How to earn 7+ Avios per £1 at Next, via Directory and in-store

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For non-UK readers, Next is a hugely popular mid-market chain of clothing and homeware stores, possibly best known for the huge crowds which always attends its sales.

If you spend at Next, there are two ways of earning a lot of Avios points for your shopping.

Via Next Directory

Many people don’t know that you can pay off your Next Directory account using Next gift cardsThis page on the Next website explains how.

Next gift cards can be bought at Tesco.  They are one of the most common gift cards they sell – a tiny Tesco Express may only sell 3-4 gift cards but Next is often included.

Next store

As most Head for Points readers know, you earn 150 bonus Clubcard points for every £50 you spend on giftcards (excluding Tesco gift cards) in TescoTheir website confirms it here.

This means that you are earning (150 x 2.4 =) 360 Avios per £50 of gift cards you buy (7.2 Avios per £1).

If you have an Amex Gold, you would also earn an extra 1 point per £1.  Supermarket shopping in your first year earns 2 Amex points per £1 whilst Next usually earns 1 Amex point per £1.

You can overpay your Next bill to empty out each gift card in full.  The balance sits on your account as a credit.

Via Next shops

You can use the same method when purchasing good in-store at Next by buying gift cards from Tesco in advance.

That is a bit risky, of course, because you might get to Next only to find that they don’t have anything you want to buy!

If you have been a Next Directory customer for more than six months, there is an alternative.  You can ask for a Next Directory Card.  This allows you to buy items in-store and charge them to your Next Directory account – from where you can pay the bill at your convenience using Next gift cards from Tesco.

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  1. It will be a hit on your credit score/account so would only be worthwhile for a regular Next shopper.

    • It wouldn’t be negative on your credit score unless you didn’t pay

      • Well it would be initially, but it’s the same as applying for any credit card

        • True, and unless you’re making multiple applications for credit in a short space space of time, the weight placed on a single form completion is neglible.

          And given that there are three credit ref agencies active in the UK, and many (most?) businesses only access and report data to one of the three, a potential lender accessing your file may well not see all or any of your most recent applications at all.

  2. I hatch the similar plan to buy a extremely comfy couch at Next Home 2 years ago. But after finding out it would not fit in the staircase we decided against it. We did not want to break open the balcony window. It took us one and half year to use the £300 gift cards we already bought for the sofa by buying clothes.

  3. I’m not sure I’d describe Next as “hugely popular” – there must be a reason they’ve just closed down their Oxford Circus flagship….

    • There’s a store in most town / city’s in the UK. With over 700 stores , id class that as popular

      • So popular in fact that Frenske (6:50 am) was in and out of there for 18 months or more!

      • As would I, though for some reason “hugely popular” seems like bizarre phrasing to me. But then singling out Next for an article seems bizarre to me too. Presumably Raffles shops in that sort of place a lot. I remember from past articles that he views House of Fraser vouchers almost akin to cash!

        • Don’t think I have been in a Next shop for 20 years!

          • Not sure anyone has Raffles – they have a presence on every high street but they’re just another one of those British retailers that’s had its day – time for them to move along now.

          • It is an incredibly successful business if you look at the numbers – £3bn of sale and £695m of profit in 2013, at a time when other retailers were still going bust left, right and centre. And I doubt Hobbs could get people queuing at 4am on Boxing Day for its sale!

          • It’s not particularly cheap, but I like their men’s clothes as for the ridiculous queues at the next sales you have to fight through hundreds of hysterical women only to find that all the men’s products have been taken of the shelves and replaced with low quality tat.

          • nothing wrong with next. I like their mens clothes

    • ‘Next is a hugely popular mid-market chain……..’ is a fair statement in my view-particularly to inform non-UK readers.

      Perhaps(?) they are encountering a downturn in sales-however they are not alone.

      • flyforfun says:

        Their Canary Wharf store shut down recently too. I think it caught Canary Wharf Management unaware as normally they don’t allow “we’ve closed.. Nearest store is…” signs up. They usually take the positive PR spin with hoardings saying “Another new exciting blah blah store opening soon”.

        I never understood Next sales strategy of 4am store openings. The stock was often 2 or more seasons old.

        • Definitely caught me by surprise! “Nearest shop in Westfield” because people will definitely go there on their lunch break…

    • The_Real_A says:

      Next is one of the most profitable retailers, forecasting £790m in PROFIT for 2014! Thats popular in my book…

  4. Scott Smart says:

    Why is it a hit on your credit score?

