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Anyone who knows me will tell you I love loyalty card, reward cards, Coffee stamp cards, you name it if I can get something for free I am having it, and the Nectar card is one of my favourites.
What makes Nectar better than other supermarket loyalty programs us that you can earn points in so many different ways, I will give some examples but the list is endless.
1. Shopping in Sainsburys
The most obvious one of course is shopping and fule in Sainsburys and Sainsburys fule stations as well as BP fuel stations and Homebase. To be honest I don't shop in Sainsburys that often as it is not my favourite supermarket and I find it a bit pricey, but I do occasionally pop in for bits and bobs as it is the closes shop to my home, especially if I get vouchers which I ofter do such as £4.50 off £30 shop of double nectar points in store which I think are decent. I do get my fuel there on the way to work so I end up with a few pound a month on my statement from this.
2. Ebay and other online retailers
For every £1 you spend on Ebay you get one nectar point which is half a penny, now this probably wouldn't add up to much for most people but as I have an online business I tend to buy a lot of my supplies from Ebay and have racked up about a £5 of points so far and avid shoppers and people with more money than me could probably do the same. You can also earn points from all sorts of online retailers and they offer anything from 1point per £1 spend up to 10 points per £1 and there are often double or even triple point offers on selected retailers.At the time of writing there was double points with Expedia, currys and hertz. I'm sure for most people who shop online this would be an easy way to rack up points. And if you fly with easy jet you can get 10% back in points and f you have enough points you can buy more flights with them win-win.
Sainburys adpoints is another way of earning points, you earn points by watching an advert and then answering 2-3 multiple choice questions about the advert. I tend to do this when I am making jewellery as I can watch the screen at the same time (it has screen prompts to make sure you do watch them.)
The amount you can earn in this was is capped at 250 points a week which is £5 a month and can easily be done in one sitting, the week resets every Monday.
4. Nectar Canvas.
Nectar canvas is a survey system where you get paid in nectar points, you usually get between 60-100 point per survey which is around 30-50p but sometimes more. How many surveys you can do depends on lots of factors so I couldn't estimate how much you can earn. I am really slack at cecking the site and only tend to do a few surveys a month earning a pound or two.
5. British Gas (and other Utilities companies)
You can also earn points on your British Gas bill I am not with British Gas but my mum is and card is linked to her account this quarter I got £8 worth of points which was a nice surprise as I had forgotten about it. You can do this with many different utilities and broadband companies.
I got my nectar card in about June 2013 and since then have spent about £50 worth of points and have around £15 of points left on my card so I am getting around £10 a month with very minimal effort which I think I could easily increase to £20 just by remembering to check a few things more regularly.
My final thing I love about nectar is that you can spend the points as soon as you have earned them ,no waiting for vouchers in the post yay.
So overall as you have probably guessed by now I would recommend Nectar to everyone.
This review is also on my Ciao account under shellyjaneo
Another good addition in my purse is my Nectar card.
You can pick up a card in your local Sainsburys, Homebase or Bp station. You will need to register online before you start using it. Once you have registered you can either collect points from your weekly shop or online at certain stores. You can also use at a couple of department stores now at Debenhams , Bodyshop and Currys. If you go to your ebay account you can also link your nectar card to that account and get extra points for buying items.
Another advantage to this card is I can use the points straight away. So they can be taken off my food shop. Even if you go to the express checkout the option to use your card for payment is there.
The points work out at 2 per £1.00 spent. Therefore if I spend £100 on a shop I would get 200 points. They constantly have offers on today I popped into there for a couple of items and got 320 points voucher on a £80 spend. This is then added on to your card with your points for your shopping as well. They have promotions on certain items ie buy Flora and get 80 points. I am saving my points up to pay for my Christmas shop in December.
Another good way of getting points is buy going to http://www.nectaradpoints.com/nectar/ad here just buy watching short videos you will get extra points. You can earn up to 250 points every week which will be added on to your card.
You can also redeem the points at Argos, Homebase and many other high street stores.
Every couple of months you recieve a statement through the post telling you how many points you have and how to redeem them.
I think if I am going in to the store to spend my hard earned money, I might as well be getting something back, however small.
Had a nectar card for a year now, very useful when shopping at Sainsburys and Bp petrol station when filling up with fuel, I also have it linked to ebay as I tend to buy alot from the site, its unfortunate that Amazon no longer gives nectar points as of the beginning of 2013.
You can also earn nectar points through nectar adds which if you have some extra time in the evening's and like watching movie trailers and adverts can collect even more, there is also a web browser plugin that awards points when you browse the internet.
