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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 ba.com 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.

Avios.com 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.


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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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  • RW says:

    OT

    Did anyone else who used the Travel Zoo £25 Eurostar voucher for one way journeys have their bookings cancelled by Eurostar? They claimed it had to be redeemed by against a return booking. I checked Travel Zoo’s terms and conditions and it made no mention of that.

    • rams1981 says:

      i ended up booking a return and have not heard back yet. I used 4 vouchers in the same booking too…

      • RW says:

        I pretty much immediately rebooked as I couldn’t afford to miss travel at those times.
        When I doubled checked the Travel Zoo terms & conditions there was no requirement to redeem it against a return booking.

        Travel Zoo asked for screen shots of the T&C’s, the difference in price between my original bookings and my rebookings before they offer to refund more than just the cost of the vouchers. If they fob me off, I’ll go back to Eurostar, failing that I’ll tweet both of them publicly.

        Seems to me they meant to add in a clause about return bookings only, didn’t and now I’m paying for it.

    • Fenny says:

      I ordered 2 vouchers, as I was looking at a weekend in Paris in August. But because you then had to redeem the codes to get the vouchers, which took more than the 24 hrs stated, the Eurostar sale finished before I got the activations through and I cancelled them. But what I saw said they had to be used for a return journey.

      “What’s included

      A £25 Eurostar voucher
      How to book: Your Travelzoo voucher will contain a unique voucher code, which must be redeemed on the Eurostar website. Once redeemed, you will receive an email containing your £25 Eurostar voucher, which can be used against any booking made on the Eurostar website.
      Please note: All bookings must be for a return journey. Vouchers must be redeemed and travel must be booked by 20 July, 2016.”

      • RW says:

        When did you purchase? When I purchased (x1) on the 12th of July and (x2) on the 14th July, under what’s included, and what I can still see on the cached page is:
        “What’s included

        A £25 Eurostar voucher
        How to book: Your Travelzoo voucher will contain a unique voucher code, which must be redeemed on the Eurostar website. Once redeemed, you will receive an email containing your £25 Eurostar voucher, which can be used against any booking made on the Eurostar website. Vouchers must be redeemed and travel must be booked by 20 July, 2016.”

        As far as I can tell, they’ve moved the goal posts after I’ve purchased.

        • Fenny says:

          I bought mine on 15 July. I thought I’d seen someone here say they were valid for single trips, which is why I bought 2. Then when I read the details, it said return trip. So it does look like they’ve added the bit about return trips. I was looking at the offer of £59 single in standard premium and thinking that £50 off a return would be a nice saving.

  • James67 says:

    Didn’t the last tesco conversion bonus follow a week or two after the usual competition? If so there may still be some hope.

  • mark2 says:

    Presumably Virgin will be offering something soon (I hope as I need to convert via them to HHonors).

  • Neil says:

    My points have just posted to Virgin with a 20% bonus.

    • Genghis says:

      Was this from last time?

      • Neil says:

        They can’t be – this is the first time I’ve auto posted to Virgin

        • harry says:

          Could it be – – – true?

          20% conversion bonus?

          Tesco —> Virgin?

          Is that what you’re saying, man?

          (Sure it’s not just your 1000 extra?)

          • Mycity says:

            Yep 20% auto convert from Virgin on my account alao

          • harry says:

            Newsflash! 20% bonus on Tesco —> Virgin this quarter!

          • Neil says:

            Yep that’s what I’m saying – there’s a separate entry with narrative “20% auto dep bonus”

          • harry says:

            and still time to set it up before the quarter ends, Raffles?

          • harry says:

            if we can get you out of the Moulin Rouge, I guess

  • Tilly71 says:

    If your previous Q points have not converted yet to vouchers, can you still get auto convert if i pressed the button now?

  • Tilly71 says:

    Ive just done it anyway, if it does not auto convert over i havnt lost anything im thinking

  • Burd says:

    O/T – has anyone received the Iberia Plus avios from the latest Groupon ES deal?

  • Nick Haley says:

    O/T re: Curve. Anyone been blocked / asked to re-tell them their business details for ‘non-business’ spending? I just have been identified for allegedly doing this – but interestingly all you’re asked to confirm is what you do for a living?

    • Rob says:

      Yes, I know 2 others who had the same email this week.

      • Nick Haley says:

        Interesting. Wonder if it’s a legal requirement under their license? (If that’s a thing?) Otherwise why police it?

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