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An avios.com and Tesco competition – but no sign of a BA or Virgin bonus

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There is, so far, no sign on any British Airways Executive Club or Virgin Flying Club transfer bonus for Tesco Clubcard collectors this quarter.

To be fair, this doesn’t mean there won’t be one.  It just means that it hasn’t appeared yet – which means the odds are against it.

Avios.com and BA are running competitions, however.

The competitions are not life changing but better than a slap in the face.  As the Tesco / avios.com page states:

Win 15,000 Avios

We’ve got 25 prizes of 15,000 Avios to give away. To be in with a chance of winning simply exchange £2.50 in Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios between 29 January and 29 February 2016. For every £2.50 you exchange, you’ll receive one prize draw entry.

The British Airways competition is different – 1 entry for every £5 you exchange.  This makes me think that they are being run separately and there are two prize pots.

However this does not mean that it is a worse competition as it makes no difference to your odds of winning whether you get one entry per £5, £2.50 or even 1p exchanged!

The ‘Tesco to avios.com’ conversion page is here.  The Tesco to BAEC page is here.

No word of anything from Virgin …….


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.

Comments (124)

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  • Anon says:

    Slightly OT – Just booked with Virgin for end of year trip to Floirida, accounts almost all empty, looking at moving all future points earning to BA after this.

    UC out PE rtn, 71250 miles & £370, not bad…. 🙂

    Will really miss their friendly service, but lack of UK connections is a stumbling block..

  • Anon says:

    Hoping for a BA bonus…. Will keep checking skywards for any Oinks

    • harry says:

      Did you miss out on the last one? Surely not…BAEC just had a bonus conversion in November – we’ll be waiting at least another year for a repeat (and maybe 2 years or more). Very nice indeed, glad my supposition paid off and we could exchange unlimited amounts of Tesco clubcard points for the bonus 🙂

      However – Tesco clubcard points —> avios.com is a very real possibility in the near future. The 2 UK Avios schemes seem to like maintaining the semi-pretence that they are separate schemes & it would be completely expected IMV if a very similar bonus conversion opportunity pops up in the next few months.

      • Jason says:

        I already have too many Avios to know what to do with them as I couldn’t spend them, for the first time in 5 years, and booked 4 seats on Etihad, on the 380, 2 in F and 2 in J.
        My November tesco points went to Hilton via the virgin bonus and this quarter’s points are earmarked for virgin to Hilton again, or when a virgin bonus appears.
        I had spent 320k Avios on 4 J to Doha on the 380, pre devaluation, but when I cancelled to book Qatar OSL to MLE in their sale( £740 in J) I found out they had changed it to a A320.

  • Mark says:

    BA do have a similar offer if u click through, but theirs says 1 entry for every £5 converted. Which would imply the two prize draws are being held independently.

  • Tilly71 says:

    Do you really think they will hold another clubcard promo considering BA only held one a few months ago?

  • harry says:

    O/T but free Avios on IB store might be back, not sure if you need to actually buy anything or not – might be enough to simply register same as last time. Maybe a couple of us could check it out, though since I already registered for the free Avios last time, they might ‘see’ the same IB a/c and not pay out. I could only see it when logged in as Spain/ Spanish, and site a bit trickty to open (as is frequent with IB!) Not sure if they are cute enough to work out non-Spanish IP addresses.

    Vas a sumar
    165 Avios comprando en:
    Amazon BuyVIP

    Amazon BuyVIP

    165 Avios

    Amazon BuyVIP es un club de compras que ofrece a sus miembros hasta el 70% de descuento sobre el precio de venta recomendado en primeras marcas de moda, accesorios, electrónica, hogar y belleza.

    El objetivo de Amazon BuyVIP es ofrecer a sus socios un espacio donde puedan realizar sus compras de una manera fácil y sencilla. Esto incluye entre otras cosas una suscripción gratuita, envíos a numerosos destinos dentro de Europa y procesos de pago donde la transacción no se realiza a menos que el envío sea realizado.

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    Únicamente para usuarios en España: la generación de registros desde IP extranjeras no es permitido.
    Dicha recompensa es por darte de alta en Amazon Buy VIP, y no por las compras que hagas.
    Los premios y beneficios excluyen IVA y gastos de envío.

    • Tom H says:

      Harry did you ever get the extra points from IB store for purchasing the Groupon offer? I.e the extra 10 points per euro spent?

      • harry says:

        No – not the extra points. I’m chilled about that, though – as I got the emails for the 4x 12000 ‘buys’ (I screwed up on the 2000 🙂 ). Says we might need to wait 40 days, which is about now.

        Did you not get these emails? –
        Estimado/a harry,

        Groupon ES nos ha informado que realizó una compra el 16/12/15 y que los Avios correspondientes se encuentran pendientes de aprobación.

        Marca:
        Groupon ES Avios: 2384
        ID de la compra: 17291XXX

        Tenga en cuenta que la aprobación puede tardar hasta 40 días desde la fecha en que se realizó la compra. Además, sus compras se rigen por los términos y condiciones de la marca Groupon ES.

        Cordialmente,

        IberiaPluStore

  • mart says:

    Damn I had factored in a Virgin bonus into travel plans.
    Even 10% would make me happy

    • Thomas says:

      Virgin emailed with 20% bonus on transfers now ..

      • Boi says:

        I just got the 20% bonus email as well. Now I am torn….I have a lot more earning potential with BA but was thinking of building a virgin “pot”.

        How often do Virgin have 4 or more upper class reward seats to anywhere?

      • Danksy says:

        Earn an extra 20% bonus miles* when you choose to convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Flying Club miles between 1 February and 14 March 2016, and bring those dream destinations a little closer.

        Why not also treat yourself to 1,000 bonus miles at the same time? Simply choose to Auto Convert your points and watch your miles reach new heights with every shop**.

        With so many miles up for grabs, it won’t be long before your everyday shop ends up taking you somewhere extraordinary.

        The Flying Club team

  • Tilly71 says:

    I never got my fee IB points from last time, I can’t seem to unsubscribe from the emails too.

    • Mark says:

      Yes, they won’t let go of you for emails, will they?! Ignore all unsubscribe requests, and even seem to have a way of getting past my giving them junk status in Thunderbird too…

    • Ian says:

      Always use a spare email account that you can just delete.

  • Guy says:

    Whats the consensus here?

    Auto convert clubcard points to avios/virgin/ba.

    Or get the vouchers and wait for a bonus?

    Thanks

    • harry says:

      Consensus here is NEVER autoconvert except to receive a bonus – and then only with a small quarterly ‘earn’ of Tesco clubcard points.

      Autoconversion is otherwise pointless.

      Not for us as we are both on 30K again 🙂

      • Guy says:

        Thanks Harry

      • SingingDwarf says:

        30k already? That’s some going, just a couple of days into the new quarter!

        • Tilly71 says:

          Near on impossible to have 30k clubcard already. Do you mean 30k on each account still to be converted from points to vouchers from last Q.

          • Jason says:

            Not impossible, I did 28.5k points in one day last November 🙂 with the help of a few coupons and a helpful CS!

          • Tilly71 says:

            I wasn’t saying in general it’s not possible just not in this new quarter as there’s nothing really around worth getting for the bonus points. If your prepared to spend a considerable amount of outlay you can do 30k in a day but it would be expensive.

        • harry says:

          Oh right – is it the new quarter already? 🙂

      • Naf says:

        Auto convert is useless unless u still get the grandfathered 800 Avios per £2.50. Or has that finished now?

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