Sainsbury’s to make major change affecting 1.8million – customers won’t like it

SAINSBURY’S has reduced the number of points customers can earn when paying with one of its credit cards – a blow to shoppers.

At present, shoppers paying for groceries with a Sainsbury’s Bank credit card can earn two Nectar points for every pound spent.


Sainsbury’s is to make a major change to its nectar points scheme for credit card usersCredit: Alamy

Customers can also earn these points when shopping at Argos, Habitat and Tu Clothes.

But from November 1, customers will only get one point for every £1 spent, meaning the scheme is now less generous.

A Nectar Card point is then worth 0.5 pence, so you need 200 Nectar points to save £1 to spend.

Furious shoppers took to Twitter to slam the supermarket for making the switch.

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One said on Twitter: “So disappointed that Sainsbury’s announced today that Nectar Points on credit card spending will be reduced.

“Talk about hitting people when it’s already hard.”

Another said, “What’s the benefit of this card now?”

A third promised to change credit card providers after the announcement.

They said: “Sainsbury’s has just halved all Nectar Points collection rates on its credit card.

“Can anyone recommend a good cashback credit card to replace my Sainsbury’s card?

“Very annoyed about this.”

Sainsbury’s responded to customers on Twitter and said it is “constantly reviewing its offerings” to ensure it has the best deals.

The supermarket said on Twitter: “We’ve reduced the number of points you earn when paying with your credit card while ensuring we still give away Nectar Points when you shop with us.

“Our points offer remains competitive. We are sorry for your disappointment.”

A Sainsbury’s spokesperson told The Sun: “While we understand this offer is popular with cardholders, we are sure all customers will continue to find great value and save money. with Sainsbury’s through our low cost food, competitive financial services and affordable Argos and Argos Home brands.

How does Nectar Points change for Sainsbury’s bank credit card customers?

Customers will still be able to connect points when paying with their credit card.

But from November 1, the supermarket will award a point for each fill-up £2 spent at Sainsbury’s, Argos, Habitat and Tu Clothing in the UK.

It will also award one point for every £5 spent everywhere else.

This includes:

  • Argos eBay Stores
  • Argos Clearance Stores
  • Argos for business
  • Argos spare parts
  • Argos Financial Services
  • Bank of Sainsbury’s
  • Sainsbury’s Energy
  • Sainsbury’s coffees
  • Sainsbury’s e-gift cards

How does the Sainsbury’s Nectar card work?

One of the oldest loyalty card schemes, the Nectar Card was launched in 2002 after Sainsbury’s, Debenhams, BP and Barclaycard all combined their loyalty schemes under one brand.

Sainsbury’s then bought Nectar in 2018 and revamped the loyalty program in 2019.

Sainsbury’s customers receive a range of points offers each week based on their shopping habits.

Customers could see the deals on the website or app each week and then collect the extra points if they buy the item in-store or online.

How it works is that shoppers earn points when they spend money at Sainsbury’s, Sainsbury’s petrol stations and also at other retailers such as Ebay and Dulux Decorator Centres.

To get a Nectar point you need to spend £1 in the Sainsbury’s store, or you get one Nectar point for every liter of fuel purchased at Sainsbury’s petrol stations.

At most Nectar online partner stores, you’ll earn two points for every £1 you spend.

A Nectar Card point is then worth 0.5 pence, so you need 200 Nectar points to save £1 to spend.

Once you have enough points you can turn them into vouchers to buy your next grocery at Sainsbury’s or to buy things like plane tickets from Expedia, train tickets from Eurostar or cinema tickets for Vue cinemas.

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Sainsbury’s to make major change affecting 1.8million – customers won’t like it

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