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Virgin Atlantic launches a Tesco Clubcard 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.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (June 2024)

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

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend Read our full review

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points (TO 16TH JULY), FREE for a year & four airport ….. Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit 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 Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  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.)

Comments (70)

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  • 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.


    • Rob says:

      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.

    • Chris says:

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

    • BJ says:

      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.

  • 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.

    • Rob says:

      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.

    • Alex W says:

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

  • BJ says:

    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.

  • 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?

  • 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

  • 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??

  • 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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