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Tesco Clubcard bonus points offers have been very thin on the ground recently.

If you look back at Head for Points from four years ago, we were running multiple articles per week on bonus point offers.  Many of them were a good deal even if you bought them purely for the Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles and sent the underlying product off for recycling.

Anyway, we have moved on.  Here is the new deal.

Until 1st March, you will receive double Tesco Clubcard points (2 per £1) on your in-store shopping when you scan the Tesco app at check-out.

Tesco app double points

You need to be clear about what we mean here.  You need to download the Tesco app to your smartphone and, when paying for your shopping, open the app and scan the page showing your Clubcard.

It will NOT work if you swipe a plastic Clubcard, swipe a key fob, use the Tesco Pay+ app or (potentially) even scan the Clubcard saved in Apple Wallet.  You must open the standard Tesco app and have it scanned.

You don’t need to register and the bonus points will be added automatically.

2 Clubcard points per £1 translates into 4.8 Avios or 5 Virgin Flying Club miles per £1 which is not a bad deal.

The usual exclusions apply, eg no points at all on tobacco products, baby milk etc.

PS.  If you missed it, you should take a look at our recent article on the top 10 reasons to get the Tesco Clubcard Mastercard credit card.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (May 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. 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:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

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

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

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.

The Platinum Card has doubled its sign-up bonus to 60,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert to 60,000 Avios, if you apply by 1st June 2022.

American Express Amex Gold

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

60,000 points (SPECIAL OFFER) and an unbeatable set of 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 10,000 Avios.

Capital on Tap Visa card

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa for a limited company 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 card

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.

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

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.

(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 (210)

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  • vol says:

    OT: 400 additional membership rewards for £400 spend just popped up on my free Amex MR card.

    …it’s a bit stingy but it’s better than nothing I suppose 😀

    vol x

  • Billy says:

    Gatwick Express is a joke. Needs to be incorporated back into Southern and have at least one stop at either East Croydon or Clapham Junction.

    The trains are always empty. When London is crying out for extra capacity on trains this would be an easy win.

    • Dan says:

      The fact that it is unnecessary more expensive when compared to Southern and Thameslink really doesn’t help when the journey time on Gatwick express is only around 10 mins more.

      Gatwick Express always seems to be rip-off to me as I use the service to travel to/from Gatwick and Brighton.

      • Lady London says:

        I am not looking forward to these works starting. Landing at Gatwick on a weekend night is a nightmare as it is very, very frequently with anything from long delays to complete meltdowns and the chaos of them only offering a service from Redhill and bussing everyone there. The later your plane lands in the evening especially on a Sunday the more likely your journey to where you’re going in London is going to take closer to 4 hours than 1 and a half.

        For sure Thameslink services will also be very affected.

        As that is BAU now then this will be a cluster**c*. I’d think of changing all my flights to Luton instead if Luton wasn’t….Luton.

        • Dan says:

          I can’t for the life of me work out why the service is so bad when there are effectively 3 options to go from London-Gatwick-Brighton. Surely with that much choice and competition, the standard would be higher.

          I agree 100% with the weekend statement. If the trains go AWOL (i.e. a leaf landing on the track), the whole network is down – which kind of says more about our public transport infrastructure more than anything else.

          • Lady London says:

            Yes I have got really sick of landing at Gatwick at 11pm on a Sunday night, should reach my place in London by 1am latest, and limping in through the door at 3am or even later to start work on Monday morning.

            And that’s now before these works even start.

          • Andrew (@andrewseftel) says:

            There’s no competition. Gatwick Express, Southern and Thameslink are all operated by the same company.

  • A270 says:

    I have a double clubcard point paper voucher. Will using that as well as scanning clubcard from app give me more, less or same points?

  • maccymac says:

    OT: Valentines Day KLM offer – Long Haul – £40 off Economy, £125 off Business.

    Codes and T&Cs:

    https://promotions.klm.com/GB_EN/?WT.mc_id=L_GB_Email_ExactTarget_Campaign_null_eventcampbrandlclfeb20_Initial&WT.tsrc=Email&WT.i_vid=146576270

  • Anna says:

    OT – advice please! I have booked a weekend break in London for the first weekend in May (not changeable). Originally we were going to return on the bank holiday Monday but due to government tinkering it’s not a bank holiday any more and we have to come back Sunday night.
    Looking at rail options, there is going to be major disruption that weekend and travelling via either Preston or Manchester will take nearly 5 hours and involve multiple changes.
    Flights from MAN to LHR are available at decent cash rates, and also with avios, but the hassle factor then is getting to and from central London from LHR. It’s feeling a bit like swings and roundabouts! What do other readers think who go from LHR into the city (we’ve not done this for about 8 years).

