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Should you choose Avios or the new 2x Clubcard Boost?

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Tesco has launched another round of Clubcard Boost.  This is the promotion which allows you to spend your Clubcard vouchers instore or online for double their standard face value.

The instore offers are pretty useless, as this page at tesco.com shows.

You can only double up your vouchers if you spend them on:

Boost

Clothing and school uniform

Back to school accessories

Hudl tablets and accessories

Tesco Opticians

The online version is substantially more interesting.

EVERYTHING at Tesco Direct is included.  (Everything as long as it is being sold by Tesco and not by one of their partners, such as Maplin, who also sell via Tesco Direct.)

This opens up a LOT of options.  Want an Xbox?  A new mobile phone?  DVD box sets?  A pram?  A cot?  Garden furniture?  A new bike?  The whole lot is included.

Is this a better deal than converting to Avios?

It is not a slam dunk, but if Tesco Direct is selling something which you are definitely going to buy anyway then it is worth considering.

Let’s assume you want a £100 bike.  That will cost you £50 of Tesco vouchers during Clubcard Boost.  The same £50 of vouchers would get you 12,000 Avios or 12,500 Virgin Flying Club miles.

If you convert to Avios instead, and use hard cash to buy your Xbox or whatever, you are effectively ‘paying’ 0.83p per Avios.

For a lot of people, 0.83p is still a good price.  If your Avios balance is already pretty high, though, you might want to think about whether buying something from Tesco Direct is a better deal or not.  There is no right or wrong answer.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (45)

  • Adam W says:

    “The same £50 of vouchers would get you 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles.”

    Really? Sure you’re not missing an extra zero?

  • Linda says:

    Was just going to say the same Adam, its 12,000 Avios and 12,500 Virgin miles.

  • PJK says:

    Crikey this looks like an interesting “offer”!
    And yes by my calculations too …
    £50.00 * 2.4 Avios/CC = 12000 miles

  • BugAlugs says:

    It looks like it refunded the correct amount of club card points 🙂

  • squills says:

    I like your thinking, Raffles – but no way on the doubling up in ‘change’! Love to be wrong, of course.

    Of immediate use, if you can combine buying @ Direct with a money-off code, then some of the deals look more interesting, anybody else got any?

    £15 off £75 (TDXR-PYRT).
    £20 off £150 (TDX-KWMP).
    £10 off £75 (TDX-7PFX).
    TDX-HQ9T – £5 off £30.
    TDX-Y7M3 – Save £30 when you spend £349 on tablets.

  • PJK says:

    And would the change go into your account as points or be reissued as vouchers? It’s very tempting … I’d hate to exceed 30000 points in the next quarter though.

    • squills says:

      Points go back as points – and yes, some unfortunate people have reported in the past that the ‘change’ took them over 30K and that the cap WAS imposed, so be careful.

      Personally, I’ve strayed past 30K but no cap was imposed on me.

  • chris says:

    the double up is highly unlikely to work, since if over spending with a voucher tescos direct checkout tells you the about coming back in points witch quotes 475 points (half of the double 900) returned when using a £10 voucher on a £11 item

    *tho tescos offer did say “bonus you will be refunded the difference in clubcard points”*

    tho im sure someone some where on the internet can confirm it for 100% soon with in a few days (since someone much of already ordered something with 100% cc vouchers + a little bit more)

    • chris says:

      just to add one to this if im not clear (tho i would also be happy if it worked, but doubt it)

      Exchanged vouchers -£18.65 (using £10 cc voucher)

      Total to pay£0.00

      Clubcard points 15

      Refunded Clubcard points 67 (.67p half of the £1.35)

  • Mark says:

    Be interesting to see if it works

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