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New non-travel Tesco Clubcard redemption ideas which are 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.

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.

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.


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 (32)

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  • heydudes says:

    365 days Telegraph sub for £20 is even better value 🙂

    • Jonathan says:

      Agree annual Telegraph subscription for £20 looks decent.

      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.

    • mark2 says:

      I read the Telegraph online everyday without a subscription. Eventually it says that I have exceeded the number of free pages and I have to close and reopen the browser. It does download a load of advertising which slows everything down; does anyone know if this is true of the paid version ?

    • James67 says:

      Totally disagree, you are getting close to 0p value per clubcard point. Firstly, the Telegraph, like virtually all the UK press, are hardly woth the paper they are printed on. Secondly, you could read something else with free digital content which is more in the spirit of the www.

      • Waribai says:

        I am with you on this!

      • thomas says:

        Agree with you too.
        Why pay for The Telegraph online (as it gets more and more like the daily Mail) when you can read it for free by clearing your cache ..

        • Rich says:

          Agree. Like BA, The Telegraph is a shadow of it’s former self and I NEVER pay for it any more…..

        • TD says:

          Even better, set your browser privacy exceptions such that cookies from The Telegraph website are never accepted. That way you won’t ever need to restart your browser or repeated clear your cache. Works with many other sites too, but not the FT.

  • Andrew says:

    Evans Cycles is also an excellent option. I’ve had a new road bike plus a bunch of accessories – also at 2x value, but a better range than Direct.

    Was covered here when added, but seems to be permanent now https://headforpoints.com/2014/04/23/clubcard-evans-cycles/

  • M HOCKENHULL says:

    A good offer at the moment with Tesco deals is English Heritage membership. There are various offers but the best one is family membership – 2 adults and up to 6 children for £30

  • Oliver says:

    I’m also on the lookout for a new ipad. Tesco Direct have one at £279 which is about 33000 avios in CC vouchers. I think I’ll wait for a discount code also though.

  • Fenny says:

    Becoming a Premium Manager in the Telegraph Fantasy Football competition gives you a 6 month subscription. I paid £6 for my 4 extra teams and got the subscription. I’ll be looking at the various offers.

  • Tilly71 says:

    You can also use double up to buy something you want and get a healthy amount of clubcard points back. For instance, the Asus tablet gives you 2000 cc points back as it’s on a bonus offer at the moment.

  • Jonny says:

    thanks for the Eurotunnel tip! Didn’t realise it was an option.
    Was just about to book up (and hoping issues are sorted out by next spring…) so that’s a perfect use of the vouchers. much apprecated!

  • Duncan Stevenson says:

    One of the things that I find with collection (and I may be in the minority on this site) is that Avios are only any good if you actually have enough of them for a worthwhile redemption.

    In my case I want to make sure I have enough Avios to redeem for the flight I want at the point I need to book it, so everything gets converted to Avios. I don’t earn enough to business flying (because I don’t fly on business) nor through credit cards (I maybe spend £25,000 – £30,000 a year there) to get an annual flight worth worrying about.

    • Jason says:

      I totally agree, having been led to the holy grail of premium cabin flying and collecting clubcard points it would be hard to go back, even though it’s got harder to collect and more expensive to redeem flights it means that Tesco cc points really need to go to avios, Virgin for a Hilton conversion.
      Although I had built up a stack of points, for a GS conversion this week, until they pulled Rolex from their offering 6 weeks ago.

      • DW201 says:

        Snap – Ive been hoarding CC points for a rolex and was just about to start looking 🙁

    • Polly says:

      Duncan, sounds like you need to up your collecting. Are you double dipping at tesco eg, pay with amex and scan your clubcard or tesco credit card clubcard. Maybe you need to get a new amex every year for their bonus…. We feel for you. Do you find any of those 3v cards to use for bills? With that amount of cc spend you could def churn the odd amex card. Anyway, happy collecting…

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