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No Tesco / Avios bonus, no Tesco / Virgin bonus ….

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Both Avios and Virgin Flying Club have now emailed me with their ‘promotions’ to persuade you to convert your new batch of Tesco Clubcard vouchers.

Neither should tempt you.


Here is the Avios ( to be precise) version:

Competition to win 50,000 Avios

Ten prizes available

One entry for every £5 of vouchers you transfer

Deadline for transfers is 14th June

This offer is not yet showing on the Avios page on the Tesco website but I doubt it is targeted.  Historically it has taken Tesco a few days to catch up.

Whilst this is certainly not an offer to justify a conversion in itself, if you were planning to convert to Tesco then you might as well do it via and not British Airways Executive Club.  You need to be in it to win it, after all ….  You can move your Avios back and forth afterwards via ‘Combine My Avios’.

Virgin Flying Club

Meanwhile Virgin Flying Club has launched something similar.

Competition to win 100,000 miles plus a ‘Guest List’ experience on your next flight (see this article to learn about Guest List)

Eight runner-up prizes of 50,000 miles

No minimum conversion amount

Deadline for transfers is 6th June

Virgin is also offering 1,000 miles for selecting ‘auto conversion’ for your future Tesco statements.  If you have a dormant Tesco Clubcard account, you can get an easy 1,000 Virgin miles here.  Go into your personal details and tell Tesco to auto-convert future points (which you won’t be earning, as the card is dormant!) to Virgin.  You will receive the 1,000 miles OK – I have done this in the past.

Selecting auto conversion will also enter you into the competition above.

Again, these offers are not yet on the Clubcard / Virgin website.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (February 2024)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses.

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin 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 comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (44)

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  • Linda says:

    I have auto-transfer of my clubcard points to BA Executive Club. Should I not do this?

    • CV says:

      Personally, I wouldn’t, it means that IF a conversion bonus were to come along then you would already have converted your vouchers from past statements. Best to keep them in Tesco and convert only when you need to or when a conversion bonus comes along.

      Also, you should keep your options open between BA and Virgin in case one has better availability than the other.

      • David says:

        Even if you just want Avios points, if you have auto-conversion off you can then fund both your account and your BAEC account – thereby ensuring you will always earned some avios in the last 12 months in both schemes, and are therefore able to book RFS rate redemptions from both accounts, given that they can have different availability.

  • GlennM says:

    Query: Tesco Avios page website says 14th May not 14th June for Avios and BAEC on the post – Raffles do you know which it is?

    • Rob says:

      Given that it wasn’t on the Tesco site last night and the emails (which say June 14th) only went out yesterday, my money is on June 14th!

  • Jon says:

    Rather annoyingly, the email I got from Virgin said transfers between May 9th and June 14th would go into the draw. Guess when my points auto-converted over? Yep, May 8th… :-/ Note to self: switch auto-convert OFF 😉

  • sandgrounder says:

    Wow! Didn’t see that coming. 1p each isn’t great but cheaper than any other way of buying them.

    • Brian says:

      As with most of the gift voucher options, they’re giving a 5% bonus, so that makes it slightly less than 1p.

      • Adam says:

        Good that there’s another option, but given the availability it may be better to buy a cash ticket instead (given the Tier Points and Avios earned).

        For £90 I could get 9,000 Avios and redeem RFS at £35 + 9,000 points. Effective costs therefore £125. If booked in advance, not many places in Zone 1 that you can’t get for £125…although potentially I’m getting a better view than most as a regular Gatwick traveller…

  • GlennM says:

    Excellent spot – just testing this now, nice having the additional 5% too, perhaps not the best route to Avios, but great to see an additional option. Keen to see how long a transfer takes. Love the fact that it isn’t limited! Even the smallest & largest transfer’s are accepted – Room for opportunity here!

    • N says:

      It’s much better to go via Tesco, but you can only do £50 a year that way. The direct Avios conversion has no limit.

  • Ian says:

    “if you were planning to convert to Tesco then you might as well do it via and not British Airways Executive Club.”

    What is the advantage of using Avios over British Airways Executive Club – Avios?

    • Rob says:

      You get entered into the competition!

      • Ian says:

        The competition is also listed on the Tesco website under the Bitish Airways Executive Club – Avios as well.

  • Stephan says:

    Unrelated but to do with bonuses. Do you know if Amex will be doing a bonus conversion any time soon? Trying to debate how much longer to hold onto my Gold Amex!

    They seem to have done 2/3 last year but none so far this year with avios.

  • Claire says:

    If I have convert my Tesco to Virgin and then move my min 10k points from Virgin to Hilton, do these points count as base or bonus with Hilton? Are these currently going over from Virgin to Hilton at 2:3? I’ve switched on the auto convert and will then switch off again but never really used the Virgin route for Hilton points.

    • Rob says:

      They do not count for status. Yes, it is now 2:3 rather than 1:2 as it was.

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