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Blue Light Card – Discount List And All You Need To Know

The Blue Light Card offers money off to Emergency Service Workers and a host of other employees. But who exactly can join and is it worthwhile? Take a look at the list of shops you can use your Blue Light Card discount, how you claim, plus the special Services Day you can attend.

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Latest discounts

  • 10% discount at Morrisons between 2nd November 2020 – 31st January 2021 – Just show your card/virtual card. And you can get another 1-10% cashback through the Airtime Rewards app. Take a look at my Argos discount section below.

Discount list – most popular

  • Apple
  • Argos
  • B&Q
  • Currys
  • Domino’s
  • Halfords
  • Pizza Hut
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Tesco
  • Wickes

Blue Light Card

Now, I’m sure that the vast majority of us appreciate the work that is done by our Emergency Service Workers. Having worked closely with them before due to my job and with family members previously in the Police Force, I’m well aware of the hard work they put in.

But with Public Sector wage increases being so low, it means that in real terms, their wages have decreased over the last seven years. So, any extra help is always welcome and the Blue Light Card is a great way to save money.

What can I use the card for?

Blue Light Card membership gives you access to discounts across a range of retailers – many not available to the general public. But it’s not restricted to just shopping, you can find better deals on insurance, local services and days out.

Who qualifies for the Blue Light Card?

This scheme isn’t just for the Emergency Services. It’s available to anyone who works as a paid employee for the following:

  • NHS
  • Police Service
  • Ambulance Service
  • Fire Service
  • HM Prison Service/HMPPS
  • NHS Dental Practice
  • HM Armed Forces
  • MoD Civil Servant, Fire Service, Police
  • Highways Agency
  • Border Force
  • Immigration Enforcement
  • UK Visas and Immigration
  • HM Coastguard
  • RNLI
  • Search and Rescue
  • 4×4 Response
  • Blood Bikes
  • First Responders
  • St Andrews Ambulance
  • St John Ambulance
  • Social Care

You also qualify if you are a volunteer for any of the below:

  • HM Coastguard
  • RNLI
  • Search and Rescue
  • 4×4 Response
  • Blood Bikes
  • First Responders
  • St Andrews Ambulance
  • St John Ambulance

The card is also available to some retirees. Taken from their site:

You are eligible only if you are an Armed Forces Veteran or a retired Police Officer or Fire Fighter. We will require ID to prove this in order to send the card to your home address.

So, can carers get a card?

As you can see from above, workers in social care qualify for the Blue Light Card and the discounts associated with it. And according to the definition I found – Social care is a term that generally describes all forms of personal care and other practical assistance for children, young people and adults who need extra support. So it now looks like if you work as a carer, you do qualify for the Blue Light Card.

If you’re an NHS employee, take a look at these extra discounts available.


Signing up

You can join online and will need to provide the following information:

  • Name
  • County
  • Employer’s information, including division (if applicable) and job role.
  • Email address
  • Password

If this is accepted, you will then need to complete your address details if you want a physical card sent to you. Then, it’s just a matter of waiting until BLC has confirmed you’re eligible to join.

How much does the Blue Light Card card cost?

If you just want to shop online, then it won’t cost you a penny to use. When you want to make a purchase you are either given a code or have to click through to the retailer via the Blue Light site (more on this below). If you want to shop on the high street, then you will need to buy a physical card. This costs £4.99 and will last 2 years. Previously, this was 5 but was recently reduced.

an image of the card


Virtual card

Blue Light Card has recently introduced a virtual card. This is similar to the physical card, except it is accessed through the app on your phone. There is no charge and according to the BLC, many businesses will accept it…

However, they go on to say ‘Remember to check with the business first, some may require a physical card’.

So, very non-committal there.


Did you know that if you wear a uniform or work branded shirt you are entitled to a tax rebate for money spent on washing? It could be worth £100’s and it’s free to do!


Can family use my card?

The Blue Light Card can only be used by the holder and cannot be loaned to others. In some cases, a family member may receive a discount as long as the card holder is present at the time.


How do I claim my shopping discount?

How you claim your Blue Light Card discount differs between companies. Most physical stores allow you to show your card and you are immediately given a discount. However, some of the bigger chains only give you money off if you purchase a gift card and this is done through the Blue Light Card website (or app).

Buy a gift card (usually starting from £10) and it is sent to you in the post and usually takes a few days to arrive. Once you’ve spent all the money on the card, you can just top it up from the BLC website.

