Money | The NEW Body Shop Reward Scheme

A few weeks ago, I posted a review of The Body Shop's reward card. Not long after, the company completely revamped the card - making my post rather redundant. So, after my trip to London last weekend when I tried out the new card, I decided to post an update on my old review.

One big improvement: the new card is free. Yes, you read that right - free! Although the £5 cost of the old card would never have been ill-spent for a fan of The Body Shop (bagging you a free gift upon joining), we all know that loyalty cards are better when they're free.

The new reward scheme does better than the old in rewarding every penny. The old scheme required you to spend £10 or more at once to get a stamp. Four stamps got you a £5 discount on a purchase and eight stamps got you a £10 discount. So this meant spending at least £80 for £15 off, which wasn't a bad offer at all but the flaw lay in that if you spent £19 in one go, you'd only get one stamp. Meanwhile, the new card gives you 10 points for every £1 spent and 1 point for every 10p spent. After earning 500 points, you get a £5 voucher that you can either spend in-store or online at The Body Shop or donate to one of the charities that the store supports. Through this system, although you generally need to spend £150 to get £15 off, there's no need to worry about spacing out your purchases and, with double points events, those 1,500 points are easier to reach.

Is it better than the Boot's Advantage Card?
Although with 10 points per £1 to Boot's Advantage's 4 points per £1 it may seem a better system, Boot's do offer lots of bonus points offers with their app. For example, I recently received 300 points for spending £5 on Natural Collection products (which would have usually given me just 20 points). Although The Body Shop are not adverse to impressive double points events, I haven't yet seen any bonus points offers like that of Boot's. So getting the most out of each card really does just depend on how you use it.

Is it better than the old one?
Although the new system isn't as generous on surface level as the stamp-and-voucher system, this card is better in that you are rewarded for every 10 pence rather than for every £10, the card is free and you still get your birthday gift!

What do you think to the new loyalty card? Do you prefer it to the old one? Let me know your thoughts in the comments! :)