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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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  • Joe says:

    Just got this in an email from Virgin:

    As you’ve previously chosen to Auto Convert, we’re giving you an additional 20% bonus miles on your converted Tesco Clubcard points this month*.

    With all the extra miles you’ll have coming your way, your everyday shopping really could have you whisked away to your dream destination in no time.

  • sandgrounder says:

    Just had an email from Virgin:

    ‘Dear Sandgrounder,

    As you’ve previously chosen to Auto Convert, we’re giving you an additional 20% bonus miles on your converted Tesco Clubcard points this month*.

    With all the extra miles you’ll have coming your way, your everyday shopping really could have you whisked away to your dream destination in no time.

    The Flying Club team’

  • BlueHorizonUK says:

    Virgin email gone to everyone (not just previous auto-converters) 20% bonus

    • Janeyferr says:

      Just came back to say so…

      “Bring your next getaway a little closer, and earn an extra 20% bonus miles*, when you convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Flying Club miles between 1 February and 14 March 2016.

      You could even earn a 1,000 mile boost to your account when you choose to Auto Convert**. This automatically turns all your future Tesco Clubcard points into Flying Club miles, meaning that you can kick back and watch your balance hit new heights with every shop. “

  • Peter Kemp says:

    Boo. I though I might be the first with the (open to all) Virgin 20% boost. I was late by a country mile!!

  • idrive says:

    ok, I think I need to get a girlfriend…I got so many Avios, 241s, Virgin Upgrade vouchers, hotel upgrades…full package to travel in style that all this as a solo traveler is no good! 🙂
    What would you do with 200k Virgin Miles? Convert to Hilton (Diamond!) ?

    • harry says:

      Similar situation – well, 100K and I’m married lol – in fact a totally dissimilar situation 🙂 – but I can’t use my Virgin points.

      They’re a damn nuisance actually. I have to keep buying something through Virgin every 3 years to keep the a/c live.

    • Fenny says:

      *waves* 😉

    • Jbird says:

      Happy to take them off you…..I need 17000 🙂 lol

  • Sheena says:

    question.
    I too got the email saying that as I guava previously chosen to autoconvert clubcard points to tesco I get 20% bonus. Problem is I took it back off autoconvert so I could convert manually when there was a bonus. If I manually converted now would I get the bonus or not?

  • Sheena says:

    Has anyone tried this yet or had anything confirmed with airmiles as my email says nothing about converting within certain dates?

  • Liz says:

    OT has anyone else had their accelerate bonus increased – my target was to 5 of 6 items which I can easily do this time to get an achievement bonus of 23k and 84k in total which I thought was good – I’ve logged in today to see if my recent points purchase has tracked yet and my achievement bonus is now showing 36k and 97k in total for 5 out 6 tasks – I’m not complaining but has anyone else had this?!

    • Globetrotter7 says:

      Yep. After reading your post I logged into my account and noticed my achievement bonus has increased from 27,400 to 31000. Not a big increas but still something

      • Liz says:

        Let’s hope they don’t reduce it again ! Think I’ll take a screen shot tomorrow!

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