This downside to this being that it can take a few days before the funds are loaded onto the card. If an item is on sale… you could miss out.

However, some retailers now offer digital discount vouchers that are sent to you almost immediately through email. All you need to do is scan them at the till when you’re about to pay.

The discounts can be quite good though. For example, Curry’s offer a 6.5% discount, so placing £100 on a Curry’s gift card will cost you just £93.50. Other stores that operate in this way are Halfords – 7%, Argos 4%, B&Q, 5%, and Debenhams 6%. Please note that these discounts do move up and down.

Take a look at the video on this page to find out how to purchase gift cards.

Blue Light Card discount codes

If shopping online, you may be required to request a code before you can claim your discount. All you need to do is find the store you’re interested in through the BLC app or website and click the request code button. The code will then make its way to you by email.

Then, when you checkout, there should be a box to enter your code.

screenshot of a discount code


Where can I use my Blue Light Card?

There are loads of discounts available. Some of the major brands, such as Apple, are part of this scheme, which is quite amazing in itself, as Apple never seems keen on giving you money off.

You can also get money off at restaurants such as Frankie and Benny’s and Subway (depending on the store), 50% off at Domino’s, days out including Alton Towers, holidays with Thomas Cook and Haven and many, many shopping outlets. Nearly anything you want, you should be able to find some sort of discount through the Blue Light Card.

The best discounts are from restaurants. You will often receive anything between 20-50% off or a free meal. You can also find good deals on mobile contracts from the major phone companies.

There are 5 stores that I am asked about most often. The first is Amazon, and unfortunately, they don’t offer a discount for card holders. The other 4 most popular are listed below:

Argos

You can use your Blue Light Card for Argos discounts, but only by buying vouchers first. Discounts tend to range between 4% and 8% depending on the time of the year. Check out my video on this page on how to purchase your cards.

And as an extra tip for Argos shoppers, check out the Airtime rewards app. All you need to do is link your payment card, and every time you shop there, you’ll earn cashback to put towards your mobile phone bill. Use my code 8YXY4BLK for an extra bonus.

Currys

Like Argos, the only way to earn a Currys Blue Light Card discount is by purchasing a gift card. The good news is, this is usually in the region of 6-10%.

B&Q

You’re probably seeing a theme here… Again, you will need to visit the Blue Light Card website and order a gift card to qualify for a discount.

Domino’s

This is a far easier discount to claim. Just show your Blue Light Card to a Domino’s branch for 50% off. Usually, most branches only give discounts on pizzas but some others include sides and desserts. If you’re ordering online, you can usually find a discount code on the BLC website.

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Best of the rest – Blue Light Card discount list

So, which other companies can you get discounts for? The following list are stores that either accept the physical or virtual card, or you will need to follow a link through the Blue Light Card website or app.

  • Animal
  • Apple
  • Audi
  • BaByliss
  • BCP
  • Bella Italia
  • BMW
  • Byron
  • Cafe Rouge
  • Calvin Klein
  • Chessington World of Adventure
  • Citroen
  • Dell
  • Dunelm
  • DW Sports
  • Early Learning Centre
  • EE
  • English Heritage
  • Ernest Jones
  • Eurocamp
  • Europcar
  • Evans Cycles
  • Expedia
  • Faye & Square
  • Fiat
  • Fitness First
  • Frankie and Benny’s
  • Fred Olsen Cruises
  • Go Ape!
  • Gourmet Society
  • H.Samuel
  • Halfords
  • Hamleys
  • Harry Ramsden’s
  • Hewlett Packard
  • Holland and Barrett
  • Honda
  • Hoseasons
  • Hotels.com
  • Hyundai
  • Indesit
  • Jet2Holidays
  • Kaspas
  • Land Rover
  • Legoland Discovery Centre
  • Lexus
  • Lloyds Pharmacy
  • Lovehoney
  • Mercedes
  • Merlin Annual Pass
  • Mini
  • Miss Selfridge
  • National Express
  • New Look
  • Npower
  • O2
  • Only Oak Furniture
  • P&O Cruises
  • Peugeot
  • Philips
  • Pizza Hut
  • RAC
  • Red Letter Days
  • Renault
  • Sea Life Centre London
  • SEAT
  • Sennheiser
  • Skoda
  • Superdry
  • TalkTalk
  • Tastecard
  • The Perfume Shop
  • Toby Carvery
  • Topman
  • Tops Tiles
  • Toyota
  • Travelodge
  • Under Armour
  • Vauxhall
  • Virgin Wines
  • Vision Express
  • Whirlpool

