The Boots Advantage Card is surely a must have for any woman's purse!
Offering 4 points per £1.00 spent in store, it is certainly one of the most generous out there. If there is a more generous loyalty card, then I am yet to find it.
I have had my Boots Advantage card for as long as I can remember, and it has served me well! Through my teens and early twenties, I earned many points from buying copious amounts of make up and other such beauty 'essentials'. Most years I frequent their three for two Christmas offers for stocking fillers and gift sets, and then again for their Boxing Day sales to grab a bargain or ten! It is easy to see how the points quickly add up.
Once I became a mother, I noticed my points increased even quicker with the amount of nappies, clothes and baby milk I was purchasing there. This was an even more enjoyable experience given the special offers and promotions given through their Baby Club, and the free change bag they gave to all new mothers at the time.
Points can be earned and spent in any area of the store, be that the Opticians, Perfume and Make-Up, or even a sneaky Meal Deal at lunchtime. The one thing you cannot earn points on (much to the dismay of the lady before me in the queue) is prescriptions. To me this seems obvious as that is a levy to NHS, however, you can earn points when purchasing non-prescribed medicines.
Each store has designated terminals to check on your special offers and also your points balance. A balance is also printed on the bottom of your receipt should you not have time to visit the terminal.
A point is worth one pence - so you get four pence per pound spent, which I find to be very generous and you can see why so many people have an Advantage card! I certainly wouldn't be without mine as I do love to treat myself with the points I've accrued once the year is out!
Boots Advantage card gives you points every time you buy anything in Boots and only Boots. They say it is the most generous reward scheme but I can't say whether that is the case or not.
The points build up quite quickly I find as I buy my glasses there and my husbands as well as other bits and pieces from time to time.
Once you have enough points you can spend them in Boots. The problem is you have to have enough points to pay for the item in full , you can't top it up with money. That means if you have £15.50 worth of points you can buy anything up to that value but not something that is more than £15.50 and use money to make up the difference.
Boots is not always the cheapest place to buy things so it is a good idea to still shop around and not just buy it from Boots for the points.
Boots always send me coupons for extra points each month and sometimes there are special bonus points for members if they use their cards and it is worth checking using the machine in most shops to see the daily deals.
I love Boots as their customer service is second to none but I don't buy things there without cost comparing. Christmas is usually good in Boots as they do 3 for 2 gifts and other offers are worthwhile. The after Christmas sales are well worth look too.
I love my Advantage card but don't buy in Boots just for the rewards as cheaper prces are still getter value! Take advantage but don't be taken advantage of!
Like many members of this site, I used to be a very loyal user of the Boots Advantage Card. It offers points equivalent to 4p value on every pound spent and there are frequent extra bonus deals on top that can really pile on the benefits. In the run up to Christmas, it's not unusual to see the Boots Advantage Card loyalists maxing their cards with three for the price of two offers and lots of extra vouchers. The trouble is, that once you realise that Boots really does charge a lot more than most other stores, it's not quite so easy to get carried away.
I used to buy a lot at Boots until I realised I had far too big a stock of toiletries already and found that I could get what I wanted much more cheaply online or in stores like Savers. From then on, I only tended to use my card when buying lunches in the Boots 'Meal Deal' formula. Typically I would save up my points all year and then have a small blow out in the branch at the airport when going for my main holiday.
I don't know if they still have the machines in the stores - see I really don't go very often - but it used to be possible to get lots of additional vouchers for money off or additional points once you were inside the store. I always enjoyed seeing what goodies might be on offer and trying to max the benefits. But now, I'm trying to be a bit more choosy and only buy what I need or what I know I will definitely use.
I have loyalty cards of many companies but frankly speaking boots offers are worth more with the great quality. It has been a year now since I have joined it's parenting club, vouchers have been sent home, vouchers have been loaded to the card via boots app and it's not that you can only use one at a time, it's as many as you can.
Once I was in boots, I wanted to buy a meal deal, I went into the app checked any meal deal offers and selected and it was working by the time I got up to the till to purchase it.
Boots has offered me a lot of freebies because of the parenting club I had, free breastfeeding pads, free newborn dummy and a feeder, boots baby changing bag and now a free toothbrush for infant And many more. About the toothbrush, I had a voucher in the post by Boots saying that if I buy this, I will get toothpaste free for infant but when I went to the till, both items were free.
