Win 1 million Avios if you convert Tesco vouchers into this quarter

If you convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Avios, you are probably doing it via British Airways Executive Club.

As I wrote 10 days, British Airways is running a competition this quarter:

For every £5 in Tesco Clubcard vouchers you exchange for Avios by midnight 31 May 2016, you’ll receive one entry into a prize draw, which includes a pair of Club Europe return flights and three nights in a 4* hotel, in either Chania, Crete; Biarritz, France; Palermo, Sicily or Menorca, Spain — some of our new summer short haul destinations.

You can find more details on the ‘Tesco to British Airways’ page of here.

I didn’t find this hugely exciting although, if you won, it is a pleasant prize. has now launched its own competition.

Virgin Tesco

This is what has on offer:

We’ve got 1 million Avios to give away to one lucky winner, plus 24 prizes of 25,000 Avios and a further 100 prizes of 9,000 Avios. To be in with a chance of winning simply exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios between 16 May-16 June 2016. For every £2.50 you exchange you’ll receive one prize draw entry.

I think this is a better competition than the British Airways one.  The top prize is certainly more valuable and you then have another 124 prizes to go for.  The other 124 prizes are also worth having, which is not always the case.

You can see the competition featured on the website here.

It is NOT currently mentioned on the Clubcard to conversion page, but I doubt you have to worry about given that is promoting it so openly.

Of course, if you don’t need the Avios for immediate use then there is nothing to lose by keeping your Clubcard vouchers as they are until next quarter.  You never know when an Avios conversion bonus, or even a great offer with a new partner, may materialise.

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  1. Damn it, I just changed a huge load of Clubcard points to BA and this would have been a great competition to enter..

  2. I’m quite tempted to give the comp a go. I’ve managed to pick up £900 in Tesco vouchers since I converted everything in November, So I/we would get 360 entries. If I thought that would give me a 5% chance of winning, I think I’d give it a go.

    What do you think? Do most people convert to BAEC by default? (there are good reasons to do this in preference to

    Can a quarter’s total Tesco conversions to really be as low as £20,000?

    • Silly me, I’ve forgotten there are multiple prizes on offer. 125 in fact. That’s much better in the odds dept :)

      • OK last time round (November) we got a 20% bonus – £100 = 28,800 instead of 24,000.

        Ordinarily my £900 currently = 216,000 Avios. I’d be wanting to get prizes amounting to 20% bonus – otherwise I’d rather hang onto them.

        So I’m looking to win at least 43,200. I’d have to win (say) 1x 25,000 + 2 x 9,000 prizes.

        What are the odds of me doing that with 360 entries? If only I knew :)

        • Harry how are you going to do so many entries, each entry uses a voucher unless they give you an entry per £2.50 of vouchers.
          I converted February’s quarter all to virgin in anticipation of going back to Rangali for 10 nights, which we won’t be doing. Now stuck with 400k virgin miles and 350k Hilton points :(
          If the competition is per £2.50 I might do a 100 entries.

    • Arun T says:

      How on earth do you accumulate so many clubcard points?!

      • 30K limit each per quarter, wife & mygoodself both collect when we shop @ Tesco, we need to burn 150K Avios per annum so it’s worth keeping eyes peeled for the offers.

        • There’s not many high yield points offers around at the moment, you may well be struggling for your 30k next quarter.

          • Often starts out that way. I’m making a conscious effort not to order wine from Tesco at the mo, so that was over 6x 1000 more points we could have had last Q. I reckon that’ll be repeated this Q.

    • With millions of members (I can’t find a current total but it was 8 million ten years ago), I think your 5% chance is wildly optimistic! That would require less than 0.1% of the membership to get 1 entry or less on average each (assuming my rough maths is accurate, which is a big if!).

      • TGLoyalty says:

        But it’s narrowed down as is only those members who collect through tesco and have converted this May

      • I would think that only a fairly small proportion of CC members convert to Avios. Most people I know either go for money off their shopping, or double up instore deals. Both of which are fairly poor conversions, but it’s what they want to use their points for.

  3. O/T did anyone see the latest Virgin Flying Club prize draw they emailed? Win 2 economy flights to anywhere in the world where Virgin fly – but the t&cs say:

    16. Prizes do not include any applicable passenger taxes, fees, charges and surcharges, which will be charged to and payable by each passenger. The amount of these is subject to change.

