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How to get the most from your loyalty card

Most of us have a stack of loyalty cards crammed into our wallets, and nowadays pretty much all retailers offer their customers some kind of reward for loyalty. From big brand supermarkets to individual retailers and even coffee shops and restaurants, whatever the shop, it will more than likely have some kind of loyalty offering. But what are the best loyalty schemes? How do they work? And how can you get the most out of your loyalty cards? We’ve rounded up the best loyalty offers out there as well as some handy hints and top tips on how you can make the most out of them. Read on to find out more…

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Tesco Clubcard

As one of the best-known loyalty schemes out there, Tesco Clubcard offers customers the chance to accumulate points at a rate of one per £1 spent. The points can be collected in loads of ways, from in-store and online to Tesco Fuel and Tesco Mobile, as well as through Tesco bank accounts, credit cards, and mortgages. The amount of points you’ve accumulated are then sent out as vouchers every three months. You can choose to spend your vouchers in store, online or at the pump, or alternatively, Tesco Reward Partners is a great way to do more with your vouchers. Choose from family meals, hotels, train tickets, magazine subscriptions or even a family day out – there are so many options available! Have a look online for a full list of exactly what’s on offer.

Sainsbury’s Nectar

Another great supermarket offering is Sainsbury’s Nectar that allows you to gain one point every time you spend £1 – but make sure you keep an eye out for special in-store promotions that give you the chance to double, triple or even quadruple your points, too. With lots of partners to choose from you can collect and spend your points on what really matters to you – and with offers changing weekly, there’s always tons of choice available. You can redeem your points across 500 different brands such as Argos, BP, Debenhams and more, put them towards theme park passes and concerts or even meals and cinema tickets – or alternatively just put it back towards your shop. Check out the website for updates on what’s available and when.

Boots Advantage Card

Boots Advantage Card is one of the most popular reward schemes out there – and considering it gives you four points for every £1 spent, it’s easy to see why it’s such a firm favourite! You can use your points in store or online with points lasting for an impressive three years. There are loads of offers available that change every day, so make sure you keep an eye on the website, sign up to receive news and offers via email or download the app. Alternatively, in larger stores, you can also enter your card details into ‘Extra Offers Kiosks’ for offers that are personal to you. There are even more bargains to be had if you’re over 60 with 10 points up for grabs for every £1 spent, and members of the Parenting Club can also get 10 points per pound for baby products, too.

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Everyone automatically qualifies for ASOS A-List as soon as they make a purchase worth more than £1 with a registered UK account. So if you’re a frequent ASOS shopper, chances are you’ve already started accumulating points without even realising it! In order to redeem them you need to ‘unlock’ the first level by accumulating 400 points (at five points per pound that’s the equivalent of spending £80) to get benefits such as double points days, 15% off for your birthday and exclusive competitions and offers from ASOS as well as a £5 voucher for every £100 you spend. Phew! As you accumulate more points, you can unlock more levels which offer double and triple point days, 20% off for your birthday as well as advance warning and early access to sales. You’ll have six months to spend your points – so don’t forget to use them!

My Waitrose

Unlike other reward schemes, you don’t actually collect points with a My Waitrose card – but if you ask us it’s definitely still worth it for the free tea and coffee! Not only that but you also get to enjoy the rewards from day one without having to accumulate points, allowing you to save money on shopping and win exclusive prizes. Offers include a free Waitrose Food magazine, Waitrose Drinks magazine and online access to the Good Food Guide as well as special offers in store at the fish and meat counter, discounted dry cleaning and seasonal offers and prizes, too. Check out the website to keep up with the offers available.

When it comes to using loyalty cards, make sure you shop smart to get the most out of your points. It’s definitely worth putting a little bit of thought and planning into  – who knows, you could just get a family trip out of it, knock some money off the Christmas shop or even indulge in a little treat for yourself – you deserve it, after all!

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