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1200 Avios, 1250 Virgin miles or £15 Uber credit with a £12.50 NOW TV box

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We try to keep Tesco Direct deals on our sister site Shopper Points these days, but this offer is so good that we thought it was worth a bigger audience over here.

Tesco Direct has dropped the price of Now TV boxes to £12.50 and is still offering 500 extra Clubcard points per box.  These are worth 1,200 Avios or 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles, or £15 of Uber credit.

If you’re familiar with Google Chromecast or Amazon Fire Stick, Now TV works in the same way. It connects wirelessly to your broadband signal and allows you to stream content to your TV.

As well as accessing BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 there are also lots of other channels available, many of which would otherwise require you to pay for a full satellite or cable subscription.

Until 27th November – but they are unlikely to last longer than tonight at this lower price – you will get 500 extra Clubcard points when buying a Now TV box. There are three different passes to choose from:

When we first wrote about this offer the price for a NOW TV box was £20.  This was already quite a good offer considering the possible 1,200 Avios / 1,250 Virgin Flying Club miles / £15 Uber credit etc value from 500 extra Clubcard points.

Now the price has dropped to £12.50 – you’re technically getting a free NOW TV box and (via Uber or credit) an extra £2.50 on top.

I’m pretty sure the NOW TV boxes will be snatched soon (ie by tonight) so if you’re in for a streamer, now would be a good time to buy.  There may even be an opportunity to sell the boxes on eBay and keep the points.  

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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 (129)

  • Sebastian says:

    Off topic, but can anyone confirm if Amex are offering 18,000 points to Amex Plat card holders who refer people to the Gold card? I ask as I recently did this (my friend got his on Monday) but I only got the standard 9,000.

    • filipino_chino says: – 20,000 point link

      “Get off to a great start when you upgrade to Platinum with a welcome bonus of 20,000 Membership Rewards points when you spend £1,000 on your Card in your first three months of Cardmembership.
      Terms apply.1”

      • Sebastian says:

        Sorry I think I did not explain myself properly. I meant I have the Plat card and my friend took out the Gold. I know that this would normally net me 9,000 for a successful referral (which I got) but I have heard that some people are getting 18,000? So the same if the person took out a Plat card. Is this right?

      • Newbie says:

        Quick question on upgrading a gold card to platinum, presumably my rewards points wallet will get transferred to the new card? I’m a newbie to this hobby and not yet decided if I’m to collect avois or just cash in for amazon vouchers. Being northern based means getting to Heathrow is a bit of a pain for me, Manchester is my local airport.

        • Genghis says:

          Your MR account from Gold essentially transfers over to your new Platinum acct. ie. you keep the points.

    • Ian says:

      I recently got 18,000 x 3 for referring 3 people for the Gold card. I thought I was only going to get 9,000 a pop, so was rather nice surprise!

    • Toby says:

      Could you help – I’m being a bit slow but I cannot find the method to refer someone to Gold whilst I hold a platinum card – I only get the option to refer to platinum. Could you post the link please?

      • Genghis says:

        Refer for Plat. The person receiving the referral then clicks on the link and scrolls to alternative cards at the bottom.

        • Toby says:

          Ah perfect, thanks! I knew I’d done it before just couldn’t work out how. Thanks again.

  • signol says:

    Darn it, I bought one last week!

  • johnny_c-l says:

    Available in store too.

    • S says:

      Ordered online but they happened to have them in my local store when i was in – still ticketed at £20 though.

      Was going to order one last week, glad I waited!

      • JamesB says:

        They might go through the till at £12.50 now. Was just down at tesco washing the car two hours ago, would have tried had I known then.

  • Kathy says:

    Annoyed I bought one when it was £20 now!

    • the real harry1 says:

      I thought you needed some points 🙂 – very cheap points, these, if you don’t mind a bit of hassle

      • Genghis says:

        Tempted. But too much work for a busy time of year.

        • the real harry1 says:

          yep I’m not in – I can do it for under 0.4p but got a lot on

          got a few for the free passes though – saves a bundle as I can resist any family calls to add Sky Cinema onto the bundle & the Entertainment pass gives access to some boxsets you don’t get with the basic bundle (which I’m getting for £4.95/ month)

    • Kathy says:

      Ok, did the maths and realised I am better off buying these boxes just for the passes than allowing NowTV to charge my card at £7.99 a month. Which is mad. Have ordered a few.

      • David says:

        True, but Argos, Wilko etc sell Now TV giftcards with e.g. 3 month Entertainments for £15, so play it right and they never get to charge your credit card.

  • Genghis says:

    Thanks Anika. Just bought 4. £50 for £60 of Uber credit, BAPP spend, 4 avios/£1 on e store and a greater choice of films and TV over xmas seemed alright to me.

    • Richard G says:

      Just did exactly the same (2 entertainment. two cinema).

      Hopefully it’ll go through with no problems.

    • Optimus Prime says:

      Tempted to do the same…

      Genghis, do you quick-churn BAPP too or go after the 241 voucher?

      • JamesB says:

        Proceed with caution on churning the co-branded cards, a lot of reported rejections in the past week.

        • Optimus Prime says:

          Thanks for the warning, I was out on vacation last week, didn’t realise…

          I did see some people saying they’re not being approved straight away. That happened to me back in summer when applying for SPG Amex though my wife got hers immediately. I was asked to send proof of ID and address.

          Now she’s applied for Amex Plat and she’s got the message saying they’ll take a few days to make a decision etc.

        • Genghis says:

          It’d be interesting to get to the bottom of the rejections and find any common denominators

          • Alan says:

            Indeed, I got the impression it was more a tightening of Amex’s internal rules rather than anything specific targeted at co-branded cards?

