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Sainsbury’s cutting weekly Nectar (Avios) bonus offers for some

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There have been numerous reports in our daily chat threads recently about a reduction in the value of weekly Nectar bonus point offers to use when shopping at Sainsbury’s.

Each week, Nectar offers bonus points on a number of personalised own-brand Sainsbury’s products via the Nectar app. These can be very generous, and at times the value of the Avios earned outweighs the cost of the product.

The system isn’t ideal, however. It requires the shopper to install the Nectar app on their phone and to remember to go into it each week to activate the current crop of coupons. In my book, this is too much ‘friction’.

It also makes the value in the Nectar scheme too difficult to see. Anyone considering a switch from Tesco is likely to focus on the headline ‘1 point per £1 spent’ number and decide that the scheme is a waste of space. It is hard for Sainsbury’s to promote the value of personalised offers when they are, well, personalised …..

New offers may no longer arrive every week

Sainsbury’s has confirmed to moneysavingexpert.com that it has made changes.

It said:

“We regularly review the promotions available through our Nectar app to ensure customers are always receiving personalised, valuable offers. As part of this process, some offers may be currently unavailable for a small number of customers and we apologise for any inconvenience.”

Not all members will receive new offers each week. You may well see this in your app:

References to ‘weekly offers’ have also been removed from the app and from the website.

Here are two comparisons of the iOS promotional page for the app – image c/o moneysavingexpert.com:

Let’s see where this ends up. If it leads to a greater focus on in-store bonus point offers then it would be fairer to all customers whilst also making the attractions of Nectar more visible.


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Comments (96)

  • Waddle says:

    Mine have been up and down these past few weeks. One week I had more than 1,000 to be earned and another week it was more like 400. I’m a regular Sainsburys shopper (at least twice a week). My offers have always been on items I regularly buy or have bought. Nectar also keeps a record of everything you buy. It told me two years ago that I was the number 8 purchaser of 640g chicken breasts from my local that year.

  • Pauline says:

    I have got no offers except £6 off £40 which may be the way forward

  • Mayfair Mike says:

    Not sure what the fuss is about. We still get plenty of weekly offers, no real change in the points value. All on the same card, no need to mess about with multiple accounts.
    Our nanny spends 150+ per week there, and the offers are well matched to our spending habits.
    There is zero “friction”.
    Seems a non-story to me and just a bit of fuss from a few penny pinchers who are being weeded out trying to arbitrage 5 avios for an egg sandwich.
    For bona fide regular and substantial shoppers, the offers work as intended – to maintain loyalty and try to influence spending habits in a simple, frictionless way.
    You cannot blame Sainsburys for this – if you were a shareholder it’s what you would want.

  • SG says:

    Do people still get paper vouchers for Waitrose in the post at all these days?Not seen one in ages!I do not bother with the small shoppings that I remember years ago would trigger a money off a larger shopping voucher at the till after the receipt got printed.
    Is is again that they don’t bother to incentivise you if you spend enough regularly?

    • Simon says:

      They stopped them during the pandemic when people had to queue to shop. Surprised they’re not back yet.

  • george campbell says:

    good morning rob
    i wonder if you know of any problems transferring avios points to nectar
    i have confirmed the link for both but tried numerous attempts to be advised there is a problem any help appreciated
    regards

  • Lashious says:

    160 or 200 point available for me each week. Hardly worth the fuel
    The extra points from transferrungbavois havent posted either. I’m off to spend 80 quid for 10x points and then just go to asda. Sainsburys by me has very little choice and is dull

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