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Earning Clubcard points (ie Avios) at Dobbies coming to an end?

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Not many people know that Tesco bought the Dobbies chain of garden centres back in 2007. Since then, it has been run separately with very little integration.

Whatever plan Tesco had for the business has apparently been shelved, and to be honest I would expect it to be sold in the medium term as Tesco tries to turn around its core UK business.

Dobbies was not even part of Clubcard until late 2013.

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18 months ago, Tesco launched a very cautious trial of Tesco Clubcard at six Dobbies stores – Aberdeen, Carlisle, Dundee, Inverness, King’s Lynn and Peterborough.

Buy something at these stores and you earn 1 Clubcard point for every £1 spent. You can also redeem Clubcard vouchers at these stores, although as you will only get face value for them I would strongly recommend that you don’t do this – better stick to Avios points ….

The Clubcard page on the Dobbies website now implies that this experiment is over.  It implies that no more Clubcard points will be issued after April 30th and that the last day to spend your Clubcard vouchers in Dobbies will be December 31st 2015.  I would be surprised if Tesco even owns the business by that date. 


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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

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

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British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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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

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The Platinum Card from American Express

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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.

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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

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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

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American Express Business Gold

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Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (11)

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  • RIccati says:

    Other news: there is a piece in the news about American Express and their anti-trust troubles in the US. Costco departure and regulation of their fees might lead to less beneficial rewards.

  • ee says:

    Interesting. My local Tesco has recently started stocking lots of Dobbies gift cards which I don’t recall seeing before. I thought it was strange as no Dobbies remotely close to us!

  • mark2 says:

    Since I started reading this site all garden centre purchases have been made using Garden Centre Gift Cards bought from Tesco with at least triple points, Fuel Save, double Amex etc.
    We found the Dobbies garden centres at Cirencester to be pretty unexciting.

    So no loss really!

  • Lady London says:

    For some reason I had an idea that Dobbies was associated with Kingfisher (who own B & Q) in some way. Who knows who will buy them? Was also puzzled when Dobbies cards popping up in my local Tesco since last quarter of last year.

  • Kipto says:

    Off topic but avios clubcard related. The £50/£25 paid Visa card route into National savings accounts appears to have hit the buffers. Raffles, are you aware. ? Plenty of talk about this on the paid to shop site.

    • mark2 says:

      Also High Street Vouchers no longer accept them, but they still accepted the 3V cards that I found today.

    • GB says:

      Yes seems to be the case- what a nightmare – how to generate points now?

    • Rob says:

      All I’ve seen is what I’ve seen on there. Bit odd since they are meant to be more flexible than 3V (since the £3.95 fee means it doesn’t matter if you empty them into your bank).

      • Marco says:

        Hi Rob, I tried depositing £50 (using a £53.95 visa card) into my NS&I Internet Saver account this evening and I got the message “Card number invalid”. So the rumours are correct. Fortunately Thames Water are still accepting them!

      • Simon says:

        The blocking seems to be at the NS&I end, tried using one to pay my council tax and it was treated as a credit card, I wonder if NS&I (well Worldpay as it’s a Worldpay iframe on the NS&I page) are treating these as credit cards now also.

    • Gordon says:

      I queried on PTS why people buy these cards. I have only bought a few when i had money off coupons and trying to hit card targets. There was a comment about some employeee benefit schemes giving dicounts to buy tesco gift cards which people were then using to buy these cards. However, it appears tesco have clamped down on this. They can still be used for tax and vat biils and i guess council tax

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