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Update on the 1,000 Clubcard point (2,400 Avios) bonus for a Tesco Mastercard referral

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A couple of week ago, I wrote this article about the refer a friend scheme for the Tesco MasterCard.

As a result of that post, I referred a couple of Head for Points readers who had recently taken out the card.

The good news is that Tesco is proving to be unbelievably efficient at processing the 1,000 bonus Tesco Clubcard points that both the referrer and referred person receives. The points appear to be going onto your account on the same day that Tesco receives the form in the post!

Tesco credit card

The Tesco MasterCard remains the best Visa or Mastercard option if you want to collect Avios points. 0.6 Avios per £1 spent is not life changing, I admit, but it is a heck of a lot better than the 0.2 Avios you receive on the Lloyds Avios MasterCard! And, of course, if another 40% ‘Tesco to Avios’ conversion bonus comes along, you would be getting well over 0.8 Avios per £1.

If you’re interested in the referral scheme – especially if you have recently taken out the Tesco card and would like to request your 1,000 referral points (even though I didn’t talk you into getting the card!) – then email me at rob at and I will email you the form.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (22)

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  • Nick Burch says:

    The M&S bank account is worth a look too – it’s not a credit card so won’t show up for churning! If you have the account for 21+ days, they’ll give you £100 in M&S vouchers. It’s £15 per month, with a 1 month cancellation term, so it’s £30 for those vouchers (and some others too). Takes about 30-40 minutes to open the account in store, might be quicker online. I don’t think they have that many people come in for the offer, and certainly not many FTers, based on the reaction to my passport full of visas and stamps when I handed it over for the ID check!

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