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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 (April 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:

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.

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.

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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  • Scott says:

    I too hate the 1 book at a time. Bound to make your bank take notice with 20 x £1 transactions.
    PITA searching by price, having to scroll through 100s of books priced at below £1 and if you read the text about the book and go back, you have to do it all again.

    • chris says:

      tho the £1 x 20 will flag with the banks (most of them anyways)

      if you want to do 20 x 1 without reseting the search each time, just right click and open a book in a new tab x 20 (you have to right click on the picture of the book not the links or it wont work)

      than you just have 20 pages to do single check outs from,

      still going to wait and hope they add a fing basket to they site tho

  • Ivor says:

    Also, I cannot log on to the app on my iPad with the account I created on their website – only possible to log on using Facebook…

  • thesaver79 says:

    Any recommendations? 🙂

    • Fenny says:

      More than a quid each, but I shall be buying the Divergent books – Divergent, Insurgent and Allegiant by Veronica Roth. Saw the film last week and enjoyed it enough to buy the books. Might check out some of the shorts from the same series.

  • DrTom says:

    The points seem to be showing on the £1 books now, including after purchase.

    I accidentally purchased 21 books (wasn’t counting carefully) and the 100 points still shows on the 21st book. It also still shows in a search and when I go to checkout (although I don’t intend to go a 22nd book at present).

    Difficult to test what will happen when the points are transferred to the Clubcard account, but I expect I’ll get a total of 2000. All the books I chose looked readable, thankfully.

    Slight downside, my card (IHG Visa) was declined after 18 books, so had to transfer to another one. Quite a bit of work all said, but hopefully the points (and Avios) will be worth it.

    • Erico1875 says:

      So you have lost out on £3 spend ?

      • DrTom says:

        I spent £21.14 across two cards in the end (£1 extra as I miscounted the books) and 14p extra as a book at £1.14 looked interested. Will just see what Clubcard points get credited in a few weeks time.

  • Ben says:

    Done with a load of children’s books…

    Time my 4-year-old knew “What is a Wookie?” – £1 in children’s non-fiction. Not sure I agree with that classification…

  • pazza2000 says:

    Do we still have to purchase them individually one at a time? If so, I’ll hold out until the basket function comes along…

    • Fenny says:

      Don’t hold your breath. It’s not Amazon. The film version is still one at a time.

      • DrTom says:

        Amazon Kindle books are still ordered one at a time as well. It’s just they have one click ordering (and the book sent straight to your Kindle), so it all seems less onerous.

  • Kay says:

    My Tesco clubcard credit card blocked Tesco after the 15th £1 transaction, sorted with a quick call 🙂

  • Maximus says:

    I have bought 19 @ 100 points
    Unfortunately my first book (1914 in an hour) is still credited at just a solitary point. We shall see if they repy to my email and remidy that.

    I am looking forward to reading most of these on holiday. Even “The History of Kitchens”, perhaps my oddest purchase!

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