HFP reader wins ONE MILLION Clubcard points!

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I’m delighted to say that a Head for Points reader, who I won’t name, has won 1 million Tesco Clubcard points in a competition that American Express was running last Autumn!  Well done!

He was (rightly or wrongly!) considering taking the prize as 2.4 million Avios points.  However, as the small print of the competition did say at the time, the prize is NOT really 1 million Clubcard points.  Not really.

Clubcard vouchers

Technically, he is awarded 1 million points.  However, these can only be redeemed for purchases at Tesco.  They cannot be used for Clubcard Boost deals such as Avios or – my original suggestion – buying £30,000 of watches in Goldsmiths and selling them on!

(These are the same rules that apply to Tesco’s Christmas Saver.  Tesco advertise it as giving you bonus Clubcard points, but in reality you can only spend these instore.)

Luckily, Tesco has offered our winner £10,000 in £100 Tesco gift cards.  This is a good result, as – if he shops elsewhere – they can be sold on ebay easily in £100 or £200 chunks and he should end up with £8,000 in cash after all the fees,

We have had a few other Head for Points winners from competitions mentioned on the site recently.  One person won some Heathrow Rewards points via a Business Traveller competition I posted about, and someone else won a runner-up prize in the British Airways online Christmas game.  Your chances are generally pretty good in any competition I feature on here, since they are generally targeted at a very small niche.

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Comments

  1. Congratulations to your reader. A conversion to miles would have been better, but still not a bad prize. I keep checking my Virgin account in the hope of seeing miles drop in there (50,000, was it?) from the draw they ran last quarter… No luck so far. :-(

    • +1, creates a feel-good factor. Possibly now I will be more proactive in entering the competitions. However, I’m still waiting for the ‘Christmas’ tea set I won on the BA Christmas competition :) Perhaps BAs next venture will be an easter egg hunt with broken eggs to be delivery in July!

      • I won the tea set aswell and I received mine weeks ag. There was only 30 of them so we did well

  2. Uhm why not use the gift cards to buy stuff, food, petrol in Tesco. That should give you the over 10.000 club points in your account plus years free food. Can you use the gift card to pay for branded gift cards???

  3. Now there’s one guy who was probably hoping for a conversion bonus! Too bad he can’t take it as Avios, but still a great result.

  4. Congratulations to your reader. I hope they read your article and comments on paying your tax bill with an American Express card the other day, I’ve bought branded gift cards with Tesco gift cards before.

    If they do shop at Tesco their gift cards expire 5 years after last use so they should be able to get through a few with normal shopping.

  5. Buy some 3v or fee-paying visa cards… cash them out and more clubcard!

  6. Congratulations +1.

  7. He could get 185x £50 fee paying cards, £9250 plus 13,800 cc points. (Assuming you can use tesco gift cards to buy non tesco gift cards)

  8. Please tell us about more competitions :-)

  9. I had the winning bid for the 5 night Club Suite package in the Jumeirah Emirates Towers (Dubai)Business Traveller Charity Auction. Thank you Raffles for pointing this out!
    Have 2 upper deck seats on BA jumbo for Wednesday (upgraded with BAEC Avios).
    Looking forward to the trip.

  10. Nick Burch says:

    I did fairly well out of Tesco MyKitchen, which Raffles featured here a few times. I ended up with £5 of clubcard vouchers, and a hamper of Sacla pesto!

  11. Wonder if Tesco wrote T&Cs restricting selling, anyway selling £10000 of gift cards is a surefire way to get scammed and potentially banned for life from paypal and ebay… all it takes is 1 scammer, and if you don’t regularly sell £10000 of goods, you’ll probably get a nasty notice asking you to send them your business accounts and proof of source of goods

  12. mitpat447 says:

    Well done!

  13. Haha, thanks :) It’s a long running joke amongst our friends that my partner spends more time sleeping than a Koala Bear. Just won one (despite yesterday being official closing date) so it will make the perfect Valentines Day gift if it arrives on time.

  14. Wow, amazing! Congratulations to the winner!

  15. I would just get a years shopping and 10k cc to boot

  16. Surely there is a way refresh these into “proper” points? Even if it’s just buying 3v, combining them and paying them in to an account, or buying the £53.95 gift cards? I’d just do my shopping at Tesco (it’s free now!) and load the trolley with as many of the £53.95 VISA vouchers as I could find to boost the clubcard points total once recycled.

  17. Now, the interesting question will be whether or not Tesco will apply the 30,000 point limit

  18. Congrats to the reader! There’s some weird stuff going on eBay for Tesco vouchers – £100 voucher went for £100.26?! I can only assume someone is trying to reach a credit card spending target or something…

    Decided to redeem my 3-night Shangri-La prize in Istanbul – the going rate for an executive suite is an eye-watering 1,000 Euros/night! (sadly they wouldn’t let me redeem in Paris despite me asking very nicely)! Perhaps this site is lucky 😉

    • It is generally tax evasion of money earned in Paypal, possibly for people with small ebay businesses. Or someone trying to convert Amex MR points into Tesco vouchers!

  19. I won the BA Christmas prizedraw and just got sent my Hong Kong hotel voucher with HKG e-tickets to follow couple of months before my outbound flight date. Excited!! :)

  20. who I won’t name

    whom?