Exploiting the 50% Avios conversion bonus with HP inks

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Here is a quick example of how to exploit the 50% Avios conversion bonus I flagged in the previous post, based on the HP inks offer.  However, as you need your points to post by 21st July you really need to order today.

  • Go to Quidco and then to Tesco Direct to guarantee your 5% cashback
  • Order 8 x HP 364 Cyan cartridges at £6.36 each, total £50.88
  • Select ‘Collect In Store’ to avoid delivery charges
  • Use code TDX-KPHM which deducts £10 from a £50 order for any Clubcard not previously used at Tesco Direct
  • Place your order!

So, where do you end up?

Option 1 – you throw the cartridges away

(Edit: see comments for details of how to easily recycle them for 100 points each!)

  • Total cost:  £50.88 – £10 voucher – 5% Quidco on ex-VAT price (£1.70) = £39.18
  • Total Clubcard points:  2,000 bonus points + 40 base points = 2,040
  • Total Avios points at 50% bonus rate:  2,040 x 3.6 = 7,344
  • Cost per Avios:  0.53p

Option 2 – you sell the cartridges for £5 each on ebay (say £3.50 after ebay fees, postage)

  • Total cost:  £39.18 as above minus £28 (£3.50 x 8) net from ebay = £11.18
  • Total Clubcard points:  2,040 as above
  • Total Avios points:  7,344 as above
  • Cost per Avios:  0.15p

Not bad at all ….!

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Comments

  1. donkeyk says:

    Not bad indeed, Raffles. Taking the ‘throw cartridges away’ option one step further, if one were to select ‘collect from store’ and never collect them, do you know whether the transaction would eventually be voided through non-collection?

    • I am not sure if you need to collect before the points go on, probably not. However, they would end up being sent back to Direct. Not sure what happens then! Probably a refund and the points taken back, but your vouchers have probably been issued by then. However, collecting Avios is a long term game … don’t alienate Tesco by doing them over, you will need them again.

  2. Tim nice but dim says:

    I forgot something: don’t forget the 2k bonus avios for it being a Tesco transaction this quarter!

    • Indeed! You could order enough to be sure you got the bonus this quarter and next quarter, multiplied by the number of qualifying accounts who share your address and surname.

  3. The completely lazy way is to recycle them for 100 clubcard points

  4. Hey Raffles,
    I wanted to get in on this promotion, however I’m past your “must order by date”
    Do you have any idea if it’s still doable? Why July 21st?

    • If you want to take advantage of the 50% bonus on Tesco to Avios points, you need to convert by 30 August. This means that only your August mailing will qualify, and the cut off date to receive vouchers in the August mailing is July 21st – all points for recent Tesco purchases must have hit your Tesco account by then. You can still take part in the inks deal after this, but you won’t get your vouchers until November and so won’t qualify for the 50% Avios bonus. (Ordering today may still be OK if you could collect them on, say, Friday – it depends when Tesco put the points on your account.)

      • I thought the vouchers were sent out when you asked them to and usually arrived within a couple of days? Any idea if it would be fine to order them even though I’m out of the country?

        Do you think that there might be a big Avios promotion pre-December? I was thinking of booking a LHR-DME CW there and First back or vice-versa (any thoughts on that, worth it?) I would need about 31K points, and this would give me a pretty good rate if I sold on Ebay

        • No, Tesco Clubcard vouchers are sent out once per quarter. The cut-off dates for earning are late July (normally last or 2nd to last weekend, 21st July this year), late October, late January and late April, with vouchers arriving 2-3 weeks later.

          • Darn, are there likely to be any more Avios promotions? (if they usually occur regularly) Does it still make more sense to exchange Clubcard Vouchers for Avios rather than just buying Avios straight-up?

          • There has been an Avios conversion bonus every 9-12 months for the last 3 years or so, so if you don’t need the Avios now then keep your Tesco vouchers in a drawer until the next one comes along. Converting during a bonus promotion is a very cheap way of getting Avios. The current deal is 900 for a £2.50 Tesco voucher, so effectively you buy them for 0.27p each. Buying Avios via ba.com can cost up to 1.9p each I think, which is stupidly expensive unless you only need a few thousand to top off a reward.

          • In that case, I’m shooting for these to clear in time! Any idea how long it usually takes for the points to be credited after the purchase? Especially if I’m planning on ordering for delivery.