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Is the new Tesco Clubcard Plus credit card, which earns Avios, worth a look?

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This is our review of the new Tesco Clubcard Plus credit card.  Does it have anything new to offer?

Last November, Tesco launched its new subscription-based Clubcard Plus proposition.  The idea is that, for a monthly fee of £7.99, you get a range of benefits on Tesco products.

Here is what you get for your money:

Tesco Clubcard Plus credit card review

10% off two monthly shops, up to £200 each (INSTORE ONLY)

10% off F&F, Fred & Flo, Go Cook, Fox & Ivy, Tesco Pet and Carousel brands all year round

Double data on your Tesco mobile contract

Exclusive access to a Tesco Bank card with 0% foreign transaction fees

These are on top of the usual benefits you’d get from a ‘standard’ Clubcard, including points earning and spending.

The response to date from the public seems to have been muted, to say the least.

Whether these benefits are worth the £7.99 a month you are paying depends on your personal shopping habits. If you spend £100 on groceries every fortnight in a single shop, you would save £20 per month. That would mean, disregarding all the other benefits, that you were saving £12 a month.

The problem is that many of us are moving away from big weekly or monthly shops, choosing to nip around to the local shop more often to buy fresh produce.  There is no simple answer, so you will have to work out yourself if you will save any money upgrading yourself to Clubcard Plus.

The inability to claim the discount on deliveries is also odd.

Is the Tesco Clubcard Plus credit card any good?

Whilst Clubcard Plus launched in November, the credit card only launched this month.  It looks like this:

Tesco Clubcard Plus credit card review

Here is a summary of the benefits:

No annual fee

No foreign exchange fees

0% interest on purchases for 12, 15 or 18 months depending on status

Earn 1 Clubcard point for every £8 you spend (1 per £4 in Tesco)

Representative interest rate on purchases 19.9% variable

There is NO sign-up bonus.

On the face of it, these benefits are not bad.  The problem is this – they are nowhere good enough, on their own, to justify paying £7.99 per month for Clubcard Plus.

I would go further, in fact, and say that this credit card should play no part in your decision on whether to get Clubcard Plus or not.

The Clubcard earning rate on this card is the same as the rate on the free Tesco credit card.  At 0.125 Clubcard points per £1, you would get 0.3 Avios or 0.312 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1.  It’s not great, but the ability to use your vouchers for other Clubcard deals if you change your mind about Avios or Virgin miles is a strong plus point.

However, if you want a Tesco credit card, you can get the free one which has the same earning rate – there is no need to join Clubcard Plus.

Similarly, there are no shortage of free credit cards offering 0% foreign exchange fees.

There is one genuine benefit.  As well as 0% FX fees, you will also earn Clubcard points on your foreign spend.  This means that it is the only personal credit card which lets you earn Avios on foreign spend whilst paying 0% FX fees.  The Avios rate is so low, however, that you could never justify the £7.99 fee just for this.

Conclusion

Tesco Clubcard Plus is a bit of a missed opportunity and, for Tesco, possibly a mistake.

If you spend £80 or more across no more than two in-store shopping trips per month, it makes sense to join – but does it make sense for Tesco to give you a big discount, whilst also alienating online customers?

For everyone else, the additional benefits – such as this credit card – are so weak that signing up makes no sense.  This isn’t Amazon Prime, by a long way

If you have got Clubcard Plus already and spend a lot of money outside the UK, it may be worth adding this card in order to earn Avios whilst racking up 0% FX fees.  Assuming you already have a 0% FX fees card without rewards, however, I doubt the benefits make it worth adding yet another card to your life.  If you had £5,000 of foreign spend per year you would earn just 1,500 Avios, which is hardly worth the effort of applying.

You can apply for the card on the Tesco Bank website here.


Want to earn more points from credit cards? – July 2021 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit or charge card, here are our July 2021 recommendations based on the current sign-up bonus

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the other top current deals:

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

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

Virgin Rewards Plus credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and the most generous non-Amex for day to day spending Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers.

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

Earn both Avios and BA On Business points with your business spending Read our full review

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending:

Barclaycard Select Cashback Credit Card

1% cashback and no annual fee Read our full review

Comments (137)

  • Jim Ryan says:

    “This means that it is the only personal credit card which lets you earn Avios on foreign spend whilst paying 0% FX fees”

    Tehcnically true, but you could use an avios mastercard or visa with curve ?

  • ADS says:

    and don’t forget that the headline 0.3 avios per pound is nothing like that in reality when each *transaction* is rounded down to the nearest £8 for points calculation

    worth downloading your credit card transactions and having a look to see what you’d actually achieve … suspect it’s more like 0.15 avios per pound for most people

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