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!
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 headforpoints.com and I will email you the form.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2023)
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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
American Express Preferred Rewards Gold
Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review
The Platinum Card from American Express
Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) 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.
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.