Sainsbury’s Bank bucks the trend by increasing its Nectar rewards on its four new credit cards
As banks prepare for the cap on the “interchange” fees they charge merchants and retailers when their customers make credit or debit card payments – coming into force on 9 December 2015 – new research(1) from Sainsbury’s Bank reveals a number of credit cards have cut back on their customer reward schemes.
In total, 35% of credit cards now offer a reward scheme compared to nearly 40% a year ago. Nearly 4% of credit cards have removed or reduced the value of their reward schemes since 19th April 2015, and just over 7% have done so since October 2014. In addition to this, around 2% of credit cards have increased the interest rates they charge since April, and almost 5% have increased rates from a year ago(1).
However, Sainsbury’s Bank is bucking this trend. It recently launched four new credit card offers, each with an attractive introductory purchase or balance transfer period, plus a reward scheme(2). And new customers who take out any Sainsbury’s credit card by 29th December will receive 4 Nectar points per £1 on Sainsbury’s shopping for the first three months, (an increase of 2 points per £1), which is equivalent to 2.5% back on their shopping if they also swipe their Nectar card. New Credit Card customers will also earn 4 points per £1 for the first 3 months on fuel at Sainsbury’s.
Analysis(1) by Moneycomms reveals that someone typically spending £100 a week on shopping at Sainsbury’s on their Sainsbury’s Bank Credit Card in conjunction with their Nectar card, could receive £78 worth of Nectar points a year. With the additional Nectar points on offer for three months, this could increase by a further £13.
Simon Ranson, Head of Banking, Sainsbury’s Bank said: “The credit card market is extremely competitive and as a retailer and card provider, we aim to offer some of the best deals possible for our customers. This means having some of the most attractive interest rates and interest free offers available on our cards as well as a worthwhile loyalty scheme that rewards our customers for shopping with us.”
Andrew Hagger of Moneycomms.co.uk said: ”the credit card rewards and cashback market has become more challenging for providers – as a result some customers in this space are now subject to new or increased monthly fees, higher interest rates or watered down rewards programmes.”
About the Sainsbury’s Bank Credit Cards:
Sainsbury’s Nectar Purchase Credit Card
Sainsbury’s Nectar Dual Offer Credit Card
Sainsbury’s Nectar Long Balance Transfer Credit Card
Sainsbury’s Nectar No Balance Transfer Fee Credit Card
Sainsbury’s Nectar Low Rate Credit Card
For information on Sainsbury’s Bank credit cards call 0800 030 4429 visit sainsburysbank.co.uk/cards or pick up a leaflet instore at Sainsbury’s. Customers applying for a Sainsbury’s Bank credit card should have their Nectar card ready.
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