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New: use Clubcard points at Uber and Hotels.com at 3 x face value – better than Avios?

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For those of you who collect Avios points or Virgin Flying Club miles via Tesco Clubcard, you should know that Tesco has announced an overhaul of the scheme.

So far, so good – it only looks like improvements as far as I can tell.  You may, however, need to reconsider whether Avios or Virgin miles still work for you.

This is what is happening, based on reports at moneysavingexpert.com:

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New Clubcards are being sent to all members from Friday – these will be contactless

You can redeem vouchers in multiples of 50p rather than £2.50 – this will reduce wastage, which was a problem with some Days Out vouchers

You can redeem Clubcard vouchers via the Tesco app, by letting the store scan a bar code – although you really, really should not be spending Clubcard vouchers in store at face value!

Uber and Hotels.com have been added as Boost partners at 3 x face value

Uber and Hotels.com are very, very interesting

The ‘catch’ with many Tesco Clubcard redemptions is that you often end up overpaying for the item in the first place.

Whilst you can use vouchers at Pizza Express for 4 x face value, for example, there are so many discount deals available via their weekly emails or other sources that you can’t genuinely say that you are saving the full amount.  We have done a lot of research on this over at our sister site Shopper Points.

The best ‘genuine’ Clubcard redemptions include Goldsmiths and Eurotunnel (and Safestore, which has just ended) because these are places which rarely discount and where you can use unlimited quantities of Clubcard vouchers.

Uber

The Uber deal is a ‘genuine’ 3 x face value offer.

The Tesco / Uber page is here.

For every 50p of vouchers you convert, you receive £1.50 of Uber credit.  No catches although, for clarity, you can’t use it for UberRUSH credit.  It is only valid for rides in the UK.

This is an excellent deal if you are a regular Uber user and instantly makes this one of the best Tesco Clubcard redemptions.

Hotels.com

The Tesco / Hotels.com page is here.

This is not a ‘genuine’ 3 x face value offer.  Hotels.com does not let you collect Hotels.com Rewards credit if you pay with Clubcard vouchers.  You won’t get any shopping portal rewards either.  Even discounting those two aspects, however, you would still be getting over 2.5 x face value for your vouchers.

Note that you can only book pre-paid rooms with your Clubcard vouchers and that your points are not refundable if you cancel your hotel booking.

There is a cap of converting £165 of points per transaction, which would give you a £495 voucher.  Whilst you can only use one voucher per booking, nothing stops you making separate back to back bookings.

As you can only use one voucher per booking you need to be careful when you convert.  If a room costs £150 then you need to convert £50 of Clubcard points into one voucher if you want the entire room to be free.  If the price drops to £140 before you get around to booking, you don’t get £10 back.  If the price goes up to £160, you need to pay the extra in cash – you can’t add a 2nd voucher for £10.

Should you switch from Avios?

If you are a regular user of Uber or Hotels.com, you may want to rethink whether Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles are still the best deal for you.

As Uber is genuinely 3 x face value, you are trading (with a £1 Clubcard voucher) 240 Avios vs £3 of Uber credit.  You are ‘paying’ 1.25p per Avios which is too high, in my view.

If Hotels.com nets out at somewhere between 2.5 and 3 x face value, as you are giving up Hotels.com Rewards credits and other bonuses, you are trading 240 Avios vs £2.50 – £3 of Hotels.com credit.  You are ‘paying’ 1p to 1.25p per Avios if you choose Avios instead.  That is still too high for my liking.

I am sitting on £481 of unspent Tesco Clubcard vouchers, according to the app, so I have a personal stake in deciding which of these options is the best way forward!  Given our Uber spend, I may well use them there.

Remember that our sister site Shopper Points publishes five articles per week, mainly focused on special deals for earning extra Tesco Clubcard points.


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

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios 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 (117)

  • M says:

    The exclusions list makes Hotels.com a terrible deal.

      • Louise says:

        Wow that list! what hotel can we book at!

        • the real harry1 says:

          to be fair, HfP identified it as rogue one fairly early on

          what a waste of everybody’s time that Tesco should make a big thing out of hotels.com joining

          pretty much all BS for corporate bookings where you can pay yourself/ reclaim expenses

      • M says:

        Looks like linked T&C are related to a different promo. Apologies should have checked rather than copy&paste from a comment on shopperpoints.

        • the real harry1 says:

          aha

          Raffles might as well delete the whole strand 🙂

          • JamesB says:

            Nah, just leave it, it’ll add a little excitement to the evening 🙂

            I take it you have already heard that all red, white, blue and silver cars are excluded from the uber offer ?

          • the real harry1 says:

            as long as they allow the green, orange & yellow ones to operate, it’ll be fine 🙂

          • the real harry1 says:

            won’t even show up if you are car sick lol

          • Rob says:

            Hotels.com is known for removing ALL branded hotels from some of its more generous promotions.

            However, Tesco will have made a massive screw-up if they have failed to mention this on the Clubcard site ….

            Of course, they only added the £165 cap a day late ….

          • Alex W says:

            Let’s hope this doesn’t apply to the Tesco hotels.com deal. It could be quite good especially for Hilton – because the direct Tesco to Hilton deal is UK only. It could be better value than converting via Virgin, too. However if you’re saving up for Rangali then Virgin works out better as you get over 1p per Honors point.

  • Akkers says:

    Apologies if this has been spotted. I converted £4.50 to £13.50 Uber credit yesterday. When I log into the UberEATS app it shows that credit there also. I haven’t tried it yet but I might give it a go tomorrow lunch.

  • Alex says:

    What about redemptions for things like Intrepid? They are also 3x (4x if you are lucky). My partner and went to Vietnam effectively for 25% of the price. Going to repeat the trick with a trip to Central America next year.

    • Rob says:

      Yes, some of the niche tour operators are good as well. The truth is that I don’t get that many reports on those deals.

    • the real harry1 says:

      but you’re not going there for 25% of the price

      Tesco points are worth a lot more than face value

      only silly old ninnies redeem them for face value eg groceries

      even for a basic Avios conversion, 1p Tesco = c. 2.4p Avios.

  • Dan says:

    Can anyone confirm if the hotel.com Tesco voucher credit only good for the 1st room. If I want to book 3 rooms at the same hotel? I would need to make 3 separate bookings with 3 Tesco voucher codes?

    Thanks.

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