As I wrote last week, Tesco has extended its gift card promotion for another few weeks. Until 16th October, you will receive 75 Clubcard points – which convert into 180 Avios or 187 Virgin Flying Club miles – for every £25 you spend on third party gift cards at Tesco.
These purchases can be made either in-store or via the Tesco online gift card shop.
This extension coincides with a major change in Tesco gift card policy. It is now stocking John Lewis / Waitrose and Amazon gift cards.
Here are a couple of things you need to know:
You cannot buy Amazon or John Lewis gift cards from the Tesco online gift card store – only in person, in-store
The John Lewis / Waitrose cards are only branded as John Lewis as you can see from the picture. However, the small print on the back confirms that they can be used in Waitrose. They can also be used at johnlewis.com.
Amazon gift cards do not need to be used for a specific purchase. You can add them to your Amazon account as a credit balance and the money sits there until you next buy something. Future purchases are deducted from your credit balance first with any balance charged to a credit card.
In order to add Amazon gift cards to your Amazon account, you need to visit this page of the Amazon website and input the gift card number.
I imagine that Amazon and John Lewis gift cards will remain a permanent part of the Tesco gift card range. However, we cannot be certain that Tesco will continue to offer 75 bonus Clubcard points per £25 spent on gift cards after 16th October.
If you are a heavy Waitrose, John Lewis or Amazon shopper, it is worth picking up whatever gift cards you can from Tesco over the next few weeks.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.