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Blue Light Card Discount Scheme

In Work and Family by Money Saver Pete

The Blue Light Card is a discount scheme offered to Emergency Service Workers and some other government employees. Take a look at the list of providers, the discount you can receive on gift cards and the special Services Day you can attend.

Blue Light Card

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.

With Public Sector wage increases being so low, it means that in real terms, their wages have decreased over the last seven years. So, the Blue Light Card could help in cutting their costs.

Who is eligible?

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

-4×4 Response -Ambulance Service -Army -Blood Bikes -Cave Rescue -Emergency Response Unit -Fire Service -First Responders -Highways Agency -HM Coastguard -HM Prison Service -Independent Lifeboats -Lowland Search and Rescue -Lowland Search and Rescue -Marines -MOD Civil Servant -MOD Fire Service -MOD Police -Mountain Rescue -Navy -NHS -Police -RAF -Red Cross -RNLI -Search and Rescue -Second Line Responders -St Andrews Ambulance -St John Ambulance -UK Border Agency (including UK Border Force)

Yes, you read that right – UK Border Agency. I’m not sure what kind of emergency you would call them out on, but I’m sure they’re not complaining.

How much does it cost and what discounts are there?

It is free to register which is always great. Then, if you want to redeem an offer online, you are either given a code or have to click through to the retailer via the Blue Light site. If you want to shop on the high street, then you will need to purchase a card. This costs £4.99 but will last five years.

There are loads of discounts available, and far too many to list here. Some of the major brands, such as Apple, are part of this scheme. That’s quite amazing in itself, as Apple never seem keen on giving you money off. You can also get money off at restaurants such as Frankie and Benny’s, 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 restaraunts. 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.

A sample of Blue Light Card Discounts

Apple
Argos
Audi
B&Q
BaByliss
BCP
Bella Italia
BMW
Boots
Cafe Rouge
Chessington World of Adventure
Cineworld
Citroen
Curry’s
Debenhams
Dell
Dominos
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
Land Rover
Legoland Discovery Centre
Lexus
Lloyds Pharmacy
Lovehoney
Marks & Spencer
Mercedes
Merlin Annual Pass
Mini
Miss Selfridge
National Express
Npower
O2
Odeon
Only Oak Furniture
P&O Cruises
Peugeot
Philips
Pizza Hut
RAC
Red Letter Days
Renault
Sainsbury’s
Sea Life Centre London
SEAT
Sennheiser
Skoda
TalkTalk
Tastecard
The Perfume Shop
Thomas Cook
Topman
Tops Tiles
Toyota
Travelodge
Under Armour
Vauxhall
Virgin Wines
Vision Express
Vodafone
Vue Cinemas
Whirlpool
Wickes

Please bear in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, and only covers around 10% of companies. The list of shops that accept the Blue Light Card changes regularly, so it’s difficult to list all the stores.

Gift card discounts

Unfortunately, with the Blue Light Card, it isn’t always as simple as just producing your card to receive a discount. To receive money off from some of the bigger stores, you will need to purchase a gift card. But you can do it online and it will only take you a few minutes.

For example, Curry’s offer a 7% discount, so placing £100 on a Curry’s gift card will cost you just £93. Other stores that operate in this way are Halfords – 7%, Argos 4%, B&Q, 5% and Debenhams 6%.

This scheme is particularly useful around Christmas, or if something in your kitchen packs-up!

Services Day

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

The 2018 event will be held at Legoland, Windsor on the 3rd and 4th November. Not only will the queues be much shorter, but ticket prices are reduced and parking is free.

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.

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 shopper, this is worth checking out!

And if you do qualify for a Blue Light Card, you probably qualify for a free tax rebate for washing your uniform, which could be worth £100’s.