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Tesco adds Ticketmaster as a new Clubcard spending partner

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Whilst most Head for Points readers use their Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios points or Virgin Flying Club miles, it is also worth keeping your eye out for other decent Clubcard deals.

As I wrote last year, I used a chunk of Clubcard vouchers to pay a big Safestore bill.  I got 3 x face value for my Clubcard tokens, and I would effectively have been ‘paying’ well over 1p per Avios had I used cash for Safestore instead.

Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster has just been added as new Clubcard deals partner.  At just 2 x face value, you are not going to get the same value that I did at Safestore.

However, it is worth looking at the maths.  A £10 Clubcard voucher gets you 2,400 Avios or £20 at Ticketmaster.  That means that you are effectively ‘paying’ (2000/2400=) 0.83p per Avios.  If you value Avios at more than 0.83p, you should continue converting.  If you don’t, then Ticketmaster would be an effective alternative.

redspottedhanky.com offers the same 2x face value deal for UK train tickets.  If you ever pay cash for a train ticket, instead of using Tesco vouchers which you would otherwise send to Avios, then you are also paying 0.83p per Avios.


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 (6)

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  • Frenske says:

    Note that you can buy Ticketmaster gift cards, £50 would give you 150 CC points plus supermarket spend. In my case I would get 460 Avios. By converting your CC points to TM you would loose out on an attractive earning potential.

  • Audrey says:

    Are you not then able to click through to Ticketmaster from Avios and use your voucher to purchase the tickets and still claim Avios that way at a rate of 2 points for every £1?

  • Boon Koh says:

    And also – are the Ticketmaster gift cards still available at 20% off at Tesco? Or did this end at the end of March?

    • World Traveller says:

      That deal was a Mother’s day promotion and ended on Sunday 30th March.

  • Andy says:

    Sorry for the off topic question but does anyone know how long it takes for Avios to appear in a BAEC account when converting from Tesco Clubcard vouchers?

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