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Clubcard adds Evans Cycles – worth trading your Avios?

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I like to keep an eye on what new offers are added to the Clubcard Boost line-up.  It is a mistake to blindly convert Clubcard vouchers into Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles without considering the alternatives – I wrote last year about how I used a chunk of Clubcard vouchers for Safestore.

For a temporary period only, Clubcard is partnering with Evans Cycles.

The conversion rate is 200%.  This means that a £5 Clubcard token will convert into a £10 Evans Cycles gift voucher.

This may not sound exceedingly generous.  However, there are no restrictions on using these vouchers.  You can use them against any goods or services at Evans Cycles, either online or in any of their 50 stores.  This means, if you are on the lookout for a new bike, you could get a very good deal here.

Is this a ‘better’ deal than converting to Avios points?

Looking purely at the straight numbers, it depends on whether you value an Avios at more than 0.8p.

A £10 Tesco voucher gets you 2,400 Avios or £20 to spend at Evans Cycles under this offer, so 0.8p is the breakeven point.

Of course, it is not that simple.  If you are short of cash and want a new bike, you may be more tempted to take the Evans Cycles vouchers.  If you are only a few thousand Avios short of your target, you will be more likely to want the points.

Remember that this is a temporary promotion.  The Clubcard website says that you can only order Evans vouchers until 31st July.  The Evans Cycles vouchers will last for two years before they expire.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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 £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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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  • Jamjaw says:

    I did this over the weekend – ordered £100 to supplement my cycle to work voucher. Along with an old trade in I got a great deal- voucher took 36 hours to come through.

  • nick says:

    The cycle to work scheme offers something approaching a 50% discount. Even if your employer doesn’t use Evans as their partner for the scheme, you may find that the company your employer does use (normally Halfords for me) is happy to buy in any bike and sell it to you via the scheme.

  • Fenny says:

    If the Cycle to Work scheme is available, it’s a great discount. I got £440 of bike and accessories (Halfords just happened to be doing a 10% off everything weekend at the time) for the princely sum of £33/month deducted from my salary, so I’m around paying £240 interest free.

    • Jamie says:

      Is it actually as simple as that ? Is there not a grey area where you have to make a final payment which potentially cancels out some of that discount.

      I’m looking into this at the moment and very confused by the scheme.

      • Jamjaw says:

        You are right – a tax charge at the end of the scheme – £100 for a £1,000 bike. Approx 10% of bike cost. Assuming your employer lets you take the bike for nothing. If they charge you market value of the bike after 12 months then no tax charge.

        I’m confused and I’m an accountant!!

        • Frenske says:

          Agreed, at the end it is me who paid for my bike by salary reduction. I don’t think my company paid anything other some time setting it up. But at the end of the year I was asked to pay 18-25% of the new value of the bike to take ownership of the bike. Fortunately the scheme also gave another option: to transfer ownership to them and pay like 3% admin fee.
          Very strange rule compared to previous.

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