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New 1,000 Clubcard points sign-up bonus on Tesco Mastercard (plus 1,000 points refer-a-friend bonus)

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For the first time this year, Tesco Bank is offering a sign-up bonus on the Tesco Clubcard Mastercard.

See here for details.

This link was sent to a select number of people by Tesco – this offer does not appear on the main Tesco Mastercard website.  I am confident that anyone who applies via the link above WILL receive the 1,000 points, whether or not they were targetted.

The card has a representative APR of 18.9% variable.

Tesco credit card

If you apply for the card by 8th June via the link above, you will receive a bonus of 1,000 Clubcard points when you make your first purchase within two months of receipt.  This is worth 2,400 Avios or 2,500 Virgin miles.

You also pay 0% interest on all purchases and balance transfers for 12 months, which effectively means that you can just make the minimum repayment and keep your money earning interest in the bank instead.  The fee for balance transfers is a very low 0.85%.

Based on previous experience, this offer should also work with the 1,000 points ‘refer a friend’ bonus. Once you have received your Tesco credit card (yes, AFTER you have received it!) email me at rob at and I will send you a refer-a-friend form. Post this back to Tesco and you will get a further 1,000 Clubcard points. I also receive 1,000 points for referring you.

The Tesco Mastercard is, for 99% of people, the best way to collect Avios from a MasterCard or Visa. You earn 1 Clubcard point for every £4 spent – this is calculated on a ‘per transaction’ basis, unfortunately, which is a bit of a swizz and means that your actual earning will be lower than this. However, theoretically you will be getting 0.6 Avios per £1 spent.

(The HSBC Premier Mastercard, reviewed later this week, is better than this, at 1 Avios per £1. However, the card has very restrictive criteria for potential applicants.)

I explore the Tesco credit card in full in my review here.  This is the old 2013 review – I will be writing an updated version in the next few weeks when the ‘Credit Card Reviews’ series cycles around to ‘T’.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – June 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our June 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

Nectar American Express

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

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

Comments (25)

  • squills says:

    Would (say) 5000 CC points when you sign up for a current a/c & switch [some] direct debits tempt you?

    It would me. I’m sure I could find a way to have a spare current a/c with a direct debit associated with it, all ready to close 😉

    No doubt the wife could do likewise lol

    • Fenny says:

      It depends whether there’s a monthly deposit requirement. I already have 2 current accounts. Any more will need (yet another) spreadsheet to keep track of what goes where, even if all I do is move the money between them.

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