I had a very successful afternoon at Tesco yesterday.
Here is Exhibit 1:
Three giftcards, total value £50. I bought these using a ‘£5 off £50 spend’ voucher that Tesco had posted to me. The ‘150 Clubcard points for spending £50 on gift cards’ promo is still running as well.
End result: £50 of giftcards and 150 Clubcard points (360 Avios) for £45 spend.
Here is Exhibit 2:
I collected 20 of these ink cartridges from the ‘Click and Collect’ desk. As per this promotion, I paid £2 each and got 200 bonus Clubcard points for every two I bought.
End result: 2,040 Clubcard points (4,896 Avios) for £40 spend.
Now, the latter – which works out at 0.82p per Avios – is not, I admit, a fantastic bargain. In fact, it is marginally above my bottom-end Avios valuation of 0.75p.
However, I am 80% certain that there will be another Tesco to Avios conversion bonus during 2013. If there is a ‘50% bonus Avios’ promotion, then my cost per Avios will fall to 0.55p, which is fine.
At the very, very, very worst, I would use the vouchers in-store during a ‘double up’ promotion and get back £40.80 for my £40 spend!
I will also, at some point next year when the rush has died down, try to sell them on eBay and recoup a few pence per cartridge. It won’t be a huge amount, though, given that they only sell for £2 in Tesco and postage costs (given their thickness) will be fairly high.
So, not a bad afternoon.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
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.
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.
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.