Discounted vouchers and cards are available at:

  • All Bar One
  • Argos
  • Arsenal
  • ASOS
  • B&Q
  • boohoo
  • Browns
  • Cafe Nero
  • Clarks
  • Costa
  • Currys
  • Deliveroo
  • Dunelm
  • FatFace
  • Greggs
  • Halfords
  • Harvester
  • Hotel
  • IKEA
  • John Lewis
  • Just Eat
  • Laithwaites Wine
  • lastminute.com
  • Marks & Spencer
  • McColls
  • Morrisons
  • New Look
  • Not on the High Street
  • Paul Smoth
  • Primark
  • River Island
  • Sainsbury’s
  • Screwfix
  • Selfridges
  • Skystore
  • Spotify
  • Superdry
  • Ted Baker
  • Tesco
  • The Entertainer
  • The Great British Pub Card
  • The National Trust
  • Ticketmaster
  • Toby Carvery
  • Virgin
  • Waterstones
  • Wickes
  • Wilko
  • Xbox
  • zalando

Please note that companies can leave the scheme at any time, so I will try and keep the list regularly updated. (Updated November 2020)

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Cinema tickets

The Blue Light Card also offers discounts on tickets for the major cinemas, including Odeon, Vue and Cineworld. Purchasing differs between cinema chains, but usually, you purchase a voucher that is sent to you by email and this can then be exchanged for tickets.

Please note that the prices below are correct at the time of writing (September 2020) but are subject to change.

Vue

Adult tickets – £6.86

Odeon

Standard tickets for Adults are £7.76 and tickets for children, £6.05.

The Odeon Limitless card for 12 months of movies will cost £156 per person

Cineworld

A standard adult ticket is reduced to £7.99 and a child’s will cost you £4.95. You can also purchase a discounted Adult Premium Code which will gain you entry for IMAX 3D, IMAX, 2D, 4DX 3D, 4DX 2D, Superscreen and 3D).

If you’re looking for something a little longer-term, the Cineworld Unlimited Card will give you all the movies you want for 12 months for £170 – a discount of around £18. Not only that, but Cineworld also allows you to purchase vouchers for reduced food and drink.

Mobile phones and contracts

O2

Save 25% off O2 refresh plans

EE

20% off handset and sim only plans

Affordable Mobiles

Save an extra £30 on upfront prices

e2save

£5 Auto Cashback on all Pay Monthly Deals

Vodafone

Not currently listed on the Blue Light Card website. However, they already offer Vodafone Advantage which gives discounts to NHS, MoD and Emergency services

Services Day(s)

Every year, holders of the Blue Light Card can attend a Services Day which usually takes place over a weekend. This is held at a major theme park which is closed to the general public on those dates.

2019 had several events – one was held at Chessington World of Adventures on 3rd March and another at Alton Towers on the 16th and 17th March.

The final event was held on the 5th October at Drayton Manor Theme Park.

There is a Services Day scheduled for November 7th and 8th at Thorpe Park in 2020.

Ok, so they don’t have the best weather, but they are great value!

You can see how I got on when we visited a Services day.

Blue Light Card app

Remember to download the app too. This will send you notifications of the latest offers and links directly to the gift card discount area.

An image from the blue light card app

You can use the following links:

Apple users

Android users

If you want to sign up or find out more, then head over to the Blue Light Card official site.

The Blue Light Card is great, but if you’re interested in saving more money, why not take a look at a paid alternative with the CSSC? For less than £4 per month, you could be eligible for free entry into English Heritage sites, a free taste card, reduced gym membership and lots of other discounts. The CSSC also offers discounted gift cards, but usually around 2% cheaper than the Blue Light Card. If you’re a keen shopper, this is worth checking out!

FAQs

Help, my card hasn’t arrived

If it has been 14 days since your card was purchased, log into your account and visit the ‘My Card’ section on the Blue Light Card website or click on your virtual card in the app by clicking your name in the bottom menu. You can then mark the card as lost and another will be sent.

What is the Blue Light Card contact number?

There is no contact telephone number. You can either get in touch by sending an email to [email protected], or you can send them a ticket through your account. If you need to contact them urgently, I would suggest trying twitter @bluelightcard

Does Nando’s accept the Blue Light Card?

