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Tesco Visa gift cards DO now qualify for 150 bonus Clubcard points on £50 spend

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For a surprisingly long time now (over six months) Tesco has been offering 150 bonus Clubcard points when you spend £50 on gift cards in-store.

Here is the Tesco webpage which outlines the deal and here is one of my earlier articles on it.

There were two exceptions to which gift cards counted for this promotion. You were not allowed to buy Tesco gift cards (makes sense!) and you were not allowed to buy Visa debit cards.

Tesco has now changed the rules. The Visa debit cards DO now count for the 150 bonus Clubcard points bonus.

In-store signage has not been changed so you will still see notices showing that they do not count. However, it is on the Tesco web site. Go here and scroll down to the section on Visa gift cards, and you will see:

Do I get Clubcard points when I buy a Visa Gift Card?

If you’re a Clubcard customer, you’ll earn 150 Clubcard points for every £50 you spend in a single transaction on Branded Gift Cards (including the Visa branded Cards) at the time of purchase.

I have done a test purchase this morning at Canary Wharf and can confirm that it works. 150 Clubcard points were showing on my receipt.

Visa gift cards come with a huge list of terms, conditions and fees. However, there are only four things you need to know:

A £25 card carries a £2.95 fee, a £50 card carries a £3.95 fee

Tesco limits you to £2,000 of purchases per year (not sure how this is tracked) and 5 cards per transaction

You need to register the card before you can use online or by phone, presumably to put a name on file to match up with the card details the retailer enters, but for face to face transactions it can be used immediately. (When you have registered one card, adding additional cards is very quick and painless.)

It is treated as a debit card when you use it

1 hour after buying a £50 card, I was able to use it to pay £50 off my tax bill and it was treated as a debit card with no fee.

How can I benefit from this?

Let’s assume that you have payments for which debit cards are accepted but credit cards or Amex cards are not.

When you buy a £50 Visa debit card, the maths looks like this:

Fee paid: £3.95

Avios points earned from Tesco: 150 Clubcard points = 360 Avios

Avios points earned from BA Premium Plus (as eg): £54 spend = 81 Avios

Total Avios points earned = 441 Avios, or 0.895p per Avios

This is not a bad deal. However, there is an extra benefit – you can use it to put additional spend through whatever American Express card you use in Tesco, which may help you hit a target for a sign-up bonus.

You would also get an even better deal if you saved the Clubcard vouchers for an Avios (or indeed Virgin Flying Club) conversion promotion.

There may be a better deal as well!

Reader Andrew emailed me to say that Tesco is now selling a different sort of Visa gift card. This one is designed exclusively for online shopping.

The pack contains an authorisation number which you input into a website after purchase. You then receive a ‘virtual’ credit card number which can be used online.

Andrew says that these cards do NOT come with a purchase fee! A £25 Visa debit card costs just £25, which you can pay with your Amex in Tesco! He said that he had managed to successfully pay part of his council tax bill online using one.

I have tried to track down one of these ‘virtual’ cards to test it, but I can’t find them. However, I have only been in a couple of Metro stores. Keep an eye out for these ‘virtual’ gift cards next time you are in Tesco.


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Comments (134)

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  • Russell Evans says:

    Hi Raffles, the T’s & C’s on the Tesco website you link to still says the Visa Gift Cards are in the exclusions? Great to hear you got the deal, and would be interested to hear of other’s experiences in getting these before I go and commit to a “wedge” of £50 Visa Cards for my annual Council tax!!

    Cheers, Russell.

    ***150 Clubcard points awarded when you spend £50 in a single transaction on selected gift cards in store, excluding Tesco Gift Cards and Visa branded cards. Points will appear on your next available Clubcard Statement.

  • Squillion says:

    ‘Do I get Clubcard points when I buy a Visa Gift Card?If you’re a Clubcard customer, you’ll earn 150 Clubcard points for every £50 you spend in a single transaction on Branded Gift Cards (including the Visa branded Cards) at the time of purchase.’

  • Mark B says:

    Under the do I get clubcard points question, like Raffles ssyx it’s not been changed in the T&C’s belew, which i can now see you are quoting from

  • Squillion says:

    If the points are on the receipt, it looks pretty definite to me 😉

  • Russell Evans says:

    Sorry chaps, hadn’t seen in that place. My eye was immediately drawn to the 3 asterisks at the bottom, that’s where I was quoting. Wasn’t doubting the legitimacy of Raffles’ post!

  • Neil says:

    This would be a particularly good deal if using the Amex PR Gold card as I assume you will still get the double MR points for buying in Tesco (1st year bonus) on top of the CC points.

    I have one question though. What happens when you use these cards (normal or virtual ones) for purchases greater than the £50? I imagine that in store you can simply pay over two cards but what about online? And if you buy stuff for less than £50, will you be left with several cards with only a few pounds credit left on them?

    If you buy multiple virtual ones, can they be added to an online account, effectively aggregating all of the credit onto one card?

    • Rob says:

      Don’t yet know how the virtual ones work.

      However, you cannot accumulate the Visa cards with the fee. This limits how you can use them online unless the merchant lets you split payment or lets you buy e-vouchers online which you then redeem (most shops let you use multiple gift cards on one purchase). Using them for my tax bill was easy as you can pay this in chunks.

      • Andrew says:

        You can transfer balances between the virtual cards, but there is a fee for doing so. However my council tax allows you to specify the payment amount, so I just put through a number of 25 transactions, which cleared the card balance in full.

        Also note the virtual cards cannot be used in store, only online, over the phone or mail order. I’m not clear if the number generated (when you activate the card online) is a visa credit or debit.

    • Ian says:

      If you use Amazon (who doesn’t?) you can spend the balance on an Amazon gift certificate, which you then credit to your own account.

  • Gordon says:

    Daft question but if you spend more than £50 in a single transaction do you get more points? So does £100 in a single transaction give 300 tesco or do you need to buy in multiple transactions of £50. I guess you can get round the £2000 limit by using multiple clubcards?

    • Rob says:

      Multiples OK, spend £100 in one go and you get 300 points.

      However … the cards you buy must be individually able to add up to £50 units! What I mean is … if you buy 5 x £20 gift cards in one go for Pizza Express, you only get 1 bonus, because the cards can only be accumulated as £60 and £40. If you bought 4 x £25 gift cards for someone, you would get 2 bonuses because the cards can be accumulated as £50 and £50.

      • Sinizter says:

        I have bought 5 x £20 gift cards for a 300 point bonus. I have done this regularly.

  • Jovan says:

    What would be interesting to see is if you can use the virtual VISA to pay [off] your AMEX spend.

    • Rob says:

      Which is what I intend to test today!

    • Max says:

      An excellent idea! Surely we can use these debit cards to settle our Credit Card bills!

      • Rome77 says:

        Now that would indeed be nice – I’ve tried paying my AMEX bill with prepaid cards before without success though, so I wouldn’t get my hopes up too high. Nevertheless, certainly worth a try!!

        • Rob says:

          Tried, and failed

          Rang up and tried on the phone as well, also failed

    • Sir Stamford says:

      A few years ago, I tried using my eBay prepaid Visa card for certain financial (i.e. non purchase) transactions such as paying off my credit card bill and it didn’t work.

      Let’s see if these work. Naturally if they work, it could be a game changer.

      Sir Stamford

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