Sainsbury's are changing Nectar points

14 October 2014

Bitterwallet - Nectar Sainsbury's are shaking things up with the way they dole out rewards for Nectar points... and you might not necessarily like it.

They say: "From 11 April 2015, Sainsbury's are changing the way you earn Nectar points, so you'll earn 1 point for every £1* you spend in store and online at Sainsbury's. You'll also no longer receive 1 Nectar point for every bag you reuse in store."

That little asterisk is their own addition, which means you can't earn on fags and booze or 'infant formula'.

So that means you're going to earn less points when you shop with them.

They continue: "While this means you'll earn fewer points on your shopping, you'll still earn 1 point per litre of fuel as before. Plus, Sainsbury's will be bringing you lots of new opportunities to boost your balance faster and more value when you spend your points. Look out for the Nectar 'Thanks a million' event in store from 17-19 October for starters."

Sainsbury's promise 'Double Up' promotions around Christmas, as well as promising vouchers which will be worth more than a quid per point, providing you want to go to the cinema or eat at a Pizza Express.

For the full run down of what this means for you and your Nectar card, click here.


  • Samantha
    I don't suppose this means my current nectar points balance will double in value? Also I think it's funny that you quote them correctly saying "earn fewer points" while you still incorrectly write "less". Okay not that funny but seriously, read a style guide, I'm just some pleb in the comments, you write content for the site, you people are supposed to know better.
    • Mof Gimmers EDITOR
      Here's a thing: "less" has been used to describe countable things throughout English history If you look at historical usage, this use of "less" to describe countable objects goes back to (at least) 888AD. The "fewer" rule came about through the preference of a single author called Robert Baker. His views were picked up by pedants, who are in fact, wrong because the use of "less" is actually a rule that has been in use for a longer period of time than "fewer". The OED shows that, with this usage, "less" has been in use from the Old English used by by King Alfred. Also: The Bitterwallet Style Guide says that writers are encouraged to use informal language because that's what we do.
  • John
    As 500 points = £2.50, that's now only 0.5p back for every £1 spent (0.5 % return). Which means spending £500 before you get the minimum £2.50 off. Very stingy for a supermarket where prices are extortionate. Tesco clubcard gives better returns (especially on own-brands and coupons), although they're getting tighter as well.
  • MacMini
    I think I'm in love with Samantha.
  • Client
    Latest score... Mof 1 - Samantha 0
  • Han S.
    The Bitterwallet Style Guide? Seriously?
  • Mr C.
    Is Bitterwallet written in Old English then? Surely we should be writing based on the rules of modern, or current, language rather than that used by King Alfred? Rules can and do change all the time, meaning that the old ones become redundant. It's like the rules on consumer legislation, surely Bitterwallet would never argue that the old rules are correct because they are older?
  • AnotherPleb
    Well done Samantha! This sets my teeth on edge too (online BBC do it a lot). I am a big fan of Bitterwallet, and its informal style, but ... "informal" = wrong? Surely not. Sorry Mof! Your explanation is interesting though. Can we hear more about King Alfred?

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