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BA or Virgin (or Uber?) – comparing the Clubcard conversion incentives this quarter

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It is that time of quarter again when both Avios / British Airways and Virgin Atlantic wheel out incentives to persuade you that you should convert your Tesco Clubcard points into frequent flyer miles.

The British Airways conversion incentive launches today, so I can now give you a full run down of what is available.

But should you …..?

Before I look at the offers, I want to remind you about the two new Clubcard deals that were introduced recently.

Uber is now a Tesco Clubcard partner.  You can redeem your Clubcard vouchers for Uber credit at 3 x face value.  Since Uber is rarely discounted, this is a ‘genuine’ 3 x offer.  The Tesco / Uber page is here.

If you use Uber on a regular basis, think very carefully before choosing Avios.

£10 of Clubcard vouchers is worth 2,400 Avios or £30 of Uber credit.  This means that you are effectively paying 1.25p per Avios.  That is too much, in my view.

It is a more marginal call with Virgin Flying Club since, with the promotion below, £10 of Clubcard vouchers gets you 3,000 Virgin Atlantic miles.  That means you are ‘paying’ 1p per mile if you would be able to use the Uber credit. is also now a Clubcard redemption partnerSee this page of the Tesco site.  After a very confusing start, it is now clear that this deal can be used on any hotel on  You get 3 x the face value of your Clubcard vouchers.

This is not a genuine ‘3 times’ deal because you don’t get Rewards credit when you use Clubcard credit.  You also have to pay the taxes element in cash and do not get any change if you redeem too many vouchers.  Even adjusting for the loss of Rewards credit, you are still ‘paying’ 1p per Avios if you choose the miles over a hotel stay.

Virgin Atlantic

The Virgin Atlantic deal

Virgin Atlantic has launched another Clubcard transfer bonus.  Details are NOT on the Tesco to Virgin Atlantic transfer page .  They are NOT on the Virgin to Tesco page either.

It should appear in time.  Virgin has emailed people about this deal and there was no mention of it being targetted.  If you didn’t get an email and don’t want to risk the offer being targetted, wait a few days until we have formal confirmation via the website that it is open to all.

The promotion is very simple:

You will receive a 20% bonus on Clubcard transfers to Virgin Flying Club between 1st November and 13th December.

A 20% bonus, all other things being equal, should not be enough to persuade you to make a transfer to Virgin that you were not already considering.

There is also a second part to the promotion.  You will receive 1,000 Flying Club miles if you opt-in to autoconvert your future Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin.

I do NOT recommend auto-converting your points, to either Virgin or Avios.  You would miss out if a conversion bonus came along in the future, or indeed a better Tesco Clubcard offer for a non-travel deal.  It is better to keep your Clubcard vouchers in a drawer until you need them, or until a good conversion bonus appears.

However, if you have a dormant Clubcard account, you should go for this.  In your personal details you can elect to have future Clubcard points sent to Virgin.  Even though your Clubcard account is empty, and will remain empty, you will still get the 1,000 miles.

Some people have managed to receive the bonus 1,000 miles for auto-convert on multiple occasions.  There is some risk in this if you do not have a dormant account as you may not cancel it in time and your next set of vouchers may get sent over.

Why build up a Virgin balance?

There are good reasons to be picking up miles in Virgin Flying Club.  You need fewer Virgin miles than Avios points for most destinations.  More importantly, with Air France and KLM to become Virgin Flying Club partners within the next 12-18 months, there will be a far wider range of destinations for redemption.

You can top up your balance via American Express Membership Rewards, opening an ISA etc.  Getting the miles is not an issue.  The ISA currently offers 8,000 miles.  The Virgin credit cards will relaunch soon via Virgin Money.

If you can live with the uncertainty over the continual changes to the Virgin route network and the fact that we don’t know the exact details of the Air France KLM partnership, having a Virgin balance is not necessarily a bad move.  At the very worst, you can transfer out to Hilton Honors (at 2:3) or IHG Rewards Club (at 1:1).  Transfers into IHG even count for status if you chasing Platinum Elite or Spire Elite.

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The deal

Avios has gone for something more prosaic – another competition.

It is mentioned on the Avios website home page but it isn’t mentioned on the Tesco to Avios page itself.

The email says:  “For every £2.50 in Clubcard vouchers you turn into Avios before 30 November 2017, you’ll get 600 Avios plus one entry to win a share of 1 million Avios. There are 155 prizes up for grabs, so don’t miss out, turn your Clubcard vouchers into Avios today”.

It doesn’t say how the 155 prizes will be distributed.  However, last time the competition ran it went like this:

Two people will win 50,000 Avios

Three people will win 25,000 Avios

150 people will win 5,500 Avios

You will only be entered into this competition if you convert into and not British Airways Executive Club.

The British Airways deal

BA has its own competition, to add to the confusion.  This is for people who convert into BA Executive Club.

Convert between TODAY (8th November) and 31st December and you get 1 entry for every £5 of vouchers.  Auto-converters receive two entries for every £5 of vouchers turned into Avios.

One winner will get “two return British Airways Club Europe flights to Vienna with a three night stay at a choice of 5* hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. The winner can choose between the following hotels: Intercontinental 5*, Gran2 Hotel Wien 5*, Palais Hansen Kempinski Vienna 5*.  All flights depart from London Heathrow.”

You must travel between 1st February 2018 and 31st March 2018.

Personally I would go for the competition, purely because there is a prize pot worth about £10,000 vs £1,500 with the BA competition.  It is up to you though.

Before converting to miles at all, do think carefully about whether Uber or would be a better deal, however …..

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (August 2022)

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

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

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.

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

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 10,000 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

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

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.

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

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 (84)

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  • Mark says:

    Dumb question, as I don’t use clubcard whatsoever. So essentially this means that one clubcard point is currently worth three virgin miles?

  • joe says:

    where do you see the 1000cc offer for autoconverting?
    I cannot see any promotion on the tesco page so i held fire.
    Also cannot see mention of the 20% bonus either… can anyone shed some light?

    • Rob says:

      Rather like last quarter, Virgin has been very slow at getting this onto their website. Some people were emailed about it, including me. It does not seem a targetted offer but you may want to wait until they publicly talk about it just in case.

    • the real harry1 says:

      get a grip

      man up

      I’m not going to spoon feed you

  • joe says:

    Thank you Raffles, as always.

    harry, there is so much wrong in your reply that I wont bother. i’m actually quite happy not to be as versed and ‘manned up’ as you are on this topic. Enjoy your sad dingy life.

  • Chris says:

    converted to Virgin yesterday and got the 625 rate 🙁

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