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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:

Uber 350

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.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

We also 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

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)

  • robstaaaar says:

    Great, thx. guys/gals/readers. Will do my homework 🙂

  • PalCsaky says:

    Can a % off code be used on hotels.com when paying with clubcard vouchers?

  • Kevin Young says:

    Many of us are still able to redeem to Avios at the grandfather rate (2.50=800) is this likely to be affected, does anyone know?

    • the real harry1 says:

      highly unlikely as Tesco would like to have got rid of that years ago – but haven’t, presumably on legal advice

  • Lewis Watson says:

    Can you collect club card points on uber or only redem

  • Chelseafi says:

    Is uber good to use for an airport run. Family holiday west London to Heathrow return journey needed? Got Loads of Clubcard points, I assume you can’t prebook so how is it when you land (3pm on a Mon) easy enough? I don’t have Uber but going with my son who uses it all the time for his nights out? Thanks

    • Genghis says:

      You can now prebook within central London. I’ve not used it yet though… Not sure if LHR is within the zone.

    • AVM says:

      I tested uber when landed in LHR other day – the order was picked up by someone 10 minutes away from the airport (that’s what the app said, at least); then I had to wait 15-20 minutes for the driver to arrive as the traffic around LHR was terrible. All in all, 20 minutes of my life wasted and it was not cheaper than my local cab. Now I use only mini cab who meet me at the arrivals. Try Kabbee app to pre-book your mini cab (they will also give you price before you book).

    • Mark says:

      We use Uber for (almost) every LHR trip.
      Prebooking makes early morning departures trivial.
      On the inbound we’re picked up in the short stay car park within 10mins. (If you’re confident of your border and baggage delays you can certainly time it better than this).

      I now only vaguely remember there being some kind of expensive alternative. Black whatsits?

      Occasionally if we arrive back at a reasonable time we’ll tube it.

      • Rob says:

        If you don’t have kids and are on hand baggage only then you fairly safely guess the time required to get through passport control on the egates. If you need to queue, with kids, or you need to wait for luggage, then you can’t order until you’re ready.

        That said, it is rarely worse than 15 minutes. The cars are all now forced to wait in a Heathrow holding pen and only cars in the pen can pick up jobs.

  • AndyGWP says:

    I have a £5 referral credit in my uber account, and due to a £30 clubcard voucher that was about to just expire, I’ve now added a £1.50 uber credit.

    Does anyone know if I take a £7 journey, how it works? (in an ideal world, i’d want to use the £5 referral credit on that journey, along with the £1.50 uber credit, with it finally resorting to taking the extra 50p payment from my credit card)

  • Doug M says:

    I hate the way an article like this makes me have to think 🙂 I’m on the 800 rate for Avios. I tend to use Hotel com, so using 3x credit as a valuation I’d be ‘paying’ under a penny for an Avios. Given this is further reduced by the loss of the (always overstated but unclear) shopping portal benefit, and the reward night I think I’ll stick with Avios. Used Uber twice in maybe 18 months so not a consideration.

  • Tubbs says:

    The Tesco website now shows £165 converted to £495 as the maximum redemption

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