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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.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 10th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (22)

  • 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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