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No Tesco / Avios conversion bonus …. but a competition instead

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The current Clubcard collection quarter ended on 21st July.  Your vouchers will start to drop through your letterbox, or into your online account, very soon.

Anyone holding out for a ‘Tesco to Avios’ conversion bonus is going to be disappointed (again).

British Airways has dug up a very modest carrot to persuade you to convert your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios via this quarter:

Who’d have thought your Tesco shop could send you on the holiday you’ve been dreaming of this summer? Well, from 1 – 31 August, Avios are giving away 1,000,000 points, as well as 10 prizes of 10,000 points – so you could be seeing a lot more of the world this summer.

Simply exchange a minimum of £5 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Avios throughout August, to be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes.

And if you already choose to have your Tesco Clubcard vouchers exchanged to Avios, there’s no need to worry, you’ll be entered into the competition automatically.

It’s not hugely exciting, especially as the odds of winning are small.  Entry is automatic, it seems, so at least you don’t have to go to any specific effort to enter.

Note that Northern Ireland residents will not be entered due to the odd competition entry rules enforced over there. may still launch a different promotion but it is highly unlikely that they would launch a bonus when British Airways did not.  

Virgin Atlantic may run a bonus but, based on recent experience, if they do it will be something modest like 20%.

The Tesco to British Airways conversion page is here.

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

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 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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (73)

  • G Andrews says:

    Off topic – Does anyone know if they scan Amex Plat cards for entry to the Eurostar Lounge? I’ve used it before and cannot remember, but have since cancelled my card! Thought it may be worth a try. Thanks

  • Steve R says:

    I haven’t seen anything yet other than here about the 20% bonus for Virgin

  • Tilly71 says:

    Was posted elsewhere by raffles also yesterday but nothing official from clubcard or VA.

  • Simon says:

    The details of the Avios competiton are on the Avios website now, I think below are the important rules.

    To enter the prize draw the Eligible participant must exchange a minimum of £2.50 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers between 1/8/2016 and 14/8/2016. For every £2.50 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers that are exchanged, Eligible Participants will receive one entry into the prize draw.

    If you are part of the Tesco Clubcard auto-opt-in scheme, you will automatically receive one entry per day into the draw for every £2.50 Tesco Clubcard points converted into Avios between 6/5/2016 and 21/7/2016. (“Eligible Period”).

    There will be 10 (ten) winners drawn per day to receive 18,000 Avios each (Eighteen Thousand) for the Eligible Period from the Avios UK Programme.

  • Andy S says:

    any idea how long from converting until avios appearing? I’ve not seen anything arrive at BA after 3 days, yet virgin always arrive the next day.

    • Andrew* says:

      My wife and I both did conversions yesterday and points posted the same day!

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