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Is it Grand Theft? Avios for 0.4p each, possibly 0.27p

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If you go down to your local Tesco (it probably needs to be a large Tesco, a Tesco Extra for safety), you can take part in a fantastic offer that lets you pick up Avios airmiles for just 0.4p each. This could drop to as little as 0.27p each with a Tesco conversion bonus.

The product involved is a video game, Grand Theft Auto V. Ironically, this is a video game that is not even released yet.

Grand Theft Auto V is expected to be a blockbuster, with copies hard to find. Tesco is therefore offering customers the chance to pre-order a copy for £5. You will receive a £5 voucher to redeem against our copy of the game on release, plus a free poster.

Here is the amazing bit. Tesco is offering 500 bonus Tesco Clubcard points with every pre-order.

This means that, for just £5, you will receive 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles. If there is another 50 per cent conversion bonus from Tesco to BA at some point, you would get 1,800 Avios for £5, just 0.27p each.

This is how it works. A participating Tesco will have a pile of GTAV empty boxes in the video games area, with posters alongside. Take a box or two and pay your £5 per box. Points go onto your receipt immediately.

It is important to understand that you are NOT obliged to buy a copy of the game when it eventually comes out.

Now, the question is: how many can you buy? One certainly OK, two probably. But 5? 10?

Tesco has a track record of taking points away from people who buy more of a product on special offer than they consider ‘normal’. For a video game, that number could be quite low. Doing more than two copies per Clubcard may be risky, in my view – but it is up to you.

The offer runs to November 18th. As the empty boxes are presumably put back on display to be sold again, there shouldn’t be an availability issue.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (27)

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  • pazza2000 says:

    Pulled how? Sold out or no bonus points given?

    • Andy says:

      no bonus points given. I took a copy to electrical desk and they scanned it, only showed 5 points.

      • pakster says:

        Just got 500 points at a large Tesco in west London a few minutes ago… but I did NOT get the GTA voucher!! I got a £5 off for £40 spend though.

        I don’t want the game anyway, and I only bought one with this clubcard, so I hope Raffles is right when he says you’re not obliged to buy the game, and they won’t take the points away if you don’t.

        • Raffles says:

          Did you use a self service till? They don’t give vouchers. Not sure how you are meant to know that, though!

          • pakster says:

            Yeah, I should have said. I used the “Shop and Scan” where they give you a handheld scanner which you use as you put stuff in your trolley. It then wirelessly sends your shopping to a self-checkout. This is useful as I had a £6 off £40 voucher and the scanner adds things up as you go along.

            From the pic above by the guy who bought 300, it just looked like an ordinary till spit. As I said, I did get another voucher from the till, which looks very similar, so not sure why it can’t do the GTA voucher.

            The promotion said ENDS 18/11, so I’ll pop back to get a few more. Even if you just use the points for money off shopping, you’ll still make a 1% profit!

  • Jimmy says:

    Points posted to my account today for 3 copies purchased Friday morning. Assume tesco have now closed the offer thanks to some greedy idiot raising suspicions by purchasing so many copies.

  • Jamie says:

    It might be store by store whether the promo is advertised, however if they have the box it will work. I work with Tesco head office and their systems are not that sophisticated, if they pull the deal it won’t work anywhere.

    There are plenty of people who appear to have bought yesterday so it does not appear to have been turned off yet.

    • Jovan says:

      I got it yesterday, although it took me ages to find it. It was a stand on its own opposite all other computer games.

      And 500 points offer is a really small print.

  • Andy says:

    OK got to the bottom of why when scanned at the electrical desk GTA only showed 5 points. When an item is just scanned to find out a price the ordinarry points show. I took the same box as I got scanned a couple of days ago through checkout. 505 points on the receipt.

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