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Tesco adds e-gift cards online – and you still earn 150 Clubcard points per £50

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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
  • Cineworld
  • Currys PC World
  • Debenhams
  • Ernest Jones
  • H Samuel
  • HotelVoucherShop
  • House of Fraser
  • iTunes
  • Nintendo
  • Pizza Express
  • Spafinder Wellness
  • Ticketmaster
  • Treatme
  • Zizzi

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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 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

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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.

EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points, £200 travel credit 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 (75)

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  • Peter Taysum says:

    Thanks,

    I recently bought vouchers online and the points haven’t posted. T&C state it will appear on next statement but most things appear on clubcard statement online, after I’ve been finger print checked, had a tooth extracted, and given a blood sample for genetic testing for ID (OK I exaggerate) I contacted The Card outlet who pointed towRds Tesco. I was going to wait for next statement and then follow up. Any similar problems!

    Cheers.

    • Tom H says:

      Still waiting for my points to post too.

      Will they award points for multiples of £50 spent, i.e. 300 points for a £100 gift card?

    • StephD says:

      I’ve also not received points for a purchase I made about one month ago. I’m planning on holding out for a bit longer before chasing up. I really hope the points do post as I don’t have a tesco store nearby that sells the type of giftcards I’d like to purchase.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Does anyone know if you can use pay.com cards to pay for these egift cards.

    • Erico1875 says:

      Pay.com cards are only £25. You need to buy in multiples of 50 to get the CC points. Even if Tesco took them, there would be no point. High street vouchers and TopGiftcards do though

      • mark2 says:

        In my experience the amount that you can buy from TopGiftcards is very limited, but I have had no problems with HSV,

        • Joe Yates says:

          Another way of spending 3V/pay.com is using the new buy and sell gift card app called ZEEK. Sellers discount unwanted cards by 5-32%.
          So if you can mix it with a 3V your laughing points + a discount, problem is your limited to £25 cost. For bigger purchases they also take AMEX Via Paypal

          Use promo code 2amkfy for £5 off your first order..

          Rob – Maybe something you should sign up to?

          • Jason says:

            Do they do pizza express gift cards?

          • Joe Yates says:

            Zeek do £25 Pizza Express for £23 at the moment.

            Prices are always subject to change, as sellers set the price, send the gift cards / codes to zeek, who send to you.

          • Tilly71 says:

            Thanks for the code

  • mikeact says:

    What are ‘HotelVoucherShop’ vouchers for ?

    • Rob says:

      Not idea, think it is a booking site so very restricted in how you use them and would not get hotel points.

    • Ryan says:

      I used them around 3.5 years ago to empty out an etihad account. I remember getting codes with no fuss and them being straightforward to use. I can’t vouch for the pricing of hotels but you can look that up before you make a decision.
      However, if you’re looking at 3% back in club card points (£50=£1.50 in points) any difference between hotel voucher code rate and trivago etc. is likely to dwarf the points benefit.

  • Tracy says:

    Hi
    I contacted Tescos about the online gift cards and they replied saying that the 150 cc points did not apply toe gift cards. Are they wrong? Kind regards. Tracy

  • Patrick says:

    Slightly off topic.

    The pay.com cards come as £25 prepaid visa cards each with their own card number. If you want to purchase something online at a store that excepts visa for £250 for example , how do you use 10 pay.com cards when you can only input one set of card details on the website.

    Is there any way of amalgamating the cards without paying the fee that pay.com are quoting?

    Thanks

    • Joe Yates says:

      HI Pat,

      Unless its somewhere that allows a deposit, don’t think you can really split payments.
      Know people have booked things with travel agencies through them, paying the deposit on their normal card and redeeming pay.com for the rest.

      Do they sell gift cards at tesco for them. Another option would be if they sell gift cards on high street vouchers, zeek or topgiftcards or even via their own website.
      You’ll be able to buy £25 gift cards with pay.com & spend at the website.
      But check how many gift cards the site will accept first!

      • mark2 says:

        But first check that the retailer accepts their own gift cards online. Many don’t e.g. Halfords, Currys (last time I looked).

    • bob says:

      Yes, there’s a way. Over-pay a bill to a provider who is happy to refund overpayments to your current a/c.

      • Joe says:

        Who’s happy to do that?

        • mark2 says:

          I certainly am. I have had lots of refunds from Scottish Power, sometimes without asking!

          • Joe says:

            I meant company wise, do you just do through scottish power?

            How do you put through?

          • mark2 says:

            I just use the ‘make a payment’ function on the web site.

          • bob says:

            Generally utility cos will all do it, they have your bank details thanks to your direct debit mandate so naturally refund to your bank instead of back onto your pay.com card.

    • rich says:

      PayPal.
      Gift each £25 individualy to a friend or your 2nd account. Takes a while buy then you can add to a bigger and bigger balance. Hopefully where you want to spend it will accept paypal

      • CC says:

        Can the pp account you send to make withdrawals into their bank account once a large balance has been acquired?

        • Paul says:

          Yes but lots of £25 payments from one account to another followed by bank withdrawal is likely to be flagged up and may result in one or both Paypal accounts being restricted. Paypal are very quick to act on anything that doesn’t look like “normal” behaviour

        • JQ says:

          Do it VERY slowly, and shhh!!

      • Nick says:

        This has always been the most blindingly obvious way of processing 3v cards, but as others say, there is a risk. The problem I have is that you need to process hundreds of these cards to make it worth doing, and paypal are bound to notice that level of activity.

        • CC says:

          i might give a go and just do 2 at a time with a couple of weeks in between, you reckon Id get away with that? I know this is long but if you have a few other ways of using the gift cards up it all adds up. Just not all in 1 pot.

  • Deborah Loth says:

    This is probably a stupid question, but if you buy a gift card using a credit card, how is the transaction treated by the credit card company. Is it treated like a cash withdrawal?

  • James Ward says:

    I never see 3V cards any more in any of the Tescos local to me.

    Christmas 2013 was a lucrative period as you could add another 100 CC points per 3V card using a coupon snipped from their Christmas magazine. This would net 700 CC for every four 3V cards = 1,750 Virgin Flying Club miles for every £100. Happy days!!

    • Joe Yates says:

      They are now called Pay.com cards, and are readily available in most stores.

      When redeeming for you visa card, you go to the 3V website, so guessing its just another trading name.

    • Kipto says:

      They had those vouchers in Christmas 2014 as well. 350

    • Nick Burch says:

      My local Tesco had 3v cards only a couple of times in 2013, no sign of them returning. The next nearest, which is quite a bit bigger, has started stocking Pay.com cards at some point in the last month. It’s worth checking again!

  • Waribai says:

    I don’t think as a family we’ve ever set foot inside a Pizza Express. Cafe Rouge…tick. Prezzo…tick. Am I missing something?

    • Jason says:

      I love pizza express and so we do visit as a family and fortunately the kids love pizza as well, although not as much as Macdonalds (unfortunately), however we rarely visit Macdonalds these days as there isn’t one where we have moved to!
      There aren’t many pay.coms where I am, and when there are stocks I will try and buy as many as possible as they don’t get re-stocked for weeks 🙁

    • Rob says:

      Yes, easily best of the casual dining chains.

    • rich says:

      Pizzas mainly

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