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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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2024)

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

30,000 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

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

40,000 bonus points AND (to 27th August) £400 to spend at Amex Travel 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 sign-up 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.

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