The only down side is that if often takes a while for the points to come through on your nectar card but if your patient and use it the ways mentioned above you will soon have a fair few points to spend, make sure you keep an eye out for nectar offers and double points weekends.
Nectar loyalty card began in 2002 by Loyalty Management Group Chairman Sir Keith Mills. It was mainly used by BP and Sainsbury's but has since incorporated other retailers and now boasts to have more card holders than the Tesco Club card
The main company to use and promote the Nectar card scheme is Sainsbury's. If you shop in store, buy petrol, take out insurance/energy with them then you will earn points from this. You get 2 points per £1 spend in store, 1 per litre of petrol and 1 per reused bag. BP give you 1 per litre and 2 per shop. Home base give you 1 per £1 spent. There are other online retailers and stores that give you points and these vary on spend. Promotions often run, especially in Sainsbury's where you can get extra points for buying certain items and sometimes double points. Also when using your card sometimes you will get card specific points promotions, I sometimes get these myself. Some companies also do a points giveaway if you sign up to something or use them to buy something, confused.com used to give 1000 points when you took our insurance with them however I'm not sure if this still applies.
Personally I don't go into Sainsbury's that often as it is more expensive than Asda or Morrisons. On the Nectar scheme its useful mainly because they can send me tailor made discounts. Now I only ever really go in there when they send me money off coupons, in the past these have been as good as £12 off a £60 spend so when I get these I use them then don't go back in until I get them again! I do use it more for petrol, I try to go to Asda where possible however sometimes the Sainsbury's is more convenient to go to.
To spend your points I think most people probably spend them in Sainsbury's on their shopping (not on petrol) however you can use them in other stores or attractions such as Cafe Rouge, Argos and The Dungeons as well as online stores providing your card is registered first. I tend you save mine up during the year and then when I get near to xmas I spend them on xmas treats or alcohol. 2 points equal 1p so 1000 points is £5, 2000 £10 and so on, you can get the total taken off your shopping even if your shopping is over that amount so for example if you have spent £25 and you have 2000 points you will get £10 taken off your shopping bill, useful for xmas!
I do think the Nectar loyalty scheme is useful, more stores and retailers are introducing it so even if you don't use Sainsburys very often it is worth having if you go into BP, Home base or another retailer that uses it. Last year when I cashed my points in I think I had about £20 saved up over the year and that was mainly petrol points so its worth having if you can save a small amount in your own pocket.
I am abit of a sucker for loyalty schemes. Generally if you offer me some kind of loyalty then I will look to do business with you more so than someone who doesn't. However, its only worth taking up the loyalty scheme if you are going to be using them on a regular basis.
So lets take nectar. We all pretty much have heard of them by now. You get points for spending money with certain companies. Purchasing fuel with BP, buying food at Sainsburys, shopping online at certain stores to name but a few.
Its not difficult to earn points then with Nectar since buying food and purchasing fuel happens at least once a week. The only dilemma that you have is are these places IE BP and Sainsburys, companies you want to spend your money with? BP generally are not the cheapest place to get fuel, so are you using them just to get nectar points?
Here are the points tables:
Sainsburys £1 = 2pts
ebay £1 = 1pt
Sainsburys fuel £1 = 1pt
BP 1 litre = 1pt
Homebase £1 = 2pts
Ford (servicing) £1 = 2pts
There are many more to list.
Unfortunately, I prefer to shop at Tesco rather than Sainsburys. I get my fuel from Shell or Esso as they are the closest. I find homebase generally more expensive than B&Q and I do not own a Ford. So my points earnings are very restricted.
I have linked my nectar card to my ebay account which is handy. But with that, you have to use your ebay account a lot to earn a decent amount of points. 1pt per £1 spent
How am I earning my nectar points then? Well at the moment I using Nectar Adpoints. Its a website setup by nectar and they award you points for viewing adverts. Its generally earning me about 100pts a week. Adverts at the moment centre around DVD promos and promoting ZSL London zoo. Videos last between 30secs and 2mins. Your get about 5pts per video.
What's most important however is what are the rewards worth? 1pt = £0.005p (half a pence). My points total this year so far is 4,792. This equals to £23.96. My plan is to spend these at Sainsburys just before Christmas.
You can spend your points at:
plus other places.
You can download the nectar app on android and ios and every so often you can get additional points. So if you purchase certain items at Sainsburys then your bonus points.
It will work for some people and not so much for others. It is however free to join so what do you have to lose?
