How to earn 7 Avios per £1 shopping at Waitrose, John Lewis and Amazon!

As I wrote last week, Tesco has extended its gift card promotion for another few weeks.  Until 16th October, you will receive 75 Clubcard points – which convert into 180 Avios or 187 Virgin Flying Club miles – for every £25 you spend on third party gift cards at Tesco.

These purchases can be made either in-store or via the Tesco online gift card shop.

This extension coincides with a major change in Tesco gift card policy.  It is now stocking John Lewis / Waitrose and Amazon gift cards.

Here is a photo I took in Filey, North Yorkshire on Saturday morning:


The actual stock was far wider than the photo shows.  For Amazon, it had £100, £50, £25 and 3 x £10 gift card packs.  For John Lewis / Waitrose it had £50 and £25 cards available.

Here are a couple of things you need to know:

You cannot buy Amazon or John Lewis gift cards from the Tesco online gift card store – only in person, in-store

The John Lewis / Waitrose cards are only branded as John Lewis as you can see from the picture.  However, the small print on the back confirms that they can be used in Waitrose.  They can also be used at

Amazon gift cards do not need to be used for a specific purchase.  You can add them to your Amazon account as a credit balance and the money sits there until you next buy something.  Future purchases are deducted from your credit balance first with any balance charged to a credit card.

In order to add Amazon gift cards to your Amazon account, you need to visit this page of the Amazon website and input the gift card number.

I imagine that Amazon and John Lewis gift cards will remain a permanent part of the Tesco gift card range.  However, we cannot be certain that Tesco will continue to offer 75 bonus Clubcard points per £25 spent on gift cards after 16th October.

If you are a heavy Waitrose, John Lewis or Amazon shopper, it is worth picking up whatever gift cards you can from Tesco over the next few weeks.

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  1. Any success in finding the John Lewis card in central London? Surrey Quays have none, although there were lots of Amazon left.

    • The branch where I got mine is 35 miles (looked it up) from the nearest Waitrose and even further from a John Lewis!

    • stevie g says:

      I bought some JL vouchers from the Tesco Metro near Kings Cross Station (Caledonian Rd)

      • I confirm John Lewis and Amazon gift cards are available from the Tesco Metro near Kings Cross Station.

  2. I got my JL and amazon from the Tesco Wembley store next to IKEA

  3. Got 4 £100 vouchers for Amazon from Tesco today. The manager said the offer is max 4 gift cards, don’t know if that is nationwide..

  4. Signed up to Gravatar last night and added my wee palm tree! It worked!

  5. Very nice!

  6. Haha yes, spotted that today – nice one, Liz 😀

  7. I rather like my little dog!

  8. The lengths some people go for some money off or some extra air miles is beyond me.

    Mind you I am not averse to some lite churching and buying occasionally some gift cards at Tesco.

  9. rams1981 says:

    did not know the esso offer could be used to buy gift cards. which ones do they have except tescos?

  10. Sorry to hear the issues you faced, sounds like most of the employees at Tesco need their software updating to the 2016 version from the 1990s version where spending more than £100 at a supermarket was unheard of!

    Probably best off buying the gift cards in smaller amounts to avoid too much hassle.

  11. That sounds like £300 and 24,000 Avios to me which is surely worth a little effort?

  12. I think you miss the point. I shouldn’t have had to go through all this and it wasn’t anticipated.

  13. It was for Essos linked to Tescos I think. None of the Essos near me had any gift cards.

  14. It varies enormously, usually not much even Tesco gift cards. I cleaned out my local after about 20 and they were so old some were welded to the cards.
    I hope they get some more ready for the next offer!

  15. I think I’ll stick to one gift card at a time in future, including the 9 £50 gift card I have left. I’ll do one £50 Amazon gift card per £50 Tesco gift card. That should be simple enough!

  16. Interesting – I see the page has undergone a partial facelift and this offer now talks about BAEC promo too –

    A sign of things to come with Avios being spun off from BAEC?

  17. PS – I’ve just initiated a 250 Heathrow Rewards transfer to both and BAEC as it looks like they should qualify. Would be a nice bonus to receive 1,250 if so!

  18. That seems to me to be less than Interflora are overpriced by.

  19. I’ve commented on this a few times in past few weeks. I’ve had both a survey and a chat with an avios booking agent which would both suggest that avis across all IAG partners areto be consolidated in a single portal, i.e. no more BAEC, IB+ etc. October 1sg has now passed and still no AerClub. I get the feeling it might come as soon as next year.

  20. Yes I think it was one of your comments recently that tuned me in to noticing this! :)

  21. TGLoyalty says:

    Thanks for the reminder, just done the same as I was holding on to some until there was a bonus – would count 2,500 for 500 a nice bonus 😉

  22. Any idea on how can I earn heathrow rewards points without being at LHR?
    any other purchase/offers currently on that rewards in heathrow rewards currency?

  23. Looks great if you spend a lot with the high discount outlets. Of these, I don’t spend sufficient with any of the companies who do more than about 5%. I could be tempted by that kind of discount at Virgin wines, or if I could pay my Cineworld Unlimited subscription by gift card.

  24. Boris the Enumerator says:

    I make that £200k.

    Hope it was a good car :-)

  25. Love your wee dog!

  26. Alan – you’ve already pinched the Route 66 one! Just booked my last hotel night for our 66 trip next April using the IHG free cert. Didn’t fancy the Intercontinental in Chicago – we booked the HIX nearby at a cash equivalent cost of $830 per night – more expensive than the Intercontinental! Crazy price!

  27. Fantastic voucher value, Liz! :)

    Hehe yeah, it’s actually my own picture, took it on our trip not long after crossing into California.

  28. You can convert Emirates Skywards miles into Heathrow Rewards BUT the points are ring-fenced and can only be used for shopping vouchers, not moved to Avios etc.

    No other way around it unfortunately.

  29. Gin and Tonic Please says:

    That should say Sorry!

  30. Oops, yes. 400 £50 vouchers.

    They were a right swine to count out.

  31. What’s the benefit of using the Curve over a Tesco Mastercard?
    Now that they don’t do Amex, is there any benefit to the Curve apart from the 1% foreign loading?

  32. I used the last few days of my Diamond Club card in a Tesco store so got 2 Avios per £1.

  33. None whatsoever unless you think you can cut down the number of cards in your pocket? No logic there, either – you can only link Curve to 1 other card, so why not carry that primary card in the first place? And Curve is so unreliable you need to carry back-up cards in any case.

  34. You’d use both. So the Curve would be linked to the Tesco card. You’d get Tesco points and whatever the Curve reward scheme gives you. The only instance in which that’d be a bad idea is when you get extra/bonus points for buying at specific retailers. If you do it via Curve, the transaction appears on your Tesco as a transaction with Curve rather than whomever you bought from so you’d miss out on the extra points (although you’d get base points).

  35. ‘… you can only link Curve to 1 other card …’ Really? That’s not what Curve say.
    ‘Link all your bank cards to just one Curve MasterCard®. Use them all with one PIN worldwide everywhere MasterCard cards are accepted.’

    I’m trying to work out whether SuperCard or Curve is superior. It seems:
    – use for purchase in UK: only Curve;
    – use for purchase outside UK: SuperCard – Curve adds 1%;
    – use in UK ATM: only Curve up to £200 per month;
    – use in foreign ATM; neither recommended
    – Curve PIN can be changed at an ATM :)

    Have I missed anything?

  36. OK – correction: you can only link to one usable card at a time.

    You’ve missed the reward scheme. Worthless though it is.

  37. And the Supercard insurance for what it’s worth.
    I use Curve – no trust for Supercard.