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Get 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Flying Club miles for £5 at Tesco when you pre-order ‘Skylanders’

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Here we go again!  Some elements of this post may feel familiar.

On Tesco Direct, there is an offer for 500 bonus Clubcard points when you pre-order the video game ‘Skylanders Swap Force’ for £55-£60 on Xbox 360, Wii, Wii U, 3DS or PS3.

Back in your local Tesco store, however, the game is also available to pre-order for £5.

Tesco is currently offering 500 bonus Tesco Clubcard points when you pre-order ‘Skylanders Swap Force’ for £5! This is 1,200 Avios points or 1,250 Flying Club miles for just a fiver.

(This offer is clearly only half as good as the ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ offer recently.  However, you need to look at it in context – it is still a very cheap way to pick up some miles.)

How it is meant to work is that you get a display box scanned at the check-out, pay £5, and receive a special receipt. Visit the store on the day the game is released (18th October) and you are guaranteed to get a copy and a free poster and you will get your £5 back as a discount. The 500 bonus Clubcard points are credited with the pre-order payment.

As usual, there is no obligation to ever buy the game when it is eventually released. This means that you can treat this as a chance to buy some Avios points for 0.4p each.

You need to be very careful not to overdo this promotion. Tesco has removed bonus points in the past.  Someone also posted on Head for Points yesterday about having ‘Call of Duty’ points removed.

Do not buy more than one copy of each format per Clubcard account if you want to be 100% certain of not having your points taken away.  There are five different versions of the game, so that is still 2,500 Clubcard points to aim for.

The boxes tend to be on a separate stand to the usual video games. You take an empty box to the checkout, it is scanned, but you do not keep the box – it goes back on the shelf. You will only tend to find these in larger Tesco stores.

There are reports of two different closing dates, with 28th August (tomorrow!) and 8th September both being spotted on in-store shelf labels.  Let’s see.  I would be surprised if it was closed tomorrow after just a couple of days.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2022)

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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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 UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER), £200 travel credit and unbeatable 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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 sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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 (64)

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  • Tim says:

    Can I buy one of each in one transaction? I have a spend £40 in one go and get a fiver off coupon. So was planning to buy one of each and a few other bits. Would 500 x 5 bonus points go on if done in one transaction.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, if you can find all 5.

      • Tim says:

        Thank you very much, I would be very grateful if someone had all 5 bar codes so that I can enter myself at self service. I intend to go to my local 24 hour one when its quiet and see if it works out for me. I got the three above so if anyone has the other two it would be great.

  • Ian says:

    Hey… Just wanted to let you know that I tried to order the points via the ‘Click and Collect’ counter while shopping in Tesco. The 500 Clubcard on offer, Yes…, £5.00 Pre Order, Yes…. but they wanted my address and would post the game to me as you couldn’t pick it up in-store. Not only that, I would have to pay the full price of the game up front aswell…. bugger.

    However I went straight to the self servicing tills, put in the bar code number, the price of £5.00 came up and needed a supervisor to ‘okay’ my age… (40 !!) got the ‘okay’ and scan in my clubcard and paid £5.00 and whey !… all done and got a receipt showing 500 clubcard points added.

    Thanks Raffles… Look forward to your next tip !

  • Tim says:

    I just thought I would share my experience last night in Tesco. I went to the self service till and entered in all the codes. This was around 10pm. Young girl authorised the transaction. Receipt came out with bonus CC points but the vouchers for £5 each did not generate. Two supervisors called and after 10 minutes and saying sorry a few times asked me if I would accept a £15 credit note ! 🙂 Thanked them and accepted. They did not cancel the transactions so CC points safe.

  • Nick says:

    Offer still active as of 11:45 today at my local tesco using self service till. %00 points added to till receipt.

  • Idrive says:

    This is still working as of tonight!

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