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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:

Clothing and school uniform

Back to school accessories

Hudl tablets and accessories

Tesco Opticians

The online version is substantially more interesting.

Boost

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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Comments (45)

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tim says:

    “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?

    T.

    • Nick says:

      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

    • Rob says:

      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).

      • Alan says:

        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 😉

  • swissy says:

    Just to confirm.
    I have just purchase £10 worth of goods using a £50 voucher.
    The checkout page stated that only 4,500 points will be returned 🙁

  • Tom says:

    Slight note: spend £25 twice for the offer.

  • ankomonkey says:

    That’s a beauty!

    • PJK says:

      Yes … only if you were probably going to spend at least 1 x £25 at one of the listed online retailers anyway, so the 2nd spend of £25 at another online retailer is effectively free.

      I’ve registered in case I need something soon from Gap or Currys, but I have to say, local outlets and online discounters tend to make my visiting of these 2 online stores unlikely.

      The stores included are: The White Company, Currys, PC World, Achica, Gap, Banana Republic, Virgin Wines, Space NK, Debenhams.

      • ankomonkey says:

        Time to investigate which sell gift cards online… I was planning a Virgin Wines purchase anyway and we buy from Achica, Gap and Debenhams fairly regularly, so I’m pretty happy with this…

        • Rob says:

          Problem is that gift card purchases tend to involve being diverted to a 3rd party website which may not count. Debenhams and Currys do this.

          • TimS says:

            Debenhams should be fine. when i bought Debenhams gift vouchers online for the recent statement credit it showed up as ‘Debenhams.com Southampton’

          • ankomonkey says:

            As Tim S says, I see Debenhams gift cards on their own site so should be okay (select £30 for free delivery). Currys and PCWorld seem to become currysgiftcards.co.uk, so I see the risk, Rob… Bang goes my itunes plan!

  • Vardster says:

    Is this a good bonus or should I wait to see if there is a triple bonus later this year?

    Also with the £25 credit…can you purchase something from the same store twice for £25?

    Thanks

    • chris says:

      i doubt you will ever see triple points via direct,

      as for the same item, you can buy as many copys (within stock limits) of any item you like

      • chris says:

        never mind this was not on topic, was replying to the tescos side of it

    • squills says:

      Has to be 2 different participating retailers

  • Brian says:

    So that’s why it didn’t track for me! As for your question, you can certainly buy more than one with different accounts, but whether you can use both vouchers in one shop? Can’t see why not – but it’s not exactly a deal-breaker if you can’t…