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One of the better loyalty schemes
Member Name: Holland1
Advantages: Nice little bonus in vouchers each quarter, lots of different ways to spend them
I've had a Tesco clubcard for years, and out of the many loyalty cards I own for various stores, this one is my favourite. The clubcard system is pretty simple, you earn points by spending money in Tesco stores or online. These points are then coverted into Tesco clubcard vouchers, which you can use in store, on-line, or for one of their Exchange deal promotions. The Exchange Deals triple the value of your vouchers for certain restaurants, days out etc, and you have to send your vouchers off and state where you want to spend them. They then return the voucher to you which you must spend in your chosen place.
The clubcard points can be earned in many ways, including grocery shopping, at the Tesco petrol stations, using their financial and mobile phone services, and many others. I only really shop in store with the occasional online grocery shop, and I always make sure I get my petrol at Tesco to build up my points. At the moment they are offering double points on grocery shops, and this is a good way of keeping customers as it quickly boosts the number of points you have. The online shopping facility is good because it stores your clubcard details and adds the points to your account. You can also earn additional points in other ways such as re-using carrier bags, or completing surveys for the online "Shopper Thoughts" forum. I am a member of this and regularly get invitations to complete surveys, the reward is usually 50 - 200 points.
When you've earned enough points to convert to monetary value vouchers, you will be send these vouchers in the post once a quarter. As part of the Clubcard scheme you'll also get money off vouchers if you buy certain things (or sometimes if you spend over a certain amount, eg £5 off if you spend over £50), or you might get vouchers giving extra clubcard points if you buy certain things. The products they choose to give offers on in this way are usually carefully selected based on your spending patterns, so they tend to be for things you will actually use.
I always used to spend my Clubcard vouchers by converting them to restaurant vouchers for Bella Italia, as this was a good way for my friend and I to have a free night out once in a while. We'd both save our vouchers and convert them so that they were enough for a meal for two. When we both bought houses and things got a bit tighter, however, we have both started using our vouchers for reducing our weekly shop. I usually earn about £12 a quarter in Tesco vouchers, so I either spend this in store on a special meal for my fiancé and myself, or if I've overspent during the month I'll put it towards our normal grocery shop to make it cheaper. Either way, it's a nice little surprise when the vouchers come through the post each quarter.
I would say if you have a family that needs entertaining, the best way to use these vouchers is by exchanging them in the Clubcard Rewards deals (this can be done online). There are lots of offers on the website for places like Alton Towers, Legoland, Warwick Castle to name but a few. This vastly reduces the cost of a day out and makes it worthwhile being loyal to Tesco.
Summary: Loyalty is rewarded with Tesco