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Bits: Tesco grocery code, Hotels.com sale, Delta reward sale, £10 Bentalls / Amex deal

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News in brief:

Tesco Grocery code still running

Reader Robert emailed to remind me that there is a functioning Tesco Grocery code out there with a surprisingly long expiry date.

Code XXNNRR gives an impressive 1,250 bonus Clubcard points when used on a £60 order placed on the Tesco grocery site here.  That would be worth 3,000 Avios points!

The code will only work if you have not placed a Tesco Grocery order in roughly the last 12 months.  New Clubcard accounts will definitely work OK  – sign up here (click ‘Join Clubcard’ at the top of the page) or pick up a card in a Tesco store.

48 hour Hotels.com flash sale

Hotels.com is running a 48-hour flash sale today and tomorrow promising discounts of up to 40%.  Full details are here.

I would take this claim with a pinch of salt and compare prices carefully, but it is worth a quick look if you do need to book somewhere this week.

Virgin and Delta crew

Delta transatlantic reward sale

Delta Air Lines of the US is running a transatlantic reward sale until August 21st. If you have some Delta miles to use, this is a decent opportunity.

Only some routes are available.  You are looking at 87,000 miles return in Business Class between Europe and the US and 42,000 miles in Economy. The link has details of the specific travel and blackout dates for each route. 

£10 off at Fenwick and Bentalls

Finally, a new cashback deal has appeared on the American Express website.  You will receive a £10 statement credit when you spend £50 in Fenwick or Bentalls by September 30th.

Log in to your American Express account and see if it is shows under ‘Offers’ on your card statement pages.  I had it on my BA, Platinum and SPG cards.  If it not there, all is not lost – it may appear on the ‘cardmember offers’ website in a few days which would allow anyone to register.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – February 2024 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

Virgin Money is offering double points on spending until 14th April (£5,000 cap) to new customers when you apply for the Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard. Click here to learn more.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

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

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 9th April) and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

Huge 60,000 points sign-up bonus (until 9th April) and free for a year Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

2% cashback on all your business spend for 3 months (1% thereafter) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (30)

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  • JQ says:

    I got another Amazon £10 off £35 Amex offer

  • Idrive says:

    Thanks the Tesco code finally worked this time!

  • Andrew says:

    I think the days of offers being loaded to cardmemberoffers are gone – nothing has been on there for months. They are either available in the offers section of your account or on the AmexConnect site for non-Amex issued cards. Amex issued cards that don’t have the offers in their account section have to go without.

  • Dom says:

    Roughly what taxes do delta charge on transatlantic redemptions? Am I right in presuming this offer is purely through delta and not available through virgin atlantic.

    • Rob says:

      Can only be booked with Delta miles. Minimal taxes as no fuel surcharges (but is it Delta which adds a fee to ex-Europe bookings? I always forget!)

  • xcalx says:

    OT but Tesco related.

    I have a number of Tesco vouchers that expire at the end of August. I would like to extend their expiry date. I know I can use a voucher for the minimum 600 Avios for £2.50 and have the balance returned next quarter. Can I repeat this process for each expiring voucher in the account.

    Thanks.

    • cheekychappie says:

      That’s fine. As long as you don’t go over the 30,000 points limit the following quarter with your ‘change’.

    • Rob says:

      I thought there was something in the Clubcard rules now about doing this?

      • TimS says:

        T&C no.37 states that:

        Tesco Freetime may refuse (at all times acting reasonably) any Clubcard Boost or Clubcard perk order where there is evidence of abuse or attempted abuse of the Clubcard Scheme or where the customer has not acted as a consumer. To avoid any doubt, abuse includes, but is not limited to; …

        …h. redeeming Clubcard vouchers for the sole purpose of extending the life of the Clubcard points by submitting vouchers where the value of the Boost product would give a refund of more than 50 in points change.

        That said, I am not aware of them enforcing this rule. I’ve extended the life of a few expiring vouchers in the latest quarter without issue, where the refund was more than 50 points each time.

        • cheekychappie says:

          Oh I see you found it 😉

          50 points is ridiculous, they often send £50 denomination vouchers so of course there will be multiple occasions where the change is much, much higher than 50 points.

          As you say, I’ve also never seen it enforced and I think you could easily challenge it even if they tried. Best not to line up the £50 vouchers on the same day, though.

          • Alan says:

            Agree that seems bonkers when they’re the ones that pick the voucher denomination and often send £50 ones! Glad they don’t seem to enforce it.

      • Danksy says:

        When I’ve done it before I’ve changed a large denomination voucher (say £50) for £2.50 of rewards and then had the rest back as ‘change’ credited to my account 😛

        • Rob says:

          So have I – but I am sure a line was added to the rules to cover this. Can’t check as on my phone.

      • cheekychappie says:

        Had a look & couldn’t find anything. Tesco has always had the right to cancel Clubcard a/cs where they suspected abuse, but this isn’t abuse. After all, they could always refund the balance in points dated the same as the originals.

        However, they don’t, they still give you a new 2 years life. I’ve done it earlier this year with no problems, I guess we’re only talking about £150 worth of points recycled so nothing major.

        Might be a sensible idea to redeem the (say) £2.50 on big vouchers (to trigger the new 2 years for the balance) at intervals rather than on the same day.

  • Paul says:

    Thanks for the Tesco code and recent Apple Amex statement credit – that is 3k avios and £50 I would not have gained without HFP.

  • Danno says:

    Score. Used it for click and collect. 3 bottles of booze to pick up on my way home tomorrow. No need to bother with the delivery!

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