How to get 50+ FREE Caffè Nero drinks a year by stacking TWO offers
MSE Update, Tue 22 Jan 2019: Caffè Nero has reportedly stopped giving double stamps for the O2 offer, but you will still get one 'free' stamp if you use its app - but not if you use the paper stamp card. Therefore, you can still use this trick to get free hot drinks, it'll just take twice as long and you'll need to download the Caffè Nero app.
Live or work near a Caffè Nero? Listen up… There’s a way you can get 50+ hot drinks on the house each year by combining separate offers (known as ‘stacking’).
It’ll work on most coffees, hot chocolate and tea – it’s all about the free tea in my eyes – and could be a lifesaver on those days when a thermos of homebrew won’t cut it.
Here’s how it works, in two easy steps:
Welcome to the world of deal stacking. To get free tea, you’ll be stacking two offers:
- Use the O2 Priority app to claim a free hot drink (almost) every Tuesday. If you’re not on O2, see our note on O2 Priority for everyone first.
- Collect TWO stamps on your reward card or app for bringing your own cup. See my blog on reusable cups to see where else you can use yours.
To get the O2 Priority offer, simply download the app, sign in and search for ‘Caffè Nero’ on a Tuesday and it should appear, with your closest store. Don’t click ‘use it now’ until you’re near the front of the queue as it’ll expire after 15 minutes. Scan the QR code on the app to pay and you’ll get your drink for free. There’s your first freebie!
Now, on to the stack. Make sure you pick up a Caffè Nero stamp card (or download the app), and since you remembered your reusable cup, you get TWO stamps on your card or app.
As most people won’t go every week of the year – and, crucially, the offer isn’t on every week of the year – I’ve based my estimate on getting 45 free hot drinks from O2 in a year. This means you’d get 90 stamps when you bring your own cup each time, which then means you should have 10 stamp cards full (nine stamps on each card), each one getting you an extra drink free, bringing the estimated total to 55 freebies!
Will it always work?
You may need to remind the barista that it’s two stamps when you use your own cup, but I’ve only ever been refused once (and I got four free hot drinks cards to make up for it after sending a complaint via Resolver* – these aren’t included in the 50+ tally).
While I often give the free teas to my friends or homeless folk, I do drink a lot of them myself. It can be especially handy at train stations and airports, where normal offers usually don’t apply, and the drinks tend to be more expensive.
As this trick only works at Caffè Nero, if you don’t live or work near one, see our free tea and coffee page to see if you can get a freebie elsewhere.
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