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Last chance: Avios from Tesco gift cards, Avios from LEGO, Avios from Diamond Club credit card

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We will shortly be saying goodbye to three generous Avios collection opportunities.  If you want to take advantage, this weekend is the time to do so.

Last day for 360 Avios per £50 Tesco gift cards

On Sunday, Tesco is ending its longest running – and possibly most generous – promotion.

You currently receive 150 bonus Clubcard points, worth 360 Avios or 375 Flying Club miles, for every £50 you spend on third-party gift cards at Tesco.  Third party means that you can’t buy Tesco’s own gift cards or those for any Tesco subsidiary company.

You can stock up on M&S, Starbucks, book tokens, iTunes, Next, New Look, Costa or whatever else your local store has to offer.

Remember that Next gift cards can be used to pay off Next Directory accounts – see this article.

If you are in a Tesco this weekend, you should seriously consider dropping £50 or £100 of gift cards into your trolley whilst you still can.

Last day for 3,600 Avios when you spend £75 on LEGO Friends

There has been a generous Tesco Direct promotion on LEGO Friends running this week.  It ends on Sunday.

As you can see on this page, you will receive 1500 bonus Clubcard points when you spend £75 on LEGO Friends before Sunday  That is worth 3600 Avios or 3750 Virgin Flying Club miles.

That means you are basically getting the LEGO for half price if you value the Avios points or Virgin miles at 1p each.

Even better, code TDX-PKMH gets you £10 off a £75 Tesco Direct spend.  The snag, though, is that you need to spend £75 after the discount to get the 1500 Clubcard points.  This means that you need to buy £85 of LEGO Friends, for which you pay £75 and get 1500 points.

Oddly – and I tested this – you cannot buy £75 of LEGO Friends and £10 of something else and then apply the £10 coupon.  It wipes off your bonus points.  There needs to be £85 of LEGO Friends in your basket.

Last chance to spend on your bmi Diamond Club credit card

If you do decide to buy any of the items above, make sure you pay on your bmi Diamond Club credit card.

These cards stop accruing Avios points on 30th September.  However, the transaction must have posted to your card statement by the 30th.

As the timing of this is outside your control, I would ensure that any major purchases you intend to make with the card are completed by Sunday.  This gives them 5 days to hit your statement which should be fine.

Comments (78)

  • James says:

    OT – Is it possible to book a reward flight for someone else using your own avios and BAEC account?

  • needroos says:

    OT – Any recommendations for travel agencies to attempt to book fares found on ITA Matrix?

    • roger says:

      No recommendation,,,but you can try trailfinders….particularly if you have Amex offer.
      On my test flight which costed £1500 or so on ITA matrxis…was about £100 dearer when I try to do a dummy booking by phone.

    • Clive says:

      Try Propeller

  • Denis says:

    O/T: Do you know when 3000 Virgin miles will post after the first wine delivery?


  • Liz says:

    OT: sorry for OT question – but looking to book a virgin flight for next year one way UC one way using Virgin upgrade vouchers in PE. Do you only get access to the Clubhouse at Heathrow if you are flying out UC or could you get in if your out leg is in PE but return is UC on the same ticket? I suspect not – return flight is going to be on the 787 which I fancied in UC but also want to go to the Clubhouse at Heathrow.

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  • Boi says:

    This thing is doing my head in trying to figure out best deal… Tesco or Argos 3for2?

  • TGLoyalty says:

    I think I’m done gutted its over was one of my best routes to extra clubcard, lets hope theres atleast something rather than nothing, otherwise Tesco won’t be seeing much of me.

    Appliances for a kitchen from Currys, they are actually the cheapest with current promos so stroke of luck I remembered to look and found s store with £100 cards, cleaned out 🙂
    M&S till at least the end of the year
    Netflix sorted for a year
    Few £ for Starbucks, not a fan myself but family are.
    Few to use at the local
    Even managed to get a few £100 Amazon for my prime renewal and usual amazon shops, gutted they started doing them too late 🙁

  • Alex W says:

    Just bought £500 Amazon and £60 Nandos 🙂 can confirm a single £100 voucher earns 2 x 150 CC points.

    • Genghis says:

      When did Tesco start selling Amazon vouchers? Gutted I can’t take advantage as I spend shed loads at Amazon

      • TGLoyalty says:

        First time I’d seen them today, none of the other 3 I’ve visited the last couple days had them.

        Even if they move to base points for the spend rather than 150 it’s worth a walk now and again. I’ll be there over the next few weeks as I’ve got some money off vouchers.

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