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Boots Advantage Card
Member Name: kat_lev
Boots Advantage Card
Date: 16/07/12, updated on 16/07/12 (198 review reads)
Advantages: Points really do accumulate quickly! Extra bonuses to be had.
Disadvantages: Rewards must be bought in full with your points.
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 :)
Summary: Treats for all!