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50% bonus on Tesco Clubcard transfers to Virgin Flying Club

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Here is the first decent promotion of 2013!

Tesco has launched a 50% bonus on transfers of Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Atlantic’s Flying Club.  This means that you will receive 375 miles per £1 of Clubcard vouchers you convert, rather than the standard 250.

Full details are here.  The deals runs to March 5th, so you will be able to convert your points from the next set of vouchers as well.

Virgin is also repeating its offer of 1,000 Virgin miles for opting-in for auto-conversion of your Clubcard points each quarter to Virgin.  Nothing stops you agreeing to this and then cancelling after one quarter!

Virgin Atlantic

Virgin miles will become a lot more interesting in 2013.  You will be able to collect them on Virgin’s new domestic services which start in March.  Virgin is also likely to join the Skyteam alliance in the next 18 months, given that Delta Airlines of the US – a core Skyteam member – has just bought a 49% stake in Virgin Atlantic.

That said …. the Skyteam deal is not guaranteed, and I don’t recommend you make a conversion to Virgin unless you have a clear idea about how you want to redeem them.  Virgin charges similar fuel surcharges to BA, so long-haul economy redemptions are still a bad deal.

Remember too that both Virgin and Avios allow one-way redemptions, so if both carriers serve a route you could redeem for Virgin one-way and BA back.  Redeem for Virgin Upper Class from Heathrow and you’d get to visit their Clubhouse lounge, generally regarded as one of the best in the world.

There is also an interesting arbitrage to earn Hilton HHonors points from this promotionAs I outlined in this old post, because you can transfer Virgin miles to Hilton points you can therefore go Tesco to Virgin to Hilton.  With the 50% bonus, you would effectively get 3-4 times face value for your Tesco vouchers in Hilton points, if spent wisely.

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (www.shopperpoints.co.uk), which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now?

Comments (14)

  • Roger says:

    [quote]I think the NatWest Black card also has Priority Pass …[/quote]Almost – it offers Airport Angels lounges! These are similar to PP except for the USA where their selection is poor.
    http://www.cpp.co.uk/airport-lounge/

    The only other sensible card with PP cards is the Coop’s Priority Privilege account with just 4 lounge visits a year; beyond that visits are charged. However, how many times do we use lounges with a PP card? I didn’t use mine once in 2012 because I was travelling biz class or because I had BA and LH status.

    For those to whom the AmEx plat doesn’t make sense any more, the Coop account is worth a look – £13 a month with a travel policy with sensible medical cover (to age 80, I believe), RAC breakdown cover in the UK and the rest of western Europe and some other bits and pieces.

    Sorry to go on a bit. My former enthusiasm for the RBS/Natwest Black Account has waned in favour of the Coop account.