How to boost your Nectar points

How to boost your Nectar points

Use a Nectar card to earn points & save at Sainsbury's, Argos & more

If you collect Nectar points, there are lots of ways to boost your stash through everyday spending. Plus we've tricks to earn points without spending a penny. Remember the golden rule – choose where to shop on price, NOT because you get points – but always get points if you're spending there anyway.

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For more ways to boost loyalty points, see Reclaim & boost Clubcard vouchers and Boots Advantage Card tips.

How does the Nectar scheme work?

The Nectar loyalty scheme is usually associated with Sainsbury's, but there are lots of other places you can collect and spend your points, including Argos, eBay and Habitat.

Confusingly, some retailers only let you collect Nectar points (rather than spend them), and others let you spend but not collect.

Where can I collect & spend my Nectar points?

There are only a few retailers that let you spend your Nectar points, but when it comes to collecting, there are too many to list. We've rounded up some of the biggies below.

Where can I collect & spend Nectar points?

Where can I collect Nectar points? 350+ partners, including Argos, Asos,, Currys PC World, eBay, Domino's, Dunelm, Esso, Expedia, Groupon, Habitat, Holland & Barrett, Just Eat, H&M,, Littlewoods, Lookfantastic,, Mamas & Papas, New Look, On The Beach, Sainsbury's, ShopDisney

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Where can I spend my Nectar points?

Argos, Caffè Nero, eBay, Eurostar, Habitat, The Mail, Sainsbury's, Sky


You can also donate your points to The Woodland Trust, and via Crowdfunder.

Info correct 24 August 2022

How do I collect Nectar points?

There are a few different ways to collect Nectar points when shopping – it varies by retailer.

  • Swipe your card at the checkout in store (eg, Argos, Sainsbury's and Esso). You can swipe your physical card or scan the digital barcode using the Nectar app (available for iPhone and Android).

  • Enter your cardnumber at the online checkout (eg,

  • Link your online accounts (eg, Argos and eBay). To do this, sign in to Argos/eBay and go to your account.

  • Click through to the retailer via the Nectar website (eg, Dunelm). Similar to a cashback website, simply visit and select a retailer. Click 'shop online' and you'll be taken to the retailer's website to make your purchase as normal. Your visit should be tracked by Nectar, but (as with cashback) this can never be guaranteed. Check out Top cashback sites for what to watch out for.

  • Link your payment card using Nectar Connect (eg, Just Eat and Papa Johns). You'll need an online or app-based bank account or credit card to sign up. See our Nectar points boost if you connect your payment plastic to it MSE News story for full details.

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Earn Nectar points through everyday spending

Use a Nectar card when spending at Sainsbury's, Esso, Asos, eBay, Expedia and others (see the full list) to grab points. The amount you get varies – at Sainsbury's right now you'll usually earn one point for every £1 spent.

  1. Get personalised weekly bonus offers via the Nectar app and website

    In 2019, Sainsbury's revamped the Nectar scheme, and the big change was that you can now select weekly personalised bonus point offers via the Nectar website or app (available on iOS and Android). The app also now gives you a 'digital Nectar card' you can scan at the till, though your physical card will continue to work as normal.

    Each Friday, you'll be sent a range of points-boosting offers to choose from, based on your shopping habits (eg, 20 bonus points for buying Sainsbury's haddock fishcakes). You can view the offers on the website or app, and 'save' the ones you want to use before doing your Sainsbury's shop. You then have to use them within a certain period – typically a week or so.

    To get the bonus points, scan your Nectar card at the till (your physical card or your new digital card via the Nectar app). Any bonus points you've earned will then automatically be added to your account.

  2. Use the Sainsbury's SmartShop app to save on your shopping

    You get up to 30% off items you frequently buy if you use the Sainsbury's SmartShop app (available for Android and iPhone) to scan items while you shop in one of its stores. It'll automatically trigger deals of up to 30% off on selected branded and own-brand products.

    Look for ‘My Nectar Prices’ in the Nectar app to see what automatic coupons you've been offered and how long they're valid for – you can use them multiple times before the expiry date. 

    If you don't have a smartphone, you can get the offers when you use in-store scanners. However, you can't get these deals when shopping online.

    Nectar app
  3. Boost Nectar points' value with partners, eg, Caffè Nero and Sky

    Usually when spent in store at Sainsbury's, each Nectar point is worth 0.5p (so 500 points equals £2.50 off shopping). Yet if you redeem points with companies Nectar has partnered with via the Nectar website, you can sometimes get a slight boost.

    Previously we've seen partner deals worth 2x or even 3x the value, but when we last checked we could only find a couple of deals that gave a (small) boost in value:

    • Caffè Nero  350 points (normlly worth £1.75) gets any hot or cold drink. You can swap your points online or via the app, to get a QR-code voucher to use at Caffè Nero. It gets you a hot or cold drink of any size, so you can boost the value of your points by going for a pricier drink. However, it's worth noting 'speciality drinks' and extras aren't included.

