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Tesco Clubcard launches an Avios competition but no points conversion bonus

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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!

Tesco Avios 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.

Comments (43)

  • BJ says:

    In the past, conversion bonuses were sometimes restricted to people who had not converted to avios for a certain amount of time. Therefore, taking a punt on a £2.50 conversion to enter the competition now could disqualify you from receiving a conversion bonus in subsequent quarters. I doubt many readers have substantial clubcard balances anymore though so the prospect of 24k avios will be sufficient to take a chance. It could be that there will never be a conversion bonus ever again, might be written into current agreement Tesco have with BA.

  • John says:

    Not sure if this is widely known already but I just discovered that hotels.com app prices are about £4 cheaper than using the website, which possibly coincides with that reward night fee thing and the inability to use topc.b. etc

  • Sussex bantam says:

    Does this need both legs to have been own before Aug 2021 or just outbound ?

  • james says:

    100 prizes of 24k avios….it’s hardly worth the bother. Would have expected much more of a promotion.

    • RussellH says:

      Quite the contrary.
      Many cheers to Tesco for a competion that a a number of people can win.
      Much, much better to have 100 people winning 24 000 than 1 person get 2 400 000.

      Be nice to see Premium Bonds and the Lotteries do something similar.

      • Peter K says:

        Surely premium bonds and lotteries (I don’t gamble btw) already do offer lower prizes, as well as the larger headline ones.

        • RussellH says:

          Yes, but I would like to see them drop the big prizes and distibute many more smaller ones.

          • AJA says:

            No! I like the potential to win £1m each month from ERNIE. I am happy to just get the £25 every so often. I dislike the new rules on the Lotto when it is a must-be-won draw where everyone wins a bit more when no one matches all 6 numbers.

          • Rob says:

            Human nature means they should take in far less cash though.

            I look ONLY at the £25 prizes. On that basis you get back 1.22% tax free. Can’t argue there.

  • Vit says:

    Not sure how this works but can i enter using my friend’s voucher? She does not collect avios and just use her voucher for regular shopping. Happy to pay her face value.

    • John says:

      Ideally you would have to make a BA account for your friend and add her to your household account and/or family/friends list such that you can use her avios, then do some complicated things with aer club so that you can empty her new account completely

      Not sure if Tesco does name/address matching when sending avios to BA

    • Anuj says:

      Yes, when you get to checkout where you select club card vouchers, just enter your friends voucher code in the box and it will go through

  • J says:

    I got excited there, as I’m probably one of the very few who still has a Lego earned stash of Clubcard points, having had the helpline reissue them when they had expired. Good to hear that BA hasn’t forgotten about Clubcard.

    • Chris Heyes says:

      J @ Not sure why you’d be excited anyone with £2.50 worth gets one chance in draw if you convert all yours you still only get one chance in draw rest are wasted (well you do get Avios so not necessary wasted)

  • Linda says:

    I converted some clubcard points on the 4th August did check the Tesco website for any deal/offers nothing there, still nothing on checking now. is it mentioned anywhere?

  • Brian says:

    How good have Kaligo been when it comes to cancellations due to hotels being closed etc? I know others have had bad experience with other booking sites.

    I don’t think section 75 can be used if you haven’t booked directly?