Tesco to Virgin to Hilton … a good deal?

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(EDIT:  The Virgin to Hilton exchange rate was reduced to 1:1.5 in early 2014)

One of the lesser known uses of Tesco Clubcard vouchers is the ability to convert them into Hilton HHonors points via Virgin Atlantic Flying Club.

(You can also convert Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Hilton vouchers for stays at certain hotels – see here – but that is a topic for another day.)

The conversion looks like this:

250 Clubcard points gets you 625 Virgin miles – see here – then,
10,000 Virgin miles gets you 20,000 Hilton HHonors points – see here

I tend to value Hilton points at 0.5p each. The most luxurious Hilton properties, which are usually the Conrad and Waldorf-Astoria branded hotels (the W-A New York is pictured above), are 50,000 points and they would sell for around £250. If you can get a hotel where Hilton offers ‘cash and points’, you can get even better value.

At the standard conversion rate of £2.5o Tesco to 625 Virgin to 1250 Hilton, using the 0.5p valuation, this is not bad. A £2.50 Tesco voucher gets you a notional £6.25 of Hilton stay if you redeem smartly, albeit you need to convert 10,000 Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles at a time, and in 5,000 increments above that.

Until 31st August, though, Tesco is offering a 50 per cent bonus on Virgin conversions. A £2.50 voucher gets 937 Virgin miles, or £9.37 of Hilton stays if you can get 0.5p of value for them. This is good, and worth thinking about if you are a Hilton HHonors member.

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