I’m delighted to say that a Head for Points reader, who I won’t name, has won 1 million Tesco Clubcard points in a competition that American Express was running last Autumn! Well done.
He was (rightly or wrongly) considering taking the prize as 2.4 million Avios points. However, as the small print of the competition did say at the time, the prize is NOT really 1 million Clubcard points. Not really.
Technically, he is awarded 1 million points. However, these can only be redeemed for purchases at Tesco. They cannot be used for Clubcard Boost deals such as Avios or – my original suggestion – buying £30,000 of watches in Goldsmiths and selling them on!
These are the same rules that apply to Tesco’s Christmas Saver. Tesco advertise it as giving you bonus Clubcard points, but in reality you can only spend these instore.
Luckily, Tesco has offered our winner £10,000 in £100 Tesco gift cards. This is a good result, as – if he shops elsewhere – they can be sold on eBay easily in £100 or £200 chunks and he should end up with £8,000 in cash after all the fees.
We have had a few other Head for Points winners from competitions mentioned on the site recently. One person won some Heathrow Rewards points via a Business Traveller competition I posted about, and someone else won a runner-up prize in the British Airways online Christmas game. Your chances are generally pretty good in any competition I feature on here, since they are generally targeted at a very small niche.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:
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.)