Tesco Clubcard and Avios have launched a competition for anyone who converts their Clubcard points to British Airways Executive Club Avios during August.
As a reminder, both Avios and Virgin Flying Club are Tesco Clubcard partners. When you convert:
1 Tesco Clubcard point = 2.4 Avios (details here)
1 Tesco Clubcard point = 2.5 Virgin Flying Club miles (details here)
As 1 Clubcard point is only worth 1p when spent in a Tesco store, this is clearly far more attractive. However, you also need to look at other Clubcard partner deals.
Hotels.com, for example, offers you 3p of credit for every 1p of Tesco Clubcard vouchers you convert. You don’t earn Hotels.com Rewards credits when you do this, so it isn’t a genuine ‘3 to 1’ conversion, but some people will find it just as attractive.
You can also use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to book selected Hilton hotels, with 1p of vouchers worth a 3p discount. Even better, these count as qualifying stays in Hilton Honors. You can learn more about the Tesco Clubcard / Hilton partnership in our article here.
Anyway, back to the competition!
What do you win? There are 100 prizes of 24,000 Avios each
How do you enter? You receive an entry when you convert at least £2.50 of Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios
What is the deadline? You must convert your points between 1st August and 31st August
Are people who auto-convert included automatically? Yes
Do you receive more entries for converting more points? No. This is important – you do NOT get four entries if you convert £10-worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers. It is limited to one entry per person.
To be honest, I was expecting some form of Avios conversion bonus. Historically this is something that British Airways has done when it wants to raise some money, as Tesco has to pay for every Avios point that you receive. It wouldn’t have surprised me to see a 100% bonus, so to see nothing at all is very strange.
Will see a conversion bonus next quarter? I obviously don’t know. As usual, I don’t recommend converting your Tesco Clubcard vouchers to Avios immediately. Not only could you miss out on a future conversion bonus, but you could also miss out on a great offer from a different Tesco Clubcard partner.
That said ….. I might take a punt and convert £2.50-worth of my current £25 stash! The odds of winning are probably not too bad given that there are 100 prizes, and with each prize worth 24,000 Avios it is nothing to be sniffed at.
I don’t see any point in converting more than £2.50-worth of vouchers unless, of course, you are planning to use the Avios immediately.