I have had a nectar card for a couple of years now but I have hardly used it in store due to the fact I do my main shopping at Asda or Morrisons. If I pop into Sainsburys as I do have a local store I always make sure I scan my card. It took a few months to work out how to spend my points as I thought like tescos clubcard I would get a statement through the door with vouchers. This isn't the case though with the nectar card and the best way to check is to long on online and you can view an online statement.
I do receive vouchers every now and again from nectar to use in different stores for double or triple points. Although unfortunately I haven't been able to use any as they aren't stores I need to visit. As I was only using it once in while it took me months to save up enough points to redeem (£5) and I then used them to stock up on cleaning items as I was moving house. You just ask them at the till to pay with your nectar card and they will swipe it and deduct the amount.
Whilst on the nectar website I noticed an advert for 'ad points' which I was interested in. I signed up and it basically is watching videos on the nectar website for nectar points. You have to make sure you are watching them as around every 30 seconds a link will pop up saying 'are you still watching' which you have 5 seconds to click or the video will reset. You can collect a maximum of 250 points a week which is £1.25. Each video is between 20 seconds and the longest I have seen is 4 minutes. Points vary per video and some videos you can watch multiple times for more points. It take a couple of hour to watch them all and get 250 points but I tend to just spend 15 minutes a day watching them and the points soon rack up. You also get 250 points when you sign up which is a great bonus. You can earn £5 a month which an £60 a year for watching a few videos for me is just great!
I also signed up with nectar surveys where you answer surveys for nectar points. I haven't done many surveys and have collected around 400 points so far (£2) which is also a bonus. There is lots of ways on the nectar website to earn extra nectar points so have a look.
Also look at where to spend your points as some have double value such as theme park vouchers. So if you are saving up for a treat for yourself or your kiddies then make sure you use your nectar card and spend your points online.
As I said before everyone loves a freebie!
A Somewhat Useful Card, depending on where and when you shop, but also the location of the shops. I knew about Nectar and the Nectar card loyalty scheme for some time, after seeing some adverts on the television promoting the scheme. However I thought this was just a "UK" thing.
However, recently Nectar joined up with eBay, allowing those who had their Nectar and eBay accounts linked together, to collect points via eBay. As an eBay user, I thought I would take advantage, so I looked into doing this and as I wasn't a member with Nectar already, as soon as I clicked that button through eBay they signed me up straight away. It took a few minutes and took about a week for my card to arrive, but was so quick to sign up. I now collect points for every eBay purchase I make.
This made me look into the scheme a bit more, seeing how else I could earn my points. I don't live on the mainland (I.O.M), so it makes it a bit harder. So be wary of joining the scheme if you don't live on the UK mainland. However that doesn't stop you completely. I still earn points occasionally through Nectar's Adpoints and surveys. There are also a few online shops that would give me points, should I use them.
It can take you a while to add up the points, but seeing as it's free, it's not a bad thing and you can exchange those points for something handy. When I joined I was going to use them at Amazon, but about a week after I joined, Amazon left the scheme. So for me, it's going to be gift cards from Sainsbury's whenever I'm over in the UK.
I shop regularly at Sainsburys and so got myself a Nectar card a few years ago. Every time you spend money in the shop or petrol station, you get points back. You can also shop through their online 'cashback' site, and they will give you nectar points for clicking through to the website from there. Through the nectar website there are also lots of other ways to gain points without spending money.
You can sign up for emails for 50 points, there are also opportunities to join their ad watching site. Just for watching one ad you get 250 points, then each ad is priced differently. You must watch it all the way through and click on prompts. When I joined I earnt the maximum 250 points a week easily. Now they dont give me so many to watch but its still enough to regularly get money off my shop.
When you want to redeem your points, you can do so in £2.50 segments. I usually get mine taken off in the shop or petrol station, just ask the cashier. However you have to already have shopped there once before for your points to show up on their screen.
If you bring your own bags when you shop they will give you extra points per bag, but sometimes I have to remind them or get it added on at customer services afterwards if they forget. However this doesnt happen often and they usually ask how many bags you have reused.
One of the best ways to earn lots of nectar points for me has been when I have booked a holiday with Expedia, and you can enter your card number after you have paid, there is always a double the amount deal on. Because you are spending so much on a holiday this is a brilliant way to save some money on it.
Finally you can get points for searching, both on your phone on the nectar app, and also on your desktop computer or laptop. Just download the software from the nectar site, and then it tracks your searches and gives you one point per two searches. This might not sound like a lot but it goes up 100 points on your phone and computer, plus your video watching and then normal spending. It builds up very quickly and before you know it you will have money off each shop!
