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Sainsbury’s launches Nectar ‘Double Up’ event: how can you spend your points?

Get to grips with this year's rules and find out how to boost your Nectar points

Sainsbury’s has kicked off its annual Nectar ‘Double Up’ event, giving shoppers the chance to make their points go further in 11 departments. But there is one key change to watch out for in this year’s promotion.

Unlike previous years, you won’t be able to swap points for vouchers in store, so you will need to head online or download the Nectar app to avoid missing out.

Here, you can find out how this year’s Nectar Double Up event will work and what you’ll be able to spend your vouchers on during the promotion.


How will Nectar Double Up 2019 work?

This year, Sainsbury’s is offering two ways to convert points into vouchers worth twice as much to spend in-store.

Between now and Tuesday 5 November you can swap Nectar points online. Sainsbury’s will send the paper vouchers in the post and they can be redeemed in-store between 13 and 19 November.

Alternatively, you can choose to swap your points instantly for an e-voucher via the new Nectar app during the promotional event between 13 and 19 November.

For the first time, Sainsbury’s won’t allow Nectar cardholders to swap points in-store. But it says if you’re experiencing difficulties you should call the Nectar helpline on 0344 811 0811.

How much will your Nectar points be worth?

The Nectar Double Up scheme allows you to swap from 1,000 (normally worth £5) to 10,000 points (normally worth £50) for a voucher worth twice the value.

You can exchange up to 10,000 points per Nectar card account, which means you could turn £50 worth of vouchers into £100.

Here is a breakdown of how you could be able to boost your points through the promotion:

  • 1,000 points = £10 instead of £5
  • 2,000 points = £20 instead of £10
  • 3,000 points = £30 instead of £15
  • 4,000 points = £40 instead of £20
  • 5,000 points = £50 instead of £25
  • 6,000 points = £60 instead of £30
  • 7,000 points = £70 instead of £35
  • 8,000 points = £80 instead of £40
  • 9,000 points = £90 instead of £45
  • 10,000 points = £100 instead of £50

What can you spend Double Up vouchers on?

You won’t be able to use the vouchers on anything you want from Sainsbury’s, such as groceries or fuel, as they are only redeemable in certain departments.

This year Sainsbury’s is offering the chance to redeem Double Up vouchers in 11 departments:

  • Tu Clothing (including footwear and accessories)
  • Electricals
  • Toys
  • Entertainment
  • Taste the Difference: wine, champagne, sparkling, sherry & port
  • Homeware
  • Seasonal
  • Fragrance
  • Cosmetics
  • Skincare
  • Gifting

Double Up vouchers can only be spent in Sainsbury’s stores, by scanning them at the checkout.

The vouchers can’t be redeemed online, in Sainsbury’s Locals, at petrol stations or in any Argos at Sainsbury’s locations.

Find out more: check how Sainsbury’s stacks up in the best and worst supermarkets.

How do returns work?

The items you buy using Double Up vouchers can be returned or exchanged within 30 days in line with Sainsbury’s usual returns policy.

The small print to watch out for

Double Up vouchers are non-refundable, so if you don’t plan to use the departments listed above it’s probably not worth converting your points into vouchers.

If you can’t find anything to redeem your vouchers on or you forget to spend them in-store, your points will be lost.

Sainsbury’s specifies that each voucher must be redeemed in one transaction, so you wouldn’t be able to spend a £50 voucher over two shopping trips, but you would be able to use two separate £25 vouchers.

You can find out more about the terms and conditions of this offer on the Sainsbury’s website.

Other ways to boost the value of your Nectar points

If you haven’t got enough points to take part in this year’s Double Up event, there are some ways you can boost them in time for next year.

Donate to Oxfam – you can extra Nectar points by donating your wares to Oxfam. You’ll collect 100 points when you sign up to the Tag Your Bag scheme as well as an extra two points for every pound your donated item raises when sold in-store.

Spend with partners – you can spend points at Sainsbury’s, as well as hundreds of partners including Argos and eBay.

Get the app – Nectar has revamped its app to offer personalised offers which could get you extra points for things you regularly buy.

Consider a Nectar credit card – some reward credit cards offer Nectar points on your spending and may even have an introductory offer to provide a real boost to your balance. You can compare reward credit cards using Which? Money Compare.

Find out more: use our guide on how to shop smart during sales and promotion events to make sure you are always getting the best deal.

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