Boots offer a great quality of range in whether its clothing, makeup, medicine or nappies or wipes. I would always consider using boots first then others.
There is just one thing that I don't like is that when your loyalty points are gathered you cannot just use them, your product that you are purchasing has to cost exactly same value as the points you have in your card which I find it hard to use, what if there is one penny left and there is nothing to buy for a penny.
Other than this, points are worth more than nectar points where £1 worth point is equal to half a penny. Boots offer £1 equals 4 points.
The Boots Advantage card is one of the cleverest loyalty cards out there.
After initially registering your card you just hand it over to the cashier every time you buy something for more than £1.00 in Boots and 4 points are added to your account for every pound spent although you don’t collect any points for certain items such as phone top ups, stamps or infant milk.
Each point is worth £0.01.
They often have points events in the run up to Christmas where you receive £12.00 worth of points (1200 points) for every £50.00 you spend in store and they sometimes have triple points events where you receive 12 points per pound spent instead of 4 points.
They also send you vouchers in the post which are linked to your Advantage card. The vouchers are often offering 500 points when you spend over £50 in one transaction or 200 points when you buy a fullsize item from Soap and Glory or £5.00 off when you spend over £40.00 on fragrance.
The clever thing about Boots Advantage card is that you can’t spend your points unless you have the full amount of points needed to complete a transaction for example if I am buying a £20.00 lipstick I can’t use £15.00 worth of points and then also use £5.00 cash.
For me this means that I am always buying things just to top up my points.
I tend to save for big items and over the years I have bought 3 expensive bottles of perfume and also some make-up with my points.
I am currently around £3.00 off having enough points for another bottle of perfume that I want.
I find that I end up buying things for the sake of it just so I am closer to my next points purchase. If I was able to make a partial payment and also use points then I wouldn’t have spent half as much money in Boots over the years.
I often find department stores offer better deals and a wider variety of brands than Boots does. I think it works out that I am worse off buying from Boots in a lot of cases, but the addiction continues because I get a thrill out of eventually being able to spend my points on a nice new fragrance, which feels like I'm getting it for 'free'.
I hate Boots Advantage card because I love it and I know that it’s bad for me.
Boots is a well known high street store, selling a range of items including baby products and clothing, medicines, travel items, electrical goods etc. Like most other stores these days Boots, have their own type of advantage card, which means you collect points to spend in store as you shop.
Boots, in my opinion is probably one of the best advantage cards out there, as you get 4 points for every pound £ you spend.
If you collect 912 points on your card it is the equivalent to £9.12.
To sign up for a card you simply go into a Boots store and ask a member of staff or somebody behind the till. They can sign you up there and then which takes no more than 5 minutes and all you do is put your details onto an advantage card leaflet. They will then give you a temporary paper card which you can use while you wait for your actual advantage card to come through the post. The actual card is the same size as a credit card with the Boots logo on it.
Otherwise you can take the leaflet home, fill it in and free post it. You still get a temp card that you can use.
You can also sign up online at Boots.com, there you will find a link to advantage card information, however you don't get a temp card by doing it online. They do give you the option to collect a leaflet from in store to get a temp card and you can put the card number onto your online request so you can collect points while you wait for your card. (All points from your temp card automatically get transferred onto your new permanent card.)
I have had my Boots advantage card for many years now, and although I don't shop in Boots as much as I used too the points still seem to add up quickly.
Boots send you your own personal vouchers through the post every few months, these consist of extra points when you purchase certain items, money off, extra points when you spend so much in store and often £5 off electrical goods or perfume, you generally get 7 or so vouchers at a time which are valid for about two months.
I find these vouchers very useful and definitely helps you to save some money and add points to the card.
Quite often Boots hold points events, spend £30 and get an extra 300 points or something along those lines. For me I don't really spend £30 in Boots unless I'm buying Christmas gifts or perfume, but this is a good offer for those who do spend that much.
In most larger Boots stores they have advantage card machines on the wall, you can pop your card in and it gives you offers. The offers vary alot, but it's worth looking at. You the print the voucher off and take it to the till when your ready to pay.
I generally save my points and will then purchase myself something I want. A few years ago I brought some curling tongs which should have cost about £40 but I managed to save the points and get them for free!
I have also brought little things like nail varnishes and shampoo.
