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Get 9,600 Avios or 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles for £40 with a new Tesco Mobile offer

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It’s just like the old days …. a generous Tesco promotion to earn you a chunk of Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles via Clubcard.

This deal is with Tesco Mobile.

Tesco Mobile is offering a generous chunk of Clubcard points when you order a pay-as-you-go SIM card and sign up for a Rocket Pack.

A Rocket Pack is a package of data, call minutes and texts which last for a month.  There is no contract but your Rocket Pack will auto-renew unless you cancel it.  You get the points with your first Rocket Pack, so only one payment is needed.

You could move your existing SIM over to Tesco Mobile if you are not in a contract.  However, the smart thing to do is to:

order a new free SIM from Tesco Mobile

order a Rocket Pack

pop the new SIM in your phone – assuming it is not locked – and make a quick call to ensure it is treated as active

and then pop your normal SIM back in!

There are three Rocket Packs you can buy which come with bonus Clubcard points, each of which lasts a month:

Pay £10, get 3GB data / 500 minutes / 5000 texts and 1000 Clubcard points (2400 Avios, 2500 Virgin miles)

Pay £15, get 6GB data / 1000 minutes / 5000 texts and 1500 Clubcard points (3600 Avios, 3750 Virgin miles)

Pay £20, get 8GB data / 2000 minutes / 5000 texts and 2000 Clubcard points (4800 Avios, 5000 Virgin miles)

Note that no other value of Rocket Pack will trigger bonus Clubcard points.

Here is the small print:

Available to new customers only with purchase & top-up of their Rocket Pack SIM or handset. For purchases between 25 February – 28 April 2019.  Requires the linking of your Clubcard and Tesco Mobile phone number which can be done online at tescomobile.com, points issued within 28 days of satisfying eligibility requirements. Points capped at 2000 depending on value of Rocket Pack purchased. Each Clubcard number is eligible to qualify only twice.  

As you can do it twice per Clubcard account, the maximum number of points you can earn is double the limits I mention above.

I have uploaded a photo of the T&C’s here.

If you are wondering why I have written down all the small print, it is because the Tesco Mobile website is up the spout.  

On the ‘SIM only’ home page (click here) you see this:

…. but that’s it.  When you click through, there is no more information.  Nothing.

All of the information I have published above comes from the Tesco Mobile concession inside the massive Cromwell Road shop, where I picked up a brochure and took some pictures of a promotional poster.

The rules make it clear that you can do this offer twice per Clubcard account.  This would mean, if you ordered two SIM cards and bought a £20 Rocket Pack for each, you’d earn 9,600 Avios or 10,000 Virgin Flying Club miles for £40.

(Lloyd makes a good point in the comments though. Whilst the rules say that you can do this twice per Clubcard number, are you actually a ‘new customer’ when you activate the 2nd SIM?)

Importantly, please note that the Rocket Packs roll over each month if you don’t cancel via the Tesco Mobile website.

And the situation gets messier:

The Tesco Mobile is screwed and does not allow you to insert your Clubcard number when ordering your free SIM.  Whenever I try, you get this error message (this is not my actual number but you get the same message regardless):

Looking at comments on HFP yesterday, this is a known issue.  (EDIT:  looking at the comments below, some people are getting it to work today.)  The call centre encourages you to sign up now to get your SIM and add your Clubcard number later via www.mytescomobile.com.  You must do this BEFORE you order your first Rocket Pack.

I assume that if you sign up via a Tesco Mobile concession in your local store this is not an issue.

Conclusion

What we have here is an excellent offer which allows you to pick up 9,600 Avios per Clubcard for just £40.

However, the Tesco Mobile website is messed up in multiple ways.  Not only is there no mention of the offer, apart from the banner ad above, some people can’t enter your Clubcard number whilst ordering your free SIM.

You may want to persevere now.  Order a free Tesco Mobile SIM via the website here, link it to your Clubcard after you’ve registered it and then order your first Rocket Pack.  You will still have met the terms of the offer as your Clubcard will be linked to the SIM at the point of ordering the Rocket Pack.

On the other hand, you might want to take the view that, as the offer runs to 28th April, Tesco Mobile may get things sorted out and perhaps you should wait.

