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12,000 Avios or 12,500 Flying Club miles (5,000 Clubcard points) with Tesco Life Insurance

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It’s back – earn 5,000 Tesco Clubcard points when you take out Tesco Life Insurance!

Five years ago, Tesco Life Insurance was a licence to print Avios (or BA Miles, as they were then).  You got 4,500 Clubcard points per policy, you could take out as many policies as you wanted, and you only needed to make one £5 payment before you received the points.  Happy days indeed!

The offer today has changed considerably, although it still lets you buy Avios points at 0.5p each.  Note, though, that you no longer get all the points upfront.  You will be waiting a year to get the full lot.

This Tesco webpage is your starting point.

And here are the key things you need to know:

  • The minimum premium is £5 per month, so £60 over the year
  • This promotion is only available to the under-50’s – if you are over 50 you would need to apply for their separate over-50’s policy which does NOT come with any bonus Clubcard points, only a £50 Tesco gift card
  • The 5,000 points are awarded in quarterly chunks of 1,250 points, with the first batch awarded after you have paid three premiums
  • You must be over 18 and a UK resident
  • Maximum two applications per household – so they are happy for you and your partner to both apply.  Note that the points will only be issued to a Clubcard in the same name as the policy holder, though, so you would both need your own Clubcard.
  • You may be asked to go for a medical before you policy is accepted if you disclose any existing health conditions.  Even if you disclose no previous health issues, you may be randomly selected to attend a medical.
  • There is quite a bit of paperwork associated with this promotion.

The application form is here and you need to use code P4L5K when applying.

(Note that the Tesco Critical Illness policy is ALSO offering 5,000 Clubcard points.  In general, I do not recommend this as you are more likely to be called in for a medical, given the nature of the product.)

Enter £5 per month as the amount you want to pay, and select a short period of, say, 5 years for the policy.  You can still cancel at any time.  However, the price is locked in for the period you select.

All in all, it is not a bad deal, although far from the bonanza it was in the pastEven at the basic Clubcard to Avios conversion rate, you will receive (5,000 x 2.4 =) 12,000 Avios for your £60 of premiums.  0.5p per Avios is pretty good deal.  The downside is the paperwork you need to complete, of course.

The closing date for applications under this offer is 29th October.

There are some other Tesco Insurance deals which I will cover tomorrow.

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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 9th 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 (28)

  • What's the Point says:

    Just got my £5 per month life cover. Feels a bit depressing answering some of the questions. Must push it to the back of my mind, I’m going to live for ever!

    Can I bequeath spare Avios in my will?

    • squillion says:

      I think the strategy here would be to wangle the ‘closing the household account’ process. If non-head of household dies, no problem, just close the household a/c and No 1 gets all the Avios.

      If head of household dies, don’t tell anybody, close the household a/c, set up new one with new, living head of household (and include the dead person). Then close it some time later.

      There is meant to be some 6 month limit on closing and re-opening household a/cs but I think in practice this is ignored.

      • Richie says:

        Or just don’t do anything! How are they going to find out . Obviously you will have to use all the points in the dead persons name within 3 years.

        • Sir Stamford says:

          They probably won’t find out if you keep quiet but if any member of the household account disagree as to how the Avios is to be divided up or utilised and notify BA, there might be consequences that we would rather not discuss.

          Sir Stamford

  • What's the Point says:

    Virgin Atlantic are much fairer:

    2.9. Miles may be transferred from a Member’s account to a different account if:
    (a) a Member dies provided that (i) we are provided with a copy of the deceased Member’s death certificate; (ii) we are provided with a copy of the deceased Member’s will showing that the proposed transferee is the lawful beneficiary of the Miles; and (iii) the requested transfer of the Miles is undisputed

    Can you imagine sending someone’s will off to an airline to claim their points, it feels so wrong!

    • squillion says:

      I’ve got about 100K Virgin miles sitting there for the last 15 years (waiting for some European flights, Virgin, baby 😉 ) and if I drop down dead I sure hope my family gets my miles lol.

  • What's the Point says:

    I am mildly impressed that we have had a fairly sensible discussion about what to do with unused points when you depart this mortal world.

  • chris says:

    cba to read fine print,

    whats the policy on suicide

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