Nectar Points Calculator – How much are Nectar Points worth?
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What is Nectar & what are Nectar points?
Since you’ve landed on this page, I’ll assume you know what Nectar is..however, for anyone that doesn’t, here’s a quick run down on what a Nectar card is, where you can use it, how you can get one and how to find out how much your Nectar points are worth!
Nectar is a loyalty scheme used by some of the biggest brands in the UK.
Think brands like Sainsbury’s (the most well known brand on Nectar), Esso, ASOS and Argos. Every time you shop in one of the Nectar connected stores, if you have registered for a Nectar card you can earn points. These points can then be transferred into a variety of things: money off your shopping, days out vouchers, restaurant vouchers and more.
Looking to save money in the supermarket? I’m always on the hunt for ways to reduce our food shopping bill. It’s a huge proportion of our monthly cash, so I often use apps and cash-back sites to make the most of our budget.
The Nectar Points loyalty scheme
There are so many loyalty schemes, much like Nectar, in the UK. Tesco run the biggest loyalty scheme in the UK and they’re about to offer a paid, enhanced version (read about that here), but Nectar always has been totally free!
It’s great being able to collect points and get rewards that we otherwise might not be able to get. From days and meals out to money off holidays and car hire, it seems there’s not a lot you can’t at least part pay for with some sort of loyalty scheme. But how good are they really?
We’ve tried to answer your questions about Nectar points here, including the cause of some frustration for some – how much are my Nectar points worth?
We’ve also made a handy calculator to see exactly how much your points are worth – without having to do the maths!
How do you get a Nectar card?
Don’t have a Nectar card already? No problem! you can pick up a pack to fill out in store and give it to the customer service desk. You’ll then receive your Nectar card in the post within roughly 10 days.
The sign up process online is straightforward and you’ll be sent your card within 10 working days. You can also opt to get a handy keyring Nectar card to go on your car or house keys so you’re never without it.
When signing up you’ll be asked a series of pretty standard questions, the usual I’m sure you’ve come across before:
- Date of birth
- Email (if you don’t have an email, you can still join but checking your online account makes the process easier when you’re checking your points balance or looking to spend your rewards. Sign up for a FREE email here!)
You’ll go through a couple of screens like these ones, and then it’s done…you’re a Nectar member!
What are my Nectar points worth?
Working out how much your Nectar points are worth is fairly easy. Basically, 1 Nectar point of worth 0.01p. In real terms this equates to 500 Nectar points being worth £2.50, 1000 Nectar points being worth £5.00 and so on.
BUT….use our calculator to work out the exact amount of cash your points convert into!
Nectar Points calculator
Where can you collect Nectar points?
There are 461 places to collect Nectar points according to Nectar.
The most obvious place to collect Nectar points is in Sainsbury’s supermarkets. It’s a straightforward 1 point for every £1 spent in store, and at times throughout the year Sainsbury’s offer double points events and chances to get more points.
Many times, when you pay at the tills, Sainsbury’s issue you with a double points voucher, when you spend over a certain amount, for me that’s usually £75.
Every time you buy a paper copy of the Daily Mail or the Mail on Sunday, you can earn Nectar points. There is a unique code on the back page of every paper and once you’ve joined the FREE MyMail Club, you input your codes and are awarded Nectar points.
This post has all the information you need to get started collecting MyMail Club Nectar points.
Collect Nectar points when your fill up your car at Esso. It’s 1 point for £1 spent on fuel or 2 points for £1 spent in the shop – however, I really don’t fill up at Esso as it can be more expensive than supermarket filling stations, so make sure you’re not spending more just to get a few extra points! If you fill up at Esso anyway, it’s a good place to get some extra points!
Collect 2 points for every £1 spent at Next. Great if you’re kitting out the kids in school uniform or stocking on basics during the sales.
At 2 points for £1 spent, treating yourself to a Domino’s might be slightly less guilt free!
Other places to collect Nectar points
The places I’ve mentioned above are just a snapshot of the places you can collect Nectar points. For a full list of places, the Nectar website has a comprehensive list.
How to boost your Nectar points
Can you boost Nectar points? Yes, in theory you can. When you log into your account, you’ll be presented with a range of offers that have been ‘hand picked’ just for you :)
Mine looks like this:
Honestly? I’m not really impressed with the offers to boost my Nectar points that I’m being offered.
So…any other ways? Yes, there are some other ways you can boost your Nectars, but they’re only really any good if you’re already in the market to buy a product.
So before we jump in, these are the places you can get points by signing up for specific products. As always, make sure the product is something you were going to sign up for anyway, it’s the best price you can find and you’re not signing up just to get some Nectar points!
6000 Nectar points with Sainsbury’s life insurance (£30)
If you’re looking for life insurance, Sainsbury’s offers a whopping 6000 Nectar points for taking out a policy. Check the terms and conditions for when you’ll receive your points.
Up to 4750 points when you take out a Sky Mobile phone contract
This was a great one for us as we’ve recently changed our phone contracts over to Sky, not for the points but because they were significantly cheaper than o2 who we’d been with previously.
Nectar will give you 3500 Nectar points for signing up to NOW TV. There are some terms you need to adhere to for this offer, so make sure you’ve read the terms and conditions before signing up!
Where can you spend your Nectar points?
Redeeming Nectar points is quite easy, but there are NOT LOADS of places to spend them in my opinion. From the Nectar website, it looks like there are a grand total of only 23 places to claim your rewards from.
I usually end up using my Nectar points in Sainsbury’s, often for the simple reason that a) I don’t usually have enough of them to do much with and b) I really am never sure where to spend them.
At 500 points to get £2.50 off your shopping, it’s generally worth waiting for one of there flash sales where you can double your points on certain items.
Other places to spend your Nectar points
Neros – 350 points per coffee
Pizza Hut – 1000 points for a pizza
Sky Movies – Use your Nectar points to rent a film if you have Sky Movies
For a full list of places you can redeem your Nectar points, see the Nectar website.
The new nectar scheme
Did you know Nectar are trialling a new loyalty scheme? They are and, if it’s successful it’ll be rolled out across the country in 2021.
Currently being trialled only in Isle of Wight stores, the new digital app way of earning Nectar points means you will pre-select the goods that you want to earn Nectar points on. So potentially, you’ll be able to choose your own offers, which could be better than the way Nectar runs at the moment, where most of the offers are not relevant to me.
Sainsbury’s, which bought Nectar in early 2019 wants to increase engagement with its customers, however, as you will only earn points on items you’ve preselected, if you forget to preselect the items, you’ll get zero points.
Currently, there are no changes being made to Nectar across the rest of the country and so the way you earn and spend Nectar points remains the same.
Know any other ways to boost your Nectar balance? Let us know in the comments below and we’ll add them into the update!
Thank you :)
1000 Nectar points have a cash value of £5 if redeemed in Sainsbury’s.
Nectar points only expire when you close your Nectar account.
There are different places you can spend your Nectar points apart from Sainsbury’s. We’ve listed some in our post.
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