How to Save at El Corte Ingles
Even though El Corte Ingles isn’t the cheapest store in Spain, it’s still one of the most popular. Take a look at our tips on how to save money and how to avoid (or reduce) delivery charges.
Get a store card
The El Corte Ingles store card is totally free, just ask for one in store at the Customer Service Desk or apply online.
All purchases made in a calendar month are charged to your bank account the last day of the following month, which allows for up to 60 days credit for purchases.
Store cards are not chip and pin. Requesting a 4-digit PIN online will allow you to receive online statements (instead of by post) and update your personal details.
Finance available for store card holders
Card holders get interest-free credit without having to present any additional paperwork.
‘Paga a la de 3‘ is available for purchases over 75€ to repay in three months interest-free, but admin charges apply: 1€ for purchases up to 90€ and then in incremental amounts up to 12€ when you spend between 1000 and 2000€. As a card holder you can also request a personal finance plan for larger purchases.
El Corte Ingles holds several promos during the year where finance really is interest-free; always remember to check that the TAE rate is 0%.
Seasonal financing promos
During the back-to-school, Xmas and other campaigns special financing offers are available such as buy now, pay later to help with large seasonal purchases.
El Corte Ingles Plus
New in 2020, El Corte Ingles Plus offers free delivery in two hours to over 50 locations in Spain, including Islands for an annual fee. Available for over 200,000 items sold both by El Corte Ingles and Hipercor.
With this service the thresholds for free home delivery (not same-day) are:
- 19€ for fashion, tech, sportswear and homeware
- 10€ on books, movies and music
- 100€ supermarket
The threshold for same-day delivery is 40€, below that amount a 5.90€ charge is levied.
Use the service free for the first month after which you’ll be charged the annual rate which is 19.90€.
Full info including current promos available here (in Spanish).
What’s Hot: loyalty card
Only available for stores on the Costa del Sol and the Canary Islands, monthly newsletters inform about promos in different departments where you can save between 2%-15%. Apply online for the free card.
The What’s Hot card can be used at Opencor, Supercor and Hipercor stores as well as El Corte Ingles.
Sign up for our regular newsletter to get info about short-lived promos available either in store and online, or online only.
Promos include discounts on electronics and their ‘Operación 48 Horas‘ promos held on selected weekends throughout the year.
Pick up a magazine in store (or read them online)
The El Corte Ingles monthly catalogues are available free in stores, or take a look online. They include info about promos that will be running throughout the month and freebies available in the make up and perfume departments.
‘Our best price’ range
El Corte Ingles has a range of household goods to compete with stores such as Ikea or Casa Shops. The variety of items is gradually being increased, check prices online and find in stores by their distinctive green and black packaging.
Buy petrol, get a discount voucher
If you get your petrol or diesel at any Repsol, Campsa or Petronor station, pay with your El Corte Ingles card to accumulate 4% of the cost. The amount will be sent to you every quarter as a gift voucher to use in store.
Save on delivery charges (mainland & Balearics)
Free Option: Buy online and pick up at any store for free. You can also make returns to any store free of charge too.
1€: Many items can be collected at any Supercor store which open every day. You’ll get an email or SMS message when your order is ready and you have seven days to collect (remember to take your photo ID).
2€: Pick up at a collection point, includes Correos offices in Spain.
Large appliances: Delivery is free on items over 300€.
Definitely not the cheapest supermarket, but it does have speciality foods and drinks that you often can’t find elsewhere. Newbies can often get a discount on their first order with a minimum spend of 90€.
Avoid delivery charges by choosing the “Click & Car” option and collect without having to get out of your car. Store car parks have designated collection parking spaces; indicate your order number and everything will be placed in the boot of your car. Min. spend 30€.
Different items have different return periods. Don’t waste your money by missing the deadline!
- 60 days: fashion, footwear, sportswear, homeware and home textiles
- 30 days: furniture
- 15-30 days: watches and jewellery (depends on the brand)
- 15 days: all other items
The returns policy is normally printed on the receipt, based on what you’ve purchased. During Christmas and New Year the returns periods may be extended.
Primeriti is El Corte Ingles’ online outlet with discounts of up to 70% on top brands.
Delivery charges depend on the size of your order, with a minimum charge of 5.90€. Returns by courier are free.
When visiting El Corte Ingles, ask about the discount for tourists. Although this is aimed at non-EU residents, present your passport in store and request details. Some items are excluded; check by store.