One of the longest running, and most generous, Tesco Clubcard promotions is ‘150 Clubcard points for spending £50 on gift cards’.
When you buy gift cards in Tesco – to the value of £50 or a multiple of £50 – you receive 150 points which converts into 360 Avios points or 375 Virgin Flying Club miles.
Tesco Gift Cards are excluded, not surprisingly, as are Tesco subsidiaries such as F+F. xbox cards are also excluded.
We have covered 3V / pay.com in the past and I will be doing another piece on those soon. Of the retailer gift cards, it is particularly worth mentioning Next. If you buy from Next Directory and have an account, you can pay off your balance using Next gift cards, bought in Tesco.
Personally, I try to stock up on Pizza Express cards when I see them. We spend a lot of money in there as a family and you can use gift cards alongside any other promotions they are running.
Gift cards now available online
Last year, Tesco opened an online gift card shop – see here.
This allowed you to buy some, but not all, of the physical plastic gift cards sold in-store for home delivery. Unfortunately, the £2.95 postage fee and the £100 maximum order means it is not attractive as a cheap way of getting points.
New(ish) – e-gift cards now available
I’m not sure how new this is, but many gift cards are now available for immediately delivery by email. This is fantastic for online shopping. In most case, you can also print off e-gift cards for use in-store – check the website.
The following retailers are currently offering e-gift cards via the Tesco gift card website – click on ‘Digital Gift Cards’ in the left-hand menu:
- Aeria Games
- ASK Italian
- Bella Italia
- Bin Weevils
- Cafe Rouge
- Currys PC World
- Ernest Jones
- H Samuel
- House of Fraser
- Pizza Express
- Spafinder Wellness
Another benefit of e-gift cards is that they work for spontaneous purchases. Hopefully, if you decide to head to Pizza Express for dinner tonight, you would be able to order a £50 e-gift card, receive it and print it off in time.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
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.
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.
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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.