PS.  For clarity, whilst this article discusses taking Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles with your Clubcard points, my current preferred Clubcard redemption is Uber credit at 3 x face value.  I’d rather swap 2,000 Clubcard points for £60 of Uber credit than 4,800 Avios or 5,000 Virgin miles.  You would also have the option of taking £60 of Hotels.com credit.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (176)

  • MS Kirk says:

    Just contacted Tesco Mobile via web chat to enquire how the process works and here is their response:

    ‘As per the process you’ll need to register your Clubcard before May statement cut-off date (28th April) to ensure your points are applied in time to appear on the next statement.
    After this our concerned team will let you know you’ve qualified and met the conditions to get the Clubcard points via SMS once the Rocket Pack has been bought and you have registered your Clubcard,’

    Will wait and see if anyone is successful before buying another Rocket Pack for the second sim

  • Steve says:

    2000 points posted overnight for the £20 rocket pack I bought on 09 March.

  • JSM says:

    So it seems like a 10 day turnaround. I purchased rocket pack on 14th so will report back end of this week.

  • Billy says:

    I purchased a £20 Rocket Pack on 16/03 and 20 points hit my clubcard account dated 16/03
    No sign of the 2000 yet??

  • Richard says:

    Got a text message on one sim card saying “Great news -your 2000 extra clubcard points will be added to you next available Clubcard statement. Nothing as yet on sim 2 other than to say clubcard registered with number. Phone calls been made with both cards.

    • Shoestring says:

      First Rocket pack only – wasn’t that in the rules?

      • Stu R says:

        According to Rob, it was limit 2 per customer!

        • Shoestring says:

          T&Cs say 1 per customer

          If you got 2 you had to use different clubcard a/cs

        • Stu R says:

          Look at Rob’s uploaded photo of the T&Cs – it clearly states ‘each club card number is eligible to qualify only twice’.

          And to prove that, I’ve just had 4000 points posted to my only Clubcard account this morning, same number ….

        • Shoestring says:

          then nice one Stu R

    • MS Kirk says:

      I bought Rocket Pack 18/3 and received a text yesterday from Tesco moblie:

      ‘You get 2000 extra Clubcard points with your latest Rocket Pack! ‘

  • Roger says:

    Are you able to use the DATA allowance in EU?
    T&Cs seem to mention only UK minutes, text and data.

    • TheSkintTraveller says:

      Can you use the credit to donate to charity?

      • Rob says:

        Good idea. Let me know if you find any which work. Is it tax deductible too?

        • TheSkintTraveller says:

          Just Read on Google that you can use payg credit to donate to charity.

        • Tilly71 says:

          Didn’t work Rob to pay Cancer research using the text number to donate, got 2 x replies saying didn’t go through.

      • daniel m says:

        You need to use the £20 PAYG credit to buy the Rocket Pack – at first I was also thinking what a great promo, add £20 to account, then use the £20 to pay for something (some utilities can be paid by text for example). But seems here you have to buy a ROCKET pack, which lasts for 30 days only.

        • Mary Berry says:

          That’s right – just like the article tells you… (slow hand clap)

  • mart says:

    ive had no texts on 2 sims despite activated and rocket packs added 14/3

  • Roddy says:

    4000 Points now posted from one rod with a double hook. Waiting for another rod’s catch. If all goes well, I will attach the second line to my rods and do all over again. Happy days.

    • Shoestring says:

      is that different a/cs though?

      9600 Avios for £40 is pretty good

      (but not as good as 10000 for about £15 🙂 )

      • Roddy says:

        Actually one Tesco account with two linked clubcards. So I think I can use it again for the second line/sim. And it could be 12800 Avios for a grandfathered rate member.

    • bb0118 says:

      Rods – clubcard numbers?
      Hooks – rocket packs?
      Angler – clubcard a/c?

    • Andrew Howard says:

      I have 2 clubcards linked to one account. I got 2 SIMs and registered one SIM to each clubcard. I then Bought a £20 rocket pack for each and I’ve been credited with the bonus 2000 points for each. If I understand your post, I can purchase a second £20 rocket pack for each SIM and I will receive another 2000 bonus points for each. Is that correct?

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