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News in brief: launches its own Tesco conversion competition

We have already seen the competition launched by British Airways to encourage Avios transfers to British Airways Executive Club this quarter.  One person will win 1,000,000 Avios whilst 10 will win 10,000 points. has now launched its own competition.

This competition looks more generous so you may want to transfer your Clubcard vouchers into this quarter and move them across to BA via ‘Combine My Avios’.

Between 1st and 14th August, 10 people PER DAY will win 18,000 Avios points.  This means that there are 13 x more winners than with the BA competition.

You receive one entry for every £2.50 you exchange into Avios points via  The link to convert is here.


Earn 1,200 Avios via Tesco with PayQwiq

If you are based in London or Edinburgh, you can earn 1,200 Avios points by signing up to the PayQwiq app and using it to make five purchases at Tesco before 16th October.

Full details are in this Shopper Points article from yesterday.   If you live elsewhere in the country then you miss out, but Tesco is hoping to launch PayQwiq nationwide soon.

Etihad A380

Etihad to go ‘all A380’ this Autumn from Heathrow

According to this Business Traveller report, 20 of the 21 weekly Etihad flights a week from Heathrow will be operated by an A380 from 18th November.

This is presumably to bring the airline in line with Emirates which has a 100% A380 Heathrow service.

As I wrote, the Business Class Studio on the Etihad A380 is, in my view, the best business class seat out there.  Whilst I found the First Class Apartment to be too large (!) when I flew it, it also remains an amazing product to try.

As well as using Etihad Guest miles – they have a UK credit card and it is an American Express Membership Rewards and Heathrow Rewards partner – you can also book Etihad redemptions using American Airlines miles.

My plan for the Winter is to do an Emirates First Class / Etihad First Class comparison trip (yeah, I know, tough life) which would also let me visit the new Etihad First Class Lounge in Abu Dhabi.

Earning Flying Blue miles from credit cards

How to earn Etihad Guest miles from UK credit cards (July 2021)

Etihad Guest does not have a UK credit card.  However, you can earn Etihad Guest miles by converting Membership Rewards points earned from selected UK American Express cardsThese are:

Membership Rewards points convert at 1:1 into Etihad Guest miles which is an attractive rate.  The cards above all earn 1 Membership Rewards point per £1 spent on your card, which converts to 1 Etihad Guest mile. The Gold card earns double points (2 per £1) on all flights you charge to it.

Etihad Guest is also a partner with the HSBC Premier Mastercard (0.5 miles per £1 spent) and HSBC Premier World Elite Mastercard (1 mile per £1 spent).

Comments (45)

  • Crapo says:

    Because the competition is 10 people a day with the clubcard points conversion, is it worth converting some everyday between now and the 14th?

    • Rob says:

      Logically no, because you still get the same number of entries overall.

      However …. some days will see fewer conversions than other days. If you take a guess as to which days will have the fewest conversions then that would increase your chance of winning. I get a feeling that people convert fairly quickly fter receiving their vouchers though and we don’t know over how many days Tesco mails them out.

      • Crapo says:

        But if your conversion only counts towards those one of the 10 people on that day, if you blow them all in one day, then you don’t go towards the 10 the next day? Or do you get entered to be one of the ten everyday, just from one conversion?

        If I have a £10 voucher on Tescos and I convert just £2.50 to Avios a day, will they credit the other £7.50 back as vouchers?

        • Genghis says:

          My reading is that you get one entry into that day’s competition per £2.50 exchanged so if you have a set amount you want to exchange, you get the same entries overall. If you convert them all on one day, then obviously you’ll have more chance of winning on that particular day (but no chance of winning on other days). By spreading out your conversions, you have less a chance of winning on every day. What I would do would be to convert all just before the end of the period (I think the busiest times would be right at the start of the period and at the very end). But then maybe everyone has this idea…

          What is for certain though is that any unused portion of vouchers are returned as points – ie you spend £2.50 of a £10 voucher and 750 points are refunded – which are then converted again into vouchers next Quarter (early Nov 16).

  • Liz says:

    OT: if you convert erewards to IHG do you have to wait 30, 60 or 90 days before you can convert again – I know Hilton is 90 days ? Does anyone know?

  • Crapo says:

    Why is it 1200 points for payQwik? The article says 5 x 100 points?

    • Genghis says:

      The 500 clubcard points convert to 1,200 avios (2.4 conversion factor)

  • mark2 says:

    My purchase of a Moneycard is now on my Amex Platinum account and has earned points and no surcharge, so I assume is a purchase.

  • oliver anderson says:

    Thanks for your response Alan.

    I’ve got my clubcard account set up to transfer points to avios automatically. Is that a no no amongst travel hackers? I’ve noticed there being additional points for converting in the past and now there is a competition. Am I losing out by doing this? I have a BA and avios account so it would be no problem to wait (i.e. not have the automatic convertion) and convert the vouchers when there is an offer or competition.

    • Stephen says:

      The consensus I think would probably be to leave them with Tesco and that way you have options of using them in other (non-avios) ways if there’s a particular offer that’s good for you with Tesco or saving them in the hope of a transfer bonus at some point in the future. Personally I think I earn too few with Tesco to bother so have it set to autoconvert to BA.

      • Alan says:

        Hi Oliver – I’d agree with Stephen’s assessment above, probably better to not autoconvert (apart from switching it on and off to get VS bonuses) and instead pick and choose offers/deals as they suit.

  • Cuchlainn says:

    Query to the knowledgeable HfPs as BAEC and Avios don’t like their Northern Irish cousins in these 2 Tesco conversion competitions – £50 to convert from Tesco vouchers – BAEC or Avios ?
    (Bearing in mind I have household accounts for both BAEC and Avios)

    • mark2 says:

      IMO there is no difference, except that you enter your BAEC account number whereas for Avios they try to match name, address etc. which is fine after the first time.

  • Gin and Tonic Please says:

    I received an email from Tesco today promoting the PayQwiq offer. Will forward it on to you, Rob.

  • w says:

    More importantly: has anyone won yet? 🙂

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