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Boots Advantage Card
Member Name: helenc72
Boots Advantage Card
Date: 24/04/12, updated on 24/04/12 (127 review reads)
Advantages: Earn lots of points on all your shopping, boost points with vouchers, free magazine
I spend a lot of time shopping in Boots and nearly every time I go into the shopping centre in my local town I seem to come out with a few things from Boots. Therefore I get a lot of use from my Boots advantage card!
In my opinion the Boots advantage card is probably the best store loyalty card on the high street.
The basic benefit of the card is earning 4 points for each £1 spent in store or online. Each point is worth a penny, so it is equivalent to 4% cash back. However, you can very easily boost your points earnings by taking advantage of the regular promotions in store.
=== Extra Offers Kiosk ===
A trip to Boots would not be complete for me without a trip to the extra offers kiosk. You insert your card and it gives you the chance to check and amend your details as well as view the offers available to you. When you go to your offers, you will normally have around 6-10 printable vouchers available including extra points when you buy a product from a certain range (usually around 100-200 points, so a free £1 or £2) or extra points when you spend a certain amount in store, often 150 points on a £15 spend or 200 points on a £20 spend. This is a great way to increase your points balance, as £15 on the normal 4 points per £1 rate would normally earn you only 60 points. The extra offer kiosk also includes money off offers which are not related to earning advantage card points, such as free gifts with purchase or 10% off any shampoo.
I often find myself handing over 2 or 3 vouchers a time when I go shopping in Boots!
=== Free Magazine ===
Advantage card holders can help themselves to a free copy of the Boots magazine which comes out every two months. The magazine includes lots about makeup, skincare, health and other topics of general interest. It gives you lots of ideas of what to spend your advantage card points on and lists the points balance you would need to buy each item as well as the price in £. There is a sheet of money off and/or extra points or freebies vouchers in the back of the magazine. It costs £1 to those without an advantage card.
=== Parenting Club ===
I am not a member of the Parenting Club as I don't have children, but my sister is and you earn 10 points per £1 on parenting and baby items, which is a whopping 10% cash back. This is really good value. They also send vouchers and promotions through the post.
===Organ Donation ===
It is printed on my Boots card that I would be happy to be an organ donor, which is also a good way to make that clear if ever I was in an accident and the hospital looks through my purse e.g. to check identity.
=== Treat Street ===
Boots have recently developed a website http://www.treatstreet.boots.com/ which lets you earn points on your Boots advantage card by shopping online at other retailers such as HMV, New Look, Dorothy Perkins, Train Line, Itunes. You can download a toolbar to let you know whenever you are on a site which supports Treat Street and lets you earn point. The points earned here are at a lower rate, usually only 1 or 2 points per £1, but it is still worth doing if you don't use another cash back site. One word of warning, don't try and double up by using it at the same time as another cashback site such as Quidco. I missed out on my Quidco cashback on a purchase by doing this as it must not be allowed.
=== Does it have any drawbacks? ===
No, not really in my opinion, but two things which are slightly annoying are that you cannot use points as part payment. You need to have enough points to cover the full price. Also, if you pay with points you cannot earn points on that transaction, so you would not be able to take advantage of any extra points vouchers.
=== Overall ===
I love my Boots card and get a lot of use out of it. I can easily earn £100 a year or more on it and I have over £50 at the moment which would get me a really good freebie, probably a 50 ml perfume. Admittedly I do buy a lot in Boots, but the points mount up when you are buying your basics which you would need anyway. The card is free, so I would recommend it to everyone. It is a no brainer!
Summary: Best loyalty card
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