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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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  • Paul says:

    Is there a maximum purchase allowed? We are going to be spending maybe £5000 at Debenhsms. Is there a catch or can I just fill me boots?! Paul

    • Jason says:

      Depends who serves you, some say a maximum of 5, some let you buy as many as you want or the store I cleaned out ,of nospendits, during the esso promotion would only allow me 1 at a time on Wednesday, needless to say I didn’t buy any but cleaned out 2 stores the following day in anger 😉

    • Rob says:

      No in-store purchase limit but buying more than 4 per transaction can cause Tesco till issues. Need to ask Debenhams as well – Harrods tills cannot handle more than 4 different GC’s per sale.

      • Joe says:

        My store and the CEOs office (after store refused to sell me any going forward & complaining) has limited me to 6 Visa & 20 Branded.

        Think Debenhams online limit is 5 btw, but thats per txn

        You can however buy gift cards with gift cards in debenhams, Maybe you could buy a £500 one with 5 x £100 cards instore (biggest value in tesco)

    • JQ says:

      Debenhams can only accept 3 forms of payment per transaction, so you’d need them to put each item through separately, and then use 2.5 gift cards per item at a time (otherwise you’ll end up with lots of residual small amounts and/or unable to pay off the final balance as a payment card is counted as part of the 3)

  • pointsarb says:

    @waribai the attraction is 4x redemption value on tesco clubcard points when converting to pizza express, prezzo etc!

    • Waribai says:

      I see where you are coming from but as we have free taste membership we get a 50% discount anyway.
      Yes, I guess I’m just not a chain restaurant person especially when it comes to UK chains!

  • Andy says:

    Raffles, wouldn’t you be better off converting your Clubcard points to tokens to spend at Pizza Express at a rate of £2.50 to £10, instead of buying gift cards? Converting that £2.50 to Avios you are paying 1.66 per point.

    • Jason says:

      I don’t think pizza express let you use tesco vouchers with restaurant card schemes and as some of them allow 241, on 3 courses, your effectively halving your points.
      I could be wrong though as I need all my tesco points for Avios and Virgin.

    • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

      You can’t combine the ubiquitous voucher code offers (e.g. 241, 33% off) with the clubcard tokens. A £10 token probably only has a real cash value of £6-7.

    • Rob says:

      Was never sure if the kids set meals were included. They don’t cover drinks either.

      Our local is also one of the handful in the UK which is usually excluded from other special offers.

  • Malibu Stacey says:

    It is not quite 4x face value when you exclude other discounts but is is an excellent use of clubcard points when dining with kids meals as the piccolo meals are never discounted.

    A little tip. The Dolcetti – a mini desert with a tea or coffee – counts as ‘food’ so can be paid for with Tesco vouchers. This is a nice way to finish off a meal or you can just nip in for a cheap coffee and brownie anytime of the day.

    • Malibu Stacey says:

      * mini dessert
      LOL

      • Jason says:

        I thought it was pizza express’ new play area for kids, which would make it an even better dining option 🙂

  • Duncan S says:

    Is this promotion available in store too? I’ve noticed the wide range of gift cards available, and my partner and I often go for a quick lunch at Nando’s who don’t offer a digital card.

    The in-store POS has no mention of the 150 points offer, and the online offer doesn’t clearly state that it’s available in-store.

    Any ideas?

    • Joe Yates says:

      Has worked instore for ages! Nando’s are only in £20 denominations, to get full value would buy multiples of 5, or 2 with a £10 starbucks or something

    • mark2 says:

      If you have a store handy you are sure of getting FuelSave, until end of August anyway. I have had 20p per litre off on almost every petrol purchase for last twelve months.
      Not sure if you get FuelSave if you buy from Tesco online.

      • Jason says:

        You can accumulate fuel save until the end of august and redeem until end of September 🙂

    • Rob says:

      Has been in store for the last 2 years! Has never been signed.

  • The_Real_A says:

    Oh just be careful. The gift card portal is run by SVM the gift card consolidator, and is flaky as hell. They send the digital giftcard via email. I have used 5 different email addresses (5 separate platforms, work, personal, web etc) and i have only ever received the email on googlemail.

    The email is NOT always instant. I have had to wait 12 hours before.

    There is a max of 6 cards every 30 days.

    Phone support is efficient however.

    I would not trust the website to credit me 150 points – and i certainly would not trust very large orders

  • Milton says:

    Robert… I have been to the website to look at the best way to use my points. I just am not confident I will get the best value …

    As an expert what would you do if you had 360000 amax points and you wanted to use them towards a trip to the US in august with a total of 6 travellers? Any pointers would certainly be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance

    • Rob says:

      Drop me an email Milton – on holiday until Tuesday and no PC access.

  • mij says:

    does anyone know the cut off for this quarter’s clubcard vouchers?

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