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The Tesco Direct HP inks deal returns

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Tesco Direct‘s regular promotion on HP printer inks is back!  If you’ve never seen this before, it is very simple.  Buy 2 HP inks from the range shown in the link, and you get 500 bonus Tesco Clubcard points.  500 Clubcard points is worth 1,200 Avios.

The key is being able to resell the inks on eBay fairly easily, as they are commodity products.  The cheapest cartridges at the time of writing are the HP364 Yellow at £6.44.  Two would cost £12.88 for 512 Clubcard points, which is 1,228 Avios plus a handful from your credit card.  You need to arrange to collect the items in a Tesco store to avoid paying postage.

You could probably sell the cartridge on eBay for around £2.50 net of all costs (eBay, Paypal fees, postage, jiffy bag etc).  On that basis, your £12.88 cost comes down to £7.88.  £7.88 for 1,228 Avios is not bad at all.

If you are going to go via the eBay route, have a look at what cartridges sell for before jumping in.  It may be that cartridges which cost you more in the first place have a far higher resale value and thus a smaller overall loss.  Black cartridges are likely to be a lot more popular than yellow, for example.

There is one extra reason why I will be jumping on this promo.  Tesco is one of the partners in the Avios ‘get more’ promotion, where you can get 2,000 bonus Avios each quarter when you convert at least £6.25 of Clubcard vouchers to Tesco. 

(This promotion is only open to BAEC or avios.com accounts who had NOT received a Tesco conversion between November 2010 and November 2011). 

Since I would not otherwise have enough Tesco points to do this across my family’s accounts, I am effectively getting over 3,000 Avios for a £7.56 spend, assuming I go for the yellow 364’s.  And that is an excellent deal.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2022)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (2)

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  • pointscrazy says:

    All cheap ones out of stock …

    • Raffles says:

      You can set up a stock alert on the Direct website to email you when they come back in

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