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New non-travel Tesco Clubcard redemption ideas worth a look

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The Tesco Clubcard coverage on Head for Points is, obviously, focussed towards Avios and Virgin Flying Club redemptions.

I am certainly not blinded into thinking that those are the best ways to redeem your Clubcard vouchers, however.

I wrote this long article last November looking at the other travel deals offered.

More recently, I wrote about how to book UK and Ireland Hilton family hotels using Clubcard.

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Double your vouchers at Tesco Direct

Travel redemptions are not the ‘be all and end all’.

Tesco is currently running an excellent redemption deal with Tesco Direct.

As you can see here, you can currently redeem your Clubcard vouchers for double their face value for ANY purchase at Tesco Direct.

EVERYTHING on Tesco Direct, except products sold by 3rd party partners and mobile phone credit, is available.

Want an iPad?  You can effectively get one for half price.  Playstation 4?  Check.  Pretty much everything else you’d find in your typical Argos catalogue?  Check.

If you have £20 of Clubcard vouchers, you could order £40 of goods from Tesco Direct or swap them for 4,800 Avios points.   On the basis that there would definitely be something at Tesco Direct you wanted, you would by ‘paying’ 0.83p per Avios point.

This isn’t a bad deal, of course, but I look to pick them up for 0.75p or less.  Using your vouchers in the Tesco Direct promotion may make sense.

All of the rules can be found on this Tesco Direct page.

The offer ends on September 13th.

Finally …. an interesting Telegraph deal

If you are a Daily Telegraph reader, you might be interested to know that Tesco now offers digital subscription packs for Clubcard vouchers.

As per this page, you will receive a full 7-day digital sub to the Daily and Sunday Telegraph for just £20 of Clubcard vouchers.  This is an attractive deal in my view.

Love Clubcard, don’t collect Avios?  You should be reading our sister site, Shopper Points (www.shopperpoints.co.uk), which covers the latest Clubcard and Nectar offers without any distracting frequent flyer talk!  Why not check it out now?

Comments (32)

  • Dom says:

    I always ring fence what I need in points for family days out (e.g. Longleat etc), where you can get 3 to 4 times value. Anything left convert to avios.

    Try to avoid Tesco direct double ups as i’ll just end up convincing myself I need things that I won’t use.

  • Froggitt says:

    Make sure the Telegraph offer includes the iPad app, not just access to the website.

  • Chris says:

    I actually clicked the email link to come check out the comments because I was thinking £20 CC for 7 days seemed incredibly steep to me. Much more palatable for 365 days!

  • Koshka says:

    We’ve had good use out of the 4x offers on holidays in York and Scotland over the past couple of years. Camera Obscura in Edinburgh was good and we’ve got the Chatham Historic Dockyard lined up for next week. We booked the activities too late but I think that we could have got really good value by exchanging them for National Trust of Scotland activities (we did the land rover safari in Glencoe). They also kept our costs down in Inverness where we ate in Zizzi and Pizza Express. Tesco Direct Boost sometimes provides additional opportunities e.g we exchanged some soon to expire points for Lego during the last Boost and we combined this with a 1000 points for a £60 spend offer. As a regular short haul traveller I find that the best use of Avios is to use small amounts on flights that I needed to take anyway. I was just checking prices around October half term and for flight times that I have to take, the pricing was £220 cash, RFS 14000 + £35 or just under 5000 + £110.

  • MoNkEyMaN says:

    I have recently used Tesco points at 3X value to book car hire through Affordable Car Hire. They are a broker and give the option of various hire companies, along with clear information on additional charges and terms and conditions. On comparison with other companies and brokers, their rates are competitive and gave a true three times value.

  • Roger says:

    Jonathan asked:
    ‘Does anyone have any knowledge of “Telegraph Subscriber” rewards / offers? You get access to the scheme through the subscription, no idea if it’s any good and the website doesn’t reveal much info pre-login.’

    I have a £25 digital subscription, an offer from November 2014. I find it convenient for a quick flick through news stories without the obvious pandering to print readers’ prejudices (politics treated as ‘news’, irrelevant pix of young women to illustrate stories, etc – Private Eye’s reference to the Daily Mailograph is apt. :))

    The subscriber club has been worthwhile for us. We’ve been to several film previews and can buy at Robert Dyas on Thursdays with a 15% discount (or anytime online). There’s a regular offer at WHSmugg and some others, not to forget a free tea or coffee at Debenhams on weekday afternoons (!). Sometimes cultural and travel discounts, including 2-4-1 airport lounge access mentioned elsewhere.

    I’d say for £25 or £20 in Tesco coupons, it’s a good deal, even if telegraph.co.uk can be accessed free.

    I’ve just been on to Telegraph customer services – checking that they had cancelled a continuous debit authority they had improperly set up. They told me the ‘normal’ price of a digital subscription is about to be ‘enhanced’ to £130.

    I’m inclined to use the Tesco £20 offer even though my current subscription is still live. Anybody know if I can stack it for redemption n November? There’s no info in the T+C sction of the Tesco page. I see it’s marked as a special offer, but reviews go back to at least February 2015 so it’s not particularly new.

    • mark2 says:

      I have just upgraded to Windows 10 so can read the article without all the adverts (does not work on this site Rob, it also blocks out comments).
      Maybe you can do this on other browsers too?

      • Rob says:

        The HFP ads are partly ‘pay per view’, so if you block them (and they are hardly intrusive), I don’t earn …..

        • mark2 says:

          as I said, it doesn’t work on HfP, and they are not intrusive unlike the Telegraph etc.

          • Rob says:

            I know that, I was just making a general point for the benefit of others. Ad blocking technology is not as clever as it thinks it is, because whole chunks of the web rely on advertising revenue to survive.

          • Fenny says:

            Completely agree that ads are necessary for site revenue, but I have a major problem with ads that move, flash, autoplay videos or pop up when you accidentally mouse over them. So, for that reason, I use adblockers and turn it off when I need to.

          • Rob says:

            No silly pop up ads on HFP, I am pleased to say. It is odd that I operate to higher standards than the broadsheet newspaper sites, but there you go!

  • Rob says:

    Correct. Obviously keep an eye on the expiry date, but you’d be crazy to convert until you need them. If you do ….

    a) you might miss out on an Avios conversion bonus (although not seen one for a while)
    b) you might miss out on a great deal from another Tesco partner altogether