I find at Christmas time my card gets alot of extra points on as Boots do some good gifts, which is perfect as I can treat myself after christmas at no expense.
Another good thing about the card is that, if you forget your card or can't find it you can ask for the receipt to be validated which means your points get put onto the receipt and you can add them onto your card within the time range given. You just keep the receipt and take it to a Boots store till and they add it on for you.
The only annoying thing about the advantage card is that you can't part pay for items. You have to have the full amount of points on your card to purchase something and you don't get points for baby formula under 6 months. Otherwise everything else about the card is great.
Along with the general Boots advantage card you can also join the parenting club, you sign up in store or online and then your normal card just gets the parenting club added to it. You get all kinds of useful baby offers and a free changing bag when you buy Pampers nappies.
During the different stages of your pregnancy you will get the different offers and the bounty packs which are handy.
There is also a health care club which gives you extra offers on certain medicines depending on which health sections you ticked on the application form. Again you sign up the same way as the parenting club.
Other than the Tesco clubcard I don't own any other kind of advantage card, as I believe the Boots one is the best one to have. I always end up feeling happy when I have been able to treat myself with something for free.
And because of the 4 points per pound points add up nice and fast.
Overall a very good card to have- and if you don't like it, it's handy to scrape ice off the car windscreen.
I have been a customer of Boots for many years now and still think the Boots clubcard is one of the best points cards on the market.
The points are very simple to collection and normally 4 for every £1 that you spend in store. When they have Christmas Events usually over November and December for every £50 you spend you receive and extra 1200 points, which equates to £12 on your card. This is added straight away to your card, unlike tesco where you have to wait a couple of days for the points be added. You also have to wait with Tesco to spend your points which can be up to 3 months.
When you also go in store make sure you check the Boots ATM machine. It looks like a large pink ATM machine but gives out extra points vouchers rather than cash. Its worth checking every time as the offers change and vary from 25% discount on items to 250 extra points when you spend £20 today.
What I also like about the points system is unlike many others you can pay for items with the points. So say I have 2000 points on my card and the soap and glory scrub is £9.50 if i ask at the checkout to pay with points. They will deduct 950 from my total of 2000.
If you look at the products instore, all those items with star sign on the self edge tickets can be bought with the Boots points. Which is most items in the store.
I save mine up during the year and then when the big Christmas sales start in January 50% and 75% i usually get some fantastic bargains.
Very easy to start, you can pick up the leaflet instore and send off.
You can also log in online and use your points to buy items online at www.boots.com
If you haven't already got one, what you waiting for.
Boots..you are one of the last gems left on our high streets and so is your advantage card! So many times I have been stuck for cash and needing shampoo or baby wipes, along comes the little pink card to save the day.
It's not a credit card, no, no. The advantage card is, well, an advantage. You earn points whilst you are making purchases which you collect over a period of time. The points accrue into a healthy number which you can spend like real cash on products in store.
Boots isn't the cheapest shop for health and beauty but I do rate its range highly and the choice is much better than other stores. There are these great little machines found in boots, almost like a cash line, where you can check on how many points you have, find out deals and receive vouchers.
The advantage card is probably the most generous dividend I know of, certainly most rewarding.
Many shops have loyalty schemes nowadays and Boots are no different, although I think the reward they pay per pound spend is one of the better ones. Maybe this is because their profit margin is better than the likes of other shops.
To sign up for the advantage card you need to provide basic details such and your name, address and email address and of course this will allow the company to track your spending habits as part of their consumer research and it will also allow them to target you with offers relative to your spending habits. On one occasion I also received a product recall notice for an item I had purchased which was a useful way of using my personal details.
The scheme it self offers 4 points for every £1 spent with each point being worth 1p, they also have special offers where extra points are awarded as well as events (usually in the run up to Christmas) where you can receive £10 of points when you spend £50, this of course encourages you to go back to their shop to spend your points where you may be tempted to spend more. Points can be spent on the majority of items, if you look on the shelf labels items you can spend your points on will have a little blue star.
Points are awarded for purchases in store and online so if you plan on doing some online Christmas shopping you can still take advantage of the points scheme.
