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The disappearing Tesco / Avios competition, and watch out for the Clubcard Flash Sale

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Whilst not necessarily a case for Sherlock Holmes, I feel a search party is required to track down the missing Tesco / Avios competition for Spring.

Last week, British Airways emailed a lot of Executive Club members with details of a competition to win a meal at The Savoy hotel in London.  You would receive one entry for every 500 Clubcard points you exchanged.

A couple of days later, Virgin launched their 30% conversion bonus from Clubcard points into Flying Club miles.  British Airways also announced the Avios devaluation.

Mysteriously, the Clubcard website now features a different Avios competition.  Instead of The Savoy, you can win one of 500 prizes of 1,500 Avios points.  You will receive one entry for every £2.50 of Clubcard vouchers you exchange.

Details can be found on the ‘Tesco to BA’ conversion page here.

Perhaps someone thought that a prize which required you to get to London (flights were not included!) was a bad idea in a week when members who live in the regions have already been given a kick in the teeth via the Avios changes!

However, before you convert ….

Tesco is about to launch a series of six Clubcard Boost ‘flash sales’.  For a very limited period of time you will receive ‘enhanced’ conversion rates with certain partners.

Full details of the Clubcard Boost flash sale can be found here.

The partners are:

Cineworld (February 12th) – usual offer is £4.50 of vouchers for an adult ticket

Ticketmaster (February 16th) – usual offer is £20 of vouchers for £40 code

iTunes (February 18th) – usual offer is £17 of vouchers for a £25 code

Pizza Express (February 23rd) – usual offer is £2.50 of vouchers for a £10 code

Spafinder (February 26th) – usual offer is £10 of vouchers for a £20 code

National Railcards (March 3rd) – usual offer varies, eg £15 of vouchers for a 16-25 yrs card

We don’t know how much better the ‘flash sale’ deals will be, but if you use any of the companies above you might want to keep hold of your vouchers just in case.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

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.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits 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.

(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.)

Comments (40)

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  • Jonathan says:

    Shame there is no goldsmiths bonus

  • Mark T says:

    I got an email from Avios about the current competition on Tesco Clubcard.

    I had assumed Tesco accidentally put it up against BA as well, and then realised many people had converted already so couldn’t exactly take it down.

  • pazza2000 says:

    A little OT. Does anyone know of any issues if transferring Clubcard to an Avios(.com) account that is part of a Household account? I’m not sure why Clubcard don’t allow you to simply enter the Avios account number.

    • Scottnothing says:

      I had this issue as well – it’s easily resolved by a call to Avios (or by using their online chat facility). Tesco didn’t want anything to do with my missing points when I called them about it .

  • Lady London says:

    In case it helps anyone in the regions left bereft by BA, SAS just sent an email this morning saying they are introducing direct flights between some summer dates from Edinburgh to Copenhagen, and Bristol direct to Stockholm.

    • Frenske says:

      Note one needs 30.000 SAS Eurobonus points to fly from London to Copenhagen which cost 9.000 Avios with BA. I doubt Edinburgh and Bristol will be different.

      • pauldb says:

        Just though I’d take a look at the SQ price which is little better at 25k.
        OT but noticed that weirdly J from Europe to Middle East is 50k return (less than Europe-Europe!), even cheaper than AA (F is 70k). Lots of airline choice too.

  • Brendan says:

    OT but I just received response from Amex on my supplementary applications on my Amex Plat and they want certified copies of ID and original bills / bank statement for each supplementary application. Such a pain!

    • Brendan says:

      Also, at the same time I received 2 other letters from them stating that my supplementary application had been unsuccessful – neither letter indicated the name of the applicant that has been unsuccessful though. These points are going to be more hassle than they are worth it seems.

      • RT says:

        I have had all five of mine approved and so far 2 lots of 10k points have come through. (I did two sup card apps earlier in Dec and the remaining three in Jan).

    • Rob says:

      They only do this when they cannot electronically verify the identity of the person. They asked for this when I tried to get our nanny a card a couple of years ago, eventually I gave up.

  • Scottnothing says:

    Sure “every little helps” but 1,500 Avios is a joke of a prize. I’d frankly prefer dinner at the Savoy and would much (much) prefer they give the total prize pool of 750,000 Avios to one lucky punter.

    • Worzel says:

      My thoughts exactly about the 750,000 Avios!!

      • avidsaver says:

        Agree100%. 1500 Avios is a rubbish prize and I’m sure will tempt very few to convert their cc points.

        • Simon says:

          Agree too but only problem is that every quarter I need to convert the oldest ones otherwise they expire.

          Anyone know a way around this?

          • Rob says:

            Yes. You redeem £2.50 per transaction, the minimum per voucher. The rest is given back to you as ‘change’ with another 2 years.

            If your vouchers are £50 vouchers, you can get £47.50 reissued via this method.

  • Simon says:

    Many thanks. Will help me sit on them until a BA bonus period or also thinking about maybe doing Necker Island. Time will tell.

  • David says:

    The chef’s table competition is now showing on the Tesco website for BAEC conversions.

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