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The importance of Tesco to Avios

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Avios emailed most members yesterday with details of the current Tesco transfer promotion that I wrote about last week.

To confirm, there is NO transfer bonus this quarter.  Instead, you will receive an entry into a competition to win one of 200 x 9,000 Avios prizes when you convert at least £5 of Clubcard vouchers.

There was one interesting titbit in the email.

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Apparently, 2.52 BILLION Avios points were collected via Tesco Clubcard in the last 12 months.

As I wrote here, 97 billion Avios were issued in total in 2013.  This means that Tesco is only responsible for around 2.5% of all Avios points issued.

Of course, a lot of those 97 billion Avios were issued to BA and Iberia flyers who collected them ‘by accident’ and will not redeem them.  Anyone who transfers from Tesco is clearly serious about using their Avios so the 2.5% number probably understates the importance of the relationship.

2.52 BILLION Avios is equivalent to 1 billion Clubcard points or £10 million of Tesco vouchers at face value.  You would assume that Tesco is paying across at least the face value of the vouchers to Avios, because other Clubcard boost deals simply would not work if partners received less.  That said, £10 million is only a drop in the ocean compared to British Airways and Iberia annual passenger revenue of €16 billion in the last financial year.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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.

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 a huge range of valuable 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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 (47)

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  • Rich says:

    The numbers are staggering. It used to concern me that those of us who were working Avioos/Clubcard for personal gain were on borrowed time, but the scale of each scheme allows for our niche activity.

  • James says:

    I saw that too and thought: well that helps explain the lack of TATL availability 😀

  • avidsaver says: are running a purchase Avios promotion with up to a 30% bonus at the moment for anyone who is interested – not me!

  • avidsaver says:

    OT – Has anyone had any Iberia Avios credited yet for the two completions that were on their website a few weeks back? I keep checking but as usual Iberia are painfully slow with crediting accounts.

    • avidsaver says:

      Oops – I meant competitions!

    • Wade says:

      I haven’t either – it’s been roughly 4 weeks, but I imagine they’re running these with typical Spanish efficiency so I expect them to be credited around the time the 90-day transfer limit is lifted

      • Andrew S says:

        Still waiting for the economist points to post… aparently there are technical problems… last time I ever do any activity for iberia points!

        • Roger Wilco says:

          I didn’t jump on that bandwagon for exactly the same reason. Rather take a lower amount of BA avios/SAS points than fight with IB…

        • Wade says:

          I like to think that, but if I can get it activated in time for the next business class avios sale…

  • andy stock says:

    How much do Tesco pay for each avios point?

  • Mr Bridge says:

    Funny enough I just noticed a change on my till receipt from Tesco.

    Under the clubcard points it says

    ‘keep collecting points to fly further in 2014’

    what does that mean then!!!!!!!

    • Sully says:

      It means stop wasting time with BA and move to Virgin, who do have availability and do have a current conversion bonus. Again.

  • RIccati says:

    The very presence of these promotions shows that BA is interested in transfers/cash from Tesco. There is a competition of some kind most of the time.

  • susan says:

    Will be interesting to see those numbers after a bonus – I know my few hundred £s of vouchers is chicken feed compared to some 3v warriors.

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