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Yes, I have clearly hit a new low (or high) today in terms of post headlines.

Tesco Clubcard is offering a deal on cabbages at the moment.  For every cabbage you buy, you get 20 bonus Clubcard points, so 48 Avios points or 50 Virgin Flying Club miles.

Now, Tesco sells cabbages by weight. 80p per kilo, in general, for white cabbage.

Should you have nothing better to do when next in Tesco, try to find the smallest possible cabbages you can. You should be able to find some tiny ones at around 450g, which would be 35p – 40p. This even works with online grocery orders, because you can specify that you only want to receive small ones which the website prices at 36p.

You get the 20 bonus Clubcard points per cabbage, so the more tiny ones you find, the better!

This doesn’t work for red cabbage, though. They are sold pre-wrapped at 96p, whatever the weight, although you will still get the 20 bonus points.

Thanks to Mark for this, who sent me a scan of his till receipt so I could see how small a cabbage can get! The offer runs until 27th October.


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 (49)

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  • andy L says:

    There is only one word that comes to mind when I think about what to do with cabbages……. wait for it….. Okonomiyaki – aka Osaka soul food – I have made some cracking Japanese “as you like it” Okonomiyaki pancakes at home and of the key ingredients is cabbage. I defy anyone who has never tried Japanese food or attempted to cook it at home, not to like Okonomiyaki!

    • Sinizter says:

      Got a recipe ?

    • Frenske says:

      Sounds brilliant, found a recipe. I will go straight to the Tesco to buy some: katsuobushi (whatever that may be), nagaimo (whatever that may be), aonori (whatever that may be) and benishoga (whatever that may be).

  • The_Pope says:

    A word of warning for Tesco Home Delivery customers: I ordered 5 x Small Cabbage @£0.36 each for delivery, which came this morning.

    Instead, I received:
    0.575kg @ £0.46p
    0.750kg @ £0.60p
    1.125kg @ £0.90p
    1.175kg @ £0.94p
    1.188kg @ £0.95p

    So instead of spending £1.82 I was charged £3.85!

    Needless to say I rejected all five to the driver and will receive a refund, and no bonus CC points. Win some. Lose some.

  • Mark says:

    Surprise, surprise…just had the call I was expecting from my local Tesco stating that they couldn’t possibly supply me with the 69 small white cabbages that I ordered on 18/10; apparently they only receive the online orders at the store a day or so in advance and the most they’d be able to give me today was 12. I questioned why it had taken them so long to realise that they weren’t going to be able to fulfill the order and the member of staff started telling me that there is a per item limit specified in the T&Cs but completely floundered when I asked her what this limit is. She suggested that next time I wanted to make such a big order that I went to the store’s customer service desk and placed a special order there, in turn I suggested that they put a system in place where such orders are flagged and that if she absolutely must start quoting the T&C line she should at least know what she was talking about. Needless to say the order has been cancelled :-/

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