    • Stu N says:

      It’s roughly an hour from Piccadilly Circus to T5 on tube. HEX is good value if booked far
      in advance but often not much quicker by time you get to Paddington. Try Citymapper app and see what it suggests.

      I’d aim to arrive around 90 mins before flight then 1h to MAN = 3.5 hours to fly. Depends how you’d get home from MAN, really.

      Is the Chilterns line from Marylebone to Birmingham then change there an option – would only work if engineering was at the Euston end I suppose.

    • Anna says:

      Thanks xcalx, maybe if we were still students 😂

    • RussellH says:

      Not sure whether you are closer to Preston or Manchester, but I would get a train from either to Leeds, and then to London. Reasonably frequent service from both to Leeds, and, as far as I can see on a very quick look, no major disruption that weekend.

      15+ years ago, when the WCML was being upgraded and the service was completely mangled we did this a number of times, taking trains along the Carlisle – Settle line to Leeds, and then to London.

      • Anna says:

        Funny you should say that RussellH, I’ve been looking at alternatives and our best option certainly does seem to be Leeds (£42 return to Kings Cross, bargain!). We might just drive and park there for the convenience, it works out at about the same as getting a connecting train from over our way.

        • Lady London says:

          If you’re staying in town then I’d grab that @Anna. After trying to check for planned rail works on the line that weekend. Rail card or other offer or split tickets may get you First for close to regular price as it’s a weekend?

          • Anna says:

            Very good price for First, however apparently you don’t get much in the way of service at weekends so I’m not sure it’s worth it! Also, I think it said that if you buy any kind of “saver” ticket, you’re not allowed in the lounge, so even worse value.

    • Lady London says:

      There is a Great Western Trainline that goes from Iver and other stations near The Langley if this is your Langley weekend? Can decant onto Central Line or District Line at Ealing Broadway where the Heathrow Connect line also stops on its way back to Heathrow. Ealing Broadway is also 1 stop on the District Line from Ealing Common from where you can also get to LHR on the Piccadilly Line by getting off and changing direction to the opposite platform somewhere like Acton Town or Hammersmith.

      Sorry if that’s TMI. My strategy for LHR as a longterm (cheap)London resident is(1) Piccadilly line because it’s cheap and I don’t have to think about it (2) Heathrow Connect from Ealing Broadway if I’m near there anyway. If stuck travelling overnight after tubes and trains close then No. 9 bus from the bus terminal atT2/T3. I’d consider a car service for 4 not sure about 3 – might work out well with an offer. If booked in advanve HEX might work but Paddington where it lands is off centre so you’d have to decant onto other transport anyway so what’s the point? If you’re at Sofitel then its a nice walk from Green Park tube on the Piccadilly Line through some pleasant streets – shorter but harder to find first time and not so pleasant from Piccadilly Circus.

      Personally you should also consider Gatwick if you’re in town somewhere like the Sofitel At James’s. You might snag a ridiculously early flight on Monday morning instead and still be able to get to work! Sunday night is the pits for all sorts of transport not working.

      • Anna says:

        Hi LL, no, confusingly it’s our trip to the big city for the Tutankhamun exhibition (I have gone a bit OTT booking stuff this year as it’s my 50th and my retirement lol!). Already booked exhibition tickets and a night at the Conrad St James in one of the recent Hilton sales.
        OT – you were asking about Farfetch – they have now refused to disclose details of the retailer who supplied my bag and which, according to Farfetch, has sole liability under consumer law, so I’ve reported them to Trading Standards as their practices are being revealed as shadier by the day! How can you ever be sure you are getting what you paid for if you aren’t even allowed to know who’s selling it?!

        • Lady London says:

          Outrageous. Did they withdraw their offer of a complete refund including shipping then? I assume receiving both handbags as ordered was essential to you so you are rejecting the entire order? As the delivery was not what you ordered you are entitled to be put back in the position you would have been in i.e.you are not liable for costs of incorrect thing being delivered.

