The Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday have become the latest partners to walk away from the Nectar loyalty scheme.
They join an increasingly long list. It is only a matter of time before the only Nectar earning partners left will be businesses owned by Sainsbury’s, such as Argos and Habitat. This is frustrating, given that Nectar points and Avios have been transferable since January 2021 (details here).
The most recent partner to quit was DFDS Ferries in May. The five rail partners – TPE, Avanti, GWR, LNER and South Western Railway – have gone and there is a long list of other leavers over the years.
According to the Mail website:
Since MyMail launched we have been delighted to reward our members with over £100 million through a combination of Nectar points, competition prizes and free rewards. However, our partnership with Nectar will close at the end 2023.
As a result of this difficult decision, from Thursday, September 14, you will no longer collect any Nectar points each time you enter your Unique Number and Spin the Golden Wheel. Instead, you will collect Raffle Tickets to enter our Monthly Raffles.
For the next few months there will still be some promotional offers to collect Nectar points including offers for print and digital subscribers.
If you have a subscription to the newspapers, you get a stay of execution:
For the next few months Print Subscribers will still collect 10 Nectar points each time they enter a Unique Number. These will not show up immediately after you enter your Unique Number. Instead, we will credit them to your account on a weekly basis.
For the next few months Digital Subscribers will still collect 150 Nectar points for each month they have an active subscription. These will be credited to your account at the end of each month.
The scheme had already been cut back over the years and literally wasn’t worth the effort in my view. The last time I entered a unique serial number from a copy of the Mail that crossed my path and ‘spun the golden wheel’, I received two Nectar points, worth 1p or 1.25 Avios.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.