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How to earn 7 Avios per £1 shopping at Waitrose, John Lewis and Amazon

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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.

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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

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 points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (173)

  • Boris says:

    That seems to me to be less than Interflora are overpriced by.

  • Hugo says:

    Nevermind… I got my math wrong… lol

  • Aceman says:

    What happens to residual amounts in gift cards on Amazon and Waitrose?

    • Rob says:

      Waitrose – the tills can mix gift card remnants and cash

      Amazon – if you load the entire amount of the gift card onto your acccount (instructions in the article) it will use up your gift card balance first and then automatically charge any remaining cost to your credit card

  • Guy says:

    Quick question for Raffles and/or anyone who’s bought gift cards in-store at tesco already:

    e.g. If I spend £75 on amazon/john lewis gift cards … to gain 75 x 3 = 225 tesco clubcard points, do I need/best advised to do these in three separate transactions? Or would I still definitely get the 225 clubcard points just buying £75 of gift cards in the same transaction?


    • Alan says:

      All one transaction is definitely fine – just got 2x£100 Amazon GC this evening and 600 pts showing straight away on the receipt.

    • Rob says:

      The more you buy in one go, the more chance that the tills go funny …..

      • Guy says:

        Hahaha Raffles (and thanks also Alan)

        Just did 2 x £200 transactions in local Tesco Extra — 1200 club card points across the two of them all posted ok on receipt 🙂

        So amusing — the second cashier to me: ‘What is it with john lewis cards, I don’t understand, why aren’t you interested in the other ones? Why are they so popular? You are the sixth person who has bought them at my till this afternoon!’

        If only she read HFP, it would all become clear 😉

        • Rob says:

          The concentration of HFP readers in certain parts of London does cause problems like this!

          • Alan says:

            Haha yeah, by comparison I think it’s mainly just Liz and and I fighting it out for the gift cards in Dundee and lots of Tesco stores to pick from relative to the population 😀

  • Michael says:

    Since annoyingly I’m not targeted for the Nectar bonus, I’m planning to imtey the upgrade Gold to Plat and use these cards to hit the bonus quickly. How soon after the upgrade is approved does the card arrive? Or can I use my old Gold card and it still count? (And if so, how soon?)

  • Riaz says:

    What’s the benefit of using the Curve over a Tesco Mastercard?
    Now that they don’t do Amex, is there any benefit to the Curve apart from the 1% foreign loading?

    • Arrow says:

      None whatsoever unless you think you can cut down the number of cards in your pocket? No logic there, either – you can only link Curve to 1 other card, so why not carry that primary card in the first place? And Curve is so unreliable you need to carry back-up cards in any case.

      • Roger* says:

        ‘… you can only link Curve to 1 other card …’ Really? That’s not what Curve say.
        ‘Link all your bank cards to just one Curve MasterCard®. Use them all with one PIN worldwide everywhere MasterCard cards are accepted.’

        I’m trying to work out whether SuperCard or Curve is superior. It seems:
        – use for purchase in UK: only Curve;
        – use for purchase outside UK: SuperCard – Curve adds 1%;
        – use in UK ATM: only Curve up to £200 per month;
        – use in foreign ATM; neither recommended
        – Curve PIN can be changed at an ATM 🙂

        Have I missed anything?

        • Arrow says:

          OK – correction: you can only link to one usable card at a time.

          You’ve missed the reward scheme. Worthless though it is.

        • Genghis says:

          And the Supercard insurance for what it’s worth.
          I use Curve – no trust for Supercard.

    • Nadir says:

      You’d use both. So the Curve would be linked to the Tesco card. You’d get Tesco points and whatever the Curve reward scheme gives you. The only instance in which that’d be a bad idea is when you get extra/bonus points for buying at specific retailers. If you do it via Curve, the transaction appears on your Tesco as a transaction with Curve rather than whomever you bought from so you’d miss out on the extra points (although you’d get base points).

  • mark2 says:

    I used the last few days of my Diamond Club card in a Tesco store so got 2 Avios per £1.

  • Dan says:

    Anyone managed to find the John Lewis card in a Tesco in South London – they seem to be sold out everywhere!

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