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Do you know you can redeem Avios for Nectar points for Marks & Spencer gift cards?

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Avios points can be transferred to Nectar points at an attractive rate – 1 Avios gets you 0.8p of Nectar points.

Details of how to link your British Airways Executive Club and Nectar accounts are in this article.

The Nectar website lists the places that accept Nectar points as part or full-payment. We usually focus on Sainsburys, Argos and but there are others, such as Eurostar.

There is one major partner which is not listed on the Nectar website, however – Marks & Spencer.

Marks and Spencer Nectar points

Nectar has a major partnership with the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday. Once you are registered for their MyMail scheme, you can earn points with every newspaper you buy. You simply input the unique code printed on the back page into the MyMail website.

It isn’t a huge earner. You would earn 35 Nectar points per week (22 Avios) if you bought a newspaper every day. Online subscribers to The Mail+ receive 150 Nectar points per month (94 Avios).

For reasons I don’t fully understand, there is a unique Nectar redemption option which is only accessed via this page of the MyMail website.

You can redeem your Nectar points – your full balance, not just the points you collected via the Mail – for Marks & Spencer gift cards.

The rate is 1,000 Nectar points for a £5 voucher, which is the standard 0.5p per Nectar point redemption rate.

The one snag is that the vouchers cannot be used for food purchases. They are only valid on non-food, eg clothing and homeware. The gift cards can be used both instore and online.

If you are keen to run down your Avios balance but don’t spend much at Sainsbury’s, Argos or eBay, this is another route to exit Avios at 0.8p per point.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (23)

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  • Save East Coast Rewards says:

    When Nectar partnered with the Mail there was a lot of annoyed people (on Twitter at least) that Nectar were associating themselves with such a hateful publication. But also quite vocal were existing Mail Plus members who were worried about losing the ability to earn M&S gift cards.

    As Sainsbury’s were Nectars main partner (although they didn’t own Nectar at this point) they didn’t want to make it obvious you could redeem on M&S so it remained as a Mail Plus benefit without publicity on the part of Nectar.

    • RussellH says:

      Yes, pre Nectar, when it was specific Daily Mail points, the M+S gift cards back then could be used for food. Probably because they were standard M+S gift cards sent out in the post

  • PH says:

    i’d bet the gift cards do work for food… perhaps wording just added to keep Sainsburys happy

    • Rob says:

      That was my thought – may not work in Simply Food stores but I struggle to see how they wouldn’t work in a combined food and clothing store.

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