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.
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