Published On: Wed, Dec 4th, 2019

Tesco Sainsbury’s and Morrisons fuel deals: AA research on likelihood of benefitting | Personal Finance | Finance


Spending £60 or more in one transaction in order to get a certain amount of money off every litre of fuel is a deal which a whole host of supermarkets have offered in the past, and this includes Sainsbury’s, Tesco and Morrisons. The latter two retailers have very recently offered the deal, with Tesco offering 10p off every litre of fuel for customers who spent £60 on a qualifying transaction between October 18, 2019, and December 1, 2019.

The full terms and conditions on the supermarket’s most recent fuel offer says that coupons issued at the till are valid for two weeks after purchase, while those issued online are valid until December 15 this year.

Morrisons has also recently offered a saving of 10p per litre of fuel when a person spends £60 or more in store in one transaction between Thursday 21 November and December 1 2019 – with vouchers able to be redeemed up until December 8, 2019.

Today, the topic of supermarket deals on fuel was discussed on BBC Breakfast.

It came following an AA survey of nearly 18,000 drivers found that more than one in five (22 percent) of those in the lowest socio-economic group said they are “very unlikely” to spend at least £40 in a single supermarket trip.

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This compared with 10 percent in the highest group.

The survey found that 48 percent of respondents had benefited from this type of scheme in the last 12 months, while 30 percent disagreed.

This year, some retailers have either offered 5p off per litre with a £40 in-store spend, or 10p off with a £60 spend.

Luke Bosdet, the AA’s fuel price spokesperson, said: “When money-off-fuel vouchers were first offered at supermarkets, lower-value vouchers made the savings accessible to customers with less to spend in-store.

“They also came at a time when supermarket pump prices undercut oil company sites significantly and pretty much across the country.

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“It was also possible to get the equivalent of 2p off a litre in reward card points when people filled up their cars at supermarkets.”

“Vouchers were then tied to sales of packs of fizzy drink, big jars of coffee and other items, before eventually settling around a £60 spend in-store.

“The AA pointed out the unfairness of such large amounts and £40 vouchers began to appear. The AA’s survey a fortnight ago indicates that even this lower level of required spending excludes some groups of drivers.

“This year has seen a pattern, when wholesale costs fall, of supermarket customers at three out of the Big Four being offered money off fuel if they spend in-store first.

Edmund King, AA President, told BBC Breakfast: “The problem is, for those on low incomes, single-parent families, some of the younger shoppers, they can’t afford to spend £60 in this store and therefore don’t get the 10p a litre discount.

“In the past, they used to say, ‘If you spent £20 you might get 2p a litre but they don’t even do that today, so those people are just missing out.”

Mr King added that the AA suggested that there could be cheaper fuel prices at the pumps.

A Tesco spokesperson said: “Whether it’s through our Weekly Little Helps promotions, Clubcard, or dropping the price of fuel among many other deals, we’re always focused on providing great value for all our customers.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Morrisons and Sainsbury’s asking for comment.



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