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The Tesco Travel Store closes down (and no-one notices)

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Tesco has closed down its online Travel Store, as per this announcement on its website:

Travel Store

There was nothing clever about this site – it was simply a ‘white label’ version of lastminute.com and a fairly unfunctional one at that.

It did have one saving grace.  You earned 1 Tesco Clubcard point for every £1 spent on the site.  This was admittedly offset by the chunky £20 credit card fee charged for actually booking anything, but for people who regularly booked expensive flights it was a good result.

It has received virtually no promotion from Tesco in recent years.  I’d forgotten it existed myself until very recently.  It now seems to have been a victim of the Tesco ‘back to basics’ campaign.


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Comments (8)

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  • Phillip says:

    There had been some serious issues with clubcard points being credited for numerous transactions and complaints that the lastminute.com system was not talking to Tesco and vice versa! It became a waste of time chasing points!

    • Michael says:

      Totally agree with this. Never had points credited without a fight even though they were high value Business Class. In the end I just gave up (maybe that’s what they were hoping for). When I complained to Tesco, they just weren’t interested. Glad to see the back of Tesco Travel Store.

  • Jenni says:

    I used it a few times many years ago, but chasing the points was so painful I quickly gave up. Forgot it even existed before this post!

  • Ajay says:

    Closed down – just like Tesco Tyres!

    • Rob says:

      To be fair, it makes sense to ditch something which is taking up management time but is not (after giving it a fair chance) contributing a decent profit.

  • Phillip says:

    Interesting point – I recently noticed that a set of flights retrieved through kayak on lastminute.com were coming out cheaper than the same flights going directly to lastminute.com. Not sure why that was, if there is a special agreement in place. I would have thought it would be the other way round as a means of kayak making a commission.

  • vindaloo says:

    I took a long haul return flight last week that I booked through this site. The points haven’t posted so I’ve just fired off an e-mail to lastminute.com. From what people have written above I’ll not hold my breath!

  • Linda says:

    I ordered some business class tickets in Feb this year and the points never posted for the May quarter. I phoned Tesco yesterday who informed me that the partnership was no more ( I hadn’t realised) but that, as I had ordered my tickets when they were still together that they would honour the points and indeed today they are on my account. I was impressed with their no-quibble attitude.

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