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3V cards – still alive and kicking, surprisingly

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I spent a few days last week up in North Yorkshire, taking the kids to their grandparents.  I was more than a little surprised to wander into the Tesco in Filey to see one of these:

3V card

…. on the gift card rack.  Annoying, though, there was only one of them!  However, in the 5 days I spent in Filey, that solitary 3V card was not purchased – although, sadly, neither was the rack topped up.

(3V cards are an amazing way to earn literally free Avios.  You can buy 2 x £25 3V Visa cards for £50 in Tesco, spend them online to pay £50 of bills, and earn 150 Clubcard points – 360 Avios – each time.  See here and here for older posts on this which explain everything.)

Simon emailed me to point out that 3V has finally added Tesco to its list of official stockists – which presumably means that they aren’t about to go away tomorrow.

Another Flyertalker also posted this:

I got 36 in Bournemouth on Monday afternoon (left 1 on the shelf) and 20 from Swansea the week before (left about same again on the shelf)

…. so supplies are certainly not low everywhere.

Ironically, the card that I saw in Filey last week was the first that I have seen in the flesh since the very first day I saw one, in the Covent Garden Metro.  For old times sake I popped in there again this week …. but the shelves were bare.

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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:

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Comments (126)

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  • sarah gorman says:

    Has anyone used 3V cards to pay their road tax? I’m assuming I’d have to merge a lot of cards to £220 limit!

  • SingingDwarf says:

    Is it just me, or are these getting very difficult to come by?

    My regular Tesco stores, where stocks had been being replenished, have now had them replaced by the Visa cards with charges. These had been used to fill to the gaps before the 3V cards were replaced, but now seem to have taken their place permanently.

    Seemingly the only places to pick them up now, appear to be Tescos where there have been no previous visits for HFP.

    • louie-m says:

      I’m having the same difficulty. Only 1 success in the last 11 visits to various stores in Kent, Sussex and East Anglia.

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