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Worst …. Tesco …. Clubcard …. promotion …. ever ….

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We have seen some really good offers from Tesco recently offering bonus Clubcard points.  These allow you to pick up Avios points and Virgin Flying Club miles very cheaply.  The Blinkbox Books and Game of Thrones deals are still running.

And there was this offer ….

Tesco has got a great new deal to tempt you to take out its car insurance.

Move your car insurance – probably a £500+ bill for most people – over to Tesco before August 12th and you will receive …. wait for it …. 50 Clubcard points.

Yes, 50 whole points.  Enough for 50p off your next Tesco shop or 120 Avios points.

There is admittedly a competition as well, but for 99% of people all they will be getting is 50 points.  Don’t all rush at once.

There is a new Tesco Direct discount code available though.

Tesco has released a new Tesco Direct promotional code for new customers to Tesco Direct.  Since a lot of Head for Points readers opened additional Clubcard accounts to take advantage of the ‘3600 Avios for a £60 grocery shop’ offer (now closed) then you should be able to use this code on those accounts.

It may also work on accounts which have not done a Tesco Direct order for a few months.

The code is TDX-KYNK, which deducts £10 from a £50 Tesco Direct order.  The code runs until August 4th.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: Successfully apply for either of the Barclaycard Avios credit cards by 2nd April 2023 and you will be entered into a free draw to win ONE MILLION AVIOS! Full details are on the application forms here (free) and here (paid). This competition is exclusive to Head for Points readers. T&C apply.

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.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) 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 (21)

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  • Frenske says:

    I bought yesterday car insurance and checked out Tesco car insurance too. I fully expected to get the 5000 club points one gets for life insurance which cost me £60 per year. But no you get 50 and they are not the cheapest either.

  • Rich says:

    Am I the only person who read the title of this post in the voice of Comic Book Guy from The Simpsons?

    • N says:

      “Paul bought over 20 electric cables which had been discounted to £1 each – but each carried £40 worth of points”
      Is this for real?

      • Jason says:

        Should he have 14 club cards, to start with!
        Secondly, surely that violated Tesco’s bulk buying rules.
        I can’t believe he thought he’d get away with it.

  • squills says:

    You can do 3 x for another 3 x £1.99 😉

    Easy enough to find som number plates on autotrader…

  • SingingDwarf says:

    You are guaranteed 50, but could win 20k in the draw. I raised this in a comments thread a couple of weeks ago.

    Obviously not worth it for the points alone, but if Tesco is the cheapest anyway there is no harm!

    • squills says:

      Tesco car ins was cheapest for me by far, as for a 2nd car they take into account your history with Tesco car ins and your no claims discount on car no 1.

      Not a lot of people realise that your no claims discount only applies to your first car, a second car would need to start afresh.

      • squills says:

        Eg say you have 9 years no claims discount on your first car’s insurance. You buy a second car. You HAVE to declare zero years no claims discount.

        • squills says:

          Ie assuming you keep the first car.

          • Imbruce says:

            With regards to comments about 2nd car insurance if you & a named driver are on the same policy with UKI branded insurance eg: Churchill, Direct Line, Sainsbury’s etc each named driver earns their own no claims discounts to the full 60%.
            As far as I am aware they are the only ones to offer this in the UK. Another
            thing the UK is behind the times on!
            ThIs is the reason I stick with them so when we get the second car we both have
            our own no claims protected discounts, most of the policies have the option to get
            a courtesy car or for a bit extra a guaranteed hire car.
            That’s my tuppence worth.

  • Simon says:

    One plus for Tesco car insurance is they take Amex and don’t charge a fee. They had a refer a friend promo last year which I got 6000 points from, this offer is pathetic.

  • ee says:

    I need some help here… Does anyone know if you can apply credit on your BT account to line rental saver? There is a post on FT that implies it was possible last year but I don’t really want to load £160 (using V3) only to find I still have to charge the line rental saver to a proper card.

    • squills says:

      Just use the credit elsewhere if it doesn’t work, try using a bit of chutzpah! 😉

      • squills says:

        And what’s wrong with £50 to try it out? lol

        • ee says:

          It doesn’t seem to use the credit if it’s only some of the amount of the line rental saver. My reluctance is that the full value of £160 would take an age to burn on calls alone!

    • Fenny says:

      My BT account won’t let me overpay. I use my 3V cards to pay my £22 BB bill each month, but it won’t let me pay any more than that.

      • Lipton says:

        Don’t wait for your bill to credit your account using 3v visa. You can credit it with how much you like. I do this each month.

  • squills says:

    OVO’s still OK

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