East Coast Rewards points calculator
Since we discovered Virgin Trains East Coast planned to scrap East Coast Rewards and replace with Nectar we have highlighted how Nectar is a poor alternative but now we've been without East Coast Rewards for over a year we've created a calculator to show how much worse off you are.
Simply enter the amount you spend on rail travel either monthly or annually and the calculator will show you how much more rewarded you would have been if East Coast Rewards hadn't been replaced with Nectar.
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How we work out the value of East Coast Rewards
As Nectar does not offer free travel and instead offers you money off it's not possible to compare the two schemes directly. Therefore we have to put cash values on each reward. So we've assumed a standard class single is £25, a first class single is £50 and a lounge pass/WiFi access is £9 (WiFi is charged at £9.95 on board, and a lounge pass is the only way to get into the first class lounge on a standard ticket). As the rewards tickets were available to use throughout the East Coast route it is possible to get more value out of them than shown, making Nectar an even worse option.