You can join TopCashback via my refer-a-friend link here. You do not receive anything extra, unfortunately, but it helps to support HFP and you are no worse off than joining directly.
In 2013, TopCashback launched a feature allowing you to pay your cashback directly into your Tesco Clubcard account – and give you a 5% bonus on top.
This dramatically increased the value of TopCashback cashback versus Quidco:
£10 of cashback earned at Quidco earns you £10
£10 of cashback earned at TopCashback earns you £10.50 (with the 5% bonus) paid into your Tesco Clubcard account. That gives you 1,050 Clubcard points. These convert into 2,520 Avios points or 2,625 Virgin Flying Club miles. You are effectively ‘buying’ Avios points for just 0.4p each.
You can transfer up to £50 of cashback per year from TopCashback to Clubcard (a year runs from the date of your first Tesco transfer, not the calendar year or from the date you joined). This means that you can earn up to 12,000 Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles per year this way.
In theory, once you have hit your £50 annual cap on transferring to Clubcard, you can transfer further cashback directly to Avios points. For every £1 of cashback you earn, you will have the choice of taking £1 as cash into Paypal or your bank account or receiving 105 Avios points. This means you are buying Avios points at roughly 1p each, which is not great.
Is there, however, a way of transferring £100 – not £50 – per year into the same Clubcard account?
I heard about this method a couple of months ago but was not sure it would work. It was recently corroborated on Flyertalk so it seems to be OK – technically. It does break TopCashback rules, though, so I do not recommemd it.
It requires a Tesco Clubcard Mastercard. You can learn all about this card in my review here – the headline details are that you earn 0.6 Avios points per £1 spent and there is a sign-up bonus of 1,000 Clubcard points if I refer you (this can be done retrospectively if you got the card in the last 2-3 months).
Your Tesco Clubcard Mastercard is linked to your existing Clubcard account. However, a new Clubcard number is generated which is printed on the front of your credit card, under the main credit card number.
As far as Tesco is concerned, both of these Clubcard numbers refer to the same Clubcard account.
This means that you can send £50 of cashback from your TopCashback account to Clubcard using your original Clubcard number, and then swap over to the 2nd Clubcard number and do the same again for another £50.
There is a big problem, though. The TopCashback terms and conditions say:
“Each Clubcard Account can only be linked to a maximum of 1 TopCashback Account. Multiple TopCashback or Tesco Clubcard Accounts cannot be created to try and withdraw more cashback as Tesco Clubcard Points. Any attempts to do this will result in the TopCashback Account being terminated, and any cashback/clubcard points being revoked.”
Given the generosity of the existing TopCashback / Tesco deal, and the fact that you would lose any cashback working its way through the TCB system if your account was closed, I do not recommend this even though it is being discussed elsewhere.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2022)
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.
Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.
(Want to earn more Avios? Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)