I wrote a bit about this promotion a couple of weeks ago, before it officially launched. If you an avios.com member, you have probably had the email and this pretty picture of a hammock in your inbox by now.
Since I first mentioned this, I have given it some extra thought and decided that I am not even going to bother signing up, even for just one quarter. It simply isn’t worth it.
What avios.com is offering you – if you decide to sign-up for auto-conversion of your Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Avios every quarter – is a voucher worth 4,500 Avios. This voucher is only redeemable when you book 2 nights of hotel accommodation alongside your flight.
Now, there are obviously some scenarios where this may make sense for you. However, most people prefer to make their own hotel reservations. They will either want to redeem some hotel points for free nights, or they want to collect points and get their hotel status recognised when they stay.
This offer is no good for that – if you book a chain hotel, it will count as a third-party booking and you won’t get points and (depending on chain) won’t get status benefits either.
You may also want to stay with a friend or in a hotel that Avios does not offer. You may also find that Avios is not price-competitive for the hotel you want.
Where it would work is if you were 100% price driven, as 4500 Avios is effectively worth £30+ and that is a notional £15+ per night off your hotel. If you staying somewhere very cheap, this would be a decent benefit, especially as bargain-basement hotels are rarely in chains anyway.
If this last paragraph doesn’t describe you, I would give this offer a miss. The biggest problem with auto-conversion is that you cannot keep your Tesco vouchers in a drawer and save them for the next time there is a 50% transfer bonus to Avios points.
Whilst you can opt out of auto-convert, if you remember to call them in time before the next mailout, it could cost you far more than 4,500 Avios in the long run.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.