If you are using the Sainsbury’s nectar card then you might be wondering what the best way to spend Nectar points is, where you can collect Nectar points from, how much each Nectar point is worth and many more. Let’s delve in to everything you need to know about it.
What is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Card
The Nectar scheme was originally a separate company and merged the loyalty schemes of several companies which included Sainsbury’s, BP, Barclaycard and Debenhams. However in 2018 Sainsbury’s bought Nectar. So although before it wasn’t technically true, you can now claim that it is the Sainsbury’s Nectar Card loyalty scheme. It runs the same way as other loyalty and reward cards/schemes, such as Tesco’s Clubcard, you spend earn points and redeem those points for shopping, meals, travel and more.
Completely unlike the Tesco Clubcard and other loyalty schemes, the Sainsbury’s nectar card allows you to gain points at other retailers.
How much is each Nectar Point worth?
Many people will be interested in exactly what a Nectar points value will be. Each Nectar point is worth 0.5 pence! That works out as a 0.5% cashback, although that doesn’t sound like much it is still something that can be used for your own benefit, especially since you can earn Nectar points at more than one retailer.
Here is a breakdown on what your Nectar points value would be worth:
- 20,000 = £100
- 10,000 = £50
- 5,000 = £25
- 2,000 = £10
- 1,000 = £5
- 200 = £1
- 100 = 50p
You can easily keep track of your Nectar points via your Nectar account, which can be accessed via the Nectar app or checking your Nectar account online by the Nectar website.
NEW Sainsbury’s nectar
Depending on how much you pay attention to what news comes from supermarkets and such you might or may not have heard about the revamped, New Nectar.
New Nectar will give you a more personalized set of bonus points offers each week based on your shopping habits. These can be viewed via the Nectar website or App and ‘saved’ before doing your shop. These ‘saved’ offers must then be used within around a week. You also either use your card as normal or a barcode on your app to claim the points.Although this is only at the places that currently have the new scanner.
The New Nectar is currently still in a trail period.
If you would like to try it for yourself then it is open to new and existing customers and can be done via the New Nectar website or via downloading the New Nectar app.
Where can I collect Nectar Points?
As I mentioned a moment ago, you are able to gain nectar points at different retailers, and with some of the retailers the value of the points given via what you spend will alter.
This is pretty much obvious as Sainbury’s was one of the first retailers that joined the scheme and merged its original loyalty scheme with Nectar. You gain a Nectar point for every £1 spent within Sainsbury’s.
You can keep an eye on your points and any bonus offers, usual boosting what you can earn for certain items on various days, that might be occurring via the app or online account.
It shouldn’t be too much of a surprise to learn that Argos is in on the Nectar scheme, after all many branches of Sainsbury’s now have an Argos store within them. Like with Sainsbury’s you can earn 1 Nectar point for every £1 spent. You can gain these either online via the Argos site or in store.
nectar credit card
Everyone wants in on the credit card action and Sainsbury’s is no exception. The American Express Nectar Credit Card allows you to gain Nectar points in a couple of ways.
Each time that you use the Nectar credit card you will gain 3 Nectar points for each £1
You can also gain 20,000 Nectar points (£100) by applying for the American Express Nectar Credit Card and spending £2,000 on the card within the first 3 months
ebay and your sainsbury’s nectar card
Linking your nectar card to your eBay account is easy, taking only a minute or two. Once linked then you gain a Nectar point for every £1 spent on eBay. There are also offers that occur that boost the amount of points you can earn by spending a certain amount on a certain range within eBay.
Each time that you use Expedia to book a hotel, flight or a car booking, then you can earn 200 nectar points (£1) or 1,000 nectar points (£5) on package bookings. They even have a dedicated page on the Nectar website which will take you through to Expedia ready and set to go or you can add the nectar card number each time that you use Expedia or you can save it in your account.
If you travel a lot via train then there are a few train companies that also allow you to gain nectar points when you book with them. You just need to put your nectar card details in when you go to pay for the tickets. Each company will give two Nectar points for each £1 spent with them. The train companies are:
- Great Western Railway
- Hull Trains
- TransPennine Express
- Virgin Trains
You can even get Nectar points fueling up your vehicle now. Esso will give you a Nectar point per litre of fuel and two Nectar points per £1 spent within the shop or at the Esso carwash. For extra ease then you can just link your Nectar card to the Esso app. Great news for those on the road or regularly use Esso.
disney store online
Got a Disney addiction? I know I have. You can earn 6 nectar points with every £1 spent on the Disney Store online.
And even more retailers!
The Nectar scheme has over 400 partners, which can sometimes change, so it can be hard to list all of the stores here. Even the Nectar website doesn’t list them all! The majority you will earn between 1-2 Nectar points per £1 spent.
Where to spend nectar points
Now although you can earn Nectar points at the many partners involved within the Nectar scheme, you can’t actually use your accumulated Nectar points at all of them. As such then it raises the question on just where to spend Nectar points and how good a deal can you get on using them. You don’t have to get discouraged however as there are still plenty to choose from.
Before you start using your Nectar points however, be aware that you can only use them in 500 Nectar point blocks (so £2.50), unless otherwise specially specified. Also you will often need to check beforehand on if you have to exchange the points for a voucher, which is usually from the Nectar website, or if you could just use your card and the points taken automatically.
Sainsburys is your most obvious option and choice on where to use your points. I often save my points up throughout the year to use for the big Christmas shop.
For those that like a good film and night out then you can use your Nectar points at Vue cinema, and there is no limit so you can use your points to treat the whole family to a cinema trip.
Whilst you are out why not have a meal out at Pizza Express, you can exchange your Nectar points for voucher codes that can be used to pay for part of or all of the meal. Just make sure it is dead on or don’t mind losing a few points as if you exceed the amount with the vouchers then you don’t get them back. Also these voucher codes can only be used when dining in and on the food, got to buy the drinks. You can head over to Pizza Hut as well where you can exchange 1,000 points (£5) for a full prized individual pizza. Like with Pizza Express then you will need to exchange your points for an eVoucher.
For eBay you can exchange your Nectar points for eBay Vouchers and you can go all the way to 40,000 Nectar points when converting. Seriously don’t let my husband know I am sure he will be buying £200 worth of models from eBay if he did.
Argos allows you to use Nectar points as well and as a bonus you can just use your Nectar card rather than having to sort anything out beforehand.
For the best break downs on where you can spend your points then you should visit the Nectar website.
Boosting my nectar rewards
There are plenty of ways to boost your Sainsbury’s Nectar Card – here are some ideas.
Double Up Events with your sainsbury’s nectar card
This usually falls in November and allows you to exchange your points for vouchers worth double what the normal conversion would be. Last year the Double up started online on October 29th, in store on November 5th and ended on November 18th 2018. This means that it can be perfect for Christmas saving and getting the most out of your points.
Previously you have only been allowed to then use those vouchers on certain ranges within store which have included:
- Tu Clothing
- Taste the Difference: Wine, Champagne, Sparkling, Sherry & Port
However that could change for 2019, though due to the time of year it is actually doubtful that they would alter the ranges you can buy from too much.
You can exchange your points for the vouchers at Sainsbury’s Locals, Centrals or Sainsbury’s Petrol Stations
Please note as well that previously they exchanged points for vouchers as follows:
- 1,000 – Normally £5 – Exchanged for £10
- 2,000 – Normally £10 – Exchanged for £20
- 5,000 – Normally £25 – Exchanged for £50
They could change these amounts of points you can exchange for double up vouchers in the future.