Bits: Virgin’s Tesco conversion offer, more on Hilton / Lufthansa, 20% off Friends & Family Railcards

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News in brief:

Virgin Atlantic launches a Tesco conversion inducement

Virgin Atlantic is NOT offering a transfer bonus this quarter to anyone who is thinking of converting their Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club miles.

Instead, Virgin is running a competition.

Each time you convert Clubcard points to Virgin Flying Club before 30th September you will receive one entry in a prize draw.  There is one prize of 50,000 Flying Club miles.

You will receive 250 miles for every £1 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers you convert.

The rules are a bit odd.  You can have as many entries as you want and there is no minimum spend required for it to count as an entry.  This means that you should, to maximise your chance of winning, convert each Tesco Clubcard voucher separately as long as each is for the minimum conversion amount of £2.50.

There is also a bonus of 1,000 Virgin miles for anyone who sets their Tesco Clubcard account to auto-convert future vouchers directly into Flying Club.

I do not recommend this, because it makes more sense to keep control over your vouchers and only redeem them when you need to book a flight.  This means that you won’t miss a future conversion bonus or a good deal from another Clubcard partner.

However …. you can turn on auto-convert and then, as long as the 1,000 miles arrive in time, turn it off before the next Clubcard mailing.  There is also no risk in turning it on if you don’t expect to have a lot of Clubcard points this quarter.

Instructions on how to set up auto-convert, as well as full details on the competition, can be found on the Clubcard page of the Virgin Atlantic website here.

How to earn Virgin Atlantic miles from UK credit cards

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Flying Club miles from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Flying Club miles.  That page is regularly updated with the latest special offers and will still be accurate even if you are reading this article months after publication.

Virgin Atlantic Tesco Clubcard points conversion

An update on the generous Hilton / Lufthansa ‘2500 miles per stay’ promo

The outstanding hotel promotion about the moment is the one that Hilton Honors had launched in conjunction with Lufthansa’s Miles & More programme.

Hilton Honors is offering a very generous 2,500 Lufthansa Miles & More miles on every stay between 1st August and 31st October.  I would value the miles at £25 if you use them for long-haul Business or First Class redemptions.

You need to register here.

Hilton will work from your ‘Preferred Travel Partners’ list in your Hilton Honors profile.  Make sure that your Miles & More account is on that list and, importantly, set to ‘Preferred’.

Two points have come up in recent days which I wanted to share:

When the offer launched, it was not clear if it would trigger on reward stays.  It is now clear that IT DOES NOT.  You will only get the 2,500 miles on cash stays.

It is also important to check that the correct airline partner shows on your invoice at check-out.  If it doesn’t, keep an eye on your Hilton account as you may need to retro-claim the miles.  This is most likely to happen if you made your booking before registering for the offer.

Friends and Family Railcard discount

20% off Friends & Family Railcards

Until 18th August, you can save 20% on a Friends & Family Railcard.   You need to buy via the Railcard website here and use code FAM20.

The price will drop from £30 to £24.  The card will save you 33% of adult rail journeys in standard class and 60% off for accompanying children.

(Want to earn more Virgin Flying Club miles?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

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  1. Chris Palmer says:

    Regarding the Lufthansa / Hilton offer, does anyone know whether it is possible for a Hilton stay in my name to be credited to a Miles & More account in another name (my wife’s)? Does the name with Hilton have to match that of the Miles & More account?

  2. John Caribbean says:

    I’m renewing my landlord’s insurance for a pretty small sum ,£200. I’m with Alan Boswell and they advise that the renewal will attract Avios, but not the quantity.
    Have any of you experienced this recently? Is there an amount I should expect

  3. Mark1980 says:

    OT, does anyone have any experience with booking reward seats with Virgin from MAN to New York? I’ve checked availability for the next year and there’s hardly anything (the odd seat here and there) even 330 days out??

  4. ZumoDeNaranja says:

    On the Clubcard Uber redemptions, can the Uber credit be used worldwide ?

    Off the US next week and already know i will be spending at least $200 on cabs…

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