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Get 100 free Clubcard points (240 Avios) with every £50 MoneyGram transfer

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Tesco has recently introduced MoneyGram money transfer counters into many of its larger stores.  This allows you to send or receive money via almost every country in the world.

MoneyGram is unlikely to be as cheap as using a specialist currency broker such as Azimo (who are currently offering a £15 Amazon voucher for first time users) or TransferWise

MoneyGram money transfer

However, for small transfers, the convenience of being able to access a MoneyGram counter in your local store seven days a week may well outweigh any extra cost.

To encourage you to give them a try, MoneyGram is offering 100 Clubcard points – worth 240 Avios points or 250 Virgin Flying Club miles – when you send £50 or more.  The £50 target spend includes the fee.

The offer runs until 27th April and you can take advantage of it as many times as you like.

Full details can be found on here.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (April 2023)

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 American Express Premium Plus

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

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.

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

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

Comments (6)

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  • Danksy says:

    That’s a shame, was planing on trailing sending some USD ahead of my trip next month!

  • zsalya says:

    TransferWise (and probably Azimo) look to have large marketing budgets.
    Thus there is a risk that they will drive out the peer-to-peer competitors who can be expected to offer better rates long term.
    E.g. Midpoint and CurrencyFair (I have no connnections other than as customer)
    The latter has the additional advantage that one can leave orders, and the entire order book is visible (I have seen amounts from GBP50 to GBP200,000)

    At the time of writing, for GBP1000, TransferWise is offering EUR3 more (this is their landing page) but USD4 less than CurrencyFair.
    Midpoint is an additional USD3 better than CF.

  • AndyR says:

    Hi Alex, can you remember how long it took to track? Thanks.

  • Genghis says:

    Is anyone aware of any arbitrage opportunities with this offer? You don’t seem to be able to pay in GBP and collect GBP.

  • Jimmy says:

    Been using CurrencyFair for over a year and they offer better rates than transfer wise. Now off to check out Midpoint

    • Jimmy says:

      If you are happy to put an offer in and wait rate on currency seems better.

      So on a £10,000 transaction

      Currency Fair €13577
      Mid Point €13571.90
      Transferwise €13511.44
      Azimo €13436.30
      Moneygram – sucks €10166.60

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