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150 Tesco Clubcard points (360 Avios) for buying a £50 gift card!

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Here is a very interesting Tesco promotion …..

This page on the Tesco website shows you the wide range of gift cards you can buy in Tesco stores.  They cover a huge range of outlets – Next, House of Fraser, Starbucks, Pizza Express, Cineworld, Facebook, B&Q, Comet, Toys R Us and many more.

In the small print on this page, it says:

150 Clubcard points awarded when you spend £50 on selected gift cards in store, excluding Tesco Gift Cards and Visa branded cards. Points will appear on your next available Clubcard Statement.

Now this is not at all bad.  Giftcards usually have a long expiry date, so you have plenty of time to use them up.  We go through about £50 a month at Pizza Express alone, for example, and could easily divert some spend into House of Fraser.  And we have a Starbucks literally on the corner of our road!

The B&Q one has an extra advantage, because B&Q is (I think) the last major UK chain that does not accept Amex.  Buying a B&Q gift card at Tesco has always been a roundabout way of using an Amex card for B&Q spend, and now it becomes increasingly attractive.

Remember that this is the last quarter that you can receive 2,000 bonus Avios for converting £6.50 of Tesco vouchers into Avios which makes those 150 bonus points even more attractive.

If you have had a Tesco money-off coupon through the post recently (£5 off £50 spend for example) you may find that it also works on gift card purchases, although I don’t think it is meant to.  You will also receive standard Clubcard points for your purchase, albeit at the reduced rate of 1 Clubcard point per £4 spent on gift cards.

It is worth adding that not of all of these gift cards activate immediately.  Some do, but some – eg Argos – take 2-3 days to go live.  You cannot, therefore, necessarily walk into a Tesco, buy a gift card and spend it 10 minutes later in another shop.  It works most of the time, but not all the time.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

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

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (9)

  • ups says:

    Isn’t there a fee for these gift cards?

  • Gift cards can also sometimes be a good way of meeting spend requirments for credit card signup bonuses in a short space of time. Or just to advance more of your spending into any initial period where a creditcard earns at a higher rate. [Assuming of course, that you will/do actually shop wherever you are getting the gift card for!]

    • John says:

      You can also top up people’s Oyster cards, and buy vouchers on eBay , such as for Amazon, which you can usually get at a 5% discount or so. A lot of non-perishable groceries are available from Amazon, if you have met your Tesco spending requirements.

  • Badger says:

    Waterstones will exchange a book token for waterstones gift card, which you can use on their website and many of the prices match amazon. May be of use to some!

  • Mariusz says:

    Do you know if someone could exchange their clubcard points just by typing my Membership no?Both accounts(ba and tesco clubcard are in different names and addresses.

    • Raffles says:

      No. Usually needs matching surname and address, although sometimes it goes through on just one of the two matching. If you could do what you suggested, people would be buying vouchers on ebay like crazy.

  • Mariusz says:

    thanks Raffles. I think I’ve just wasted £10 worth of clubcard points…