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My favourite loyalty card!
Boots Advantage Card
Member Name: MsTricia
Boots Advantage Card
Advantages: Great discount rate (best In UK) can receive points from amazing variety of places!
Disadvantages: Often forget treat street and boots is slightly pricier than other pharmacists/retailers
Before I had my daughter the only loyalty card I had was for tesco and to be honest I hardly ever remembered to use it. Since she came along and the need for buying excessive amounts of nappies became a reality I thought it was definitely in my interest to get a boots loyalty card and at least see a return on all the money I was spending in boots so frequently as it was literally a 2 minute walk from our house and I found myself shopping in there almost every week!
- basics of the card -
With each £1 spent, you receive 4 points on to the loyalty card. 1 point is equivalent to 1p so spending £10 gives 40 points (40p which is most definitely the best out there!). It can be redeemed at any time which is a plus as long as the amount of points covers the entire cost of the shopping bill. (you cannot pay for shopping partly with cash/debit card and partly with boots points).
Being able to redeem points at any time is quite handy as for example with sainsburys nectar points they can only be redeemed once a minimum of 500 points are achieved. I have found myself at times only wanting to buy a drink in boots which perhaps costs 80p and I don't have change so it is quick and easy to just redeem 80 points off my boots card and go along my merry way without the hassle of breaking a £10 note (I find as soon as I break a note my money seems to disappear quicker than lightening!) so it's simple and quick to do.
- collecting points -
Boots points can be collected in a variety of ways.
In store : this is the easiest way, when in store simply after a purchase give the cashier the boots card and he/she will apply the points valid from that shopping transaction onto the card which appear immediately.
Online : points can be accumulated via purchases off the boots website or their type of cashback website, boots treat street.
With shopping online on the boots website, I would sometimes buy bulk supplies of nappies online as it always worked out cheaper than buying small packs every few days in store. Online they would have offers of big boxes 2 for £20 (the amount in the boxes would vary depending on nappy size) and I would get free delivery to the store near my home which only ever took 3-4 days. The points would be active on my advantage card after a week or two and I would have to go to a larger boots store and go to their advantage card kiosk to get the points applied so I was not missing out in any way.
With treat street whenever I shop online for clothes on websites like miss selfridge and new look or DVDs on hmv I Go through this avenue so they track my purchase and the amount I spend (minus delivery charges) I receive 1 point on my boots card per £1 spent. This is lower than their 4 points awarded for their store but it still encourages me to use treat street as I still get something back. It should be noted that no advantage card points can be redeemed in any of these stores unfortunately! And it is good to keep up to date with treat street as their websites change (I used to use it for shopping on asos but this is no longer on their list of websites *insert sad face here*). After shopping on these sites, provided items are not returned points can be collected around 28 days after the purchase and are done so again by visiting the kiosks in the larger boots stores where the points are applied immediately.
- other perks of a boots card -
I am a member of their parenting club and when you first sign up you receive a certain amount of boots points (I can't even remember how much it was as this was 2 years ago!) and boots send great deals now and again like receiving 10 points per £1 for each transaction on baby items which is fantastic and always handy.
At their kiosks there are often other great deals available to customers like perfumes or other toiletries at a discount or receive a certain amount of points for purchasing etc
- overall -
I would 100% recommend everyone to have a boots card! Admittedly it is a bit pricier than shopping in superdrug (sometimes! Although they have now tried to develop their own loyalty card which still doesn't always entice me in there) but the boots card is definitely an extra incentive with good deals online, via treat street, you will find yourself accumulating Many pounds worth of points in absolutely no time Meaning you can treat themselves in boots to a nice fragrance or even save it throughout the year and buy some lovely Christmas presents and save yourself a few bob!
Summary: A beneficial loyalty card that everyone should have!