150 Tesco Clubcard points (360 Avios) for buying a £50 gift card!

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Here is a very interesting Tesco promotion …..

This page on the Tesco website shows you the wide range of gift cards you can buy in Tesco stores.  They cover a huge range of outlets – Next, House of Fraser, Starbucks, Pizza Express, Cineworld, Facebook, B&Q, Comet, Toys R Us and many more.

In the small print on this page, it says:

150 Clubcard points awarded when you spend £50 on selected gift cards in store, excluding Tesco Gift Cards and Visa branded cards. Points will appear on your next available Clubcard Statement.

Now this is not at all bad.  Giftcards usually have a long expiry date, so you have plenty of time to use them up.  We go through about £50 a month at Pizza Express alone, for example, and could easily divert some spend into House of Fraser.  And we have a Starbucks literally on the corner of our road!

The B&Q one has an extra advantage, because B&Q is (I think) the last major UK chain that does not accept Amex.  Buying a B&Q gift card at Tesco has always been a roundabout way of using an Amex card for B&Q spend, and now it becomes increasingly attractive.

Remember that this is the last quarter that you can receive 2,000 bonus Avios for converting £6.50 of Tesco vouchers into Avios which makes those 150 bonus points even more attractive.

If you have had a Tesco money-off coupon through the post recently (£5 off £50 spend for example) you may find that it also works on gift card purchases, although I don’t think it is meant to.  You will also receive standard Clubcard points for your purchase, albeit at the reduced rate of 1 Clubcard point per £4 spent on gift cards.

It is worth adding that not of all of these gift cards activate immediately.  Some do, but some – eg Argos – take 2-3 days to go live.  You cannot, therefore, necessarily walk into a Tesco, buy a gift card and spend it 10 minutes later in another shop.  It works most of the time, but not all the time.

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Comments

  1. Isn’t there a fee for these gift cards?

  2. Gift cards can also sometimes be a good way of meeting spend requirments for credit card signup bonuses in a short space of time. Or just to advance more of your spending into any initial period where a creditcard earns at a higher rate. [Assuming of course, that you will/do actually shop wherever you are getting the gift card for!]

    • You can also top up people’s Oyster cards, and buy vouchers on eBay , such as for Amazon, which you can usually get at a 5% discount or so. A lot of non-perishable groceries are available from Amazon, if you have met your Tesco spending requirements.

  3. Waterstones will exchange a book token for waterstones gift card, which you can use on their website and many of the prices match amazon. May be of use to some!

  4. Do you know if someone could exchange their clubcard points just by typing my Membership no?Both accounts(ba and tesco clubcard are in different names and addresses.

    • No. Usually needs matching surname and address, although sometimes it goes through on just one of the two matching. If you could do what you suggested, people would be buying vouchers on ebay like crazy.

  5. thanks Raffles. I think I’ve just wasted £10 worth of clubcard points…