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Win 1 million Avios if you convert Tesco vouchers into avios.com this quarter

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If you convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Avios, you are probably doing it via British Airways Executive Club.

As I wrote 10 days, British Airways is running a competition this quarter:

For every £5 in Tesco Clubcard vouchers you exchange for Avios by midnight 31 May 2016, you’ll receive one entry into a prize draw, which includes a pair of Club Europe return flights and three nights in a 4* hotel, in either Chania, Crete; Biarritz, France; Palermo, Sicily or Menorca, Spain — some of our new summer short haul destinations.

You can find more details on the ‘Tesco to British Airways’ page of tesco.com here.

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I didn’t find this hugely exciting although, if you won, it is a pleasant prize.

avios.com has now launched its own competition.

This is what avios.com has on offer:

We’ve got 1 million Avios to give away to one lucky winner, plus 24 prizes of 25,000 Avios and a further 100 prizes of 9,000 Avios. To be in with a chance of winning simply exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios between 16 May-16 June 2016. For every £2.50 you exchange you’ll receive one prize draw entry.

I think this is a better competition than the British Airways one.  The top prize is certainly more valuable and you then have another 124 prizes to go for.  The other 124 prizes are also worth having, which is not always the case.

You can see the competition featured on the avios.com website here.

It is NOT currently mentioned on the Clubcard to avios.com conversion page, but I doubt you have to worry about given that avios.com is promoting it so openly.

Of course, if you don’t need the Avios for immediate use then there is nothing to lose by keeping your Clubcard vouchers as they are until next quarter.  You never know when an Avios conversion bonus, or even a great offer with a new partner, may materialise.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 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 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 Preferred Rewards Gold

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

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

50,000 points bonus until 2nd October – 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

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 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 (35)

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  • Tom says:

    Damn it, I just changed a huge load of Clubcard points to BA and this would have been a great competition to enter..

  • harry says:

    I’m quite tempted to give the avios.com comp a go. I’ve managed to pick up £900 in Tesco vouchers since I converted everything in November, So I/we would get 360 entries. If I thought that would give me a 5% chance of winning, I think I’d give it a go.

    What do you think? Do most people convert to BAEC by default? (there are good reasons to do this in preference to avios.com).

    Can a quarter’s total Tesco conversions to avios.com really be as low as £20,000?

    • harry says:

      Silly me, I’ve forgotten there are multiple prizes on offer. 125 in fact. That’s much better in the odds dept 🙂

      • harry says:

        OK last time round (November) we got a 20% bonus – £100 = 28,800 instead of 24,000.

        Ordinarily my £900 currently = 216,000 Avios. I’d be wanting to get prizes amounting to 20% bonus – otherwise I’d rather hang onto them.

        So I’m looking to win at least 43,200. I’d have to win (say) 1x 25,000 + 2 x 9,000 prizes.

        What are the odds of me doing that with 360 entries? If only I knew 🙂

        • Yuff says:

          Harry how are you going to do so many entries, each entry uses a voucher unless they give you an entry per £2.50 of vouchers.
          I converted February’s quarter all to virgin in anticipation of going back to Rangali for 10 nights, which we won’t be doing. Now stuck with 400k virgin miles and 350k Hilton points 🙁
          If the competition is per £2.50 I might do a 100 entries.

    • Arun T says:

      How on earth do you accumulate so many clubcard points?!

      • harry says:

        30K limit each per quarter, wife & mygoodself both collect when we shop @ Tesco, we need to burn 150K Avios per annum so it’s worth keeping eyes peeled for the offers.

        • Mike says:

          There’s not many high yield points offers around at the moment, you may well be struggling for your 30k next quarter.

          • harry says:

            Often starts out that way. I’m making a conscious effort not to order wine from Tesco at the mo, so that was over 6x 1000 more points we could have had last Q. I reckon that’ll be repeated this Q.

    • Callum says:

      With millions of members (I can’t find a current total but it was 8 million ten years ago), I think your 5% chance is wildly optimistic! That would require less than 0.1% of the membership to get 1 entry or less on average each (assuming my rough maths is accurate, which is a big if!).

      • TGLoyalty says:

        But it’s narrowed down as is only those Avios.com members who collect through tesco and have converted this May

      • Fenny says:

        I would think that only a fairly small proportion of CC members convert to Avios. Most people I know either go for money off their shopping, or double up instore deals. Both of which are fairly poor conversions, but it’s what they want to use their points for.

  • Kathy says:

    O/T did anyone see the latest Virgin Flying Club prize draw they emailed? Win 2 economy flights to anywhere in the world where Virgin fly – but the t&cs say:

    16. Prizes do not include any applicable passenger taxes, fees, charges and surcharges, which will be charged to and payable by each passenger. The amount of these is subject to change.

    How much are the taxes and fees on economy tickets? Because this is looking like a pretty rubbish prize to me….

    • Rob says:

      I didn’t see that – I stopped reading at ‘economy flights’! If they include fuel surcharges under taxes it could be 70% of the cash value of the flight at low season …

      • TGLoyalty says:

        My exact thought, economy! I’m not going to change my holiday plans to sit in economy

        • Kathy says:

          Two genuinely free economy flights to anywhere that Virgin flies would be a good prize for people who aren’t frequent business fliers, though – but this isn’t even offering that! It’s more like a 30-50% discount on an economy ticket, depending on the time of year you fly.

  • George says:

    Does anyone know when/how do clubcard points expire?

    • harry says:

      2 years ISTR

    • harry says:

      check online, ie by logging into your T clubcard a/c – it will give you expiry dates

      you can easily extend expiry dates by another 2 yrs

  • Dom says:

    Have any readers on here actually won one of the recent avios/ba conversion competitions?

    • Frenske says:

      It feels like betting on the Grand National on the worst horse. But heck I put 2x£2.50 on it. At least I get something out of it.

      Yes, last year a HfP reader won the big price.

  • Fuggi says:

    God knows I will probably never get it, but hey there’s £10 of clubcard vouchers for Avios just to make myself comfortable that I definitely wouldn’t have got it!
    Thanks for the heads up Raffles

  • harry says:

    Remember if you’re heading abroad that you can’t (officially) access your Tesco a/c outside UK. So convert & enter the comps now!

    Off to our place in the sun on Friday! Already hitting 30C

    • Genghis says:

      Nice. I’m in Dubai with work currently and it’s way too hot for me. Looking forward to getting back to Blighty for the long weekend… I still don’t understand why people come to Dubai on holiday. Yes there’s sun but there’s no culture, no buzz about the place…

      • Rob says:

        We saw The Sound of Music at the Madinat Theatre at Easter 🙂

      • harry says:

        My 30C (in Europe) is very dry & pleasant. OTOH ME/ SE Asian humidity is a bit oppressive. I remember when I worked in Hong Kong, going from the hotel to the office was a few minutes walk & you’d be drenched in sweat. Qatar was even worse. Just going from our house to the car (which already had the aircon on for about 20 minutes) was like going swimming.

  • Billy says:

    Anyone figure how to link the avois points from Tesco to their avois account? It doesn’t ask you for your avois number or anything.

    • harry says:

      Sure it does, look more carefully as if you miss it, Avios will just set up a new a/c for you and you’ll have a right mess on your hands

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