Top 4 loyalty schemes
We have all found ourselves weighed down by our wallets and often not because of cash.
Yes, we’re talking loyalty cards – those little bits of plastic nearly all high street stores offer customers to entice return visits and custom. A free coffee here, a chance to double your points there – they all add up.
Quality not quantity is the mantra, so let us help you get on track with earning points that return the best rewards and thin out your wallet for the better.
Rewarding your shopping:
Although not the most popular loyalty card in Britain (that crown goes to the mighty Tesco Clubcard) we have chosen to give Nectar Card a special top-of-the-list mention because of the infinite number of places you can use it. Shopping in Sainsbury’s? Nectar Card. Buying on EBay? Nectar Card. Subscribing to the Telegraph? Nectar Card!
With over 500 brands now a part of Nectar, the savvy scheme can free up plenty of loyalty-card-shaped-space in your wallet.
Rewarding you with food:
Home of the legendary PERI-PERI chicken, Nando’s already offers diners good value for money. Combine that with a seriously satisfying loyalty programme and we’re happy as Larry.
It’s a no fuss, simple-to-use card, which you can present every time you pay for your order. Keep collecting chillies (loyalty points) and you could be in a position to claim a very tasty, whole chicken or main meal for free!
Members receive one chilli every time the card is used. Three chillies will get you a ¼ chicken or starter; six chillies gets you a ½ chicken, single wrap, burger or pitta; and ten chillies a whole chicken or any single combo meal with regular sides.
Rewarding you with travel:
If you aren’t a jet-setting, frequent-flying, super-traveller, then many airline loyalty programmes just aren’t worth joining. For the time and money you spend, you would see minimum returns and are better off hopping on a low cost flight with a budget airline for your holidays.
But what if you could turn your everyday spending into flights to somewhere warm and relaxing? Then we think Avios is for you.
Avios is an air miles loyalty scheme where you can collect points by shopping at their online store. Similar to using online cash back sites, loyalty members can sign-up to the Avios store and see purchases rewarded with points. Where Avios stands out is with its flexibility to accumulate points, particularly if you prefer to hit the high street. Members can pair their Avios account to an existing loyalty card, including Tesco Clubcards, and watch the air miles rack up through in-store purchases.
Rewarding you with cool stuff:
Lucky O2 customers can get their hands on daily treats and exclusive experiences as part of the O2 Priority Programme. There are plenty of food and drink offers as well as discounted days out, but the real selling point for us has got to be the ability to sign-up for tickets to the most in demand concerts and shows up to 48 hours before they are released to the general public.
O2 are also extra nice to their Pay As You Go customers, rewarding top ups over three month periods with either 5% or 10% back. This cashback can be used as extra credit for calls and texts, money off event tickets, a new mobile phone or redeemed as high street vouchers.
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