    • Because they search your credit report before allowing you to open an account, because it is a credit product that charges 20% APR if you don’t pay off the balance in full every month.

      • Yes but a search from next is hardly going to affect ability to get a mortgage etc. And once you have had it and paid it for a month the affect will be a positive one. I seriously wouldn’t worry about this affecting your credit score. Unless obviously you have credit problems and wont be able to pay in full etc.

      • Credit reports don’t show the terms of the deal being applied for, eg interest rate.

        Obviously a huge number of searches in a short time may indicate financial stress (or alternatively bargain hunting) but a lot of the concern about searches is being driven by companies selling subscriptions for expensive monthly credit reports, complete with indicative (ie largely imaginary) credit scores. Don’t waste your money on them as every lender had their own formula for granting/rejecting, setting limits etc.

        • Correct. Getting a mobile phone contract leads to a ding on your credit score. Changing electricity provider leads to a ding on your credit score. Other lenders do not know who these people were who asked for your report.

          • There are misconceptions in all posts above.

            Mortgage quotations is a separate kind of search and lenders will be able to distinguish that search from others. Mortgage underwriters (and lenders like AMEX) might not see store accounts/store cards positively. They know it is not a prime credit product. (On the other hand, store accounts might prove useful in establishing your credit history if you had none/one credit card, etc).

            Other lenders have means to know what kind of credit accounts you already hold, including certain terms. Credit reports do show if there is a balance transfer or promotional low interest rate on the account.

          • Yes but the point is . Even if they can see why will it affect your credit negatively?? If you pay it each month and don’t go over your limit its a positive on your file

          • They do not regard it as a prime credit product.

            As pointed, every lender does the credit scoring differently, there is no single “credit score”. Another store card provider might like it very much to give you the second of those, while a mortgage lender might frown upon a store card account — to give a stylised example, if you need to borrow at above 20% to get your furniture, what does it say about your readiness for a mortgage, a Platinum charge card that allows a 5K swipe?

          • Ricatti – what nonsense you speak!

            John Lewis / Waitrose card…?!! That’s a store card…

            An automated credit scoring system can’t tell the difference between whether you have a Next store account, a John Lewis store account, or if you’ve taken an offer of 0% to buy a TV from Currys etc..

            If you’re paying off the balance in full, or just have a small balance, then the automated system can see that too. And if it goes manual… well… even then if there is a ‘big purchase’ of a sofa at Next [possibly on a promotional rate] it will show this as a promotional rate on your credit file.

            Buy a sofa in Next for £1,000 and pay it off and then close the Next account? I’d argue your credit score with all lenders would increase across the board…

          • Perhaps apart from with Lloyds and previously with Hilton Visa – I’ve found these cards often seem to knock back those with good scores, presumably as they’re looking to make a bit of money on those that miss the occasional payment 😛

          • Paul, nonsense is yours (always happy to return to people what they give!).

            Store cards/store accounts are on the boundary, somewhat away from the prime credit. Purchasing a large-ticket item and let the balance revolve is similar to a loan. That is why there is an information about promotional rates on the credit record — it is done in favour of a consumer. Without that information, another lender could see a large revolving borrowing as a financial struggle.

            However, having a loan (or loan-like store account) does not increase your attractiveness when looking for a new credit.

            When that loan/store account was completely repaid, that has only a marginal benefit in terms of paid accounts history. It is beneficial ONLY if you have no other credit cards/overdrafts, as I pointed above.

            By the way, JL store accounts have been shut completely in Sep 2014. Partnership card is a Mastercard credit card.

            Alan, if you have a missed payment on in the recent rolling year, you can say “Good bye” to American Express and all those cards with subscription bonuses.

          • Not quite sure what the comment was in reference to me but I’d always setup a Direct Debit for the full amount every month so there’s no risk of missing a payment!

  5. Similar with House of Fraser too.

    Plus fuelsave! :-)

  6. nicjones32 says:

    Has anyone had trouble finding 3vs recently? I was wondering if it was because they are undergoing a rebrand (website has changed). I haven’t found any in Kent or London since December!

    • avidsaver says:

      Yes! My local Tesco (Suffolk) has always been well stocked but have not had any since before Christmas. Fingers crossed they will be restocked with the new rebranded cards VERY soon!

