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An Avios windfall for anyone who has a Tesco Bank mortgage

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Back in May, we covered the announcement that Tesco Bank had decided to pull out of the mortgage market.

It was recently announced that Lloyds Banking Group had bought the ‘book’ in a £3.8bn deal.  It paid 2.5% over the face value of the outstanding loans.

It seems that Tesco Bank is being more than fair with compensation to mortgage holders who will no longer be able to collect Clubcard points on their mortgage payments.

Tesco Bank mortgage book sold to Halifax

For customers on a fixed rate or tracker mortgage, they will receive – in one chunk – all of the Clubcard points they would have earned over the remaining term of their fix or tracker deal.

For anyone on a standard variable rate, they will receive a one-off payment equivalent of 12 months of Clubcard points.  This is generous, given that the customer could then immediately remortgage.

The reader who sent me details was in line for a payout of 23,000 points, worth 55,000 Avios.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 2023)

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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

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

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 Read our full review

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.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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 Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (70)

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  • Chrisasaurus says:

    Odd OT: Amex Plat car hire insurance, does anyone know whether it covers (UK) Motorhome rental? I know (or believe) it excludes vans, but what about recreational motorhomes? (<3.5ton)

    • Lady London says:

      I think Questor do vehicle Excess Hire for those if needed, if Amex cover excludes. Most dont cover them.

    • BFT01 says:

      The car insurance that comes with your Amex card is from
      insurance4carhire.com
      check their website for T& Cs

  • Waddle says:

    OT: Etihad Chauffeur service

    I know I can book online and enter the details of my arrival into AUH but that would book me a car immediately after I land. I would prefer to spend a few hours at the arrivals lounge before getting driven to Dubai. Would I be able to not book anything, go to the arrivals lounge and then ask the chauffeur desk for a car without booking in advance?

    • e.thomas says:

      5 yrs ago, so may have changed, it was only when you got to chauffeur area that they logged you as needing a car. The waiting area for this was in a lounge area. if that is considered the “arrivals lounge” you will not want to spend any time there.

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