalty programs and customer-centric solutions. These include the AIR MILES® Reward Program, North America's premier coalition loyalty program; a majority stake in European-based BrandLoyalty, one of the largest and most successful campaign-driven loyalty marketers outside of the Americas; and a working partnership with Latin America's leading coalition program, dotz. LoyaltyOne is also the owner of COLLOQUY, a group dedicated to research, publishing and education for the global loyalty industry.

LoyaltyOne is an Alliance Data® company. For more information, visit www.loyalty.com.

About Alliance Data Alliance Data® (NYSE: ADS) is a leading global provider of data-driven marketing and loyalty solutions serving large, consumer-based industries. The Company creates and deploys customized solutions, enhancing the critical customer marketing experience; the result is measurably changing consumer behavior while driving business growth and profitability for some of today's most recognizable brands. Alliance Data helps its clients create and increase customer loyalty through solutions that engage millions of customers each day across multiple touch points using traditional, digital, mobile and emerging technologies. An S&P 500 and Fortune 500 company headquartered in Plano, Texas, Alliance Data consists of three businesses that together employ more than 16,000 associates at approximately 100 locations worldwide.

Alliance Data's card services business is a leading provider of marketing-driven branded credit card programs. Epsilon® is a leading provider of multichannel, data-driven technologies and marketing services, and also includes Conversant®, a leader in personalized digital marketing. LoyaltyOne® owns and operates the AIR MILES® Reward Program, Canada's premier coalition loyalty program, and holds a majority interest in Netherlands-based BrandLoyalty, a global provider of tailor-made loyalty programs for grocers.

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Contact: Alliance Data Tiffany Louder – Investor Relations 214-494-3048 tiffany.louder@alliancedata.com

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Shelley Whiddon – Media 214-494-3811 shelley.whiddon@alliancedata.com

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