Unfortunately, no. They do a specific discount for NHS staff though.

Any Airport parking deals?

Nearly all the major companies are listed – NCP, BCP, Ace Airport Parking Ltd, APH and iPark Airport Parking.

Can I get a discount at Travelodge?

No. However, you can find a discount if you shop through TopCashback.

Do I get money off at Toby Carvery?

You get 20% off Monday to Saturday. However, you will need to request a voucher code. This just requires you to click a button on the BLC app or website and it will be sent to your account.

Any New Look discounts?

Yes. There is a specific 25% code for card holders to use on the New Look website. Or, you can just show your membership card when shopping in store to receive your 25% off.

How about Iceland?

There aren’t currently any discounts at Iceland for Blue Light Card holders. However, over the last couple of years, there has been a couple of 10% offers for short periods. It is worth keeping an eye on the Iceland website.

What can I get at Halfords?

Half price MOTs, or a free MOT with a full service. 10% off servicing. 10% off in store – you will need a voucher sent to your Blue Light Card account. 7% discount on gift vouchers.

Do Frankie and Benny’s accept the Blue Light Card?

No. Although joining the scheme in 2014, they have since left. But all is not lost, the Tastecard offers 2 for 1 dining there if you are looking for a good discount.

How much is the Pizza Hut discount?

50% off if ordering online – you will need to generate a code.
25% off in a restaurant. Again, you will need a code sent to you. – The code currently works 7 days per week.
7.5% off gift cards.

Does McDonald’s accept the Blue Light Card?

There is no nationwide discount available to emergency service workers. However, the majority of McDonald’s restaurants are run as franchises. That means that they may offer their own special offers. My local will give you a free cheeseburger with the purchase of an Extra Value Meal, if you produce your BLC membership. So it’s a case of asking when you visit.

Does Primark take the Blue Light Card?

Not directly. You can purchase gift vouchers that will earn you 3% off though. Or you can sign up for the Airtime rewards app. This will give you 3.5% back towards your mobile phone bill when you shop at Primark with your debit or credit card. Use the code 8YXY4BLK for a 50 pence bonus.

What discount does Sky offer?

Listed on the BLC website, Sky Signature is reduced from £30 to £21 per month. But to receive that discount or details on any others, you will need to leave your details and an operator from Sky will contact you. Just follow the link through the BLC site.

Does KFC take the Blue Light Card?

Yes. Until the 31st December 2020, you will receive 25% when you produce your membership card at KFC. Max order size per person is £30.

Does B&M accept the Blue Light Card?

No, these stored do not currently offer a discount to holders.

Do you get a discount with Next?

No, there is no Blue Light Card discount for Next.

Does Smyths accept the Blue Light Card?

Smyths is currently not offering money off to BLC holders.

What discount does Sky offer?

Currently, you can subscribe to Sky Signature for £21 per month (reduced from £30). This is available to new and existing customers.

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Graham

Thursday 29th of October 2020

I have been asked only once for id with the BLC. I keep mine with my ID card.

Money Saver Pete

Thursday 29th of October 2020

Thanks Graham. Useful to know.

Beverley Welburn

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi my son is severely disabled because of all his complex needs and 24 hr care I have carers come into my home are they able to get a blue light card.

Money Saver Pete

Wednesday 21st of October 2020

Hi Beverley. As they work in social care, they should qualify for membership.

Carol

Saturday 17th of October 2020

As an NHS employee I am looking to purchase the card but can’t see if the card is for 1 or 2 years? Also lots of people are saying they haven’t received their physical cards after weeks of waiting. If I join I want to use a discount in Fat Face straight away so will I be able to order online with a discount code through the App or do I have to wait for the card to arrive?

Money Saver Pete

Saturday 17th of October 2020

Hi Carol. The physical card is valid for 2 years. However, you don’t need it for online purchases. You just need to log in to your account and apply for your discount code that way.

Devora

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Can I use the blc oat Next stores?

Money Saver Pete

Tuesday 15th of September 2020

Hi. Unfortunately, Next isn't currently listed.

Susan Phillips

Thursday 10th of September 2020

I recently went to a well known restaurant which is on the BLC list for a 33% discount. However when we arrived they said they no longer accepted the card. I contact both the BLC and the restaurant neither of whom have replied.

Money Saver Pete

Thursday 10th of September 2020

Hi Susan. Who was this (I don't mind posting)? That's a shame and I always find it embarrassing when that happens - although not as much as my wife.

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