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Get bonus Avios and Virgin Flying Club miles from Tesco via the Pay+ app

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I wanted to flag up this offer again today as it is a few months since we mentioned it and it is valid until the end of the year.

Tesco has a smartphone payment app called Pay+ (previously PayQwiq, a name that was dropped when they realised no-one could remember how to spell it).

It is Tesco’s payment app which let’s you pay your shopping and automatically collect Clubcard points.  Pay+ works a bit like Apple Pay or Android Pay, but with the added benefit of automatically adding your Clubcard number to the transaction so you don’t need to dig out your blue card.

To encourage people to try Pay+, until 31st December 2018 you will get 1 extra Clubcard point for every £4 spent in Tesco.  This is a decent offer, worth an extra 0.6 Avios per £1 or 0.625 Virgin Flying Club miles for every £1 of Tesco shopping you do.  It is a bit of a faff to set up Pay+ but once you’ve done it you’re good to earn bonus miles for the next five months.

You can read more about Pay + here. You will still receive all your usual loyalty points from your credit card too.

How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

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

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) 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.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 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

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 (139)

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  • the real harry1 says:

    DragonPass with Barclays is very simple & good value. Take out a free current a/c. Apply for the Travel Plus Pack – £15.50/ month, mimimum term 6 months. You get 6 lounge passes – which can all be used at the same time if you like, so good for families. You also get RAC breakdown insurance plus travel insurance for the family, under 80s included. You can turn the TPP off & on at will, so it is easy to use it for 6 months, stop paying (or switch between his ‘n hers a/cs) – then re-start it next year for another 6 months/ 6 lounge passes.

    • Kevin H says:

      One difference between Barclays Travel Plus Pack and the Nationwide Flex Plus seems to be with travel insurance:
      Barclays excludes business travel (general exclusions 8i) whereas it is included with Nationwide.

      • @mkcol says:

        Do either include worldwide wintersports cover? I’ve heard Nationwide doesn’t.

  • Graham Walsh says:

    I prefer the Plaza lounge. I was in T5 on Monday and flying CW so thought I’d try the other lounge (smaller one). It’s terrible. Maybe it’s because it’s the holiday season. I couldn’t find a seat with power. So I had some food (wasn’t bad apart from the saucer size plates) and then moved to the Plaza lounge. Walked in, sat down to a huge seslection of power and comfort. At peak it was busy not like a school playground like the Galleries lounge was. Probably one of the main reasons for keeping my Amex Plat.

    OT I was CW for the first time. Nice seats etc but I hated the people and staff doing a ballet/kung fu movement to get out of the middle seat. Who ever thought that was a good idea. I was worried that I’d end up with someone’s leftovers on my lap.

    • the real harry1 says:

      I keep my Plat (for now) as it is turning me a healthy profit, lounge visits a handy extra 🙂

      • Polly says:

        Hope you are referring each other every 6 months….using your email if ness…

  • john says:

    I like the lounge, better than GC IMHO (quieter), all thanks to your post on getting DragonPass cheaply:

    • the real harry1 says:

      Via Barclays route is far better value, considering the extras

      • Roger1* says:

        Harry is normally unchallengeable when it comes to facts. This time, it’s an opinion. 🙂

        For anybody with a Nationwide FlexPlus account like me, the extra benefits with Barclays are more difficult to find. Oh, and there’s no automatic age limit with NW, just a £50 surcharge for 75+, I think..

        I have the DragonPass app for strategic use such as this. Extra/guest visits cost £16. Showers (at T5 at least) cost £10!

        • the real harry1 says:

          Unchallengeable? 🙂 You’d be the first to say that lol. Right – thanks for pointing me to the Nationwide FlexPlus a/c – wasn’t really aware of it. Only £13/ month with decent benefits

          But where are the 6 lounge passes?, I’m struggling to see them… 🙂

        • BJ says:

          I am on the NW FlexPlus too. Also have Barclays current account and would switch to them for passes if I wasn’t amex plat. Reports suggest the insurance with Barclays tends to come good with little to no hassle with claims should the need arise. However, there is another cost-effective way to often get in quiet lounges nobody ever mentions 🙂

        • the real harry1 says:

          You’d better give a hint, BJ 🙂

        • Mr Dee says:

          I have the nationwide and it also comes with the ability to withdraw cash worldwide for free, thinking of cancelling it though as getting free breakdown cover with a car purchase so I would only be getting the travel insurance, mobile insurance and cash withdrawal benefits for £13 (£156 a year).

          There are no lounge passes if there were it would have been good, will look at the Barclays one but 6 months means £90 so need to check the other benefits, also having to deal with my local Barclays Bank isn’t a happy experience.

      • BJ says:

        @Harry: Do you take cash, I would like to use up these euros before I go home?

