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South Western Railway leaving Nectar

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South Western Railway has announced that it is leaving Nectar on 30th April.

This adds to the long list of retailers that have walked away from the programme in recent years, and takes away another option for indirectly earning Avios.

SWR says that:

“We have taken this decision as we adapt to the impact of COVID-19 on the railway and focus our efforts on running an efficient service that delivers great value to our customers every day.”

TransPennine Express and Great Western Railway, two other rail franchises managed by First Group, are remaining in the programme. Neither has faced the same financial difficulties as South Western which has seen the collapse of commuter revenue.

You can find out more on the South Western website here.

Comments (19)

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  • Nick G says:

    +1 on Matts videos. I really enjoy them as they’re on a level I can actually understand!

  • Dev says:

    The Aloft in Liverpool is a really nice hotel! It’s got a nice character to it with modern rooms, a smart bar and really good sausages for breakfast! It’s a great option if anyone is planning a trip to Liverpool. One of my favourite hotels in the UK!

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      +1 for Aloft. Great experience staying there.

    • mradey says:

      Agreed – nice sausages.

    • Oh! Matron! says:

      Loved staying here…. The bar is so classy!

    • Stu N says:

      Really liked the hotel too. And £5.80 goes a long way in Liverpool for those used to London/ Edinburgh prices….

    • RussellH says:

      Agree with everyone.
      Back in SPG days it was a rediculously cheap points stay too – a fraction of cash rates.
      No breakfast experience, but enjoyed afternoon tea.

      • Rob says:

        It was – 2,000 pts (6,000 Marriott in new money) at weekends and 3,000 (9,000 Marriott) during the week.

  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    It doesn’t matter, you can book on the GWR or TPE websites and get Nectar points on all rail travel – so even if you only travel SWR you’ll get the points if you book on one of the other sites.

    • Andrew says:

      There are near permanent LNER offers on Amex and LBG, 5%-10% fund return beats Nectar Points for me every time.

      • Save East Coast Rewards says:

        Agreed. I bet as soon as I get back to the UK (I don’t know when) the LNER offers will soon dry up

  • Simon D says:

    The Manchester Indigo is a really nice hotel. We’ve been there a few times and always enjoyed it. It’s well situated for the Northern Quarter too!

  • ChrisC says:

    If the Indigo was any nearer Victoria Station you’d have trains and trams running through reception!

    The free circular bus from Piccadilly Station stops right outside the hotel.

  • mr_jetlag says:

    MattsPlanet is a gem

  • RussellH says:

    SWR’s financial problems are not confined to the collapse in commuter travel. They spent £45M over 3 years, refurbishing the 30 year old 442 trains which had not been used for years. They never got more than two sets running, I believe.
    All now going for scrap and they need to spend another £25M on refurbishing some of the newer class 458s instead.
    Not sure though how much saving a few Nectar points will help offset that lot.

  • QFFlyer says:

    The Nectar logo just made me think of Shopper Points – which hasn’t been updated in ages and is still in the old HfP format – is the site dead now?

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