            Just waiting for the VS White I snagged before MBNA removed it – a cheeky wee 12k VS then see if they offer me 5k before closing! (just had confirmation I’ve met the min spend for the existing VS so 5k due on it later this month).

            Also just payed my Self-Assessment tax for 2016-17 – worth squeezing it in before year end to make use of the sub 0.4% fee on IHG MC 🙂

        • Genghis says:

          Exactly. Do the rejections have lots of credit already vs income, too much utilisation etc. If anyone would care to share their circumstances?

        • Optimus Prime says:

          We both have hit the target for Virgin White and Black… And also took out MBNA AAdvantage to use the bonus to successfully upgrade a US domestic flight.

          I have to call and cancel all of them. I guess it’s best to wait till I re-apply for BAPP? Do credit card cancellations impact credit score as ‘badly’ as applications do?

        • Genghis says:

          Not sure. My score jumps around, though currently 999. I try to space out applications and cancellations.

        • the real harry1 says:

          I have been meaning to cancel our old BMI Amex, now just Visa, cards – I think, they are stuffed in a drawer – but just worried that cancelling any credit card gives you a couple of bad months

          would free up £7K istr

        • JamesB says:

          Most of the reported rejections were for SPG and BA cards, a few for the other co-branded cards. However none for the staright amex cards as far as I recall. In my own case I may simply have been too greedy in that I applied for two cards in six weeks. Dumb I know, but sometimes I do dumb things! The letter arrived today, reason given was experian credit file and information on the form not meeting their requirements. The info has never been a problem before and my credit score is currently 999. I am convinced something is amiss, we have not seen comments on HFP relating to a spike in amex rejections before, I am sure if there had been we would have heard about it. Furthermore, counter claims of acceptance almost all related to the preceding week or earlier.

          • Alan says:

            Agree something has definitely changed in the acceptance rate recently, just not sure re the co-branded vs vanilla Amex – been a lot of chat about SPG recently which may have caused a spike. Rob might know better from the referral side…

          • Rob says:

            Something is odd is happening – the strike rate of SPG referrals turning into confirmed referrals is substantially lower than I would expect, but there may also be an element of t racking error too.

          • Alan says:

            Interesting – so something funny with SPG rather than BA/BAPP?

        • Johnny_c-l says:

          Had a rejection letter yesterday for the BAPP which also gave the Experian info and address but phoned them up and was told it was internal scoring that blocked the application.

          I think this is due to churning/cardmember profitability as I have had slightly fewer credit checks than normal in the last few months plus Amex are increasing my credit limit on an existing card later this month.

        • Dave says:

          Pretty sure someone posted in one of threads today saying Amex rejected them in error and has subsequently been approved.

        • Optimus Prime says:

          @Dave – I think that was someone downgrading from BAPP to free BA.

        • JamesB says:

          @Rob, hav you had any successful referrals for the SPG card at all during the last week only?

          • Rob says:

            Only 25% of the referrals I have done on my new card in the last fortnight have paid out. Whether this is timing or tougher credit scoring I don’t know. I would usually expect 75% of referrals to pay up, and that includes people who change their mind about applying.

        • Toby says:

          I was one of the ones rejected last week for an SPG card. After cancelling my BA free card, I was then reviewed and accepted. Spoke to a manager on Monday who confirmed it was because I had “too-much credit”. I also have a Platinum charge, an M&S credit card and a Tesco credit card.

        • JamesB says:

          @Rob, thanks, it sounds more like an increasingly stringent policy being implemented than anything more regressive. The inclination is to suspect that churned are being targeted but I am not so sure that’s the case as I would imagine that most referrals you make are for first time card holders or limited churned because more serial churned will likely doreferrals within their family to maximise household miles and points. Given this, I guess they are just tightening up their policies in light of changes in the market.

          @Toby, I don’t think you can take anything they tell you at face value. I cancelled my BA free card a few weeks before applying for the DOG card. Despite freeing up £12k credit I was still rejected.

      • Genghis says:

        I’m going for £10k, nearly there. Mrs G £3k hit but holding onto it for shop small. I plan on cancelling and applying again when can.

      • Genghis says:

        If credit not needed, I’d cancel it. It’ll do no damage. I prob do 8 / 9 apps pa with 8 / 9 cancellations.

        • Tom says:

          I posted about being denied a SPG card the other week, despite having a 999 credit score and earning close to £100k,. I have two credit cards with a combined limit of £30k but not a lot on them £2k) – I think that it was the size of my credit line to wage that probably blocked my application annoyingly so I have reduced down the limits to free up some space.

          I referred a mate for the BAPP card and he was successful, with a £20k limit. He’s keen to get into this hobby so I told him to make reduce down the limit as he may be going for multiple cards. Seems mental to me but one could think that Amex are giving very high limits so as to almost stifle other applications.

  • Anna says:

    Need them to do bonus points with the experience days again. The £30 deal for a set menu at Prezzo is more than decent and the 500 bonus points were very handy.

  • JamesB says:

    Thanks Anika, dad wanted this for Xmas anyway so 12 month viewing for him and 14400 avios for me if the deal goes to plan.

    @Genghis and other nectar collectors, don’t forget your Haymarket trips for 1000 points, expires tomorrow IIRC.

    • Alan says:

      Haha here’s me been making trips I actually needed to make too 😛 Had a lovely breakkie on VS East Coast to Edinburgh this morning, though 🙂

      • JamesB says:

        I’m ‘on’ a late evening service this time, hope I don’t fall asleep as they have ticket barriers in Aberdeen!

    • Genghis says:

      Cheers but already on it. Popular route ain’t it.

  • the real harry1 says:

    Kids 3 month pass box OOS

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