I don't do much shopping in Sainsburies, but I like store loyalty cards in general and I have had my Nectar card for several years now. Also, I have a plan to live on virtually nothing in 2013 (exacerbated by the fact my employer has said they are not going to pay me for being off ill for 2 weeks with the mumps as I had 4 instances of even going home a few hours early due to illness in the previous 365 days...)- so money is going to be VERY tight.
One of my temporary solutions is to focus on ways to get money or 'free' food: With the Nectar card, you can collect points in Sainsburies (in general £1 spent is 1 point)- on your food shop, in their petrol station and for buying their insurance products, you can also shop online logging in first to the Nectar card website then proceeding to various merchants to earn more points. You can also earn points by shopping on eBay, using British Gas or Vision Express.
You can redeem your points in blocks- 500 points can be redeemed for £2.50 in a Sainsburies store. You can also redeem your points in Homebase, Argos and at Vue cinemas. You can also use points for vouchers for money off or two for one entry to places such as Legoland or as money towards flights/ holidays on Expedia. You can also choose to donate points to some charities such as Oxfam.
The website to check for the full exhaustive list of where you can collect and spend Nectar points (most have a 500 points = £2.50 redemption value) can be found at: www.nectar.com.
I have recently become aware of two ways to earn 1100 Nectar points each month with no outlay. The main sources I use personally to collect regular Nectar points may be new to some of you so let me enlighten you!
The first is by using the Yahoo search feature on the Nectar card website. You have to do 200 random searches using their Yahoo search box within each calendar month to get 100 Nectar points each month. The points will be credited in the following month. I tried this for December, and I got the points credited to my Nectar card a few weeks ago. So this does work.
Another new way to collect points is by registering online with AdPoints. You set up a password with AdPoints and input your Nectar Card details - then you watch adverts and click if you liked them or not and answer questions about the advert. I have been doing this for 5 weeks now and in the first 3 weeks I could earn the maximum 250 points (your weekly limit) within an hour. For the last 2 weeks I have been unable to reach the 250 points maximum, only managing to accrue 190 points then just 66 points last week as I had viewed all the adverts on the site so could not earn any more points.
There are around 45 ads currently on the site, I thought there would be a constant stream of new ads to watch (some are only 10-20 seconds long), but the available ads for me to watch has dwindled. I will update this review if this changes.
Nontheless, for the first 4 weeks that I got the 250 points each week, these were credited to my Nectar points and visible on a till receipt as useable if I'd wanted to use £2.50 or £5 worth of points against food in Sainsburies. I worked out if you get 250 points a week for a year, that works out to around £65-70 worth of points to spend in Sainsburies on food (my plan was to save up my points all year then have a free December and spend the points on Xmas food). Unless destitution forces me to have to use the points earlier in the year!
There are some restrictions with the Yahoo searches: your searches have to make sense and have to create atleast one result- so "shoe laces" is good, "Snarfle winchester" is bad. You do not have to click through to the merchants, just do the search. You can also do this on the smart phone Nectar application. You also get an additional 100 points a month if you also do another 200 searches on a PC or laptop (but these cannot run on the Safari web browser- they need Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome to work).
So, in a perfect world, if there are 12-15 ads a week on AdPoints for you to watch and if you can use the yahoo Nectar search on both your phone app and your PC, then you would make 1200 Nectar points a month. .. But as I am finding, the AdPoints option is dwindling. Still I would recommend trying it as you should be able to watch all the ads that are there.
My plan for a 'living on virtually nothing' 2013 is still a goal of mine, and getting free food from Sainsburies is part of that via Nectar Points!
For years I have been using my Nectar card to build up points and back when Nectar began, they did not have this stupid rule that the account gets deactivated if nothing happens on the account for 12 months. I have been using my Clubcard more recently and so got out of the habit of using my nectar card. Then, the other day I found my Nectar card in my purse and decided to check the online account. I was surprised to find that my account had been deactivated as I had not used it in 12 months. This was news to me as I had a gap in using it back in 2007 for about a year and I was able to just carry on using it - I just had to update my address etc.
I have lost over 32,000 points and they do not even email to give you warning that they will be "stealing" your points. Nectar, instead hide behind their 12 month no use deactivation policy. They have since offered me a new account which I have turned down. I see no reason to go to the trouble of swiping the card to get points, the cash equivalent of which just ends up in some fat company's pocket.
I shall be sticking firmly with my Tesco clubcard.
I have been collecting nectar points for years and never redeemed any. I think around 10 to 15 years. I have changed cards several times due to them being stopped. They never tell you that your card has been de-activated. As far as I can remember my last statement was around 30000 points that was at my last count around 2 years ago. I recently logged on or tried to log on but could not get on as card number not registered. I contacted Nectar and a very polite lady explained that the card had been de-activated and that my balance was 3500 points. So how have I lost 27000 points and also been swiping my card for the last 2 years not getting a point for the trouble.
