Requests & Responses

API Reference / Getting Started

The LevelUp API exposes the core aspects of our business to you. As a developer, you can use our endpoints to get information about users, merchants and campaigns, perform LevelUp transactions, view analytics and more.

Making requests

All API requests should be made to So to acquire an app access token, for example, you’ll make a request to


Each authorized request must include an Authorization HTTP header, with a type of token followed by the token:

Authorization: token 123456-75489120749...

If you supply an incorrect access token, or do not supply one at all, and make a request to an endpoint which requires authorization, you will receive a 401 Unauthorized response from the server, along with a WWW-Authenticate header describing the error:

WWW-Authenticate: OAuth2 realm="levelup", error="invalid_token"

Some endpoints require multiple tokens or to specify the type of token. For example:

Authorization: token user="123456-75489120749...",merchant="987654-123456789..."

Content types

All requests must use the Accept and Content-Type HTTP headers to negotiate content type. For nearly all API requests (except the few campaign calls that have the option of text/plain), you’ll need a JSON-encoded response, and so you’ll need to use the following header:

Accept: application/json

There is no support for specifying content type by appending an extension to the request URI.

HTTP status codes

The following HTTP status codes are returned by the API:

HTTP Status Code Reason
200 OK The request was processed without error.
204 No Content The request was processed without error and contains no body.
304 Not Modified The resource has not been modified since the version specified by the request’s If-Match header.
400 Bad Request The request contained invalid, unparseable JSON.
401 Unauthorized Authorization was incorrect.
404 Not Found The requested resource does not exist.
406 Not Acceptable The server doesn’t support the format requested in the Accept header.
422 Unprocessable Entity A validation error occurred because of invalid input. The client should look for errors in the response body for details.
501 Not Implemented The server is unable to fulfill the request because the client is outdated.
503 Service Unavailable LevelUp is undergoing maintenance or is otherwise unavailable.


Error objects

Errors are returned as an array of one or more error objects. Each error object may contain the following keys:

Key Description
object The object to which this error applies, e.g. "credit_card".
property The property of object to which this error applies, e.g. "first_name".
message A human-readable error message, e.g. "First name is required".
origin Not always present. Indicates from whom the error message originates. If the error message was written by LevelUp, origin will be “levelup”. If the error message originated from a third-party order ahead provider, origin will be “provider”.


An example error response might look like this:

HTTP/1.1 422 Unprocessable Entity

    "error": {
      "object": "user",
      "property": "first_name",
      "message": "First name is required"

In this document, example error responses are included with many endpoints. The list is not exhaustive, however. You may encounter more mundane errors, such as “cannot be blank”, for request parameters marked as “required”.