Using Nectar points with Expedia

a yellow and purple logoSeveral retail shops and online merchants in the UK award nectar points. Most prominent of these is Sainsburys, a large food retailer.

Several years ago Sainsburys awarded British Airways AirMiles. However, these were switched to Tesco, a competitor and so now Nectar has an arrangement whereby you can redeem their points via The redemptions are not available for straight flights, but must be used in conjunction with a hotel or car hire. In addition, the web site does not allow the use of the points on Business Class or First Class tickets. 500 nectar points (about £250 of shopping) gives £2.50 off.

I thought it might be interesting to see whether it was possible to use nectar points against the recent Business Class ticket sale I have covered on this Blog.

The only way to do this was call Expedia. The agent who answered the call could not help but passed me through a specialist who explained that she could make the booking. A few things to note:

  • You must have a valid name and address in your Nectar Account and it must match your Expedia account
  • You must book a hotel or car with the flight
  • It is best to know which flights you need as often the agent doesn’t quite get what you want to book
  • Remind the agent as often as necessary that you need book a business class ticket

The agent obtains access to your Nectar account and creates a voucher in Expedia. They then apply this to your booking. The balance is paid by credit card as normal.

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In addition, Expedia charge a £10 fee.

The whole transaction took 41 minutes. So allow yourself time!