          Sorry but I don’t understand why you’re not doing s75 or chargeback (whichever you qualify for) with card company right away. And I hope you gave them notice to collect at their own cost promptly so as to be within any time limit as you did not receive what you ordered. Card co is best way to go once you’ve covered your rejection legally.

          Farfetch / their vendor may turn out to be in an unsue-able or unenforceable jurisdiction (by the look of their t’s and c’s they will have arranged this too 🙂 or situation. Even if you could be bothered to get judgment which no one would if cardco will refund and take the money off Farfetch for you. Trading Standards avenue not quick.

          Please let us know what happens.

          • Anna says:

            It’s a bit complicated to go into but I’ve sent a “final position” email, so I’ll give them a week or so then get on to Amex.

          • Charlieface says:

            You don’t actually need to wait for the retailer for s75, if the company is being difficult or not responding file the claim immediately.

  • Nick says:

    “Southern services will no longer run directly from Victoria to Brighton”

    Haaang on a minute… yes they will, they just can’t be used to make the journey to Gatwick! They’d never remove trains from Victoria to Brighton, they’re Southern’s cash cow!

    • Billy says:

      Well, since Thameslink and Gatwick Express and Southern are all part of the same company they will still be laughing.

    • Sarah says:

      Taken from the Southern Website:
      To achieve this, Southern off-peak services from London Victoria will no longer run direct to or from Brighton. Passengers to/from Brighton to London will need to either use direct Gatwick Express or Thameslink services or change at stations such as East Croydon, Haywards Heath or Preston Park.

      I sincerely hope that GE pricing is brought in line with Southern during this period

    • Andy S says:

      Yes they are doing due to capacity issues, it would appear all trains from Victoria will either turn right at three bridges or left after Haywards Heath!

  • JamesPond says:

    OT: Are Curve ATM withdrawals still charged as a purchase on the Virgin Atlantic Mastercard?

  • marcw says:

    FYI: “The EU is considering revising air passenger rights legislation, and a proposal from the Croatian Council presidency would significantly increase the length of delays passengers must face before they are entitled to compensation from an airline.

    The biggest change would be for travelers on long-haul flights beyond the EU, who would have to cool their heels for 12 hours before being able to file a claim — three times the four-hour delay threshold currently in place.”

    https://www.politico.eu/article/welcome-to-airport-hell/

    • Anna says:

      Oh, those EU protections, what are we going to do without them 😫?

    • BJ says:

      Apart from the compensation for pax this is also a stinker because the threat of huge EU261 bills almost certainly kept airline operators on their toes. I am sure that if it os relaxed to 12h punctuslity and reliability will both suffer.

      • marcw says:

        But isn´t on-time/punctuality % now a selling point? I believe so, especially among business travellers.

        • BJ says:

          Yes maybe, come to think of it I’ve only had a 1h+ delay once in at least the last five years. By contrast, I can recall them being quite frequent in 90s into the 00s.

    • Shoestring says:

      interesting UK court case ruling: strikes *ARE* extraordinary circs after all
      https://corporate.ryanair.com/news/ryanair-welcomes-uk-court-ruling-confirming/

      • BJ says:

        This must surely be successfully challenged. Given how well organised and regulated industrial action is these days I cannot see how anybidy in their right mind could consider it extraordinary.

        • Rui N. says:

          BJ, they don’t need to be extraordinary circumnstances. EU/261 clearly states that its provisions related to compensatio do not apply to regular strikes. Maybe Boris should do something about this on the Council? Or perhaps our MEPs? Oh, wait.

      • Rui N. says:

        This is 100% expected. A couple of years ago the EU court came out with a decision saying that wildcat strikes were not an extraordinary circumnstance. The UK CAA plus a few passenger organisations concluded, God knows why, that this decision meant that all strikes were now extraordinary circumnstamces. As expected, this was clearly not the case, it was a very abusive interpretation of the CJEU decision.

    • ChrisC says:

      Need to remember that in EU261 as published and approved there was no compensation for delays only the requirement for duty of care,

      It was the ECJ that ruled it should apply to delays and took the time frame for duty of care on delays and merged it with the compensation amounts for cancellations depending on the flight distance

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