If you’ve spent a year saving up your supermarket Nectar or Clubcard loyalty points, it’s tempting to put them towards your big Christmas food shop. But you often get more value by spending your points elsewhere.
To help you to make the most of your loyalty points, our shopping experts have analysed the various ways you can spend them. Here are five ways you can get more from your Sainsbury’s and Tesco loyalty points.
Not sure what to buy? We’ve got a bunch of great Christmas present ideas in the Which? Christmas gift guide.
1. Christmas presents
Spending your points on presents, rather than groceries, is likely to offer much better value. A MacBook Air laptop costs £749 if bought through Apple, but you can buy it for £475 in Tesco Clubcard points.
Games consoles, iPods, headphones, kitchenware, speaker docks, tablets and toys are also available.
2. Experience days
An experience day is a good alternative to buying someone a present, and £5 in Clubcard points will get you £15 vouchers off everything – from indoor skydiving to driving to watersports.
3. Christmas travel
If you’re travelling to see relatives or going away for the holiday season, £5 of Clubcard points gets you a £10 voucher for coach and train tickets. You can triple your points with car hire or for a ferry journey, turning £10’s worth into a £30 voucher.
£37.50 of Clubcard points and an additional payment of £35 will buy you a return flight to various destinations across Europe through Avios (formerly known as Air Miles).
4. Days out
You can use loyalty points to take the family out over the festive period. For Nectar card holders, 500 points – normally worth £2.50 – can buy a £3.75 voucher for a number of attractions, including Longleat Safari Park.
For some places, such as Madame Tussaud’s, 500 points are worth £5 – double their usual value. Clubcard points are quadrupled in value – £2.50 of points gets you £10 off at various attractions around the UK.
5. Eating out
£2.50 in Clubcard vouchers will get you £10 off at restaurants across the UK. Some independent pubs and restaurants are included, as well as chains – including Ask, Café Rouge, Strada and Zizzi.
With Nectar points, 500 gets you a £3.75 voucher for Pizza Express. These deals may not be the best use of your points – also check restaurants’ websites as they often run their own special offers.