How to boost your Nectar points

Updated on 01 February 2018

Sainsbury's customers have the chance to win extra Nectar point coupons worth up to £25 this weekend (2-4 February). Here's what you need to know.

Swipe and win

Sainsbury's is giving Nectar cardholders the chance to win bonus point vouchers for spending £10 or more from 2-4 February.

By using your Nectar card in-store, online or on petrol this weekend, you're guaranteed to receive a coupon worth between 200 and 5,000 points (that's up to £25). What's more, there's no limit to the number of times you can take part.

Once you've got your coupons, you can redeem them in-store before they expire on 18 February 2018. 

As with any promotion, there is fine print to be aware of. In this case, the offer excludes spirits and liqueurs, National Lottery, tobacco, Tu Clothing online, gift cards, medicines, stamps or items bought from concessions at Sainsbury's stores.   

If you aren't planning to shop at Sainsbury's this weekend, here are 10 ways to boost your Nectar points at any time.

Get 10,000 points with the Sainsbury's credit card

The Sainsbury’s Nectar Purchase Credit Card, which offers 0% interest on purchases for 31 months, allows you to earn two points for every £1 spent at Sainsbury's stores and petrol stations and for every £5 spent elsewhere.

The card also offers 1,000 bonus Nectar points each time you spend £40 or more at Sainsbury’s in the first two months up to 10 times. So you could rack up 10,000 extra points. The offer ends on 28 December.  

Alternatively, you could go for the Nectar Credit Card from American Express, which currently comes with a 20,000 Nectar point bonus when you take out the card and spend £2,000 in the first three months.

You collect two points for virtually every £1 you spend on the card, which doubles with Nectar partners. What’s more, the usual annual fee of £25 is waived for the first year.

Take advantage of sales

Of course, you can save a fair amount to staying on top of sales and discounts.

For example, there's a baby event at the moment offering nappies for £4, reduced from £7.

Bank with Sainsbury’s

Sainsbury’s Bank offers a number of financial products, including home insurance, pet insurance, car insurance and life insurance.

If you take out one product, you get double Nectar points on shopping and fuel at Sainsbury’s for up to two years, until you close or cancel your account or policy, miss a payment or don’t renew your policy with the same level of cover.

Take out two products and you’ll earn three times more points, three products and you’ll get four times more points and with four products you’ll earn five times more points.

However, it’s almost certainly not worth taking out such a product just for the sake of the boosted Nectar points. Make sure you shop around for the best insurance policy, irrespective of whether you get extra Nectar points on top.

Book a holiday

Book your holiday through Expedia and you will get a bunch of Nectar points. At the moment you can get double Nectar points for making standalone hotel or package bookings before 7 February 2018 for stays between now and 31 August 2018. That means you'll nab 400 points on hotel bookings and 2,000 Nectar points on package bookings.

You can also get 200 points on flight or car bookings.

Get LV= insurance

Take out an insurance policy with LV= and you could get a big chunk of Nectar points. Car insurance policies will bag new customers 1,000 points, while home insurance will get you 750 points.

Remember, there's more to an insurance policy than the freebies you can get alongside though. Compare insurance quotes with loveMONEY today.

Travel by train

You can earn Nectar points when you book train tickets with Great Western Railway (GWR) or Virgin Trains.

With GWR you get two points for every £1 spent on tickets bought online, 50 points for the online purchase or renewal of a season ticket and 200 points for the online purchase or renewal of a monthly season ticket. 

For tickets of more than a month and less than a year, you'll collect points for every full month up to 2,500.

You also get two points per £1 spent online with Virgin Trains.

Shop at eBay

Link your eBay and Nectar accounts and you can collect one point for every £1 you spend on the auction site, up to 5,000 points. However, some categories are not eligible:

  • cars, motorcycles and vehicles (though not parts and accessories);
  • holidays & travel;
  • property;
  • gift vouchers and coupons;
  • baby feeding: formula.

You also won’t get Nectar points if you buy from a Tesco outlet or Genesisuk through eBay.

Donate to charity

You can earn Nectar points by donating to Oxfam, thanks to the Tag Your Bag scheme

You’ll get 100 points just for linking your Oxfam account with your Nectar account. You then get two points for every £1 that your donated items raise in Oxfam shops.

Eat in

You can even collect Nectar points with your next takeaway. Ordering through Just Eat gives you one point for every £1 spent, making that chicken korma taste extra good. 

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Use Nectar eShops

You can collect Nectar points on your online shopping, in much the same way that you can earn cashback from sites like Quidco or TopCashback.

Just go to the Nectar eShop website, search for the brand that you want to shop with, then follow the link over to that retailer. Your transaction will be tracked and you'll get points back based on your purchases.  


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