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LAST CALL for the Nectar Hotels booking bonus, and a reminder of other Nectar travel partners

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Nectar Hotels is currently offering a generous booking bonus if you use it for your next hotel booking – but you only have a couple of days left to take part.

As we outlined in this article here, you could collect up to 2,000 Nectar points per night plus – for a limited period – a 1,000 point booking bonus per stay.

You need to book via Nectar Hotels by tomorrow evening, 11th May, but you have until 31st December to complete your stay.

You are guaranteed to collect at least 2,000 Nectar points on a one night stay – the minimum standard rate is 1,000 Nectar points per night, and the current offer gives you an extra 1,000 Nectar points per booking. This would convert into 1,250 Avios or £10 of Nectar points, which is a good return.

At more expensive hotels, you would earn up to 2,000 Nectar points per night as your base earning, plus the extra 1,000 points per booking via this offer.

You can book on the Nectar Hotels site here.

And win a prize too …..

Something we didn’t cover in last week’s article is that anyone who books a stay with Nectar Hotels by 11th May will be entered into a prize draw. Both cash and points hotel bookings qualify for entry.

Three people will each win 250,000 Nectar points, which would be worth £1,125 with most Nectar partners or 156,250 Avios! You can see full terms and conditions of the prize draw on the Nectar Hotels site.

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Converting Nectar points to Avios

When Nectar partnered with Avios in early 2021, it gave HfP readers a whole new opportunity to collect miles from their supermarket spending at Sainsburys as well as other Nectar partners.

The transfer system between Avios and Nectar means you can seamlessly convert your Nectar points into Avios and vice versa.

The conversion rate is:

  • 250 Avios = 400 Nectar points
  • 400 Nectar points = 250 Avios

You can convert Nectar points to Avios, or Avios to Nectar points, via the BA website here.

You must convert a minimum of 400 points. You can also set up your account to autoconvert Nectar points to Avios on a regular basis.

nectar travel offers

What other travel opportunities do you have with Nectar?

Travel is an important sector for Nectar, and it has set up a special Nectar Travel page on its website to highlight the opportunities available – click here.

Here are some of the deals on offer:

Collecting and spending Nectar points with Esso

Esso is both a redemption and collecting partner with Nectar.

You can collect 1 Nectar point for every litre of fuel purchased or 2 points for every £1 spent in the Esso shop.

Alternatively, you can redeem 300 Nectar points for a discount of 5p per litre on your purchase.

It is important to note that both collecting and redeeming at Esso is only valid on purchases of all types of Esso fuel. You are also capped at 60 litres per transaction for redemption. For collecting Nectar points, customers are capped at 100 points when filling up on unleaded fuel and 250 points when filling up on diesel fuel.

If you needed another incentive to fill up at Esso, Nectar is running a competition to ‘win your fill’ at Esso. Until tonight, 10th May, swipe or scan your Nectar card when you fill up and you could be in with a chance of winning the equivalent of your fill in points.

Esso petrol station

Other Nectar travel partners

In addition to Avios and Esso, Nectar have a number of other travel partners who offer opportunities to collect or redeem Nectar points. Here’s a quick overview of a few of the options:

  • Collect 2 Nectar points per £1 with DFDS ferry crossings
  • Collect triple points with (limited offer) – 6 points per £1 spent
  • Collect triple points with (limited offer) – 6 points per £1 spent
  • Redeem your points with Eurostar – 2,000 Nectar points gets you £10 off a ticket
  • Collect 2 points per £1 spent with experiences booked through Viator
  • Collect 300 Nectar points when you buy £100 or more of travel money online or by phone with Sainsbury’s Bank

Although converting to Avios will be one of the most popular uses of Nectar points by HfP readers, it is worth keeping an eye out for promotions on Nectar Travel.

You can see the full range of Nectar travel offers and partners on this page here.

Remember that the Nectar Hotels booking bonus ends tomorrow (Tuesday) night.

Comments (19)

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  • Dubious says:

    Is the Hotel site working?
    Every time I try to search I get a result
    “We are unable to find offers for your search.“

    That includes for places like London for various dates.

    • DanP says:

      Just had the same! Search function must be down and nobody about to fix it.

    • tony says:


    • yorkieflyer says:

      same , but when I looked on Sunday, hopelessly uncompetitive eg Doubletree NCL £65 direct £100 nectar

    • SRTravels says:

      Not working even for the linked search from the Peak District promotion they are running on the home page (-‸ლ)

  • ChrisC says:

    Few weeks ago I booked train tickets with First Great Western and then afterwards saw they were no longer giving out nectar points so I’ve now moved to booking via Trans Pennine Express (who despite being in the same group do give them out).

    Looks like TPE and Avanti West Coast are the only two train operators dishing out nectar points now and for Avanti there needs to be an Avanti train in the booking to qualify.

    • John says:

      Do you not have any Amex or Barclaycard or curve etc offers? Who cares about nectar when Amex 10% back on LNER beats everything else?

      It started in March and lasts till July, I also have 5% for various TOCs on other cards. Also under book with confidence you can book tickets to the value of travel you expect to do within the next 12 months and get 10% off by vouchering them.

      For tickets on LNER itself, use an android emulator and a previously unused card and get £5 off every time.

      • ChrisC says:

        I don’t care about Amex or Baralcycard offers because I don’t have those cards and not everyone on this site does.

        • BJ says:

          Care to share your reasoning Chris? I suspect it is unusual not to have amex here and would have thought being a solo traveller IIRC then Barcs would be attractive to you.

          • ChrisC says:

            I have had previous bad experiences with both companies and I simply choose not to have any further dealings with them.

          • BJ says:

            Ok, thanks @Chris and @Rob.

        • Rob says:

          80% of readers have a BA Amex. It was a question in the reader survey.

    • Charles Martel says:

      Email this morning (sorry if its old news) that TransPennine Express will be leaving Nectar on 30 May.

      • BJ says:

        So, looks like the end of Nectar at TOC. Perhaps a condition of the avios partnership was that train partners were phased out although the rot started before avios came along I think.

        • Rob says:

          The Government now controls all the TOCs remember. It’s your tax money being spent on the points.

  • BJ says:

    Avanti leaving Nectar 31 May.

  • david says:

    is this correct? searched Cancun, Bogota, Berlin for upcoming trip and nectar hotels cant find absolutely nada. whereas booking dot com found 1,000+. weird

  • Mike says:

    I tried to log in several times to make a booking and just got error code “ 403 Forbidden” every time so booked with instead

  • yorkieflyer says:

    If you could actually log into Nectar

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