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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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  • flyforfun says:

    Do the lounges know if you’ve stayed more than your time? I’ve used to Premium Plaza lounge at HKG with a Priority Pass and had a 5 hour gap between flights. Never charged for more than 1 visit.

    Interestingly this morning a friend of my used his Black Amex to gain access to the No 1 lounge at GTW and was told he should have pre-booked. He was told to go to Starbucks instead! I told him to try the Granary.

    • Nick says:

      Ooohhh have we gone back in time to 2009 when Holešov airport in the Czech Republic was still open…? And there’s a busy No1 Lounge…?

      If you’re going to be smart and use airport codes, at least get them right 😉

      • David says:

        It’s the correct code for the train station ????

        • Sam says:

          But we are talking about an airport lounge not a waiting lounge at a train station! haha

        • flyforfun says:

          Oddly enough, after coming back into LGW a couple of weeks ago I had been typing in GTW for the train app trying to find a service to LBG (which none where showing!!), hence my use!

    • the real harry1 says:

      @flyforfun – they probably rumble you if you’re like me! 🙂

      Back at the bar for a refill far too often & making jokey conversation (well, that’s the intention!) with the barmaid.

      Of course they know if you overstay, I guess most of the team don’t give a monkey’s

  • Marcw says:

    The ONLY good thing about this lounge is that it’s very quiet. Everything else is just ok. No crisps. The “large selections of wraps is so big it couldnt fit in the photos ???? (anyway, they’re tasteless). It’s difficult to call the salad bar a salad bar. The bread is crap. The food is good if you visit once – if you’re a regular there, you realise how crap it is. The drinks are ok – don’t expect a “bar”, and you may be asked to pay depending what yo drink. If you want a shower $$.
    as I said, it’s a pleasant place to chill before taking off, with a drink and some nibbles. Nothing special and I wouldn’t spend a single panny to get in.

    • ankomonkey says:

      +1. Overrated in my opinion.

    • Andy says:

      They have far nicer bacon and sausages than the BA GF lounge though at breakfast. The lounge seems to be quite full each time I visit…quite a few Americans in there whose voices seem to carry over quite a distance.

  • Kevin says:

    O/T my wife and I are splitting up how best can we split the avios as they are mostly in my name?

    • Bonglim says:

      I am pretty sure they just have to stay where they are, there is absolutely no way they can be transferred from one person to the next.

      At least that is what I would say if i were in your position.

    • Alan says:

      Used to be able to split accounts – if you still have one and can transfer in and make/break a HHA then might still be do-able but option rapidly closing (if still even possible). For a BA redemption it doesn’t matter if you’re in a HHA anyway, they’ll just be taken pro-rata from each.

    • Rob says:

      Best just to agree a figure that she can spend and give her access to her account so she can redeem that many. Alternatively buy her out at a suitable low offer!

    • Andy says:

      Use enough Avios to buy her a one way redemption to a place in the sun so she can find a new toyboy?

  • Adam says:

    OT:) I have an Plat Amex offer spend 150 pounds on hilton, get 5000 MR points. There is a list of hotels (UK+ Western Europe) Do you know if I can split the 150 among two hotels?

  • Mark2 says:

    Waitrose only sell their own cards which are, of course, also useable at John Lewis stores.

  • Robman says:

    OT, I’d like to fly business class to Durban in September for a week. I’ve been looking at flights ex-Europe but unable to find anything less than £1800 from Amsterdam to Johannesburg on BA as there are no direct flights. Prices out of London typically exorbitant. Does anyone have any advice for how to get a better price and route? When can we expect a Qatar sale, there doesn’t seem to have been one for ages? Any help appreciated.

    • Rob says:

      I’d say £1800 is pretty reasonable to be honest, especially as Amsterdam is very convenient and quick.

      • Robman says:

        Maybe I’ll have to bite the bullet then but was hoping to do better. I now see for about £4058, I can get 5 nights at Hilton Durban included and fly to Durban, not Joburg, so that seems like a good deal.

        • Rob says:

          I would be trying a random selection of Qatar departure cities – Lisbon, Cardiff, Scandi, all the tiny ones ….

    • TT says:

      Looking on google flights bru cpt in september with ethiopian is to be had for around £1350? Might want to look at that…..

    • Jack says:

      I would always avoid travelling to South Africa via Qatar or Dubai, regardless of class because your time is worth something and you are adding hours and hours of unnecessary travel time. Virgin and SAA are decent enough to Joburg even in economy, and Virgin a premium economy/upper class always beat BA. If you’re doing a connection Ethiopia makes more geographical sense and they’re not bad now, modern fleet and good service.

  • Robman says:

    Sorry for another O/T – I recently took out a SPG Amex card 3 months ago and have banked the 10000 SPG points for meeting the minimum spend target. Is there any reason that I should keep this card any longer or am I better to cancel and obtain a pro-rata refund. I find that I put most of my spend on BA Amex and Platinum cards and that there is not much value in earning SPG/Marriott points when Hilton is my preferred brand.

    • BJ says:

      Some people have been offered double points when calling to cancel, if not offered you can always back out. A lot of us have cancelled already in hope of a further churn before year end. You would be looking at January for that now.

  • ChrisA says:


    Avios redemptions from Cuba

    Has anyone any experience of doing these? I thought it would be possible to do AA redemptions to US e.g. Miami but can’t find that option on

    Am aware of Iberia and Virgin options.

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