      • The place, I have had success with finding them recently, only had 2 this week.
        They didn’t have any that had not been put out either, as I asked.

      • Newmarket had a few in Jan. As did bury st edmunds

    • I spoke with tesco customer service about 3 weeks ago now and then said that had stop selling the V3 cards. I also email Rob at head4points and he said that tesco were sent a bad batch of V3 cards around Christmas and they should be helpfully be getting a new/replacement stock in soon, but still waiting!! I have looked in South Essex and London with no luck yet

      • Sorry if this is a really obvious question…..but as someone quite new to the points collecting game – what’s the big deal with 3V cards?

        Do people buy them as it allows you to purchase goods at retailers that don’t accept amex? Or is there some way people are using them to manufacture AmEx spend? I.e cash them out to a bank account?

        My local tesco in Leeds always has a rack full – but don’t see much point!

        • You get 360 Avios for every £50-worth you buy so whatever you use them for is earning you 7 Avios per £1.

          You used to be able to pay them directly into your bank account (if it accepted debit card payments) so it was literally free Avios. They could also be used for council tax, income tax etc. That ended a year ago.

          You can still use them for Sky, Vodafone, some utility bills (depends on company) etc. Online shopping is a bit more of a faff but if you spend a lot at Amazon you can buy Amazon gift cards with them, load them onto your Amazon account, and then spend through it at your convenience. My Vodafone bill is about £300 per year for example and it is paid by direct debit. If 3V was easily available near me I could buy £300 of 3V’s, earn over 2000 Avios and pay them to Vodafone online.

          3Vs are especially valuable if you have to hit the spending target on a new credit card.

          • Actually I should see if O2 take them, I pay council tax, gas, electric, water and telephone with them. Although down to last £50 this month, so it’s not going to get me far next month :-(

        • You can still use them to pay council tax at some councils (including mine, this year at least).
          I also use them to buy gift cards from HighStreetVouchers for various retailers. This means that Tesco give me triple points when I shop at Waitrose/John Lewis, Sainsburys etc. It is worth it for the irony let alone the 7 Avios per £.

  7. I don’t understand this article. Why did u single out next. How is it different from buying any gift card from tesco and getting the bonus points!

    • That was only a tiny piece of the article – although the ‘7 per £1’ headline does apply to all other retailers whose gift cards you can get in Tesco.

      The key takeaways are a) you can pay off your Next Directory account with them and b) you can use a Next Directory card to charge in-store purchases to a Next Directory account, and then clear them with gift cards.

      In truth, buying gift cards from Tesco to in-store elsewhere is tricky because you often get lumbered when the shop doesn’t have anything you want in stock. The only gift cards I ever get in Tesco are Pizza Express and Starbucks because those are the only ones I am 100% certain I can use within a few weeks.

      • I for one was not aware of this handy every day route. So it’s not a big quick way of collecting massive amounts of points immediately but the savvy collector leverages opportunities continuously

        I’ve always questioned why people use next directory but this is an interesting avenue. I am correct that this is different to Debenhams and HoF as you can’t pay off their “credit card” with gift cards?

      • I tend to do the same, although I tend to wait for the pizza express gift card discount of 15-20% every so often.
        I’ve bought other gift cards but they tend to be difficult to use online as its either BHS, or debenhams, who only let you use a maximum of 2 cards to pay, so if you are buying something that’s more than double the gift card, you can only use one card and pay the balance with a debit or credit card.

  8. We use this method every month, have netted loads of CC points/Avios for paying a bill.

  9. Im sorry for being stupid, but coukd someone break down the ‘This means that you are earning (150 x 2.4 =) 360 Avios per £50 of gift cards you buy (7.2 Avios per £1).’. Where does the 2.4 factor come from? Do you earn all the miles through Tesco. or get some from Next? Thanks!

    • For every £2.50 club card voucher you can exchange for 600 avois, so basically each club card point can classed as 2.4 avois

  10. I still buy 3V vouchers at Tesco and use them to buy John Lewis vouchers which I spend at Waitrose.

    • Janes are you getting 3v or the new pay.com cards? Am needing some v fast right now!

      • I think that the new cards are still a rumour, although allegedly they should be out this month. There are still a few of the old ones lurking, but you will be lucky to find any.

