Nectar launches Double Value Exchange programme

Nectar has launched a Double Value Exchange programme.

For three weeks from 24th July points-holders will be able to double the value of the vouchers they qualify for with selected partners.
Typically 1,000 points are worth £5 when redeeming your Nectar points, but until 13th August this will double to £10.

You'll need to decide where you want to spend your points before heading to a Sainsbury's store to exchange them.

These are the partners taking part:
  • Alton Towers
  • Bella Italia
  • Café Rouge
  • Chessington World of Adventures
  • The Dungeons
  • Legoland
  • Madame Tussauds
  • Nectar Swim pools
  • Sealife
  • Strada
  • Thorpe Park
  • Vue Cinemas
  • Warwick Castle

Boosting your Nectar points
If you already collect Nectar points and are looking for ways to boost your balance, there are plenty of things you can do.

One way is to use a credit card that rewards you with Nectar points for all of your spending.

For example, the Sainsbury's Bank Nectar Credit Card gives you four points for every £1 spent in Sainsbury's and one point for every £5 spent elsewhere. For the first three months you get ten points for every £1 spent at the supermarket. It also offers six months of 0% interest on your spending.

There's also the American Express Nectar Card. This card offers 10,000 Nectar points as a welcome bonus, so long as you spend £1,000 on the card in the first three months. After that you get two points for every £1 you spend wherever, plus up to four points when spending with Nectar partners. However, it charges a £25 a year fee.

A number of Nectar partners are currently offering special deals at the moment too, such as double Nectar points on hotel and package spending at Expedia and 200 points for taking part in the SwimBritain challenge with British Gas.

You can also bump up your points collection by downloading the Nectar search toolbar or watching TV adverts online. There's a full list of easy ways to collect points on the Nectar site.

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Seven of the craziest supermarket glitches
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Nectar launches Double Value Exchange programme

One of the most popular glitches, was a wine deal at Tesco back in November 2012, where a series of offers clashed, leaving a bottle of £9.99 wine selling for £1.50.

The 'three wines for £10' deal apparently clashed with a '25% off when you buy six or more bottles' deal. The 25% was accidentally taken off the original price rather than the reduced one, leaving the wine at rock bottom prices. Deal-hunters cleared the shelves around the country.

Perhaps the most popular glitch from Tesco came in June 2011, when instead of taking £4 off the cost of a £20 case of beer, the supermarket accidentally started selling the cases for £4. The ensuring rush was nicknamed the 'beer stampede'.

Sadly not every supermarket pricing glitch comes with such a happy ending for consumers. In March last year the bargain-hunters thought their luck was in, when Tesco accidentally priced the new iPad at just £44.99 instead of around £650. Sadly it spotted the mistake before shipping the goods. The small print on its website meant it could refuse to sell at this price, and refund their customers instead.

In September 2012, Asda was responsible for one of the most expensive glitches. The Asda Price Guarantee offered vouchers to customers who could have got their shopping cheaper elsewhere.

However, when certain trigger products were in the basket, the supermarket massively under-priced the shopping at other supermarkets, and offered huge vouchers to shoppers. In many instances the vouchers came to roughly the same as the cost of the shopping.

In April, a mistake on their website resulted in Tesco selling 8 packs of Bulmers cider 568ml bottles for £5 - rather than a six pack for £8.

Deal-hunters snapped up the deal online, and had varying degrees of success. Some had their order delivered in full, others had six delivered for £5 - and were able to negotiate their way to another two, while others were offered six for £5 or their money back.

October last year saw one of the most famous glitches, when Tesco Terry's Chocolate Oranges were subject to two deals at the same time, and the price dropped from £2.75 to 29p. There were plenty of people getting chocolate oranges last Christmas.

A buy-one-get-one-free deal went awry at Tesco in March. People putting four tubs of I can't Believe It's Not Butter or Oykos yogurt packs into the trolley were only being charged for one.

Soon the online deal-hunting community was in action, with one person bagging 50 tubs of butter and 22 pots of yogurt for £8.79 - a saving of £133.89.

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