Earn Avios on your energy and telephone bills with Utility Warehouse

avios.com has had a partnership with Utility Warehouse for a couple of years.  This deal allows you to earn Avios points with your energy, telephone and broadband bills.

The most generous way to earn Avios via your energy bills was via E.ON.  You needed to convert your E.ON Rewards points into Tesco Clubcard points into Avios points.  This deal will end on 31st March with the closure of E.ON Rewards so I thought it was worth looking at this as an alternative.

It is not a hugely lucrative deal, to be honestThink of it as an inducement to take a look at Utility Warehouse – if they are cheaper than your current suppliers then it is worth thinking about a switch and the Avios are an extra bonus on top.  Utility Warehouse does have a decent reputation, especially for fuel supply where every customer pays the same – existing customers are not left on expensive ‘legacy’ tariffs.

Utility Warehouse

If you take the full package of Utility Warehouse services – home phone, broadband, mobile, gas, electricity and bill protector – you will receive 4,500 Avios during your first year.  This is made up of an initial bonus of 2,250 Avios and an annual payment of 2,250.  For each subsequent year you will receive 2,250 points.  These are credited pro-rata after each bill payment.

As a special offer, the company is also offering to switch all of your current bulbs to lower energy LED bulbs (up to £500-worth) if you transfer all your services.

If you choose to take only selected products from Utility Warehouse, the earning rate is:

Double Gold (home phone, broadband, mobile, energy):  2,000 Avios sign-up and 2,000 per year

Gold Talk (home phone, broadband, mobile):  1,000 Avios sign-up and 1,000 per year

Gold Energy (home phone, broadband, energy):  1,000 Avios sign-up and 1,000 per year

Gas only:  500 Avios sign-up and 500 per year

Electricity only:  500 Avios sign-up and 500 per year

Bill protector (accidental death insurance):  250 Avios sign-up and 250 per year

These are certainly not life changing amounts and certainly not enough to make you choose Utility Warehouse if they are not otherwise the cheapest.  It is, however, enough to make them worth adding to the shortlist for your next switch.  Full details can be found at avios.com.

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Comments

  1. Their rates are very expensive. Not worth the switch to them for some Avios points. You’re better off Using CheapEnergyClub from MoneySavingExpert.

    • Jonathan says:

      I agree they don’t always have the lowest headline cost, but those tariffs at their competitors are only available for new customers.

      UW is great for people that don’t want to be having to change tariff every 6 months, plus with 3% off at Santander they’re actually far more competitive than the headline differences from a comparison site indicate.

      • Genghis says:

        Changing energy provider is so easy. No one has a reason to pay more than they should.

      • the real harry1 says:

        What a completely spurious argument, Jonathan – I’m ashamed to have seen you make that point. You are suggesting that the supposed convenience of staying with the same supplier out-weighs the cost savings made by switching.

        The ONLY way to go these days is switching at least once a year. No supplier repays loyalty. All suppliers either gouge you after the first year, when you switch automatically to a higher rate – or charge you an expensive rate to start with (ie Utility Warehouse – NOT the discount club, that’s a lie).

        You can conceivably stay with the same supplier after the first contract term – by switching to another decent deal with them instead of accepting the variable (gouging) rate – I’ve done this & it gets you any incentive/ cashback going. But nearly always better to search for the best deal going when your first contract is up. Or earlier if there are no early exit penalties (or the savings/ cashback are better than the cost of the early exit penalties). I switched 4 times in a year back in 2013 in order to get an ever-cheaper tariff and multiple cashbacks – it was 5 minutes work each time & no hassle whatsoever.

        • Genghis says:

          To add, I’ve found the MSE collective switch tariff that comes out around Sep to be v competitive and has always paid the £30 (or whatever) cash back. Done it for two years now.

        • the real harry1 says:

          and remember – you can switch supplier up to 49 days before your contract ends, without paying any early exit penalties

        • Jonathan says:

          Who got up on the wrong side of the bed!?

          I disagree, yes I do think there’s something to be said about opting for a slightly more expensive option for convenience – knowing that your tariff will always be reasonable and won’t revert to a uncompetitive standard variable rate. People opt for convenience all the time, for example by hiring an accountant for a tax return. Convenience vs. Cost.

          The UW contracts are cheaper than the regular SVR from the main utility suppliers.

          Just because you have the time and inclination to switch regularly doesn’t mean that others will. This is evidenced by the government trying to induce competition in the industry as the majority of people sit on SVRs.

          • There is plenty of competition in the industry otherwise ‘switched on’ people would not be able to switch to lower tariffs at will.
            But many people prefer convenience like you.

          • Genghis says:

            Switching energy provider literally takes 5 mins and can save you a few hundred quid.

            My Dad hires an accountant to do his tax return but he saves him more in tax than he charges. I could do it for nowt but then I’m not a tax accountant, don’t deal with small businesses and don’t really know the ‘loopholes’.

          • Andrew* says:

            +1 on the accountant: people hire them when they save more than they get charged and/or their hourly rate is higher than the accountant’s.