        • The Tesco rack filler I talked to said that they’d been told that the new cards were due imminently. Presumably stores are clearing old stock they’ve searched out in store rooms (it not as if they can discount the old season cards when the ones with the new look arrive).

          Initially wondered why anyone would want to buy the 3V business at all. Presumably the profit margin in is breakages, ie balances not redeemed.

          But have come to the conclusion that, unlike in most cases, this rebranding may well be a success.

          A casual gift card purchaser looking at the rack may not grasp what 3V is supposed to mean. Pay.com is a lot clearer (am surprised the brand wasn’t already in use) and should increase sales, leading to wider availability for those of us who read this site.
          Imi

  11. How to use my card and get points?

  12. How to get points? :)

  13. I do this as am a Next Directory Customer. Didn’t know about the account card. Last year I must have put £1000 through as bought an oak coffee trunk and nest of tables that came to £575 when refurbishing, plus other related spends.

    Maybe Raffles singled out Next as with the directory you can pay in gift cards before you trade them against spend. Not sure how many store accounts have that flexibility. You can use 3V as well if you can get hold of them, but it’s more faff. I’d call Next a very successful company by today’s standards, the stores always seem to have people in them who are buying which is more than you can say for a lot of other places.

  14. To clear things up regarding my opening comment on impact on credit ratings.

    If you are making a few credit applications in the same time window then this could mean you get rejections. It’s not hard to rack up enough applications to impact – couple of credit cards, new phone contract, switch a couple of bank accounts for incentives etc.

    The key question is this. Applying for a Next storecard might get accepted and allow you to grab a few hundred extra Avios, BUT if this is the credit application that tips your file over the edge then is it worth doing in place of an Amex Plat application that may net you nearly 100k Avios?

    • The_Real_A says:

      There is a relativity to your income and other debt also – If you earn £20k a year you might be concerned about a NEXT account, however if you pay higher rate tax its hardly a concern provided you manage your debts well.

  15. My local Tesco has 4 racks of cards and the Tesco in the next town is similar !! ( just outside Glasgow ) I will buy a couple if hundred tomorrow and test over the phone with council tax … And on line with Scottush Power … If it works then that’s a couple of grand towards the AMEX spend.

    Is there a difference when the new ones come along ?( fee/ spend restriction )

    • I don’t suppose BA accepts them to pay off holidays? I have about 1.5 to pay ?

    • no problem with Scottish Power; council tax varies.
      Also gift cards for supermarkets from HSV.

      • Hey guys, just tested my first 3V cards, one on BA Holidays and the other on Scottish Power.

        BA went through fine with £24 out of the £25 going through. Scottish Power, I paid £24.64 (minus1.5%) but they never took the 1.5% still 36p on the card.

        Couple of questions:

        How long does the £1 take get refunded to the card by BA, theres another 56 of them to go through lol

        On BA website it states I need to travel with the cards I used to pay….. will I have to take all these cards and activation receipts with me, or will my BA Amex that I Used to pay the deposit be fine?

        How do i Transfer the change from the cards to Amazon?

        Thanks Guys

        • You should never pay the credit card surcharge as 3V are Visa debit cards; make sure you select this if asked.
          You send yourself a gift card from Amazon for the change (not sure about 36p but try it). You have to add the card to your Amazon account and then delete it after use. When the second email arrives click on the link and it will add it to your gift card account which will be used first when you make a purchase. You need to clear each card separately.

          • HMM.. sounds a bit confusing ..but im sure il get it …… 3V also state that you can transfer funds back to your account using an IBAN number ?

            Do you know how long the BA refund takes?

          • 3V charge a fee for transfer out. Just buy a gift card from Amazon (with yourself as recipient), enter the card details as usual at checkout and then delete the card from your account once you’ve redeemed the gift cert :)

          • Its asking for a claim code which include letters? Am I at the correct bit?…. sorry fr being a pain

          • and Allan!

          • GOT IT!!!!!! and it works perfectly…. thanks Mark for all your help !

  16. thanks guys i’l do a tester with a few tomorrow. ….. just when I thought the devaluation would close one door……. these cards open another …lol.

  17. hey guys…wondering if any of you know if and when BA refund £1 card verification charge to your 3V when paying towards a holiday. I still have not had a refund.

    if its a case of calling for every card then I don’t think it would be worth the hassle paying this way ?