Tesco announced a pile of changes to the Clubcard scheme yesterday. We have covered these in detail on Shopper Points today – click here. We covered them for The Guardian as well – see here.
In general, the changes are bad.
Some little-used ‘two times’ deals will now give 3x face value, but a lot more deals which used to give 4x face value are dropping to 3x. This mainly impacts restaurant and days out vouchers.
From a travel perspective, it is actually positive to neutral:
National Express, Megabus and redspottedhanky.com (train tickets) credit now gets you 3x the face value of your Clubcard vouchers, up from 2x
There is no change to the Avios or Virgin Flying Club conversion rates
You have also gained Uber and hotels.com as new 3x face value redemption partners this year. Uber is now my preferred redemption as we use it heavily and it is a genuine ‘3x’ value. If I took Avios instead I would be giving up £3 of Uber for every 240 Avios I earned which means I would be ‘paying’ 1.25p per Avios – and I don’t value them at that.
To do this without ANY notice at all stinks, however. It particularly stinks that we are just 9 days from the end of the current Clubcard collection quarter. People have 10 weeks of points locked up inside Clubcard which cannot now be spent at the old 4x redemption rate.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (March 2024)
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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points. These points convert at 1:1 into Avios.
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 10,500 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.