My Favourite Loyalty Cards – Why You Need A Boots Advantage Card & The App

Several years ago I used to be a dedicated Superdrug shopper and purchased virtually all of my toiletries from them. I didn’t bother getting a Boots Advantage Card as I thought if I shopped in both stores I’d never earn enough points on either to make it worthwhile but I was wrong. I signed up for a Boots card about 3 years ago as at the time they were the only high street retailer selling La Roche Posay which are my favourite skincare brand. As the products start around £12 I figured it was worth earning points on things I was going to buy anyway and whilst signing up the sales assistant recommended I download the app. I am endlessly glad I took this advice as combining the app with the loyalty card makes it so much better as you can earn so many more points which in turn save you money.

Boots Advantage Card info –

  • 4 points for every £1 spend – one of the best rates of any loyalty cards
  • Free magazines every couple of months with promo vouchers in
  • Downloading the app gives you personalised offers with easy ways to hugely boost your points
  • You have to use your entire points balance to pay for items – you can’t spend half cash half points
  • 10% student discount with a valid student card
  • Free samples via the app

In Superdrug you’re able to use points to knock £1 off your shop at the till which meant I never saved up for a treat as it was easy to just cheapen my usual toiletry shops. I had no complaints with this but it didn’t feel like I was seeing a huge benefit. As Boots requires you to use only points to pay for an item I found it much easier to save them and as they stock brands like Benefit, Clinique and Clarins etc I’ve often used points to claim discounted designer make up in the January sales. New designer beauty brands seem to be added to Boots by the month with Nars and Mac being the most recent additions which for me makes this even better as I’d normally not be able to justify designer brands like this. Saving up my points and waiting for offers or promos with Boots as well as collecting beauty freebies has enabled me to spend virtually nothing on make up now in 2 years.

The points really do add up very quickly with the app without me having to go above and beyond with my spending. These days Savers is my local toiletry shop and I pick up most basic bits in there yet at the time of writing I still have over £22 worth of Boots points. Boots is my go-to for skincare when on promotion or I buy their own brand products so I never feel like I am overly spending just to get the points. I’ve seen offers in the past via the app for 200 extra points with any shower gel spend so was able to claim this by paying 75p for an own brand one – without the app this wouldn’t have earned me anything. I love as well that the personalised offers on the app are often stackable so when I buy an item of skincare by loading points with the app I can claim multiple deals. For example – 200 points for spending £15 on beauty, a further 150 points for spending £15 in one transaction as well as the original points for the item. So 200 + 150 + 60 = 410 points. Most offers can also be redeemed in store and online. In the last couple of months I’ve also noticed via the Boots app the opportunity to apply for free samples of beauty products which has enabled my to try highlighters by BECCA, IT Cosmetics CC Cream and Estee Lauder advanced night repair serum.

Boots have triple points events through the store on occasion and the extra points with £15 spend offer via the app seems to be very regular so I tend to shop for things I need ahead of time or all in one go rather than picking up odd bits here and there as it enables me to collect more points for things I was going to buy anyway. During my birthday month I was offered double points throughout the entire month on top of these other points offers.

Last month I noticed money off coupons on the app like 50p off a particular suncream making it only £3.50 for 200ml which I was really pleased with as I needed a new bottle. In the last month £10 Tuesday has become a new feature with Boots offering heavily discounted products from a huge range of brands across different departments with huge reductions. These work along with store promotions like 3 for 2 so there are some amazing deals to be had.

My only criticism is that even with an Advantage Card if you’re ordering online you have to spend over £30 for free home delivery. Superdrug offer their loyalty card holders free delivery with a £10 spend which turned out to be a life saver when we went into lockdown but all told I am a huge fan of the Boots Advantage Card and its accompanying app.

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