Choose Avios or the new Clubcard Boost? And a potential loophole (or not …)

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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 shows.

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

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.

Is there a massive loophole here for exploitation?

(EDIT, 8am:  You can probably ignore this paragraph.  The example given by Chris in the comments appears to show that Tesco is not returning doubled points as ‘change’.  That doesn’t explain why they use the word ‘Bonus:’ when explaining how it works though ….)

I have slotted this at the bottom of the post because I could be totally wrong in what I am thinking.

This is what the rules say about ordering something from Clubcard Boost via Tesco Direct:

If I’m due any change after I’ve exchanged my vouchers where does it go? (e.g. I want to exchange £5 worth of Clubcard vouchers, but I only have a £7.50 Clubcard voucher)

Any change from your Clubcard vouchers will be credited back to your Clubcard account in points and carried over to the next statement. If you are using your vouchers to purchase goods on direct, this works slightly differently. On Tesco Direct, during Boost events, you can double any value of vouchers above £5. Any change from products purchased will be credited back in points in your next statement.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking?!

You have a £50 Clubcard points voucher – the biggest allowed.  You make a £10 purchase at Tesco Direct – the smallest allowed.  You elect to pay with the £50 Clubcard voucher.

Your voucher is immediately doubled to be worth £100.  £10 is deducted for your Tesco Direct purchase.  Is £90 then credited back to your Clubcard account?

Have you just turned £50 into £90?!

I know it seems hard to believe.  But look at this page from Tesco Direct:

How does Clubcard Boost work?

Your vouchers are waiting for you at the Tesco direct checkout

Add the vouchers you want to use and they will double automatically

The value of your Boost vouchers will be taken from your order, saving you money

Bonus: If the value of your Boost vouchers is more than your order, you’ll receive the difference in Clubcard points!

The use of the word ‘Bonus’ on that last line DOES imply that Tesco might be giving you back the doubled amount of points!

I cannot test this out for a few days because – as regular readers will know – all of my Clubcard vouchers were cancelled after fraud was detected on my account.  They will be reissued this week.  If someone else places an order at Tesco Direct in the next couple of days, do let me know what happens to your ‘change’.

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  1. 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?

  2. Linda says:

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

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

  4. BugAlugs says:

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

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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)

      • chris says:

        found me indeath t&cs for you

        from under T & C

        tems purchased with a Boost token can only be exchanged, with a receipt, for goods in the same department to the same value. Any refunds for purchases made using Boost tokens will be equivalent to the Clubcard voucher value before it was Boosted.

        tho this was what started it all

        under how does boost work tab

        Bonus: If the value of your Boost vouchers is more than your order, you’ll receive the difference in Clubcard points!

  8. Be interesting to see if it works

  9. Mikeact says:

    What was the 30k cap all about again ?
    I’m sitting on way over £300 of vouchers but I don’t see a £50 one in the list, else I’d be happy to give it a go.

  10. squills says:

    Although the doubling up on returned ‘change’ points doesn’t work, this might still be useful for you if you want to save your points for a rainy day and they are coming up to expiry.

    Eg buy a small item with your £30 voucher, get the rest in ‘change’ with a new 2 years expiry date.

  11. “It is not a slam dunk”

    I have googled but still am no wiser as to what this expression means. I have lived in 10 UK cities and five EU countries. What is this parochial expression?


    • A slam dunk is a term used in basketball, so you need to look to the US for its meaning.

      A very quick google search of online dictionaries: North American INFORMAL Something reliable or unfailing; a foregone conclusion or certainty: the film season’s one slam-dunk hit.

      slam dunk noun
      : something that is sure to happen or be successful

    • Interesting – especially as I think we grew up not too far apart in Yorkshire IIRC?

      It must have crept into my vocabulary during my investment banking years! I normally manage to spot it when banker-speak creeps it (bandwidth, face time, low hanging fruit etc).

      • I’ve heard of it quite a lot too and no financial sector employment history for me! Perhaps just US sitcom exposure 😉

      • Susan says:

        There’s a special circle of hell for those who “reach out” – unless it’s to pick the low hanging fruit of course 😉

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