            That said, I’ve done a few online surveys (time ‘rich’, points poorer) and they often ask how much (little) you’re have to save to be prepared to move…

          • Although the Gov’t keep having weird ideas in this area – they want a competitive market and folk to switch, yet they don’t want expensive SVRs, despite the price difference between them and the fixes normally being what actually encourages many folk to switch. I think they should just send more time educating folk how to switch (it’s bloody easy) rather than introducing more legislation. Sadly they also mucked up smart metering by forcing it to be done, but not setting a decent standard so all the suppliers are off doing their own proprietary thing and we’re all ultimately paying for it in our bills. Really frustrating how poorly Gov’t performs in this area…

        • @mkcol says:

          I use Flipper https://flipper.community/ to automatically search every month for the best tariff & if they find one which would save me at least £50/year they switch me.

          I have a referral link (which would save you 20%) but don’t want to post without Rob’s say-so. Or you can just crack on & do it yourself.

  2. Always be careful when you compare energy costs. Often they make assumptions that favour their tariff e.g. that when your current fixed tariff finishes you will change to the expensive standard rate,
    You should compare the price per unit, standing charge and Tariff Comparison Rate (TCR) which you will find on your current bill. They will be somewhere on the potential supplier’s projection but will probably be hidden somewhere.
    Also check that they have used the correct rate for your current supplier; often there are lots of very similar tariffs and you may have chosen the wrong one (like I did).

    • I make a diary note now on a specific date each year and take meter readings and keep my own accurate usage records. I search for the best deals using uswitch, MSE and simply switch but then work out manually using the tariff and standing charge rates plus VAT. I find the comparison calculations inaccurate so stick with my manual calculations for actual costings. I don’t use the TCR numbers.

  3. Up to £500 of LED lightbulbs sounds like the biggest sweetner here, and a lasting benefit – LED bulbs produce more and better light (plus faster to do so) than the compact flourescent ones, still save energy and will last for years.
    I guess the devil is in the detail, anything in that area for my houseshold would enable us to switch our all the bulbs in the house, but how much more does it cost as a package?

    • I have already changed all of our bulbs and they have down in price sharply as volumes increase.
      £500 seems ludicrously high since even large ones only cost about £8 and some as low as £4.
      Sounds like a classic ‘Up To’ come on.

      • Andrew says:

        £500 would buy a lot of bulbs in Clas Ohlson or Wilko – even the very posh LED filament style.

        All mine are now LED with the exception of the fluorescent tubes in the garage which are rarely on anyway.

        Saying that, I know at the bottom of my kitchen cupboard there are at least 30 brand new, boxed CFL bulbs of various sizes that are almost 20 years old – a legacy of the Green nonsense from the late 90s where, as a new homeowner, there seemed to be a daily delivery of “eco” bulbs from the District Council, County Council, British Gas, Southern Electric, Thames Water, community organisations and eco-charities. I must take them to the tip to be safely disposed of at some point.

    • Imbruce says:

      The lightbulb replacement scheme is free for the time that you remain a customer of
      UW but you Must have all of your utilities with them to get this benefit they also bill monthly and you ONLY pay for total of the bill each month, it’s a single bill.
      They are now moving over to Smart Meters
      Also as mentioned previously their Discount card is a like a prepay MasterCard as you shop the discount you earn comes off your monthly bill, customers are known to pay virtually nothing for their utilities. You can also earn referral commissions if you refer friends to the Discount Club

  4. signol says:

    We’re with Utility Warehouse, inherited them when we moved into our current house. Electricity only, dual supply (for Economy 7 and regular). I get 42 Avios per month, so not life changing at all. When I compare tariffs, they always come out cheapest for us, so have always stayed. Shockingly bad customer service though. Took 2 1/2 months to get an engineer out with the correct part (2nd visit) to find the issue was upstream on the power line. National Grid were then onsite within 3 hours!

    • Just for a laugh I have asked them for a quote (You would have got the commission Jonathan if the prices had not been so high).
      UW rates are variable whereas Scottish Power’s (SP) are fixed until 31 Jan 2019 with no exit fee.

      Prices per kWh including 5% VAT
      Electricity: SP 12.11p UW: 15.282p

      Gas SP: 2.4564p UW: 3.959p

      Standing charge (for both) SP 51.6p UW 43.15

      For the same number of units the total costs including standing charge and VAT are:
      SP: £903 UW: £1101

      perhaps you should have another look signol?

      • Genghis says:

        Perhaps signol has super low usage such that the lower UW fixed cost outweighs the higher variable cost?

        • signol says:

          I really must run another comparison then!

          • signol says:

            To clarify, I’ve got dual electricity. Normal supply 14p per unit, night rate 6p per unit, which only supplies underfloor heating and hot water…

  5. I was thinking of moving to E-ON but the Tesco points deal between them definitely ends this April is that right?
    Leo

  6. the real harry1 says:
  7. May we assume that 017455 is your UW commission account number?

  8. Ah, I couldn’t understand the 3% reference as being an extra thing at first, but forgot Santander only pay 1% on utility bills. 3% for utilities and council tax with RBS/NW :)

  9. Jonathan says:

    It’s my relatives – I don’t stand to benefit personally.

    Just to reiterate it’s not for everyone, it will always appear uncompetitive versus the headline rates on a comparison site. When switching to the headline rate, you’re essentially benefitting from the higher margin customers who aren’t as savvy. UW have a consistent rate for new joiners and long time customers. If you’re not of the nature that you’ll keep abreast of the latest rate it’s a competitive option vs standard variable rates of the main companies.

  10. the real harry1 says:

    isn’t the whole point – when some people pay more for the same thing – and some people pay less – to get yourself in the group that pays less?