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Reminder: last date for Clubcard earning for August statements is July 20th

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Just a quick heads up that Saturday 20th July is the last date to have Tesco Clubcard points credited to your account before the August voucher run.

If you have a few coupons to use up, you might want to make a transaction today or tomorrow to ensure they get credited by Saturday.

This is especially useful if you are very close to a 50 point multiple, since vouchers are sent out in multiples of 50p with any extra held over until next time.

It is worth remembering that last August, Clubcard was running a 50% bonus on conversions to both Avios and Virgin Flying Club.  Let’s see if anything similar appears this year.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:

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.

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

30,000 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (36)

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  • Danksy says:

    Squillions….. Im clearly having a blonde moment!! what does MOC mean?

  • Danksy says:

    Money off coupon. … D’oh

  • Colin Brown says:

    I’m drawn here – can’t decide whether to turn off auto-convert, or keep it on, as there’s some sort of bonus for keeping it on.

    • squillion says:

      I don’t think there’s an on-going bonus for staying with auto convert. You stand to lose the opportunity to take advantage of the putative bonus Avios conversion promo we’d all like to see.

      • Nick says:

        My concern is that it is not beyond the realms of possibility that the existing 2.4 rate will reduce. I think it’s been 2 in the past….. we are all holding on to our clubcard points waiting for the bonus offer, but is anyone else a bit concerned that things might get worse rather than better?

      • Thomas says:

        Whenever there is a bonus conversion promo, they have always offered and added the bonus points onto my account which is set to auto convert, so i have not lost out.
        Is this not the case with everyone ??

        • Colin says:

          So you mean they backdate your previous conversions and add the bonus onto those too?

          • Thomas says:

            No. To clarify,
            I have always had auto convert set as default on my account and every bonus promotion has seen the bonus applied automatically. I have not lost out…
            I have no need of the physical vouchers so this just makes it a lot easier.

          • Jamie says:

            But they don’t back date though ?

            So anything you convert for a normal rate when the promo is not on stays at the normal rate, saving your clubcard points and converting them all is surely a much better idea ?

  • Mark says:

    It’s a no-go. You have to choose one single option for each transaction and since there’s a maximum of £50 per year on CC pay-out it follows that you cannot chose CC points for any transaction over £50, or indeed anything over the proportion of that £50 allowance you haven’t already used.

    It will have to be cash, Amazon vouchers or one of the other options.

  • Danksy says:

    On a tangent…. But how long does it take for the ore-orde points to appear in your account? I ordered the Diablo iii deal last Thursday but although its in my tesco direct as outstanding u haven’t yet received the points! Do they come when the games are dispatched?


    • Danksy says:

      Sorry….pesky ipad (I meant pre-ordered)

    • Colin says:

      When the item is in the basket the bonus clubcard points should show up on the screen. Then, as Tesco are taking your cash immediately, the bonus points will be credited to your account in (usually) 2 working days, happens overnight.

      Might be worth giving Tesco Direct a call.

      • Geoff Richards says:

        I agree – all my points for Diablo II posted promptly. Got two lots of 1540 and one 2040 so 5120 total points. No cancellations. So aside from disposing of three copies of a game I never wanted, I feel pretty good (makes up for getting cancelled for Dan Brown Inferno earlier in the year)

        • chris says:

          small and unimportant, when disposing of them market them as diablo III not diablo II, you wont get as much for 2

          besides that yes the points should of been 48 hours at the most, so best to call tescos direct

  • NohoMan says:

    If I have tesco clubcard £5 rewards voucher sitting in my draw, do I leave them there if waiting for a bonus conversion?

    Many thanks

  • Steve says:

    Just wanted to ask a question that’s been asked before probably, but can’t seem to find a definitive answer….

    I currently have 5176 points in my clubcard account, with no auto-convert set up for Virgin or BA – when the new period starts will those 5176 points from the previous period points carried forward?

    • Rob says:

      No. You will be posted Tesco Clubcard vouchers for £51.50 with a 2 year expiry date. Put them in a drawer, if you don’t need the miles now, and hope for a conversion bonus. You can convert them to miles via the Clubcard website, or indeed use them for another deal or even (bad value) spend them in a Tesco for face value.

  • danksy says:

    I found out what has happened! Somehow a different clubcard was setup on Tesco Direct (which for some bizzare reason wasn’t registered to any of my previous addresses!)

    They’ve transferred the points over to my ‘real’ clubcard and I’ve now changed my Tesco passwords!

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