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Virgin Atlantic launches a Tesco conversion inducement

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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.

Virgin Tesco conversion bonus

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.

Virgin Atlantic Tesco Clubcard points conversion

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.

(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. Nigel the Pensioner says:

    Don’t forget that just £15 of Tesco club card vouchers will get you any £30 rail card – 2 together, friends and family, senior etc. This to me is getting it for free, simply by using Tesco for everyday groceries for about 2 quarters!

    • Genghis says:

      There is of course the opportunity cost.

    • Also remember that anyone in London with an annual Oyster ticket can buy any rail card for GBP 10. Doesn’t even have to be for your own personal use.

      • RussellH says:

        And if you have a Senior Railcard, you can link it to your Oyster Card off LU fares. You need to do this at a station, so try to find a time when things are quiet.

        • I always have to fight with LU staff to set up a Gold Card discounts on Oyster as they are simply not aware of how to do that.

      • You don’t even have to buy a separate card as Annual Gold Card automatically gives you and your companions 33% off rail fares and PAYG fares outside your travel card zones

    • 20% off Family & Friends Railcard for the next few days with code FAM20

    • alan young says:

      Buy a 3 year Family & Friends card and Kids up to 17 can get 60%. Ideal for away footy matches.

  2. Re the Hilton / Lufthansa offer, I’ve registered but already had stays between 1 Aug and the date I registered. Can I retro-claim these?

  3. Chris Cannon says:

    On Hilton / LH: I can confirm any pre booked even if changed on line prior to stay will revert to what the settings were at time of bookings. You’ll need to manually change at check in. Question: has anyone seen any miles actually credit to their M&M accounts yet? I’ve done 3 stays now and nothing has credited yet

    • Andreas says:

      Does it say anywhere in writing that reward stays don’t count? It didn’t seem to be mentioned in T&C’s when they launched the offer.

      • I’ve got the points for a 2n stay on 3rd August. I booked the stay in Feb so was a surprise. They were in my hh acc few days after the stay. I didn’t have an M&M account until Rob posted the article.

      • No

    • Pangolin says:

      You can also manually change/add the details online by selecting View/Edit on an individual reservation.

      I’m almost certain that reward stays didn’t give me miles for the previous M&M promo (others say it did) so I wouldn’t be surprised if this one only applied to cash stays.

    • I’ve had Hilton properties unable and/or unwilling to change my FF account number at check-in. Was told I needed to change it at my Hilton.com profile several days in advance for it to update in time…

      • I’m afraid that’s just poorly-informed desk agents – it is absolutely possible, I’ve done it many times (as FF programme is set at time of booking). Sometimes you need to get them to ask colleagues, other times contact Hilton for assistance but it does get tricky if points have already been sent to the wrong programme.

    • As long as Hilton shows them as due, don’t worry. It may take a month but they will arrive, possibly in a monthly sweep.

    • William says:

      Yes. Stayed Aug 6 – credited to M&M yesterday.

  4. By reward stay do we mean 100% points redemptions only or also points & money bookings?

    • RussellH says:

      Since I got a huge number of HH points at New Year for points+cash bookings I have stopped doing 100% points bookings at Hilton – I do 90% points and a a few £. Always got all the bonus points promised. Will see what happens this weekend as regards M+M points.

      • I sm hoping this is how it works with the LH offer too but reluctant go try book before it’s confirned as I need to book 7 stays.

  5. I’ve got about £80 in Clubcard vouchers in my account. If I turn on auto-convert for VA, will it convert these or does it kick in on the next quarter?

    • Genghis says:

      Existing vouchers are safe. It’s only new points that would get converted. I turned on autoconvert a few weeks ago, diarising when I need to switch to Xmas saver and top up.

      • Thanks for the speedy reply, Genghis. Much appreciated.

      • How much time is there usually between receiving the bonus miles and the autoconvert taking place?

      • This was exactly what I came to ask. The terms and conditions state that you can only receive the 1000 points once and I did a couple of years ago, but it might be worth turning it on just to see as it’s looking like another £1.50 voucher quarter for me 🙁

        • I, and many others here, have received the bonus many times.
          I am just trying agin.

  6. OT
    Travelling to Boston in F in October. Can someone advise please whether the Elemis spa treatments are included or extra cost.

    • Included, but can’t be booked until 28 days out…and even then, chances are they won’t have everything available as they can’t be bothered to pay enough staff to cover all treatment types.

      • My partner and I flying on 2-4-1 to Sin on the 21st (next week). I emailed them on 24 July and they booked me for a massage and him for a facial without any probs. No need to telephone. But note that you are entitled to ONE treatment per person only

    • Genghis says:

      The Deep Clean Aviator Facial comes recommended.

    • thanks both

    • Boston will leave from T5B, where there is another Elemis Spa which i found in the past to be easier to get into, even without a booking. As you are in F, prebook 28 days out, i seem to have had more success phoning than doing by email.

      • btw when i say T5B, what i mean is that its not usually from T5A! chance it is from T5C – either way you could get over to T5 spa.

        • Definitely book by phone – call YouFirst 28 days out, ideally in the morning and you should get something.

  7. Semi OT – now that RedSpottedHanky are 3x value with Tesco clubcard, I’m considering using some – are there any obscure clauses or penalties for doing so that mean it isn’t a genuine saving?

