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Bits: 10% Tesco bonus to Virgin, 20% off CityJet, Bink / Curve double pizza bonus

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News in brief:

10% bonus on Virgin Atlantic transfers from Tesco Clubcard

Virgin Atlantic has launched a 10% bonus on transfers of Tesco Clubcard points to Flying Club miles.

However … this is only valid if you have never transferred to Virgin before.  This makes it relatively useless for most Head for Points readers.

A 10% bonus doesn’t make a bad deal into a good deal or a good deal into a great deal so I won’t go into a major analysis of the pros and cons of Flying Club.  If it isn’t something you’ve considered before, a 10% bonus shouldn’t change your mind.

The deadline for converting your vouchers is 15th March.  Full details can be found on the Virgin Atlantic / Tesco page here.

20% off CityJet flights

CityJet is offering 20% off base fares on its routes from London City.  This includes routes such as Amsterdam, Antwerp, Avignon, Dublin, Florence, Nantes, Rotterdam and Toulon.

You need to book on the CityJet site here by 5th February (EDIT: originally said 17th February in error) for travel by 28th October.

You must use promo code INSPIRE at the time of booking.  Remember that, unless your fare is very expensive, a 20% discount off the base fare will be nothing like 20% off the total fare due to the taxes element being fixed.

The CityJet website is here.  Our review of CityJet’s service to Amsterdam is here.


Bink / Curve / PizzaExpress bonus

Bink, the loyalty card management app which we discussed here, lets you earn 3 to 6 Avios for every £1 you spend at PizzaExpress when you pay with a credit card registered with Bink.

Regular readers will also know that Curve Rewards, the cashback scheme linked to the Curve payment card, offers you 1.5% back on your PizzaExpress spending.

Thanks to a bit of reader testing, I can report that it seems you can get BOTH of these bonuses on the same transaction.

Link your Curve Card to Bink and then pay with Curve at Pizza Express.  You will receive 3-6 Avios per £1, depending on the day of the week, for your pizza spending and a further 1.5% back in cashback loaded to your Curve Rewards account.

If you don’t have a Curve Card, you can find out more in this article.  Curve will pay you £5 for trying it out – and the card is free.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – August 2022 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

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.

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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, £200 travel credit and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback credit card

1% cashback (3% on business travel for four months) and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (84)

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  • Sarah Gregory says:

    I did the 10% bonus virgin miles on conversion of Tesco vouchers last time, November 2016, and I still haven’t got the bonus added only the base miles added. Anybody else?

    • Rob says:

      There was an issue here. This offer was on the Red app but only for first time transfers IIRC. When it was put on the main site I’m not sure if they meant to also make it ‘first time only’ but forgot to add it?

      • TGLoyalty says:

        They did. Unfortunately I didn’t take a screenshot of the T&C’s so can’t claim my 10%. Lesson for future offers like this

    • Sarah Gregory says:

      That’s a bit unfair, I might not of changed any if I’d known this 🙁

  • Colm says:

    Quick correction on the Cityjet sale: the email I got says

    “book now until the 5th of February for travel from February 17th to October 28th 2017.”

    …so tonight is the last chance on this one.

    • Rob says:

      Someone else flagged this but I had cunningly managed to delete my email and could not check. Apologies.

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