The loyalty card scheme is massively popular and competitive in the UK. Supermarkets such as Sainsburys and Tesco have their own loyalty card schemes which offer customers the chance to save points on the card and for it to be converted into money off their shopping. Boots launched their Advantage Card in 1997 and one of the biggest in the UK. I myself got my advantage card in the late 1990s, I think theres a point in most females lives where the feel they should get one, I was about 13/14 and often brought little items from boots so I applied and got it, in face Ive never lost my card so I still have my original card!
How it works
Boots Advantage card offers its cardholders 4 points per £1 spent in Boots, this is the "standard" reward offered however there are many others on offer such as -
Double points (8 points per £1 spent)
triple points (12 points per £1 spent, these sometimes have minimum spends for example £30)#
10 points per £1 spent (baby club offers this to those who buy baby products)
buy xx item get 100 extra points (various different types of these in store and online)
Xmas points event, in 2012 each store had a Xmas event which was £12 worth of points per £50 spend
Its important to note that whilst most items get points in sotre there are restrictions. You cannot get points for prescriptions and other items but the T&C will advise this.
My use of the card
I go in and make a purchase in Boots probably once or twice a month, depending on my needs. I take full "advantage" of any points offers, IF it is beneficial to me, for example in September last year Boots offered 500 points bonus for buying a bottle of So...? which was half price and cost £5.24 so I in effect the perfume for 24p, as it was near Xmas I brought 2 bottles as gifts for £10.48 but received £10 worth of points on my card. I also use Boots ALOT during the Christmas season, I love their gift range and with it being on 3 for 2 I do buy quite a bit, having said that I try to buy these in the points event, last year I spent just over £100 on gifts during the event and got £24 worth of points on my card, coupled with me saving them up during the year I now had close to £40 to spend which was great to see. I also try to use any double/triple points if I need anything, again its only worth doing if it benefits you. You can also use the advantage card machines located in store, these can also offer good rewards to card holder, I myself don't use this (always forget) but have read it can be good.
Redeeming your points
Redeeming your points is easy, your receipt states how many points you have, as does the card machine, I think the assistants at the till can advise you also, I always know roughly how many I have but if you forget its easy to find out. 1 point is 1p so if you have 100 points you have £1, 1000 is £10 and so on, it can be redeemed against almost anything, there are certain restrictions (I don't think you can buy gift cards or prescriptions on it) however you must have the full balance on your card to pay for it, for example - If an item is £10 and you have £9.90 worth in points you would not be able to pay the difference you would need the full 1000 points to pay for it. I used all my points after Xmas in the Boots sale to treat myself with however you can just build it up and get something really expensive if you wish. Also be careful on your use of this, if your card isn't used at all they can close your account so be mindful, if you are not a regular user of Boots don't store points if you wont be back in for sometime or you might lose them!
I like the Advantage card scheme, for me this one this is the best for non food items. If you shop in Boots once a month or several times a week its worth having to save up the points. I take advantage of any points offers they have providing its something I need, I will be doing the Xmas points event again this year. The only thing I don't like is that you have to have the full balance of points to be able to spend it, that can be frustrating if you are just short of it. I have a Superdrug beauty card and they allow the points to be spent per £1 so maybe this could be something Boots look into? but overall it is a great scheme to have.
I've used my boots over the years for all toiletries, some travel accessories and at least 2 meal deals a week. This has proved to be a great little advantage card when it comes to using your points. Not only do you save points on every purchase Boots are one for promotional offers such as additional points promotions and double/triple points. I've found that not giving into the temptation to buy any old toiletry during these promotional periods but if you can stock up on the regular purchases during these promos then you will really see the benefit!
Unfortunately, it's either all or nothing when it comes to paying with your points. It means that if you don't quite have enough points for your new aftershave to ensure the girl over the road falls in love with you as the lynx adverts suggest, you will have to pay your hard earned cash as per usual. Either that or make an additional purchase to top up the points enough to get the aftershave.
Great advantage card but does need to look at being able to pay with points and cash for one purchase. If you can control your spending and get in on the promo offers then well worth signing up for!
The basic idea of the Advantage Card is that you use it every time you shop, and every ￡1 you spend on your shopping, equates to 4 points on your card. Then as the points add up, every 100 points on your card gives you ￡1 to spend on whatever you want. Simple as that! So you are getting something back even if it's only a little at a time. But there are always chances to increase your points intake with vouchers that allow you to do so. You can also make use of the kiosks available throughout Boots stores, where you can see what extra offers are available to you as an advantage card user. Also you are often sent vouchers through the post as another extra advantage. The vouchers you receive in the post, or can print from the kiosks, vary on what it gets you. Some are for extra points when you buy a certain product, a product from a certain brand, if you spend a certain amount on one transaction, or a double points voucher to use on anything. Also money off products, and buy one get one free.
