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Tesco brings back its HP printer ink deal – 500 Clubcard points (1,200 Avios) when you buy two

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I have absolutely no idea why this promotion keeps coming back in one form or another, but every few months it re-appears.

Tesco is offering 500 bonus Clubcard points when you buy 2 Hewlett-Packard printer inks.  That is good for 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Flying Club miles, or 40%-50% more if you wait for another transfer bonus.

Full details can be found here.

The cheapest cartridge at the time of writing is £7.99.  You are therefore looking at £15.98 for two, assuming you ‘click and collect’ in a store.

Ignoring the base Clubcard point and the miles earned on the credit card purchase, you are paying (1598 / 1200 =) 1.33p per Avios.  This is not a bargain, but is cheaper than BA’s current ‘buy Avios’ price.

And, of course, you can sell the cartridges on eBay.  This should bring your net cost under 1p, and if you save your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for an Avios transfer bonus then your cost per Avios could be as low as 0.6p.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2024)

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points 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

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) 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 (10)

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  • Scott Nelson says:

    If you wanted to be really cheeky you could pop the brand new cartridges into a Tesco recycling bag and bag yourself a quick and easy 480 Avios.
    https://headforpoints.com/2012/10/28/tesco-ink-cartridge/

    • Scott says:

      Interesting idea! It looks like Tesco have changed their links though, as every time I click on one to learn more about the ink recycling scheme, it redirects to some pants site about corporate responsibility which tells me nothing!

      • chris says:

        heres the only link i could find to they recycling partner, tho its not really worth it to recycle newly brought inks (find if your going to personally use them, than get 100 points when empty), but your do better just ebaying them, also tescos dont currently take the 364 inks (the cheapest ones)

        http://www.therecyclingfactory.com/tesco/

        • Scott says:

          Thanks for the information Chris. Think I’ll give it a miss then as it doesn’t make it worth while if you have to buy the more expensive ones anyway.

        • David Butcher says:

          I have submitted two requests to that site for recycling envelopes using their pro forma and have received absolutely nothing. Not impressed!!!!

          • chris says:

            yes they do suck at sending envelopes out, (i use they paid site for inks not for points) and altho they never do send any envelopes when requested, i just print out they free post labels and use my only jiffy bags *at a cost of 3p or so* they do track them at the right amount when they received them normally with in a few days, (dunno if they pay or not yet as they have a £20 min pay out currently im at £18 or so) *only use them for personal used ink have done for about 2 years, dunno if they do a printable free post label for the tesco side of things tho*

  • Adey says:

    Just a note – I wasn’t able to select “collect in store” when attempting to order a couple of the cheapest ink cartridges. The only option was the £3 standard delivery. The “collect in store” option was there, just not selectable.

    Adey

  • Mark says:

    Hi there. I am wondering if people could double the bonus points with a “GET DOUBLE POINTS” voucher you sometimes get send with a clubcard statement or separate with a Tesco coupon/voucher booklet. Anyone any thoughts on this? I also received an additional GET DOUBLE POINTS WHEN YOU PAY WITH YOUR AMEX CARD voucher. The guy at the checkout said that works together with the other double points voucher, therefore multiples it x4. Would be a lot of points then if you i.e. could combine it (or at least one of the double point vouchers) with an ink cartridge bonus points offer here and there over a year. @ RAFFLES…this also would be a suggestion for your Q&A topic from ysterday. Thank you.

    • Mark says:

      …I meant to say a suggestion for Q&A topic on how to best use double points voucher un combination with bonus point offers.

    • Rob says:

      It only doubles base points, sorry!

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