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The Daily Mail is dropping Nectar points from next week

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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.

The Daily Mail is dropping Nectar from next week

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.


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Comments (61)

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  • JeffMcB says:

    No-one should be reading any Daily Mail publication (or supporting any of their businesses) anyway, hate-filled rag that it is.

    • Rob says:

      Except you almost certainly are supporting one of their businesses – in the same way that people who say they hate Qatar Airways still fly BA (25% owned by Qatar Airways) and stay in hotels owned by Qatar Airways / QIA.

      Looked at any UK property website recently? Daily Mail almost certainly owns part or all of it (except onthemarket). Looked at buying a car from Cazoo? Read New Scientist? Read Metro, or the i newspapers? You’re putting money into the Mail’s pockets each time. Go to any trade shows as part of your job? Fair change Daily Mail owns it, unless Reed does.

      • Rivo says:

        RELX please Rob. But you make a good point. Its tough to be virtuous. A little like when people tried to boycott Nestles.

      • cin4 says:

        Many of us most certainly are careful not to support any of their businesses (and it’s not really hard to do so).

    • Brian P. says:

      No-one should be telling others how to think and what to read in a liberal democracy. Worth flagging the DM’s role in bringing Stephen Lawrence’s killers to justice.

      @JeffMcB suggest chilling out to the Daily Mail song:

    • jj says:

      Didn’t take long for a comment like yours to be posted. Some people really can’t handle different opinions from their own.

  • Steve says:

    I appreciated the additional points, I’ll miss them. Inflation is still pushing up prices and any cashback scheme is good, however small it’s contribution. Where will the axe fall next?

    • will says:

      BA being impaled on its debt pile in a high inflation, high interest rate + unemployment recession is a decent outside bet if your into catastrophising (as I am :))

  • Cranzle says:

    A few questions (off topic)

    I try to use Sainsbury’s Gift Card to purchase Amazon Gift Cards. It’s very hit and miss with the tills often declining. Does anyone know why it works sometimes and not other times?

    Can Argos gift cards be used at Sainsbury’s?

    Are there any gift cards that can be used for eBay purchases?


  • Henry Young says:

    It’s probably just me, but I have always found the “Nectar” brand so cringingly contrived and poorly named that I have literally avoided it at every possible opportunity. I have even avoided petrol, stations where I expect to be asked if I have a “Nectar” card. When spoken in the accent commonly encountered at such establishments, the discomfort riles up to an 11. I’m autistic and have a physical reaction to certain sounds – that’s my excuse 😉

    • TimM says:

      I too am very sensitive to voices and accents. Some of those of current Government cabinet ministers are so repulsive, I cannot filter the content out from the delivery. I don’t frequent petrol stations so I cannot compare.

    • HughM says:

      It’s not just you. Try pronouncing it Neck Tar. I find this helps.

    • SeeThroughBS says:

      What’s actually contrived is your way of hiding your (let’s call it what it is) racism, suggesting that you find the way Asian people (“the accent commonly encountered at such establishments”) say a certain word is physically uncomfortable for you…

  • TimM says:

    There is a current offer of a year’s digital subscription to the Mail for £20 (auto-renews at £119.88 p.a, cancel any time) with £20’s worth of bonus Nectar points (converts to 2 500 Avios) after one month.

    This offer may combine with “the next few months Digital Subscribers will still collect 150 Nectar points for each month they have an active subscription”.

    The Mail may be an awful right-wing, Royal-obsessed tabloid rag but I know many people who only buy and recommend it on Saturdays for the weekly TV supplement.

    • Rob says:

      My Mum does the same!

      That’s how I got the 2 Nectar points I reference in the article 🙂

      • Mutley says:

        My late father was a labour party member and despite lambasting the political content, strangely bought the Mail on a Saturday for the racing coverage, which was particularly good in the 70’s 80’s and 90’s.

    • Lady London says:

      Guilty as charged.

  • Rob H not Rob says:

    The Esso nectar promos seem to he the best extra earning option ar the moment.

    Any idea why eBay have had no nectar offers of substance of late?

    • Harrier25 says:

      eBay had a big nectar points promotion leading up to the August Bank Holiday weekend.

  • Anthony Martyn Mayall says:

    As a nectar points saver for many years I am very unhappy with the my current experience. Since the 11 September 2023 I have had trouble with my points. I have tried to load my points for 12,13 and 14 September but when I sign into my account the points are not shown.I am very annoyed why this has happened. Can someone help me and explain current problem.Thank you.

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