When you have saved up enough points, you can use those points to buy something for free! (Just as long as you have enough points to cover the cost of the item) I often use mine to buy makeup, shampoo etc. Or skincare. Saving up points doesn't take as long as you might think. If you're a frequent shopper, and use extra points coupons whenever they're available, then the points soon add up. What's more, you can now shop online on Boots Treat Street, and get extra advantage card points for doing a bit of retail therapy at places like New Look. So you can tell, for the shopaholic the points really do add up!
One of the great things I've found to be an advantage with this card, is that it can be a good way to try out new products. I'd really wanted to try out the Rimmel 1000 kisses lip tint, but didn't want to waste money on it just in case I didn't like it. Having enough points on my Advantage card, I decided to use the points on there to pay for it. That way I wouldn't feel like I'm actually spending any money, so I practically got it for free! The advantage card is also good for when you've spent all of your wages, but really need that face cleanser you just used the last of. If you have enough points, then fear not, your advantage card can pay for it for you! Also, if you're a customer of Boots opticians, they can give you points on your card too, as part of their contact lens scheme etc. Yet another advantage to shopping for your essentials!
If you haven't gathered by now, there really are plenty of advantages to having an Advantage Card!
Boots advantage card - what's not to love?!
For many years, I have been an avid Boots shopper. I find their stores incredibly convenient, whether small highstreet ones, the large out-of-town retail sites or the city centre stores that I find so accessible. When I am in need of health & beauty related basics, it is my first port of call. I find their stores to be well stocked & often well staffed, even on busy Saturdays. The staff know their job, & they memorably even gave me a work experience position aged just 12 (with a bumper gift bag at the end of the week..)
My major issue with store cards is that us lowly students get very little back. Years of petrol buying at Tesco once amounted to a lowsy £1.50 "money-off" voucher. Er, thanks a lot.
I've had an advantage card for half my life, & in my experience, it is the card that offers the most back. In normal circumstances, you earn 4 points for every pound spent in stores or online, & each point is worth a penny. This way, the points do add up, but you would need to be a big spender to receive big rewards. It is also not enough to encourage you to purchase a product in Boots that is cheaper elsewhere.
However, Boots being Boots, there are wonderful offers all year round. Many purchases will obtain an extra 100 points (=£1), for example. Furthermore, many larger Boots stores have an advantage card kiosk, where you can view your points balance & receive extra points vouchers for use that very day.
Of course, it is up to you to be sensible! If you've come in for toothpaste, there is no point buying miles of extras to obtain 200 extra points on a £20 spend. It can be a challenge to reign in your spending when you're surrounded by such wonderful products, but you can pick & choose. Many of the offers are on products you would buy anyway, such as shampoo. Why not buy when there's more advantage to be had?
My personal foible is nail varnish. I am obsessed with the stuff!
However, as I currently earn only 50 euros more than my rent & bills each month, my addiction has had to be put on hold for the moment. So this is where I choose to use my points. A few months' shopping including vitamin tablets, shampoos & skincare products will often earn me enough to try a new "Models Own" varnish without breaking the bank!
Points are earned on purchases in-store or on the Boots website. It should be noted that points are not earned for pharmacy items or at the Boots opticians. Aside from the extras mentioned above, you can link your advantage card to a TreatStreet account when you shop online, earning 1 point for each pound spent. I've not looked at this however, as the brands available there are not student friendly!
Advantage card holders can pick up a free magazine in store.
Each card application offers the change to join the NHS organ donors registry. Of course I have already joined seperately, but as far as I'm concerned, I would rather have those details multiple times!
When spending your points, you have to buy the product in full, meaning you cannot use 450 points plus 50p in cash to buy an item costing £5, for example.
