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Rewards For Loyalty
Member Name: topsyturvy
Advantages: great rewards, free to get
If there's one thing I like about some stores it's the idea of them having loyalty cards. I am not a big fan of store cards but at least with loyalty cards, you spend and still earn back somehow. I have had my Tesco Clubcard for what seems like forever but it must have been about a good five or more years. I wasn't keen on bothering with one first as I was in my teens when it first all came about but my mother insisted I get one and I have to thank her now because with me living on my own I'm always in there buying.
WHAT IS IT
Well, with me shopping between a few different supermarkets it still seems worth my while holding onto this as on my lunch breaks I tend to grab meal deals from here and so on so even every little thing definitely adds up. The basic concept of the card is that every time you shop in Tesco they'll ask if you have a Clubcard, if you do say yes and they swipe it and you get 2 point per £1 in store and 1 point per £1 on petrol. You can always see how many points you have as every time you use the card the bottom of your receipt tells you what your current points total is. You can easily use it in the self service machines as well, just scan it at any point and it will say 'Clubcard accepted' then you can continue with your shopping.
It is easy enough to get yourself one of these cards you can either do it in store fill out a form and then you are given a temporary paper card which you can still get points on until your real one comes. It is a one off form and then they will send it out to you in the post within a few weeks. You can also register online at Tesco.com/clubcard or you can do it over the phone, there are numerous ways to get yourself one of these.
WAYS TO EARN
It is not all about buying groceries to earn yourself points but there are other ways too. Obviously online or in store are the obvious but you also get points for filling up at Tesco petrol. However, one of my main annoyances with this is most Tesco petrol stations near me are run under Esso so they say they can't give you points for the petrol with it not being theirs. The main places you get Tesco petrol are at the Tesco Extra stores, in other words the bigger ones but they're not easy for everyone to get to.
You usually get a magazine through from Tesco Clubcard quarterly which has vouchers adapted to what you normally spend. These are valid for a month and give you deals like get 25 points when you buy milk or get 25 points when you buy fresh fruit. They don't always have things I buy frequently but sometimes just to get the points I will add them in my trolley that week. Tesco Direct where you buy DVD's, CD's also gets you points and Tesco Home Phone does also. Lastly, if you reuse your bags Tesco will give you points back which is a good incentive to push recycling further, you get 1 point per bag.
You can further get more points by having Tesco services, I'm sure if you use their credit card you gain back with Tesco Finance but it is 1 point for every £4 spent. When you pay for gas and electricity with E-On you get points; Tesco Opticians is another good one where I've collected a lot of points from. Tesco Mobile will give you 3 points for every £1 you use or credit with their network. They will also give you up to 200 points when you recycle old ink cartridges and Tesco Broadband gets you points too. Lastly, Tesco car insurance is a way to get points.
So, normally with your Clubcard magazine you will receive vouchers attached at the end of it which you can either in store or towards their variety of rewards. They do for example £2.50 in Clubcard vouchers gives you £10 to spend in a number of restaurants such as Pizza Express and Cafe Rouge. Every £2.50 will also give you 60 Airmiles; £3 in Clubcard vouchers gives you 1 Cineworld token. Every £5 in Clubcard vouchers gives you £20 on days out and £6.50 will get you a magazine subscription.
The restaurants included then are Bella Italia, Potters, Prezzo, Varsity and others that I hadn't heard of. For the fun days out you can choose from a selection of theme parks like Alton Towers, zoos, castles, tourist attractions, Chessington World of Adventures, Drayton Manor etc.
You can buy memberships for things like the Wildlife Trust or RSPB Annual Membership. You can get hotel vouchers for Best Western, Hilton Hotels, Marriott and Novotels and Ramada Jarvis but these are going to be silly if you just get £2.50 exchanged into £10 which is why they say do £10 for £40 in vouchers as for hotels it needs to be higher.
You can get holiday vouchers for Butlins, Cosmos, Park Resorts, Virgin Holidays and the YHA. Then you have your lifestyle ones where you get LA Fitness.
For the magazine subscriptions I have only just found this out myself so for something that I read like Cosmopolitan you are looking at £10.50 in vouchers to secure yourself an annual subscription which isn't bad really. Elle is £11 because it is slightly heavier; Heat is £23 as it is out more frequently. I personally think there are so many good things to spend points on that magazine subscriptions are pretty cheap anyway that it seems a waste to use your points up on this. If you think of the amount of shopping you have to do to get £10.50 in vouchers I'd rather just pay cash for the annual subscription.
For theatre you can use £15 in Clubcard vouchers to get you one ticket to see Chicago on the West End. Then another good category they have is Indulgence which is for chocolatiers like Thornton's, so say you like the Continental Collection £5 in Clubcard vouchers will get you a 1030g token to pick these up but again it seems like you're paying a hell of a lot more for the vouchers to get the token that it is cheaper just buying it.
What I would say I probably always use my Clubcard vouchers on would be Airmiles which is the No.1 reward partner on Tesco.com so I can't be the only one. I usually get vouchers through for about £4.50 and collect them all, then I go online type in the code and my Airmiles order will be dispatched and they'll be credit into my account quickly within a few days. Thanks to my Clubcard vouchers I am now on about 700 Airmiles which is enough for a return flight to London. However, as I said I have now got my own flat so am shopping at Tesco a hell of a lot more as it is nearer to me so maybe soon I will have enough points to go somewhere hot. You can also collect BA Miles through Tesco as well if you collect these.
I think there are so many advantages of having this as I have stated above. Not only can you get benefits from your food shop and gain points to get holidays, days out, meal vouchers etc. It is not like it is difficult to swipe you card when shopping anyway and to gain something back for being loyal to Tesco seems brilliant. I think it is easy to say the points mount up quickly each month and with me collecting my Airmiles by just doing shopping and getting my vouchers every so often it just seems so easy to do.
The good thing is if you forget your Clubcard when shopping, you keep your receipt and go to customer services and they will put them on for you. Also if you're lucky if someone in front of you in the queue isn't collecting then they will sometimes offer their points to you as I've had a few times. The Clubcard is sent in card form for your purse and they also give you ones for your key so you can attach to your car or your keys which is handy.
Another thing I forgot to mention which comes around every so often is Double Points. It really is self explanatory but when they do Double Points I always do a big food shop and get my petrol with them as it mounts up the points like that and is a great way of collecting twice of what you are buying.
I really would do a disadvantage part of the Clubcard but I really can't see one apart from the point of the Esso petrol which I made earlier but it can be avoided. The card if free doesn't need credit checks, what more could you need.
If you want more information on Tesco and their Clubcard then go to http://www.tesco.com/clubcard and it has very in depth detail of everything you need to know.