Maximise your Avios, air miles and hotel points

Cheap Avios – 500 Clubcard points when you buy 2 HP ink cartridges from Tesco

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here.

Judging by a couple of emails I received on Tuesday, Tesco has brought back its occasional offer on HP printer ink cartridges.  This time, it is available both in-store AND via Tesco Direct.

The deal is simple.  You will receive 500 bonus Tesco Clubcard points when you buy two HP printer ink cartridges.  These start at £8 each at the moment.

You can see full details of the offer on Tesco Direct here.

So, lets run some maths.

You buy 2 of the HP 364 Black cartridges for £16

You earn 516 Clubcard points, which gets you 1,238 Avios

This works out at 1.29p per Avios – cheaper than buying Avios points from BA!

This is not the cheapest deal ever.  However, you still have the cartridges.

Let’s assume that you manage to sell the HP 364′s on eBay for £3.50 each, net of all costs, which is probably over-cautious.  Your total cost will have been £9 for 1,238 Avios, which takes you down to 0.73p each.  

Note that these cartridges are quite fat and so postage costs are higher than usual, although if you do ‘buy it now’ and say you have six for sale, many customers will buy two or three at once.

Alternatively, you may be able to send some cartridges to Tesco Recycling!  Note that Tesco Recycling has substantially cut back on the range of cartridges accepted as you can see from the list on their site.   You can’t send them HP 364 anymore, for a start.  If you could find a more expensive cartridge that was accepted, you wouldn’t have the trouble of ebaying them.

If you have a Tesco ‘conditional spend’ voucher (eg £5 off £50) to use in-store then this deal becomes even more attractive.  Unfortunately there are no Tesco Direct discount coupons currently running as far as I know.

The closing date is July 30th.  Many stores will NOT have the yellow labels on the shelf advertising this offer, although they should still go through the tills OK.  Alternatively, order via Direct for free in-store collection.  Full details of the offer are here.

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 (43)

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

  • plastikman says:

    the tesco direct website is playing up – shocking really.

  • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

    I assume that we shouldn’t expect to see bonus 500 points listed at checkout.

    • Reney says:

      The bonus points were listed at my checkout.

      • gnarlyoldgoatdude says:

        To which I say, “Grrrr”.

        I will print out the offer page and present it as I collect my still-needed 364s tomorrow.

  • Brian L says:

    The Inks I use are listed under Tesco Direct as having the offer, however they are not listed under groceries.

    Also, they happen to be £2 cheaper on Amazon.

    What to do?

    • Rob says:

      Tesco seems a no-brainer assuming you need cartridges. Amazon saves you 4 pounds but Tesco gives you 5 pounds of Clubcard vouchers, even if you take the worst possible option and spend them instore for their face value!

  • CV3V says:

    The offer instore ends 5 August according to the point of sale.

  • bigrw says:

    I just went in store in Exeter Extra… they are listed as 500 bonus points each… not 500 for 2! However, at checkout it posted per pair… almost certainly a mistake in terms of which parts of the promotional sign displayed?

    I’m quite surprised to see this offer back.. hope it doesn’t get pulled!

    • Rob says:

      It ALWAYS has this mistake, every time. Totally bizarre.

    • Vanessa Lewis says:

      Bought 6 hp364s in my local store. Marked up at 500 points on each display arm, nothing about buying 2 for 500. Went through scan and shop and came up with 1500 points. Went to customer service and after putting the lady straight on how they were displaying the offer incorrectly, was awarded the other 1500 points.
      3045 points for a £45 shop- good result!!

  • Richard says:

    Poor promotion labelling meant I got 500 points per cartridge today when I queried it: the manager then set to changing all the shelf labels as he read it the same way I did, despite his knowing it was 500 per two…

  • Joe says:

    Im going for 10 x each 364 i think, sell em off in a few months as bundles.

  • William says:

    Super post and thank you! I need this ink for my office so thinking of buying a year’s supply now!

    So the limit is 10 per transaction but assuming you could keep on going back? Has anyone been caught out yet.

    And I didn’t realise about the recycling scheme so super helpful. Do people make a profit on these cartridges through ebay? Sounds like too much hassle for me.

    • Rob says:

      The key to selling them on eBay is to wait. There will be a flood in August following this offer. Wait until September / October and the supply to demand balance should be more in line.

This article is closed to new comments. Feel free to ask your question in the HfP forums.

The UK's biggest frequent flyer website uses cookies, which you can block via your browser settings. Continuing implies your consent to this policy. Our privacy policy is here.