I can't confirm this 100% as the website doesn't seem to have this info, but I am pretty sure points don't expire, as I rarely use mine but they are still there waiting for me :)
I love this card. Even those of us who don't spend much at Boots will see the rewards. It actually makes shopping at Boots a pleasure :)
The Boots Advantage card was one of the first that I ever came into contact with and I have owned one for about 15 years. As I had a Saturday job in Superdrug when I was at school that was where I bought my make up and toiletries as I got a nice staff discount. When I'd there I started shopping round a bit more and Boots became one of my favourite stores.
How it works
Boots is a chain of chemists selling a wide range of goods from make up, perfume and toiletries to glasses and baby equipment. The advantage card is their reward scheme which gives you 4 points for every pound you spend. A point is worth 1p so at 4p in the pound so they soon add up. To start collecting points you can pick up an application form in store which has a temporary card on it or download a barcode online, these can then be used to register an account and you will be sent a credit card sized card. When you make a purchase in store you just hand your card over, I find I normally get asked if I have one which is helpful as although you can have points added from a receipt it's much easier to do it at the time. The Advantage card has a number on the front which you enter at checkout when buying online.
-In store kiosks
These machines are situated in the shops and normally offer you about half a dozen bonus points coupons, these are either extra points when you buy a particular product or extra points if you spend over a certain amount. The total spend needed for these seem to have increased from £25 to £30 or £40 in recent years so I don't use them as much as I used to.
I joined the Boots parenting club when I was pregnant and this entitles me to 10 points for every £1 spent on qualifying baby products. Although Boots tend to be more expensive than the supermarkets some baby products they do have good offers when their Baby Events are on. I frequently receive mailing from the parenting club including extra advantage points offers.
This is similar to the parenting club but it offers 10 points for every £1 spent on Boots brand items,
This allows you to earn 1 point for every £1 spent online at New Look and Matalan among others. You can find Treat Street at www.Treatstreet.Boots.com You need to register your Advantage card with them then go to this site to link through to the store you ant to earn points from. A really easy way to earn a few extra points.
-In store promotions
Boots will often have a 10 points for every £1 spent promotional weekend and in the run up to Christmas they have special events where you can earn bonus points if you spend a certain amount.
Boots often send me extra bonus coupons including a double points coupon valid for my birthday month.
This is also really easy and you just need to ensure that you have enough points to cover the price of your item. For example if your item cost £5 you would need 500 points and you just tell the person serving you that you want to pay with your points. Points can't be used as part payment which I think is a shame but as I tend to save up my points this isn't a problem for me. I'm currently saving my points for Christmas shopping I have about £80 which I'm hoping will go even further on Boots 3 for 2 Mix and Match on gifts.
When you sign up for an Advantage card you are given the option to be added to the NHS organ donor register. This is a great idea and an easy way to get yourself added to the register if you wish to do so.
Health & Beauty magazine
Another benefit of having an Advantage is that you can pick up a copy of Boots in store magazine for free. It's full of informative articles and I always make sure I pick up a copy of the latest magazine.
Would I recommend?
Yes, it's free and easy to use. I can't think of a reason not to have one if you shop in Boots.
I have been shopping with Boots for years but have only recently signed up for a Boots Advantage Card. I don't think I ever fully understood what advantages you get for your money, but when I last visited the sales assistant went through it with me as I filled in my form.
You get 4 points to every pound and each point it worth a penny, so essentially you are getting 4p cashback for every £1 you spend. Honestly I don't know why I haven't signed up before! It is essentially free money as if you were going to shop as Boots anyway, you are getting that 4p per £1 for nothing!
So I applied for my Boots card, with a very simple form, just my name and address and email address. I was then given a temporary Boots card which has a unique barcode on it, so I could start collecting points straight away. Basically the temporary card would record all the points I gather while waiting for the permanent card and then when the real one arrrived it already had my collected points loaded onto it for me.
The card is made of thick plastic, like a standard credit card. It has the Boots logo on the front and is mainly white. There is a gold chip on the back and when you buy the items you put the card into the chip and pin machine so the amount of points you have collected can be verified.
Obviously there aren't many disadvantages to free money and the fact that you can also join club type things for parents with babies and also advantages for the elderly customer, makes it all the more enticing. However, the only problem (if you can call it that) was that I had to wait 4-6 weeks for my permanent card. Mine took just over 5 weeks to arrive so for that time I had to carry the small, cardboard temp card around with me to collect my points on.
Overall, I think cashback on my purchases is brilliant and too good an offer to miss in my book.