Did you know that you can now collect Nectar points at loads of Esso service stations?
I do love earning rewards on spending I’d do anyway, so I jumped at the chance when Esso asked me to help spread the word. Since June, you can now rack up points via the Esso Nectar loyalty programme – then spend them on something special!
Loyalty points really can add up to make a big difference. When I last totted up how much we benefitted from assorted loyalty cards over a year, it came to a chunky £300.
So here’s how I make the most of collecting points with Esso Nectar.
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Two people, one account
My husband and I have a card each on the same account, so we can max out on collecting points whoever’s driving and whoever does the shopping.
Fuelling up on Esso Nectar points
With Esso, you earn one Nectar point for every litre of fuel. I may not use much petrol working from home, but my husband drives into his office and back every day. Even with a hybrid car, the petrol purchases do add up!
Easier with an app
Esso make it easier to pay, via the Esso app. You can pay at the pump without even leaving the comfort of your own car using PayPal or Apple Pay – handy if the kids are kicking off in the back, or you can’t face queuing.
Plus, if you link your Nectar card to the app, you can rack up points with every payment, plus a handy 500 bonus points the first time you use it. The bonus is worth £2.50 when spent with most Esso Nectar loyalty programme partners, or up to a fiver during special promotions.
This all sounded like wizardry to me, but I downloaded the free Esso app and it was super easy to connect to PayPal and put in my Nectar card number.
Plus, it does actually pay at the pump!
I just have to open the app, slide across to the pump number (not ideal to pay for someone else’s petrol…) and authorise the payment. Then shades of James Bond, as you have 90 seconds after authorisation (go, go, go) to leap out of the car and start fuelling. The payment happens automatically after you put the fuel nozzle back in the petrol pump, so you can just slide back into the car and swan off. You even get emailed a VAT receipt afterwards, and the app stores a list of your petrol purchases for 90 days.
G’wan, give the Esso app a go – download here.
Savvy swaps on shopping
If you do nip into the service station shop, you can also earn two Nectar points for every £1 spent, just by swiping your Nectar card at the till.
So by swapping some top up shopping, like bread and milk, to Esso, we earn twice as many points per pound than in a supermarket. If I cave in to demands for snacks, meal deals or magazines by the kids, or pick up the Sunday paper, at least I know we’re earning something from our spending…
Loads of place to pick up Esso Nectar points
There are around 1,000 Esso service stations where you can collect points from the Esso Nectar loyalty programme – check out the nearest to you here. The Esso app also has a map where you can switch between all Esso stations and the stations that accept mobile pay via the app.
Hoarding towards a holiday
Personally, I like to hoard points all year, so we can reward ourselves with something special. It’s good to know our essential spending can earn us things we really want. I’ve got my eye on money off a holiday, as a great family present. But you could also put points towards food for the festive season. Check out all the places you can spend Esso Nectar points, from dining to decorating, train tickets to cinema trips, here.
Now – over to you. Have you earned any points from Esso Nectar? Have you downloaded the Esso app? What would you spend your points on? Do share in the comments, I’d love to hear!
Between 5 November 2019 and 26 February 2020, Esso customers can benefit from a Nectar points double up, helping to make the everyday more rewarding for drivers.
For every qualifying purchase of £5 or more on shop items such as milk or snacks at participating Esso Stations, customers will receive double the amount of Nectar points, simply by swiping their Nectar card at the till when they pay.
Terms and conditions apply for the Esso Nectar loyalty programme. This is a collaborative post with Esso.