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Bits: Tesco / Hasbro toy offer, win a share of 1 million Avios with LOVEtheatre

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News in brief:

Earn 1,920 Avios with £40 of Hasbro toy spending 

Tesco Direct is running a VERY good promotion this weekend in association with toy company Hasbro.

If you spend £40 on any of the products on this list, you will receive 800 bonus Clubcard points.  This is worth 1,920 Avios or 2,000 Virgin Flying Club miles.

With Christmas just around the corner now, you can tick off a few presents on your list whilst also earning a nice pile of miles too.

The offer closes at midnight on Sunday.  You can check out the toys included here.

1 million Avios give-away with LOVEtheatre

Avios partner LOVEtheatre is running a great competition until the end of this year.

Every booking made by 21st December will be entered into a prize draw of a share of 1 million Avios points.

There are 30 prizes in total:

  • 1 x prize of 200,000 Avios
  • 3 x prizes of 100,000 Avios
  • 6 x prizes of 50,000 Avios
  • 20 x prizes of 10,000 Avios

You can find out more about this competition and book tickets on this page of the LOVEtheatre website.


To celebrate Chinese Singles’ Day (yes that’s a thing) you can save up to 57% if you book your tickets today.

Tickets for The Woman in Black for example are £29.50 instead of £55.60 and tickets for Stomp are £22.50 instead of £67.30.  All Chinese Singles’ Day deals can be found on this page.  You do not need to be Chinese, or single, to take advantage.

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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

Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £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 famous annual 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 £15,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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

10,000 points bonus – plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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 an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 (37)

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  • chris says:


    Looking for some advice on the best usage of the Hilton free weekend night gained from the Visa card sign up offer.

    I’m looking for UK only, i assume that means London

    A pool/spa would be nice or some form of rooftop bar/terrace.
    I’ve status matched to gold too.



    • Genghis says:

      One night at Rangali? 🙂

      • chris says:

        Ha, i wish.

        I wish, We’ll be leaving the baby with the grandparents for the first time so that probably pushing it. We’re based in Machester so London is always a nice change.
        Looks like its a choice between the Conrad, Park Lane and the Waldorf?

        I have squirelled away enough Virgin points for 2 UC returns for her 40th next November to NYC so i’ll be looking for recommendations on best usage of my points for hotel nearer the time.

    • CV3V says:

      Worth bearing in mind that the Gold/Diamond free breakfast doesn’t apply to Waldorf hotels. I just used my voucher for a Hilton which thanks to Diamond status will also getme free breakfast and lounge access (note that not all Hiltons have a lounge).

      Outside of London, the Hilton Liverpool and Manchester are both modern and with good facilities. Also have lounges should you be fortunate enough for an upgrade. Also there is now the Hilton Carlton in Edinburgh, worth a look.

      • Alan says:

        Agree – I’ve always preferred Conrad hotels given that – many have very decent breakfasts on offer (esp Conrad Singapore!!)

      • Genghis says:

        Though breakfast is not listed as a benefit at WA, we got a very delicious breakfast thrown in at the WA Shanghai in Sep as Diamonds.

      • YL says:

        Just want to add if you meant The Waldorf Hilton London, it is actually a Hilton hotel. The name is rather confusing, but it is not a Waldorf Astoria hotel, therefore Gold do get free B there.

    • James67 says:

      Following a similar question some weeks ago I am using mine at StGeorges Park aftef Rob reminded me of his review on the hotel. I wanted to try a good hotel in new area for us outside London though. You will find some Hilton agents will let you use it to book a night for your 40th trip next November, however, were you to subsequently cancel that stay after expiry date of your voucher you will be unable to use it again.

    • marco says:

      Me and the missus used the free weekend at Double Tree by hilton in Chester. We loved it. Had late checkout, free drinks, cookies on arrival and access to the spa which is very nice. We had a great time.


    • Anon says:

      WA NYC in Sept was my first use of it. Go before it stops being a hotel…

      Also Conrad St James London

      Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh in August for the fringe.

      And obvs Conrad Rangali, its the dogs dangerlies, I love the place.

  • Umberto says:

    OT, can I covert my Tesco’s voucher into my wife’s avios account?

  • Oyster says:

    Yet more off topic – is the Cathay J lounge open again in Terminal 3?

  • Rob says:

    Oh no 🙂

  • Simmo says:

    Has anybody ever converted Tesco vouchers to Royal Caribbean cruises? Seems you can get 3x value. which might work well with avios over to the states.
    Any major watch outs? (Can they be used on Cruises which have offers of credit on board/ drinks packages etc?)

    • Mike says:

      It’s worth contacting Royal Caribbean regarding this just to clarify what’s included and what’s not. I’ve been researching this option as I’m currently looking at a cruise for next October, which may be worth booking via the Tesco vouchers option. The reviews on the Tesco site are mixed, albeit the responses from Tesco and Royal Caribbean customer services seem to address the criticisms. To err on the side of caution, I would recommend contacting Royal Caribbean to check before committing to converting the vouchers. However, the last 2 reviews (3 days ago) are very positive, so perhaps they’re getting the initial teething problems resolved. £170 clubcard vouchers maximum pp

  • JPH says:

    Just picked up two tickets for £40 to the Libertine tonight, fingers crossed for the comp too!

    Thanks Rob

  • Sunny says:

    O/T: Just shopped at Tesco and on the bottom of the till receipt it asked about my visit at in return for a chance to win a £1000 Tesco gift card and collect 25 clubcard points. I completed the survey in 5 minutes. However, at the end of the survey it states that “25 Clubcard points is the maximum amount one Clubcard account can be credited in one calendar month”. Still an easy 25 clubcard points!

    • Genghis says:

      Yep. This has been going on for ages. The points don’t always credit though.

  • Rob says:

    They would need to be saver level, but if an award shows as saver then you should be OK. Redeeming for Delta seems fairly easy – in terms of the call centre booking it – as you would expect given the shareholding.

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