    • Sky Store – eg, 1,050 points (normally worth £5.25) gets a £5.99 voucher. You can redeem Nectar points on box sets and films at the Sky Store. There's a range of voucher values to choose from, up to £15.99 for 2,800 points (norm £14).

    The redemption process varies by retailer. See the Nectar website for more info.

  4. Earn points on fuel at Esso garages

    In 2019, Nectar switched its petrol station partner from BP to Esso. Scan your card or app at the till and you can collect one point per litre of petrol or diesel and two points per £1 spent in the shop – on most items – at most Esso garages. (About 1,000 Esso petrol stations are participating in the promo though those with Tesco Express shops attached aren't.)

    You won't earn Nectar points on tobacco-related products, phone cards, baby milk, stamps, utility cards, e-top ups and lottery tickets.

    And of course, don't let loyalty points determine where you fuel up, as Esso may not be cheapest. See our Cheap Petrol & Diesel guide for tips on finding the cheapest prices.

  5. Avios points can now be converted to Nectar points (and vice versa)

    You can convert points at a rate of 250 Avios to 400 Nectar points. If you want, you can set up an automatic conversion for a minimum 250 Avios to Nectar a week.

    You can also exchange 400 Nectar points for 250 Avios points. See our Nectar cardholders can now convert points to Avios MSE News story for more details.

  6. Earning Amex Membership Rewards? Boost your Nectar points by swapping to Avios first

    Amex doesn't advertise this but there's a trick to manipulate its Avios and Nectar partnership, so 250 Amex points could be worth 400 Nectar points, if you swap them the right way.

    While 250 Amex points is worth just 250 Avios or Nectar points, if you swap them for Avios points first, THEN swap them for Nectar points, the conversion rate is much higher (250 Avios = 400 Nectar).

    Trick to get bonus Nectar points

    Here's how to do it:

    1. Swap your Amex points for Avios via the American Express website.

    2. Link your Nectar and British Airways Executive Club accounts, which can be done at the Nectar or British Airways Executive Club website. Both are free to join if you're not already a member. 

    3. Convert your Avios to Nectar points via the British Airways website. You can also choose to have your points swapped automatically in the future.
  7. The Amex Nectar credit card – earn wherever you spend

    Nectar credit card

    If you're an avid Nectar collector, you can earn more points by using the Nectar American Express* credit card, but always pay it off IN FULL each month or you'll be charged 24.5% interest on purchases, which dwarfs any points gain.

    You'll earn two Nectar points (worth 1p) per £1 spent on the card (plus your usual Nectar points). And spend £2,000+ in the first three months and you get an additional 20,000 bonus points (worth £100).

    The £25 annual fee is waived for the first year (representative APR including fee is 29.8%).
    Overall this makes it a decent alternative to the top-paying cashback credit card, provided there's something you want to buy with your Nectar points.

    Alternatively, we've found a clever trick using the Amex Preferred Rewards Gold* card, which could get you £184 in Nectar points. See our Credit Card Rewards guide for full details.

  8. Get an extra point per £1 spent in store with the Sainsbury's credit card PLUS 10,000 bonus points (worth £50)

    If you don't want to get, or aren't eligible for, the Amex Nectar card above, you could consider the Sainsbury's Bank Nectar Reward credit card instead. You get:

    New customers will get 8,000 bonus Nectar points worth £40 if they spend £400+ at Sainsbury's, Argos or Tu Clothing in the first two months from receiving their card.

    Sainsbury's offers up to 17 months' 0% on new spending. Make sure you fully clear the card by the end of the 0% period or you'll be charged 20.9% APR interest on any remaining balance.

    • One extra Nectar point for every £1 spent in store or on fuel with Sainsbury's.
    • One point per £5 you spend anywhere outside Sainsbury's.

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Earn Nectar points without spending

You can add to your stash of points without spending anything at all using the tricks below.

  1. Answer online survey questions

    You can earn extra points for completing surveys via Nectar Canvass – up to 120 points a pop. Once you've registered and done the welcome survey, you'll be entered into a competition for a chance to win 10,000 Nectar points. You'll get an email when there's a new survey to complete. Plus, every time you attempt a survey, you'll get an entry in Sainsbury's quarterly £5,000 prize draw.

  2. Earn 200+ bonus points searching online

    There are points to be had simply for using the internet. For instance, once you register with the Nectar website, you can collect 100 Nectar points just by downloading its browser extension. You get a further one point for every two internet searches you make, up to a max of 200 points a month.

  3. Check your account regularly for offers & bonus points

    Make sure you log in to your Nectar account regularly, on the website or the app, to check for new offers. Some require a spend, eg, 100 bonus points on your next shop at Sainsbury's. But occasionally you can find an offer for bonus points without any spend required – you just have to log in and load it to your card.

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