If you’ve got any Nectar points saved up don’t touch them or spend them! Sainsbury’s Double Up 2020 event is taking place soon.
Instead of spending your Nectar points willy-nilly you need to save them up (if you can afford to).
Sainsbury’s runs Nectar Points Double Up events to help you cash in on the reward points you’ve been collecting over the year.
Rather than just being worth their standard value, all points will be (can you guess?) doubled!
You can spend the bonus points on loads of non-food items at Sainsbury’s.
What is Nectar Double Up?
Sainsbury’s run Double Up once or twice a year to help us all maximise the value of our Nectar points.
On any normal day, 1,000 Nectar points can be exchanged for £5 in store.
However, during a Double Up event, your points are multiplied by two and are worth a whole lot more. Therefore every 1,000 points are now worth £10, 2,000 points are £20 and 5,000 points becomes £50.
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To take advantage of the offer you need to exchange the Nectar points you’ve got saved for a Nectar Double Up voucher.
Use this calculator to see how much are Nectar Points worth exactly, based on the amount you’ve collected.
You also need to have a masters degree in loyalty card points and astrophysics because some of their terms and conditions get a bit confusing!
When is the next Double Up 2020?
The Double Up event usually runs in November each year.
They open a window for you to cash in your points at the beginning of the month, then time in the middle of November to spend your Double Up vouchers.
Predicted Double Up Date 2020
The date for 2020 is still not officially confirmed but will be likely to run from:
28th October – 3rd November to Double Up online
11th November – 17th November to Double Up via the Nectar app
11th November 2020 – 17th November 2020 to spend the Double Up vouchers
It’s a perfect opportunity to stock up with cheap toys in time for Christmas or get something really cheap for you or your home.
(Double Up ran 30th October until the 19th November in 2019.)
Before you make any decisions, don’t rush into this as the process can be a little complicated.
Double Up vouchers can be ordered from Nectar when the event starts.
You only have a short time (from 30 October to 5 November 2019) to swap your points for double their value when you do it online via the Nectar site.
If you’ve ordered them online, they will be sent out in the post to you between 13th and 19th November.
You will need to spend the vouchers in store.
New for 2019 (and because of the new Nectar app), you’re also able to order double up e-vouchers via your app. You can order the in-app vouchers between 13 November and 19 November 2019.
You will then have a digital voucher to scan when buying qualifying products and will be able to spend them in store from 13 November until 19 November.
In store no more
Because you can now order online and via the app, 2019 is the first year the Double Up event in digital only.
This means you will no longer be able to have vouchers printed off by customer services in store.
When can you spend them?
Once you’ve got a Double Up voucher you can redeem it/spend it (in store only) between 13 and 19 November 2019.
You’ve only got one week to use them…
…if you don’t use them you lose them!!
How many Double Up vouchers can I get?
You need to have a minimum of 1,000 Nectar points to take part in the event.
You’re able to redeem a total maximum of 10,000 Nectar points (if you’ve collected that many!) across any of the shopping categories (see more of that below).
In previous years, it used to be a maximum across every category so it’s being limited since 2018.
So, you could get £100 worth of money to spend in store only having used £50 worth of points.
Nectar points can be exchanged for Nectar Double Up vouchers at 1,000 point intervals:
- 1,000 points will get you a £10 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 2,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 2,000 points will get you a £20 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 4,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 3,000 points will be exchanged for a £30 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 6,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 4,000 points will be exchanged for a £40 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 8,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 5,000 points will be exchanged for a £50 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 10,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 6,000 points will be exchanged for a £60 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 12,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 7,000 points will be exchanged for a £70 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 14,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 8,000 points will be exchanged for a £80 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 16,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 9,000 points will be exchanged for a £90 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 18,000 points in Sainsbury’s);
- 10,000 points will be exchanged for a £100 Nectar Double Up voucher (usually equivalent to 20,000 points in Sainsbury’s).
Only £100 worth of Nectar Double Up vouchers will be issued per Nectar card during the promotional period.
When you get your Double Up vouchers and are ready to spend them you need to remember to take your Nectar card or obviously have the app.
Please do think carefully before swapping your Nectar points over – don’t swap on impulse!
And remember, you cannot use them for food (see the categories you can use them in below)
What can you get with your Double Up vouchers?
There is a bit long list of what you can cash in on. Perhaps you can get a cheap gift for Christmas or why not treat yourself!
- Tu Clothing
- Taste the Difference: Wine, Champagne, Sparkling, Sherry & Port
You cannot use your Double Up voucher to buy anything that wouldn’t fit into that category. So, if you wanted to use the points to get a load of food shopping you won’t be able to.
Also, you’re not able to use your Double Up vouchers online, at a Sainsbury’s Local, in Concessions or in Petrol Stations.
As a head’s up, you cannot earn Nectar points when you make a “double up” purchase.
When it comes to using your voucher you must have your Nectar card with you as well.
What I want to buy is more than my voucher!
Say you want to buy a £30 microwave but have a £20 Double Up voucher.
You can use the Double Up voucher and pay the rest using any other leftover Nectar points or pay by cash/card for the remaining £10.
What I want it less than my voucher!
You’re not allowed to spend less – other than the few odd pennies.
That’s why it’s important to be sure you know what you intend to buy.
The full value of the Nectar Double Up voucher has to be spent in one go.
If what you’re planning to buy something that costs less than your voucher there are a few different rules:
- 5p+ difference
If the difference in the voucher and what you want is more than 5p you must buy other things in the same category so the full value of the voucher is used. For example, if you have a £10 voucher, you need to spend on an item worth £9.95 or more (from your chosen category).
- 1p-5p difference
If the difference in the voucher is less than 5p whatever’s left will be deducted from whatever else you’re buying or given back as cash.
Are you still with me?!
Good, cause it took us ages to decipher the Sainsbury’s rules!
What happens if I haven’t spent my Double Up vouchers?
It’s not good news I’m afraid.
You must spend your Double Up vouchers between 13 and 19 November or you’ll lose out!
After this 19th November cut off any Nectar Double Up vouchers will expire and they’ll have no value.
Nectar Double Up vouchers cannot be exchanged for cash or swapped back for Nectar points (even before the end of the event!).
They’ll be worthless so please make sure you’ll actually be able to spend them.
You can see the full Double Up terms on the Sainsbury’s site.
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