    How much are the taxes and fees on economy tickets? Because this is looking like a pretty rubbish prize to me….

    • I didn’t see that – I stopped reading at ‘economy flights’! If they include fuel surcharges under taxes it could be 70% of the cash value of the flight at low season …

      • TGLoyalty says:

        My exact thought, economy! I’m not going to change my holiday plans to sit in economy

        • Two genuinely free economy flights to anywhere that Virgin flies would be a good prize for people who aren’t frequent business fliers, though – but this isn’t even offering that! It’s more like a 30-50% discount on an economy ticket, depending on the time of year you fly.

  4. There may be a problem – take a look at the terms and conditions on

    Maybe they just need to change the dates but right now, it reads:

    To enter the prize draw the Eligible participant must exchange a minimum of £2.50 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers between 29/01/2016 and 29/02/2016.
    If you are part of the Tesco Clubcard auto-opt-in scheme, you will [automatically be entered into the draw] should you convert a minimum of 250 Tesco Clubcard points into Avios between Thursday 29th October 2015 – Thursday 28th January 2016.
    There are 25 prizes of 15,000 (Fifteen Thousand) Avios for 25 winners from the Avios UK Programme.
    At the completion of the competition, winners from those Eligible Participants will be selected at random under independent supervision from AGL in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.
    The draws will take place by 18/03/2016 and the winners will be notified by 25/03/2016.

    An administrative error perhaps?

  5. George says:

    Does anyone know when/how do clubcard points expire?

    • 2 years ISTR

    • check online, ie by logging into your T clubcard a/c – it will give you expiry dates

      you can easily extend expiry dates by another 2 yrs

  6. Have any readers on here actually won one of the recent avios/ba conversion competitions?

    • Frenske says:

      It feels like betting on the Grand National on the worst horse. But heck I put 2x£2.50 on it. At least I get something out of it.

      Yes, last year a HfP reader won the big price.

  7. God knows I will probably never get it, but hey there’s £10 of clubcard vouchers for Avios just to make myself comfortable that I definitely wouldn’t have got it!
    Thanks for the heads up Raffles

  8. Remember if you’re heading abroad that you can’t (officially) access your Tesco a/c outside UK. So convert & enter the comps now!

    Off to our place in the sun on Friday! Already hitting 30C

    • Genghis says:

      Nice. I’m in Dubai with work currently and it’s way too hot for me. Looking forward to getting back to Blighty for the long weekend… I still don’t understand why people come to Dubai on holiday. Yes there’s sun but there’s no culture, no buzz about the place…

      • We saw The Sound of Music at the Madinat Theatre at Easter :-)

      • My 30C (in Europe) is very dry & pleasant. OTOH ME/ SE Asian humidity is a bit oppressive. I remember when I worked in Hong Kong, going from the hotel to the office was a few minutes walk & you’d be drenched in sweat. Qatar was even worse. Just going from our house to the car (which already had the aircon on for about 20 minutes) was like going swimming.

  9. Anyone figure how to link the avois points from Tesco to their avois account? It doesn’t ask you for your avois number or anything.

    • Sure it does, look more carefully as if you miss it, Avios will just set up a new a/c for you and you’ll have a right mess on your hands

  10. Just called up Avios to see if my points had come through and lo and behold Tesco have opened up a new Avios account for me. They say its Tesco’s fault as they don’t take the avios number from the customer at the time of ordering. In my case they said my Avios was set up as William and tesco has it set up as Wills (which is nonsense as my Tesco account is set up as William). Anyway Avios tried to get me to use the new account tesco created but after protesting they have agreed to merge both accounts. Good luck

  11. Sounds like you simply set it up in the past and it remembers your a/c number.

    You should still be able to check this & change the a/c number

  12. Nah I’m pretty new to avios and have zero points in my account so this is first time (I tend to use the BA one) From what i’ve been reading it seems when you convert the clubcard points from tesco to avios they run a check with avios to see if your email address and details match. If they do then you get lucky and the points transfer across with no problem, if not they just open a new A/C with Avios, but you can just call Avios and they will transfer the points across.

  13. Andrew* says:

    BAEC asks, doesn’t – (or it doesn’t anymore) – my wife did her first transfer to recently and had to phone Avios to find out where the miles had gone…

    All resolved nicely – her proper a/c and the Tesco created one are now linked and the last conversion worked fine and posted no problem.