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New promo: 2000 Clubcard points (4,800 Avios) for £20+ of ebooks

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I have written before about Blinkbox, the nascent Tesco-owned online TV and video group.  Tesco is keen to use bonus Clubcard points as a way of building interest, as we saw here and here last year.

Blinkbox now has a new line of business – Blinkbox Books.  And Tesco is offering a generous bribe for you to give them a try.

Blinkbox Books

The Blinkbox Books homepage is here.

This is how the promotion works:

You receive 100 Tesco Clubcard points (worth 240 Avios, 250 Virgin Flying Club miles) for every ebook you buy

The minimum price to qualify for the 100 points is £1

You can receive the bonus on up to 20 books, for a total of 2000 Clubcard points

The last day to order is 30th June

Here are the terms and conditions in full.

However, there is a problem.

The bonus Clubcard points show in your basket at checkout.  They also show on the search page if have it present the results in list format rather than as icons.

However, it is NOT adding the bonus points when you buy a book at £1.  They only go on if you spend over £1.  (There are a few titles priced at £1.12 and £1.14 which show.)

This is clearly not what the terms and conditions, and indeed the ad I reproduce above, say.  If you plan to buy a lot of cheap £1.00 books at random purely for the bonus points, I would wait a few days until Blinkbox fixes its website.

Either that, or try to retroclaim your 100 Clubcard points later.

It is easy to find books priced at exactly £1.

Go into a category, such as ‘Childrens Fiction’, search by price and you will find 15 titles priced at exactly £1.  There are plenty more across other categories.

Blinkbox is also on both Quidco and Topcashback.  However, neither mention Blinkbox Books – not surprising, perhaps, as it only launched a couple of days ago.  It would do you no harm to go via one of these cashback portals to Blinkbox and then to Blinkbox Books, although treat any cashback as a bonus.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard is doubled to a crazy 50,000 Avios! Apply here.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 30th May, the sign-up bonus on the free Barclaycard Avios Mastercard is doubled to 10,000 Avios. Apply here.

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

CRAZY 50,000 Avios for signing up (to 30th May) and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (only to 30th May) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.

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

60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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 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 (66)

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  • Maximus says:

    I imagined this would be absolute pants on my iPhone 4S, but I am pleasantly surprised. It is obviously no match for the Kindle, but adjusting the options on the app means it is an easy and comfortable read for short periods of time.

  • littlefish says:

    No wonder Tesco profits are still falling. They have completely failed to explain how to actually read an e-book; so why would anyone browsing thru Tesco actually stop to purchase? (let alone then finding the IT is as glitchy as a glitchety glitch, and no Amex :().
    Happily the posts above, here, give some insight.
    A great idea here most probably, but I’ll give it a wide birth for now.

  • Colin MacKinnon says:

    Can’t get in on my Nexus, refuses to recognise my CC number.

    So go to Google, search for Blinkbox and – lo and behold – a deposit £1 and get a free £5 credit.

    Site recognises my number and everything, and get credit.

    But when I go on my Nexus, doesn’t recognise my BB password?

    Is there a separate Blnkbox Books and a Blinkbox Films?


    • Maximus says:

      Yes they are different entities. With Blinkbox you can acrue credit (I believe you need to put credit on to open an account). Whereas with Blinkbox Books it appears to be PAYG.

      Is Nexus android (no idea being an Apple man myself)

  • scroogemcduck says:

    Awful website, awful ordering process. Take the points and run.

    • Lipton says:

      Is it possible for two people with separate clubcards albeit the same club card account to buy the books thereby maximising the points earning opportunity ?

      • Fenny says:

        If you set up two blinkbox accounts, I would expect so.

  • pazza2000 says:

    So to confirm; amex not accepted, can only checkout with one book purchase at a time, and it’s sensible to buy a few different books vs 20 of the same kind?

  • chris says:

    if you want to find the full 20 books for £1 each, just search for anything than list by price (witch will so all the books)

    tho im going to wait until they sort the basket out checking out one at a time is not worth it

    pazza i would order 20 unique books to make sure (same thing with games having to be on different consoles)

    • pazza2000 says:

      Yes, will wait until they’ve sorted the basket / checking out issue – sounds tedious.

  • Ken Daly says:

    Blinkbox is a terrible service, unless you’ve got one of very few devices that carry their app. Typical that they can’t combine the books with the films!

    • Fenny says:

      Doesn’t surprise me, really. As the books are only available on apple or android devices, but the films are available on all sorts of devices, and they limit the number of devices you can link to an account, it’s sensible. Otherwise, you’d want to share a book between 3 tablets, but have 3 different devices linked to the film account. And you might want to buy books for your kids, but not give them access to the films you’ve rented.

      I watch films on 2 laptops and a bluray player, none of which are what I want to read the books on.

  • Ivor says:

    How can I buy more than one e-book in a single transaction? I cannot find an option to create a shopping basket. When I select an e-book, I have to pay immediately. I can find no option to add it to my shopping basket and then close another one before going to the checkout stage.

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