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Nectar logoNectar points double (at least) exchange*1,000 pts gets £10 restaurant voucher or £20 theme park vch

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Usually 1,000 Nectar points get you just £5 off your shopping at Sainsbury's, Argos, Homebase and a few other retailers.

But from Wed 23 Jul you can get:

  • 2x the value at PizzaExpress (1,000pts = £10)
  • 3x the value at Go Ape, Longleat Safari Park and other Nectar Local Days Out partners (1,000pts = £15)
  • 4x the value at certain theme parks incl Thorpe Park and Alton Towers (1,000pts = £20)
  • 4x the value at participating Nectar Swim pools (usually 500pts per swim, now 500pts = 4 swims)

Nectar rarely offers ways to boost its points, so this is a great way to max their value. Here's how:

  1. First, see the Nectar Double Up* page for a list of participating chains.
  2. You can then exchange points for vouchers online or at the customer service desk in any larger Sainsbury's store (not Local branches), any time until Tue 12 Aug.
  3. They must be redeemed at your chosen venue by Tue 30 Sep.

T&Cs vary for different vouchers - there's more info about those below with a full list of participating venues.

It's worth noting the double-up vouchers can't be used in-store at Sainsbury's.

More info

PizzaExpress (2x value)

Multiple Nectar vouchers can be used in one transaction but not with any other offer, discount or coupons. Valid on food only, includes the children's menu but excludes drinks. Can't be used in Earls Court Exhibition Centre, the O2, Brent Cross, Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Olympia, Strand or at PizzaExpress Jazz Clubs, music rooms or pop-up restaurants.

Legoland Discovery Centre Manchester, The Dungeons, The Blackpool Tower Eye, The Blackpool Tower CircusSealife Centres and Sanctuaries (2x value)

One voucher per ticket, max voucher value is £20. Can't be used with any other offer, or on tickets booked online or over the phone. The London Aquarium is excluded from this offer.

Local Days Out Partners (3x value)

Max voucher value is £30, you can use multiple vouchers in one transacation. Some attractions require you to book over the phone in advance and quote the code on your voucher.

Go Ape (3x value)

Max voucher value is £30, you can use multiple vouchers in one transaction. You must book in advance online or by calling 0843 249 7058 and quoting the code on your voucher (there's a £2 fee for telephone bookings). Vouchers can't be used on food, drink or merchandise.

Alton Towers, Chessington World of Adventures, Thorpe Park and Legoland Windsor (4x value)

One voucher per person and per transaction, max voucher value is £40. Excludes music events and concerts. Can't be used with any other offer, or on tickets booked online or over the phone.

Madame Tussauds and Warwick Castle (4x value)

One voucher per person and per transaction, max voucher value is £30. Excludes music events, concerts and secondary attractions at Warwick Castle. Can't be used with any other offer, concession, online or phone bookings.

Nectar Swim (4x value)

Vouchers issued in bundles of four for 500 points and can be used at both silver and gold pools. Can't be used in conjunction with any other offer, promotion or discount rate unless otherwise stated. Voucher must be presented with your Nectar card.

Nectar logoEarn Nectar points on First Group train tickets*First Great Western, First Capital Connect, ScotRail & more

Ongoing

If you buy almost any train ticket online from First Group rail companies (First Great Western, First Capital Connect, ScotRail, First Transpennine Express or Hull Trains), you'll earn two Nectar points per £1.

For season tickets, it's a tad different. You'll get 50 points for a weekly, 200 points for a monthly and 2,500 points for an annual pass, no matter the cost or distance. One point = 0.5p, so 2,500 points is worth £12.50.

You should never choose where to shop due to loyalty schemes such as this one, but if you've already got a Nectar card and you're planning to travel by rail, here's how to make the most of the points: 

1) Compare prices

If you know exactly where and when you want to travel, compare prices via these booking sites and at the First Group rail company which covers your route: First Great Western, First Capital ConnectScotRail, Transpennine Express or Hull Trains. If it's cheaper via the other booking sites, consider whether it's worth getting the points.

2) Link your Nectar card to your First Group account

Log into your train company account and add your Nectar card number. Then book your journey.

3) When to spend points

Points will be added to your Nectar account within 28 days and you can spend them straight away (though Nectar sometimes runs double exchange events where your points may be worth double so you may want to wait till then). Usually, you need a minimum of 500 points to get a £2.50 voucher to spend at Nectar outlets.

If you've not got a Nectar card, register online at Nectar.com or pick up a registration pack in Sainsbury's or Homebase. 

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