Major loyalty scheme shake-up for drivers as BP ditches Nectar and Esso drops Tesco Clubcard

Instead, Nectar card holders will be able to collect points when they fill up at an Esso fuel station, while BP are looking to launch their own loyalty scheme.

From June 2019, motorists will be able to collect Nectar points when they spend on fuel, shop purchases and carwashes at an Esso garage.

Esso and Nectar are yet to announce exactly what the points are worth, but if it's anything like the the deal with BP then customers could be looking at earning one point for every litre of fuel purchased, or two points for every £1 spent in the garage.

Customers will then be able to use the Nectar points to spend at participating stores like Argos and Sainsbury's, where you'll earn £2.50 for every 500 points.

In a statement on the Esso website, the brand said the partnership will help customers "save money on fuel", while James Moir, managing director of Nectar, said he's "pleased" with the decision to join forces.

Ways to cut down on your fuel costs

  • Accelerate gradually without over-revving
  • Always drive on the highest possible gear
  • If you can, allow your car to slow down naturally as your brake is a money burner
  • Re-starting your car is expensive, if you can keep moving

Meanwhile, BP is set to introduce its own loyalty programme that will be able to be accessed digitally, which could be via an app on your phone.

"We've listened to what our customers have been telling us," said Nikki Grady-Smith, BP’s head of UK retail. "For the last 12 months, we’ve been working on how we can bring a compelling and rewarding offer that is personalised and reflects BP’s unique combination of convenience retail and high-quality fuels and lubricants."

Drivers who prefer to collect Tesco Clubcard points will still be able to if they fill up at a Tesco fuel station.

Anika Newjoto, editor of supermarket loyalty points website shopperpoints.co.uk said: "This is a surprising move in many ways, and a serious blow to Tesco Clubcard.

"Esso was the last major partner outside the Tesco family where you could earn Clubcard points.

"The Nectar move is also interesting. Esso and Tesco have a long-standing retail partnership, with Tesco stores operating on many Esso forecourts.

"It isn't clear if you will still be able to earn Clubcard points at a Tesco store at an Esso garage, or – bizarrely – whether you will now be able to earn Sainsbury's Nectar points by shopping at Esso-based Tesco stores."

A spokesperson from Tesco said: "Tesco Clubcard remains the most rewarding loyalty scheme in the sector."

Sainsbury's is trialling a new Nectar card scheme but it could see some customers missing out on loyalty points.

It's also making a massive change to how Nectar points work.

Here is how to maximise the amount of nectar points you earn on your shop.

According to experts, we might soon see Nectar points in Asda after the supermarket merges with Sainsbury's. Here is how the merger will affect your shop.


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