        • the real harry1 says:

          Euros? Can always use Euros lol

        • BJ says:

          But the price quoted in euros or whatever is not always what you might expect 😉

        • Mr Dee says:

          Come on tell us what deals you have had as never heard about this before?, if it some under the table/wing deal?

        • BJ says:

          @Mr Dee, for a travel blog it is something of a surprise to me that many readers seem oblivious to some of the greatest tavel tricks, hacks, scams or whatever but perhaps it is a generational thing. I was schooled in the glory days of the 80s, when interailing or travelling the States with little money we learned the best ways to make it go a long way. For example, do you know how to get a room in a hotel for less than half the going rate, how to get flexible student flights on majorr airlines when no longer a student, how to exploit overbooking to finance cheap travels? I miss those days, so much more fun than playing the miles and points game I have now graduated too although I now enjoy my comforts too much. More young people travel now than ever before but I get the feeling that most of them are now doing so on their parents money and benefit from the security and ease of travel and connections to home that the internet and smartphones bring. I cannot help but think they miss out on the experience, lessons and challenges of travel that my peers and i enjoyed.

  • Alan says:

    Yep I like it too, the beef stroganoff is tasty. I get into the BA lounge (albeit have dropped to Silver) but find this much nicer given how quiet it is – handy for UK domestic flights too!

  • Brian S says:

    My go to lounge at T5 now – not overcrowded, very decent food and drink options and more importantly……quiet :-p.

    Being selfish here but I hope they never open it to PP as that would completely kill it. On the same point I do however question the revenue of it as at peak times it has been less than half full.

    • Mark says:

      Might be quiet at peak times during the week, but heaving at weekend peak – especially anytime Saturday morning – in May we couldn’t get a seat for 15 min..

      • Rob says:

        You’re quite sure you’re talking about Plaza Premium (near WH Smith / Pret) and not Aspire (North end, near Paul Smith / Fortnums)? I have never, in 8 months since it opened, heard of Plaza Premium described as ‘busy’.

  • The Original Nick. says:

    Totally agree with you Alan.

  • Andrew says:

    How is one extra Clubcard point per £4 double Avios?

    • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

      Trying to work that out too? Is there a trick in missing?

      • TripRep says:

        Yeah I was thinking Rob had got the sums wrong on this one too. Like way wrong.

        Would be nice to have a worked example showing how it’s double Avios/VS miles….

        Or maybe the headline was a copy & paste job from an old article?

    • the real harry1 says:

      It’s not double vs the Tesco Premium Credit card or the Tesco debit card. (1 point per £1). Standard Tesco credit card is 1 point per £4. I guess the premise was you’ll use a standard credit card & convert your Tesco Clubcard points to Avios or Virgin miles – so regardless of the conversion rate, 1 extra point per £4 is double the usual 1 point per £4.

      But if you normally get 1 point per £1, it’s only an extra 25%.

      As usual, check the math whenever TRH1 ventures a calculation 🙂

      • Genghis says:

        🙂 I think it’s just a mistake.
        I’d argue it’s a 25% bonus on normal Tesco spend given payment method shouldn’t come into it (eg if included, if paying by Tesco debit it would be a 12.5% bonus).

        • the real harry1 says:

          Mistakes – I made a few – but then again, too few to mention

    • IanT says:

      I think the usual rate for using Tesco Pay+ is 1 Clubcard point per £8 spent, and for this promo it has become 1 point per £4 spent.

      Hence double avios.

      This is in addition to whatever points you earn by using the card linked to your Pay+ account.

      • the real harry1 says:

        aha! 🙂 sounds like it’s right

      • Andrew says:

        The normal Pay+ rate is the same as using a Clubcard: 1 point per £1. With this promo it is 1.25 points per £1 if spending in multiples of £4. So it is a 25% bonus rather than a 100% bonus as the headline suggests.

        • Peter K says:

          Andrew is correct. There is no benefit to using payplus apart from not having to tender your clubcard. This bonus is only there because the app is rubbish. I think it’s not cashed payqwiq any more because people made fun of the name as it is so slow to use!

      • Alex Sm says:

        So, two questions:

        1) what exactly is a “faff” with installing/registering the app?

        2) will Pay+ give you more Clubcard points per £ spend than Tesco Clubcard Credit Card? Which is best to use?

        • Rob says:

          You can link the Clubcard Credit Card to Pay+ so you benefit both ways.

  • Andrew says:

    Is Plaza Premium the one I can see into from the Galleries First terrace?

    • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

      No, Plaza Premium is in the other side of the terminal

      • Andrew says:

        Ah I see. I was going to say – the one under Galleries First always looks packed when I look down.

        • Klaus-Peter Dudas says:

          Yeah, it’s the priority pass one, not worth the queue time even if you get in free in my opinion

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