I have taken Holidays, used at hotels, Ford service contract, BP, Homebase , Sainsburys , you name it and I have swiped it thinking I was getting points. Must have been around 15 to 20 thousand points. And they tell me your card has been de-activated and your balance is 3500 points. I think this is a big Con. Firstly they have your email and contact number but never let you know your card has been stopped.
I will now be taking a weekly print out of my account I think that they are being out of order by not at least emailing customers before they de-activate members cards.
Looks like I am not the only one.
PS. The customer adviser was polite and understood my anger at the company. She did all she could to help such as sending me a new Nectar Card.
A few months ago I changed my electric supplier from southern electric to Edf so I decided to register a nectar card to get the bonus point. Firstly, I must say that the information about the bonus point provided from different sources is very different from each other. Nectar welcome booklet says I can get 500 points when switching to Edf but Edf website says I can earn 5000 points when switching. Yes, there is 4500 point difference between 2 sources. I am still in the process of switching so they haven't given me the points yet. But I will call the nectar customer services immediately after the switching process ends.
The second problem is I don't get the bonus point which sainsbury gives to iPhone user who has the nectar app. I installed the app on my iPhone, Opted out the deal which promised to triple my points when I purchased things in Sainsbury in a limited period. I went to Sainsbury on the last day of the deal and shopped a lot. However, the points didn't get triple. It is advised in the app that the process takes from 7 days to 28 days. Yes, I was waiting for the whole month but nothing happened. In the end I had to contact them, spend long time explaining the problem. But I eventually got my points triple.
The other problem is the link they provide doesn't work. Edf promise to give 100 points for customers who join green club. I clicked the link but there was just an error link!
On a positive note, like tesco Sainsbury also introduces credit card which helps us earn nectar points when using it. It gets less points than a clubcard credit but it 's easier to register to get a gold credit card from Sainsbury than a clubcard credit card from tesco. And there is no fee when cash is being withdrawn.
I don't flight much in Europe, and don't dine out much so I am happy to redeem my points to buy things in Sainsbury, Argos, and homebase.
I have just rang Nectar, reguarding my card, which I have had since 2003. I have been using this card when I buy petrol & many other items for 7 years. Recently while in a shop the cashier said you can use your nectar card towards payment. I said I've had this card for years & never used the points..there must be thousands on there! When the cashier checked, she said, there were no points showing! I called nectar, & they said the card account was closed last year as I had not used it for 12 months.. I said there was no way! I use the card for my petrol & am still using it. They would not budge. It seems the card had become faulty! Not only had they not bothered to email me (why did they ask for my email address) to let me know it was going to be deactivated but, now they are saying.. tough, there is nothing we can do, it's not our fault your card stopped working & you have lost all your points. There was no apology nothing. I didnt know my card had stopped working & the guy on the phone in Newcastle, Kenny. Just kept saying in the terms & conditions it says if you dont use for a 12 months we deativate. that was his answer to every question I asked. so Boo to you Nectar & why did you ask for contact details? not to help the customer obviously!
The Nectar card can be used in various actual shops such as Sainsburys, BP fuel and Homebase, but also online for numerous online retailers and for me it's the online part that is the real value of nectar. Many well known online stores such as eBay, Amazon, Currys online, iTunes etc allow Nectar points to be collected when you click through from the Nectar website.
The Nectar account website itself is very easy to use, by logging in with the card number and password you can click through from the landing page to the online retailers. You need to make sure you go through the Nectar website every time though - there's been a few times I have gone "directly" to Amazon etc by mistake and missed out on the points. However as with all these things, do remember to shop around and get the price, don't just buy from somewhere because there is a special points offer :)
That said Nectar is one of the best loyalty schemes with bonus offers and 'free' points - many of the retailers (they change frequently) have double or triple bonus point offers so it can be worth 'storing up' purchases you were going to make as they do come round quite often.
Each point is worth half a penny so for example if you have 1000 points collected then this equates to £5.00. Other loyalty schemes seem to give 1 point = 1p (though usually you do not collect the points as quickly!) So initially it might seem like you don't have as much collected as you think, but if you do use the Nectar home page to click through to any purchases such as eBay etc they will build up quite quickly.
The other benefit I liked is that you can apply for a second card so if you have a partner, husband, wife etc that you can get also using the Nectar card while they are out and about or shopping online then the points can be collected faster as well!