Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Excellent Nectar redemption deal with LNER trains – get 1p per point

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

If you have a stash of Nectar points from your Sainsburys shopping or from other partners, you will know that 95% of redemptions get you a flat 0.5p per point.

Until 14th August, however, Nectar is running a ‘double up’ promotion with LNER.  It seems to be open to all although you need to check on the Nectar app in the ‘Offers’ section or on the website.

If you redeem your Nectar points for LNER vouchers before 14th August, you will receive 1p per point.

Get double value for Nectar points with LNER

The only restriction is that you can only use these vouchers to purchase LNER Advance tickets, in either Standard or First Classs.  You cannot buy tickets for travel on other train operators.

You redeem your voucher immediately via your LNER account and the credit is waiting for you the next time you book.

The terms and conditions says that voucher codes are valued “for at least 12 months”.  In reality, people who have redeemed so far say that they show an expiry date of 31st December 2020.  As you can book 12 weeks ahead, this gives an effective ‘travel by’ date of late March 2021.

As long as you are sure you will be using the credit, this is an excellent opportunity to cash out your existing Nectar points balance for a good price.

Our review of the brand new LNER Azuma train fleet, which is currently being rolled out, is here.

Our review of the American Express Nectar credit card is here if you are interested in other ways of boosting your Nectar points.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – July 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our July 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending 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.

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (96)

  • Ed says:

    OT. Had a GIB flight in December cancelled by BA. I rang up and changed the date of the flights.

    Now in MMB one of the legs shows as being in W class (original booking was O class), do you think that I’ll get the higher avios and TPs?

  • TM says:

    OT – Question about ANA award flights with Virgin miles:

    Is it possible to do a booking such as CDG – NRT – LHR at the same miles cost? This is if there is no round trip availability LHR – NRT – LHR.

    • TM says:

      And does anyone know roughly what taxes are due? I think I read that there is no fuel surcharge for ANA, but unsure.

      • Lady London says:

        VS is pretty opaque about lots of award costs, you would almost get the impression VS would rather not pay other airlines you could book using your VS miles!!

        I suggest you call them and ask. CDG and LHR by no means cost the same to reach from the same starting point in various programs.

  • Stephen says:

    “The 13th would be the first date legally permissible – if and only if CoA delivers judgement in our favour and nothing else happens and it is early enough and if we choose to take a decision and if we formally give notice to BA of that.”

    Just asked BALPA for an update and got sent the above.

    We are flying DUB – LHR – BKK on 13th August.

    If British Airways cancel this flight on Tuesday 30th (after the hearing) – giving 14 days notice, do they have any re-routing / compensation requirements? From looking at EC 261 it looks like they have no requirement at all?

    • Rob says:

      As we have said before, the seats are simply not available to reroute you. All planes, all operators are going out full, pretty much – unless you are holidaying in Frankfurt or similar.

      • Munchimo says:

        What do you think my chances of finding four seats to Johannesburg are if they strike on 19th?

        • Rob says:

          Jo’burg possibly better given its Winter, but not many airlines fly there.

  • gary says:

    O/T Does the additional cardholder on AmEx Plat also receive the car hire insurance cover? Thanks

  • Graham Walsh says:

    OT Great day out at McLaren with Hilton Honors. Well worth it, the activities for the kids was good along with the pit stop challenge. Food was great too. Nice to see they opened it up a bit so we could see them working on F1 cars carbon fibre, making a seat etc.

  • RB says:

    And so the judgement will be handed down tomorrow (31 July) at 10.30am and so if BALPA call the strike, I’m guessing it will be around the 15th August at the earliest?

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.