Tesco Direct has brought back its occasional offer on HP printer ink cartridges – but this time it is 50% more generous.
You usually get 500 bonus Clubcard points when you buy two cartridges. This time, though, they are offering 750 Clubcard points when you buy two.
To add to the deal, you also get a 20% discount when you buy three or more cartridges.
Note that this offer is also available in-store, if your store is big enough to sell ink cartridges. I don’t know if the ‘20% discount for buying 3 or more’ discount applies in-store. However, you would save £3 on postage and you would also be able to use any money-off coupons you may have.
To see these deals, search for ‘HP ink’ on Tesco Direct and – in the left hand margin at the bottom – filter the sellers down to just Tesco. You can then reorder the list of products by price.
You should, if it is still in stock, see various cartridges with the read ‘Special Offer’ text under them. The cheapest seems to be this one, a Black HP364 at £9.
So, lets run some maths.
You buy 6 of the HP364 cartridges for £54. The 20% discount takes you down to £43.20. Postage is £3 (you cannot collect these instore) so your total cost is £46.20.
Total Clubcard points earned = 43 base points + 2250 bonus points = 2,293 points
Total Avios earned from converting at 1:2.4 = 5,503 Avios
That works out at just 0.82p per Avios.
And, of course, you still have the cartridges.
Let’s assume that you manage to sell the HP364’s on eBay for £4 each, net of fees and postage. Your total cost will have been £21 for 5,503 Avios. Note that these cartridges are quite fat and so postage costs are higher than usual, although if you do ‘buy it now’ and say you have six for sale, many customers will buy two or three at once.
Alternatively, you could send them to Tesco Recycling. This is a lower return but is less hassle. I believe that they accept new cartridges, and you will receive 50 Clubcard points on the HP364 cartridges as you can see from the list on their site. That takes your total haul from the 6 cartridges to 2,593 points, or 6,223 Avios points for £45.12.
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.