Merry Christmas! (Shopper Points returns on the 28th)

Merry Christmas from all of us at Shopper Points to you and your families!

2018 has not been the greatest year for High Street loyalty programmes – especially Tesco’s Clubcard.

In January Tesco announced a devaluation of many Clubcard redemptions giving no notice at all. This was a bad move from Tesco. Loyalty schemes are meant to work two ways, not one way. If a shopper gives their business to a store based on the promise of certain rewards, it is totally unfair for those rewards to be taken away or reduced in value with absolutely no notice.

Luckily Tesco did listen and announced a delay of the changes. This gave Clubcard members more time to exchange their Clubcard vouchers at the previous rate. However, there was a list of 57 redemption partners that were going to leave imminently making the Clubcard scheme less attractive.

This was not the end of Tesco’s negative headlines in 2018. In May Tesco announced the end of Tesco Direct – our main source of extra Clubcard points!  Tesco Wine was also closed down.

We were hoping to see more extra Clubcard points offers popping up in store and on the grocery website, but so far this hasn’t happened.

If you think this was all the bad news, I have to disappoint you. Redspottedhanky will be leaving Clubcard in January and Esso will be dropping Clubcard later next year.

2018 has seen a vast amount of changes to Clubcard and it will be interesting to see where Clubcard is headed in 2019.

Nectar on the other hand has had pretty good bonus points offers this year. We still think that targeted offers are not the way to go, but it was easier in 2018 to up your Nectar balance than in previous years. There were 250 free points with the Argos newsletter, 2,000 free points with the GWR newsletter and Sainsbury’s Swipe and Win promotions were very popular just to name a few. Nectar also run a 10x points promotion over the bank holiday weekend and a number of competitions.

That said, Nectar also ended a number of partnerships. Expedia is no longer a Nectar redemption partner and BP will no longer give Nectar points from Summer 2019 as the contract moves to Esso.

Boots also had a number of generous bonus points promotions and we are excited to see more offers in 2019.

But for now let’s forget about shopping and points and  focus our attention on our family and friends.

We wish you all a wonderful, peaceful and stressless Christmas (though I know that this can be difficult) and we will be back on the 28th – if we can find an amazing points offer to write about 🙂

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Comments

  1. Is there any sign of Tesco extending the bonus point offer for every £4 spent when using Pay+ beyond 31/12? Not seen anything advertised.

    Merry Christmas

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