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HfP reader wins one million Clubcard points!

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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

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

Crazy 100,000 points (TO 9th JANUARY) and a huge range of valuable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (24)

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  • David L says:

    Congrats to the reader! There’s some weird stuff going on eBay for Tesco vouchers – £100 voucher went for £100.26?! I can only assume someone is trying to reach a credit card spending target or something…

    Decided to redeem my 3-night Shangri-La prize in Istanbul – the going rate for an executive suite is an eye-watering 1,000 Euros/night! (sadly they wouldn’t let me redeem in Paris despite me asking very nicely)! Perhaps this site is lucky 😉

    • Rob says:

      It is generally tax evasion of money earned in Paypal, possibly for people with small ebay businesses. Or someone trying to convert Amex MR points into Tesco vouchers!

  • A380 says:

    I won the BA Christmas prizedraw and just got sent my Hong Kong hotel voucher with HKG e-tickets to follow couple of months before my outbound flight date. Excited!! 🙂

  • squills says:

    who I won’t name


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