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Clubcard vouchers now available online … and Virgin 30% bonus still running for 3 days!

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It usually takes a while for Tesco to take the Clubcard points earned in the previous quarter and convert them into vouchers. This time, though, they have been super-quick.

If you log in to your Clubcard account, you will see that your vouchers for the last quarter are there, available for redemption. Some people have also reported already receiving their postal vouchers as well – although you don’t need to wait for these in order to redeem, as the voucher code numbers are already online.

This means – rather unexpectedly, since vouchers do not normally appear in accounts until the following month – there is an unexpected opportunity to still take advantage of the 30% conversion bonus on Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club.

There are a few rules if you want to convert to Virgin:

The offer is open to everyone

You must convert by 31st October

There is no maximum or minimum conversion, apart from the usual £2.50 minimum which applies to all deals

One converter will win 4 UK domestic flights on Little Red (woo!)

The bonus appears to post automatically with the base miles

Virgin has made real efforts recently to make economy redemptions more attractive in recent months. As I posted here, Virgin has cut taxes on many routes (New York is £120 cheaper than BA) and charges fewer miles at times (5,000 fewer for an economy ticket to New York.)

The changes to the Virgin cancellation policy have also made Virgin redemptions more attractive.

Virgin Flying Club miles can also be converted to Hilton HHonors at a decent ratio of 1:2 (and also to IHG Rewards Club at a poorer 1:1) so this is also a potential opportunity to bump up your Hilton balance as well.  (Note that the UK Virgin website mistakenly says the conversion rate to Hilton is 1:1.  The US – and indeed all the other regional – sites show the correct 1:2)

That said, if you value Hilton HHonors points at 0.3p, as I do, then you are effectively only getting (1 CC = 3.25 Virgin = 6.5 Hilton =) 2p of value for each Clubcard point. Not outstanding, but OK if topping off a balance. The minimum transfer is 10,000 miles to either Hilton or IHG.

If you want to convert to Virgin, remember that you only have three days to initiate your transfer. I am assuming that October 31st relates to the date that you initiate the conversion, as you have no control over how long it takes Tesco to send them over. That said, they usually appear very quickly (24 hours is not unusual).


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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (November 2020)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

As well as the two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (see here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points), you can also earn from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (56)

  • Clive J says:

    I bit the bullet last night and switched £50 of CC vouchers to FC points. I sort of feel I should be concentrating on either BA or Virgin but I like the flexibility that holding some of each brings.

  • Lewis says:

    Transferred a load of CC to VS yesterday. Posted overnight including 30% bonus.

  • Eastland says:

    I hope when they do a conversion bonus it doesnt have a 12 month clause… i had to convert some vouchers about to expire in august and stupidly didnt think to go into avios instead of BA. Of course, it means I can always transfer to avios if they are both on offer.

  • Mark B says:

    As I was up to the maximum on Tesco spend with my clubcard (they still paid out beyond the maximum) I borrowed my Mum’s.

    Can I use the paper vouchers that are earned via her card to convert to Avois ?(she is not a member of my household account.

    • Rob says:

      If the surname and address match it may work, going into a BA account. Don’t try it with avios.com as they don’t ask for your account number and may try to match first and surname.

      • Mark B says:

        Thanks Raffles, surname matches but not address, I suppose Mum could “move in” with me and I could add to the BA Household account. Do they do any address verification before allowing the addition of a new household member ? The Value is 15,000 AVIOS at current rates

        • Rob says:

          No, no address verification.

          Unless you already have a HHA, you don’t necessarily need to start one. If you change her Tesco address to match your BA address, you may be able to send the vouchers into your BA account from her Tesco account.

          If you do already have a BA HHA, of course, you might as well add her and do it all above board.

          • Mark B says:

            Yes I already have a BA HHA, so it seems just adding her to this will do, thanks

          • pazza2000 says:

            Address certainly needs to match however you can may get away without surnames matching. In the past I have converted family members vouchers with different surnames / same address to my BAEC, with no issues converting them on there own or along with my own vouchers. I have not did this in about 9+months now however so things may have changed.