Changing electricity supplier? Earn Avios and Virgin miles via Clubcard with E.ON

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UK readers of Head of Points will scarcily have been able to miss the news stories about electricity and gas price rises in recent weeks.  All of the six major companies are increasing their prices by around 8%.

If you are thinking of changing supplier, the first thing to do is to use a comparison site to see which supplier is cheapest.  You should then adjust that list to take into account any generous cashback incentives available via TopCashback or Quidco.

If E.ON comes out near the top, you may also want to factor in the Avios points or Flying Club miles you could earn through the Tesco and E.ON partnership.

Full details can be found here, and to quote:

Switch today to one of our new plans and you could earn up to £40 in rewards per year, or up to 4000 Clubcard points! We want to reward our most loyal customers; if you’ve been a customer for more than 1 year, we’ll thank you with a loyalty reward that grows with time (up to a maximum of £20 per year). 

Year 1, you’ll earn a reward of £10 or 1000 Clubcard points

Year 2, you’ll earn £15 or 1500 Clubcard points

Year 3, you’ll earn £20 or 2000 Clubcard points

You can also pick up these great rewards too:

£10, or 1000 Clubcard points, if you manage your E.ON account online

£10, or 1000 Clubcard points, for being a Dual Fuel customer

Please note: all rewards are paid throughout the year, and not as a lump sum.

So … if you sign-up today with E.ON and take the dual fuel deal and manage your account online, then you will earn 3,000 Clubcard points in the first year, increasing to 4,000 in Year 3.  3,000 Clubcard points is worth 7,200 Avios points or 7,500 Virgin Flying Club miles at the standard rate.

It is impossible to say if E.ON is the best deal for you, as prices are different across the country.  However, if it works for you given your gas and electricity usage mix and geographic location, then it is worth a look.

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Comments

  1. TrollBasher says:

    I’ve always found e-on quite middle of the road when it come to pricing. However, it is always nice to see the occasional bump in Clubcard points and look to find it’s one of e-ons regular “Thank you”s.
    Buyer beware though that not all price plans carry the Tesco points offer, so read each plan’s details carefully.

  2. We’ve had e-on in the past, and it’s interesting to see that the Clubcard offer has been enhanced, presumably to stop people transferring to the ‘competition’ every year.

    And that’s the point. Something the muppets in temporary control of government don’t publicly understand is that gas/electricity supply to the consumer is an oligopoly (similar to a monopoly but with a handful of participants). All the companies increase their prices by similar levels over a few months, so any perceived saving is short term.

    The way to extract an in-kind saving is to switch regularly using promotions via comparison websites earning (say) a £40 Sainsburys voucher each time. Doing this every year is probably more beneficial than sticking to one supplier. Of course, switching to e-on with Clubcard points could be this year’s benefit if the deal is competitive.

    Last week i used the MSE checker and found that switching from our existing Blue+ deal with EDF would cost us money as the current deal is (temporarily?) better than any other current offer. That nice Mr Lewis is going to e-mail me if a better offer turns up.

  3. Squillion says:

    One important thing to remember when comparing is that most comparison sites give you a cost difference that treats your current tariff as ending on the scheduled end date then reverting to standard tariff for the remaining months in a 12 month period. Eg I’m on EDF Fixed April 2014 (the cheapest deal on the market btw lol). So the comparison site will give a calculated 12 month cost based on Nov-April on my cheap EDF fix + May-Oct on EDF’s standard tariff, then compare this to other deals available for 12 months. This increases the headline cost of my current deal, as of course I wouldn’t stay on EDF’s standard rate when my fix comes to an end.

  4. One thing to consider with e-on is they log your details with Experian and update a credit record there monthly, just like with my Amex.

    I had no problems with this until I noticed false default payments occurring after e-on cocked up the move to Scottishpower. This caused my credit history to be ruined for a few months while they messed around getting the errors removed.

    For this very reason I avoid e-on – BG do the same thing too now.

    • TrollBasher says:

      BG have done it forever. In 2001, I had a false default entry put against me by them for an account I’d closed 2 months before. When I accessed my Experian account, my payment history to BG was all there.

  5. Thanks Raffles, interesting article and good timing given the impending price rises. Does anyone know if Eon: –

    1. Penalise customers who pay by credit card (instead of monthly DD)
    2. Accept payment by Amex
    3. Accept payment via PayPoint?

    The only other loyalty tie-up I can think of is BG and Nectar, which I currently use, but it hardly seems worth it.

    • 1. I don’t know, but discounts usually apply for customers making monthly direct debits and taking both electricity and gas (‘duel fuel’), Other payment methods are generally extra, i.e. non-discounted.
      2. Probably not, but if so, discounts wouldn’t apply.
      3. I don’t think so, but if so discounts wouldn’t apply.

      Sorry for being non-specific. I’m trying to remember how things were when we were e-on customers and things have probably changed since then.

      There’ll probably be another HfPer along in a minute. :)

  6. StephenF says:

    As someone mentioned, if you change tariff make sure you go on a clubcard one as I thought I was collecting points but wasn’t. Even when I signed up for a new clubcard tariff after realising I was on the wrong one with clubcard number I didn’t receive any points. I was a customer for 3 years.