    • Only if the train company you normally use has exclusive deals on its own website.

    • I used to use them for all my CC redemptions last time it was X3, but then RSH introduced pesky booking fees so I stopped (train companies aren’t allowed to charge these on their own websites), and of course the drop to X2 killed it completely.

      I’m planning to do a few more though now it’s back. It’s better value the more you can book in one go (because the transaction fees average out over a few journeys the effect is lower). Also worth noting that there is a delay in activation for this method, so you can’t convert and book immediately, it needs to be planned slightly ahead of time.

    • the_real_a says:

      Its a very good redemption. There are no exclusions, and the credit “remains” if you dont spend all of it. I have made redemption’s since the beginning. Even the £1 booking fee is redeemable via the credit. Just note that the RSH website originates from the 1990`s – its is truly awful. Their app is a case study on how not to build apps.

      • Excellent – thank you both… tickets are >£130 and don’t seem to be discounted anywhere so quite happy to pay the £1 booking fee – will be a much better use than our usual Pizza Express vouchers!

  8. Was looking at booking Delta One through Virgin a couple of days ago. One thing I noticed was that it would only let me choose a Delta flight for the return, whereas booking Virgin on the outbound I could pick either Delta or Virgin for the return.

    It was asking for more miles for a mixed cabin booking with a Delta return than a Virgin only one, although the taxes were the same

    • DANIEL MACDONALD says:

      Delta one is not good. I’m just back this morning from Minneapolis having flown out to ATL.

      Outbound to ATL…T3 Clubhouse as expected..always a good thing. The seat is terrible with a shoe box sized hole for your feet. Staff pleasant enough.

      Return from MSP today…the delta lounge is appalling. Busy..and wanted 4$ for a bottle of beer..Michelob ultra was free. Poor wine, my friend paid for hsi half bottle of champagne. The food offering was poor…Mac and Cheese style food on paper plates, I kid you not.

      Seat was still poor…

      I wont be doing the Delta One thing ever again. Just avoid and book Virgin..makes you long for the Herrigbone seats !

      • Thanks for the report. Currently got 51k virgin miles and trying to work out what to use them on. I’ve always wanted to give the clubhouse a go but I’m tempted with the USA-europe but not UK one way option on Delta. 50k miles plus only $5.60 in taxes

        • I have just done SEA – AMS and AMS- MCO I echo what was said by Daniel. The seat is ok, but I am not a fan of the cubby hole where your feet go. I’m 6 ft 1 and my feet felt squashed. For the day flight they turned off all the lights for 5 hours. The food was good and service excellent and for the price it was definitely worth it as it was so much cheaper in both miles and money. So YMMV

  9. Michael C says:

    OT – looking for a London N Year lovely lights/decoration w/end with better half & 5-yr old: I have Conrad St James junior suite + lounge and Sheraton Park Lane king + lounge at same price.

    I guess Sheraton would win for location (freezing/raining, can scurry among shops, Piccadilly line more useful). Guessing Conrad lounge is better. Any other thoughts – anyone seen either decorated?

    We’ll be doing Winter Wonderland, natch.

    Cheers.

    • Sheraton is better location for Winter Wonderland. Frankly the hotel is stunning since it was refurbished – see our review. Haven’t seen the lounge but I doubt you’d be unhappy. I imagine the New Years Day parade also goes past the hotel.

      • Michael C says:

        Cheers Rob – seen your reviews on both. I think def. Sheraton this time, Conrad for the spring/parks, etc.
        Just waiting to hear back to see if the King Club has a bathtub. Weirdly, the “lower” Superior room says it does, but the “further details” on club rooms are blank on the site, and I remember your review pic. (of that particular club room) not having one.

    • Strongly advise you don’t take any valuables to WW with you. Just some cash and a debit card hidden somewhere on your person.

    • Is this going to be at New Years eve? If so I would suggest Doubletree Westminster. High floors have river views and river is 2 minute walk away so perfect for fireworks. I like this hotel better than Conrad too.

  10. Benilyn says:

    Do you guys see as buying 600 AVIOS for £2.50 Tesco vouchers worthwhile? I have been saving up Tesco vouchers to do that.

    Given 3x multiplier on a lot of things, £2.50 voucher is worth £7.50, so paying 1.25p per mile on that logic.

    • Personally I now use my Tesco vouchers for Uber. It is a genuine 3x redemption (it is hard to get Uber discounts otherwise) and I don’t value Avios at 1.25p.

    • the_real_a says:

      Personally no, but then I earn avios in other ways. It totally depends on what flights you intend to take, and then a personal perspective IF you would pay cash for Business over Economy. Very often its better value to spend clubcard points on other 3x redemption partners that you would definitely otherwise use cash.

    • No, I’ll be waiting for the next 20% transfer bonus to Virgin.

  11. OT Marriott TP again sorry.: Just upgraded a cat 1-5 certificate to a cat 7 which is the most I had points left for. After the certificate code it states 105, 000 points. Anybody know what that means or how it was calculated?

    • Young L says:

      105000 is the points you get when you ‘refund’ the certificate. A CAT 1-5 refund gets 45000 points, CAT 6 gets 75000.

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