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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 credit cards

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:

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(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.)

Comments (6)

  • 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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