Is Tesco withdrawing 3V cards?

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I have written a few posts recently about how to earn free Avios (360 per £50 purchase) by buying 3V Virtual Visa cards at Tesco (see here and here for example).  This has, unfortunately, led to a nationwide shortage of them!

3V card

It now seems that Tesco may be withdrawing the cards when current stocks run down.  Reader Steve made a formal enquiry to Tesco and got this back in reply:

Dear Mr XXXXXX

Thank you for your email.  My name is XXXXXX and I am a Customer Service Manager who is responsible for resolving your email.

I’m sorry to learn the details of your concerns since trying to purchase 3V Visa Prepaid cards from your local Tesco stores.  I appreciate you contacting me, as these have not been found during your recent visits.

Please be assured that it is never our intention to frustrate or disappoint any customer at any time.

To investigate, I have this afternoon spoken with my colleague XXXXXX, from our Business Support Team.  I have been informed that we no longer sell the V3 version of these cards, but we still sell the standard Visa Giftcard, which can be bought in either a  £25.00 or £50.00 value.  These will be available in most major stores which sell giftcards.

Finally, I’d like to thank you for your time and I do hope you are able to purchase these on your next usual visit.  If there is anything else I can do to help, please do contact this office again.

Kind regards

XXXXXX XXX
Tesco Customer Service

I am actually quite impressed that Tesco is responding to enquiries in such a detailed manner.

And yesterday, just as I preparing this post, reader Mark posted this in the Comments section of Head for Points:

GAME OVER!  Just had a call from Tesco after I sent an email asking when my local store would stock 3V cards. They inform me stocks won’t be replenished anywhere as their agreement with 3V, which was for limited stocks, is now at an end. It seems to me the bonus clubcard points attracted the wrong type of customer for 3V.

Nothing in either of these messages surprises me.  After all, Tesco is making a big splash of the Visa gift cards which carry a £3.95 fee.  It is just plain weird to cannibalise sales of these by selling the 3V cards alongside them, which carry no fee.

There are certainly thousands of 3V cards still in the system, since your reports show that stores which carry them are still being restocked.  I wouldn’t count on this as a long-term way of generating free Avios points, though.

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Comments

  1. I was just on the phone to Orange about some admin on my account and the very nice chap on the phone was telling my account was £100 in credit and would I like that back onto the last card I used to make a payment (was a 3V card so no thank you) or should he put a cheque out to my home address!

    As I am only spending minimal amounts on this Orange phone and this would take 3 -4 months to clear the balance, £100 cheque is on its way, thank you very much!

  2. For those that are looking to meet spend targets and don’t have Tescos near them with 3V cards in stock, Homebase seem to have good supplies. I’ve tried 3 local Homebases and all 3 had 20 or so cards. And you get Nectar points!

    • What is the Nectar earning rate? Normal or reduced?

      • Normal (or at least 2 points per £1, that’s normal isn’t it?). I didn’t know they had reduced rates. What are they earned on?

        • Perhaps they don’t – was just thinking that Tesco used to give a lower rate of CC points on gift card sales. Does Sainsbury give full Nectar points on giftcard sales?

          • Yes they do, and in fact they give triple nectar points on all gift cards at the moment

      • Mr Bridge says:

        last week i used a 3v card to order £25 sainsburys vouchers, from high street vouchers.
        I spent them on £25 amazon vouchers, which have triple nectar points at the moment

  3. Careful about getting Nectar points when buying gift cards at Sainsbury’s. NO points on purchases of Sainsbury’s brand gift cards – you get points when you spend on the gift cards. This is like Tesco.

    I guess the 3x offer is on other gift cards.
    [quote]Triple Nectar Points on all branded gift cards from the 6th June until the 19th June 2013.[/quote] from http://www.sainsburysgifts.co.uk/

  4. swissy says:

    Well the 3v cards were alive and well in Chelmsford on the 11th.
    I purchased six and leaved ~ 20 on the rack.