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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.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 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.

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

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

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 £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 (72)

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  • Scott says:

    Have we ever heard of anyone “winning” anything on these conversion competitions?

  • Ed says:

    T’s & C’s seem to imply double competition entries per £5 for those auto converting

  • Allan says:

    Avios promotion is 2.5 million Avios.

    “Exchange your Tesco Clubcard vouchers for Avios and be in with a chance to win 18,000 Avios in our prize draw.

    That’s enough for a return flight for two to Venice, Barcelona or Florence* – or one of 46 other European destinations. There are 10 prizes of 18,000 Avios to be won every day for two weeks – 140 prizes altogether.

    For every £2.50 in Clubcard vouchers you exchange you’ll get 600 Avios, and we’ll enter you into the prize draw. You can enter as many times as you want. Visit between 01/08/2016 and 14/08/16 to enter the prize draw.”

    • Erico1875 says:

      Since when was Venice ,Florence and Barcelona 18k for 2 rtn? I’m sure these are 15k rtn pp (30k)

    • Worzel says:

      Allan(6:48 am), those are the t&cs

      BA t&cs:

      1. To enter the prize draw the Eligible Participant must exchange a minimum of £5 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers between 1/08/2016 and 31/08/2016. For every £5.00 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers that are exchanged, Eligible Participants will receive one entry into the draw.

      2. If you are part of the Tesco Clubcard ‘auto-opt-in’ scheme, Eligible Participants will automatically receive double entries into the draw for every 500 points exchanged into Avios between 15/07/2016 and 15/08/2016.

      3. There are 11 (eleven) prizes in total for 11 winners from the BAEC.

      4. Prizes consist of: 10 (ten) x 10,000 (ten thousand) Avios and 1 (one) x 1,000,000 (one million) Avios;

      • Genghis says:

        I think it was more of a response to Raffles not being aware of the Avios promo.

      • Alan says:

        Yep, I think that’s why he started the post with saying the promo was 2.5m Avios 😛

        • Worzel says:

          Problem was me not reading the post properly! Well done Allan for pointing out the promotion, Worz.

  • Andrew Stock says:

    The days of Tesco conversation bonus are history.

    How long will avios at Tesco last with the current supermarket price war?

    • harry says:

      Got inside information or just guessing?

      The last Tesco conversion bonus was November 2015 so I suppose you are technically correct, it was 8 months ago and that is now history.

    • Frenske says:

      I don’t think we have to worry about that. There are some relatively better redemption options available at Tesco e.g. look in the days-out section where you can find easily 4x value redemption also some food redemption are much more worth than then the Avios one.

      • Jonty says:

        It’s not entirely transparent when you really get 2x, 3x, 4x value, maybe it’s time for a spin-off site covering Tesco points, maybe nectar, too…

        • Brian says:

          Excellent idea. :)) We could call it Shopping Points or something similar….Must be a market for it – just need to find a German girl to write some copy for it…

    • Gavin says:

      I can’t see who would be the other BA supermarket partner other than Tesco, assuming they wouldn’t return to Sainsburys. Morrisons and Asda don’t have enough stores and are a bit downmarket (but then again so is BA these days!), Waitrose is too geographically centred on the SE (but then again so is BA these days), M and S can’t decide who their target customer is (just like BA) and Lidl and Aldi are arguably the Easyjet and Ryanair of the supermarkets!

      • Andrew Stock says:

        To me Waitrose would be the perfect fit, however Waitrose would have to make significant changes to my waitrose

        • Callum says:

          Waitrose would be a terrible fit with the vast majority of the population never setting foot inside it, let alone spending significant sums that would justify collecting Avios.

          While some like to believe it’s an exclusive hobby for the well off, BA rather obviously likes the mass market.

    • Will says:

      They are history as long as we don’t get a recession.

      They were very frequent back around ’09 when I started this little hobby, if BA struggle they’ll be back.

  • FlyingChris says:

    Did anyone win anything from last quarters ‘one million Avios’ competition for Clubcard redemptions? As someone who went ‘all in’ on a sizeable conversion (needed for a redemption) had fingers crossed might have been in with a shot at one of the 125 prizes. Alas, wasn’t to be – but did anyone here get lucky?

    • harry says:

      similar to you & no

      funny how nobody ever seems to win

      • Rob says:

        See link above!

        • harry says:

          missing the point I was talking about prizes on the Tesco —> Avios conversion comps

          somebody above said they got a small prize, I guess

  • s879 says:

    Can i tick the automatic opt in now and then convert? Will I be in the prize draw? I need to covert a small amount soon so don’t want to wait till 01/08.

  • Joe says:

    Im still hopeful i will return. As i don’t need the avios just yet might as well wait and pray for BA profits to dip more and force them to boost their promos with their partners.

  • Tony says:

    Targeted promotion received 1 club card point per £ spent on the Tesco Premium credit card *if* £5000 is spent on the card in a year (5000 point bonus on spend). Tesco finance must be hurting, our spend is down from £1K per month to under £100.

    • Rob says:

      That isn’t targetted, that is the standard offer (and the spend must all be in Tesco) – unless your offer is something different.

      Tesco does not like to make this clear. When the card was launched, the information I was sent happened to forget to mention the ‘(all the spend must be in Tesco)’ small print ….

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