Some – but only some – British Airways Executive Club members who have previously converted from Tesco Clubcard to Avios have received an email with a special offer if they convert their upcoming October vouchers.
There are two versions:
1,000 bonus Avios when you convert at least £5 of Clubcard vouchers (£5 usually gets you 1,200 Avios), or
20% bonus Avios on your entire conversion (so 288 Avios per £1 of Clubcard vouchers)
In general, if you live in London (or another with a big Uber presence) then Uber / UberEats credit is a better deal than Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles. £5 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers get you £15 of Uber credit (only valid in the UK) which is worth a lot more than 1,200 Avios.
Bearing this in mind, I would take the 1,000 bonus Avios promotion if available but only for the minimum of £5. The 20% bonus will be worth doing for some – you are basically ‘paying’ 1.04p per Avios compared to taking Uber credit which a lot of readers would find acceptable.
The decline of Clubcard …..
I get a feeling that Avios has taken quite a hit from the dramatic scaling down of Tesco Clubcard over the last couple of years. I mean …. 10 years ago Tesco was so prolific with bonus points that, when it partnered with Motorpoint at 4x face value, a lot of heavy collectors I knew were walking away with totally free cars. These days you’d struggle to get enough for a little dangly air freshener.
Tesco Wine is also closing on 8th October following the recent closure of Tesco Direct. This isn’t a major loss since Tesco Wine has deliberately not been offering Clubcard points as an incentive for the last couple of years. I was told they attracted ‘the wrong sort of customer’. Most businesses which offer an incentive to lure customers who never return would realise exactly where the problem was, but Tesco Wine never did ….
The conversion bonuses will run until 15th November.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.