I know this is a slightly off-beat article but it is Saturday after all.
If you have a Nectar card, you may be interested to know that they have launched a new partnership with Caffe Nero.
For 350 Nectar points, you can now get a free large coffee at a Caffe Nero in the UK.
This is actually a pretty good deal for a Nectar redemption. Your points are normally worth a flat 0.5p. With large drinks costing up to £2.75, give or take, you could be getting 0.78p. The smaller the coffee you normally buy, the poorer the deal.
Unfortunately the implementation of the deal is flawed. You can’t swipe your Nectar card or scan a Passbook app on your phone. You need to go to the Nectar website and manually order electronic codes. You can only order 1 code per transaction. You need to take a print out or screen shot of the code along to Caffe Nero – I don’t want to imagine how long it will take for the cashier to process each one.
The reason I mention this deal on HFP is that Nectar is a little-known American Express Membership Rewards partner. You can convert your points to Nectar at a 1:1 ratio. 0.78p is not bad value for a Membership Rewards point if you are a heavy drinker of large coffees.
There is NO minimum Amex transfer to Nectar. This is a handy tip if you are closing an Amex charge card and have transferred almost all your points to Avios in chunks of 1,000 but have a few hundred left over.
What about Starbucks?
You can also use Membership Rewards points for Starbucks gift cards. You only receive 0.5p per point this way so the headline value is lower.
On the other hand, you can add the gift cards to the Starbucks app on your phone. This makes your in-store experience easier than using cash, unlike using a Nectar e-code at Caffe Nero. Starbucks also give you a free drink for every 15 you buy via the app or a registered gift card.
If you really want to get one over on Starbucks, remember that the free drink you get for buying 15 drinks can be anything – the biggest, gloopiest, fattiest thing on the menu if you so desire. Not that I would recommend that.
Redeeming Amex points for Starbucks gift cards would mark you out as a Head for Points beginner, though. The experienced reader would be heading to Tesco, buying £50-worth of Starbucks gift cards in order to receive 150 bonus Clubcard points (360 Avios) and using the Amex points for a deal which gets far better value than 0.5p per point!
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – December 2023 update
If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current sign-up bonuses.
In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review
Earning miles and points from small business cards
If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:
British Airways Accelerating Business American Express
30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review
American Express Business Gold
20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review
For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.