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Tesco opens an online gift card store which can generate cheap Avios

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Tesco has launched an online gift card store just in time for Christmas!

The bad news is that 3V gift cards are not available.  The fee paying Visa gift cards are not available either.  On the positive side, it is now very easy to order a wide range of retailer gift cards and generate some cheap Avios points.

The online store includes, amongst other High Street names, Pizza Express, Nando’s, Pizza Hut, Prezzo, Zizzi, Café Rouge, ASK, iTunes, Waterstones, Book Tokens, Ticketmaster, Currys, Cineworld, WH Smith, Facebook, Halfords, Spotify, House of Fraser, New Look, BHS, Gap, Oasis, Warehouse, Fat Face, Accessorize, H&M, Argos, Homebase, Mothercare, Toy’R’Us etc.

Apart from 3V, I spotted that Next and Starbucks were missing from the ‘typical’ Tesco in-store selection.

There is a fee to pay when you order the cards to cover postage:

£1.50 under £50

£2.95 between £50 and £100

£4.95 if you require a signature on delivery

On the upside, you will earn 150 bonus Clubcard points for every £50 you spend.

The maximum order is £100.  This would generate 300 Clubcard points or 720 Avios points for £2.95 – a pretty decent deal.

For many people, of course, it is easier to buy the gift cards in a Tesco store and save the postage fee.  This would also allow you to earn additional bonus points by using the voucher in the Tesco Christmas magazine.

For anyone who lives a long way from a Tesco store with a good gift card selection – or if it would cost you more than £2.95 in time and travel costs to get there – this is not a bad option.

The page to order gift cards is here.

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Comments (85)

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  • Freebies says:

    I think you often have to wait for an email with an activation code as well; but I could be wrong.

  • Michael says:

    Anyone seen any of the mags surrounding the Slough area?

  • Ms says:

    No luck with buying 3v card in London:-( Is there any Tesco store that sells it!

    • Rob says:

      Surrey Quays very occasionally but lots of Avios collectors down there given the ‘young professional’ demographic!

      • Ms says:

        Thank you. Much appreciated.

      • Victor says:

        No luck there for the past few months. Maybe I am going there on the wrong day of the week – i reckon they restock some time during the week?

        • Paul says:

          I bought 2 at Surrey Quays on Sun 23rd Nov — first time I’ve seen any there. Anyone found stock there since?

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  • Col A-B says:

    So I see there’s no listing for Thomson (travel shop) vouchers on their website – any idea if I can buy them instore? Or if there’s anywhere else I can buy them as I’ll have a booking there to pay off soon.

  • Georgie says:

    Not sure if you are a 3Ver but seen it mentioned on another site that you can pay down a Thomson holiday balance with 3V cards. It does seem to involved multipule phone calls as they may only take one card a day. Might be worth investigating if you are purchasing a Thomson Holiday.

    • Col A-B says:

      Ah yes that all rings true now – too much of a faff for this particular booking to be honest.

  • Fenny says:

    Just been into my local Tesco to buy £100 of Currys vouchers. I took 5 of the 100 per £20 card vouchers, but these wouldn’t scan. Neither did the 150 points per £50 appear on my receipt – just the 100 points for the actual spend.

    The lady on the till called the duty manager and neither of them could work out why the vouchers wouldn’t scan, as they both agreed that the cards met the requirements, but the till said “item not purchased”. I pointed out that the extra points for gift card spend hadn’t appeared either and neither of them knew about that.

    The duty manager rang the Clubcard helpline, who said they knew nothing of either offer, but the points would probably appear on my next statement. I said no, they would appear on the receipt (I didn’t have one to hand to show). Clubcard helpline said to ring a number which turned out to be Head Office. They were very unsure about the whole thing, but did look at a previous transaction on my account for £50 of giftcards that had generated 350 points. Told me to take a photo of my receipt and send it to them and they would work out what points were owed and add them. But she said I would only get 150 for £50 spend, not for EACH £50, ie 300 points for £100.

    Can anyone clarify – it says in the post above “you will earn 150 bonus Clubcard points for every £50 you spend”. Do these have to be in separate transactions or is it cumulative. I normally only buy cards in £50 lumps. But because I wanted £100 worth and they come in £20 denominations, I bought them all together to avoid having to get £120 to trigger the bonus on two lots of £60/

    • squills says:

      It’s cumulative. I’ve often bought 6 in one transaction for 450 bonus points.

      • Fenny says:

        That’s what I thought, although as these are £20, does it work differently? The receipt I had last says “150 points per £50”, which implies 300 for £100 spend.

        • TimS says:

          No different. I’ve previously bought £100 of mixed £20 gift cards and have got the expected 300 CC pts.

    • TimS says:

      It is definitely 150pts for EACH £50 of cards in the transaction so 300pts for £100 of gift cards.

      One thing I have to correct you on is your comment that your receipt only showed “the 100 points for the actual spend”.

      You don’t get any basic points for gift card spend so if your receipt mentioned 100 points it will have been that one of the magazine vouchers did actually scan.

      • Fenny says:

        No, none of the vouchers scanned. I spent £100, so I got 100 points. It wasn’t anything to do with either the vouchers or the gift cards, it was because I spent £100.

        Clearly, despite the fact that they showed on the receipt as gift cards, the till did not recognise them as such, as it said I hadn’t purchased the relevant items to trigger the vouchers.

        • TimS says:

          Ok, so it treated the gift cards as groceries then?

          I have never known that happen before. No wonder it wouldn’t take any of the vouchers. I’m assuming none of the cards got “validation succesful” receipts either then?

          • Fenny says:

            It clearly treated them as not gift cards, but they were all activated and used yesterday.

            All very odd and the staff couldn’t understand it either. If I hadn’t known about the extra points or had vouchers, nobody would have been any the wiser.

        • Mark2 says:

          Have you tried to spend the gift cards?
          It sounds as if they may not have been activated.

    • wilfred47 says:

      This happened to me today too, i had 4 x £50 ticketmaster gift cards. the 100 bonus points vouchers wouldn’t scan at checkout but customer services added 400 points to my account.
      i noticed when i got home that the 150 bonus points per £50 of gift cards hadn’t been added, just 200 points.

  • Mark2 says:

    I think that the problem was that they were £20 cards that you bought, so that you only had one £50 qualifying purchase (although £60) and one for £40.
    But you should have been able to use your ‘cake’ coupons to get 500 points i.e. 650 in total.

    • Fenny says:

      But no £50 qualifying purchase showed up. I’ll send the receipt to tesco and see what they say. As long as I get at least 650 points, I’ll be happy. I’d be happier with 800 🙂

      • frank says:

        I’ve been to 2 Tesco stores to buy Currys looking gift cards but no luck, even at the Watford Extra which has a huge display but not Currys.

        Watford had lots of Xmas mags though.

        • Fenny says:

          There were loads of Currys cards in Stevenage last week. Plenty in Daventry today. But if they don’t scan properly, not much point!

    • avidsaver says:

      Am I being really stupid and missing something here? What are these ‘cake’ coupons to which you refer?

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