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Tesco and Avios are going their separate ways on 18th January 2021 which has been a blow to many flyers.

The good news is that Virgin Atlantic is remaining a Tesco Clubcard partner even though Tesco is not part of the new Virgin Red loyalty app.

In an attempt to persude ex-Avios collectors to send their Clubcard points to Virgin instead, it is offering its biggest ever incentive.

You will receive 2,000 bonus Virgin Points if you switch your Tesco Clubcard account to auto-convert points to Virgin Flying Club.

Get 1000 Virgin Flying Club miles with Tesco autoconvert

There is a competition too

For each of the next three statement periods, FIVE people will win 40,000 Virgin Points.  This means that there are 15 winners in all.

Everyone who activates auto-convert during this new promotion will be eligible to win.

How do you turn on auto-convert?

You need to visit the Clubcard website here.

Sign in to your account and click on ‘Clubcard Account’.  Select ‘Account Management’ and then ‘Voucher Schemes’.  From this page you can select the “Virgin Points” box to enable auto-exchange.

Virgin Points to Tesco bonus

Is there any small print?

Yes.  Note these three things:

you must activate auto-convert by 28th January

you must have at least £1.50 of Clubcard vouchers available for conversion on that date

you must not have receive a bonus for turning on auto-convert to Virgin Flying Club in the past

Is this worth doing?

I am usually a little sceptical about auto-converting your Clubcard points.

You would miss out if a conversion bonus came along, or indeed a better Tesco Clubcard offer launched with another partner.

In general, it is better to keep your Clubcard vouchers in a drawer until you need them, or until a conversion bonus appears.

However …. the days of lucrative offers on Tesco Clubcard seem to be over.  2,000 Virgin Points is also a VERY good incentive – you’d usually need to spend £800 in Tesco to earn £8 of Clubcard vouchers to receive 2,000 points.

On this basis, assuming you’d only generate a few pounds of vouchers per quarter, you are likely to be better off by activating auto-convert for a while and seeing how it goes.

A quick reminder on timing

As a reminder, the Avios partnership with Tesco ends on 18th January.  As the next lot of Clubcard vouchers are sent out AFTER 18th January, you will not receive any future Avios points via auto-convert.

The Clubcard points you accumulate during November and December should, if you want them to go to Avios, be MANUALLY turned into vouchers before 18th January.  You can do this via the Clubcard app.  You need at least 150 Clubcard points.

Find out more

You can see details of this new Tesco / Virgin Points bonus on the Virgin Flying Club / Tesco Clubcard page here.

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How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (January 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Virgin Points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

You can choose from two official Virgin Atlantic credit cards (apply here, one has a bonus of 15,000 Points):

Virgin Rewards credit card

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

The UK’s most generous free Visa or Mastercard at 0.75 points / £1 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

You can also earn Virgin Points from various American Express cards – and these have sign-up bonuses too.

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Virgin Points

(Want to earn more Virgin Points?  Click here to see our recent articles on Virgin Atlantic and Flying Club and click here for our home page with the latest news on earning and spending other airline and hotel points.)

Comments (39)

  • Baji Nahid says:

    how is virgin affording all this? its on the verge of a collapse.

  • Track says:

    Supposedly only for new auto-conversions, and the bill from Tesco will arrive a quarter later, and be paid within another 90 days (if not postponed).

    Its either Virgin will restart flights in March and have some cash coming in, or not.. (prolonged 3rd wave from Feb scenario).

    • Sean says:

      Bill from Tesco’s?

      • Mike says:

        I know an Arthur from Waitrose – very helpful

      • Genghis says:

        Exactly. No bill from Tesco I reckon.

        Best guess is that it goes to marketing expense in Virgin red.

        When points created, Dr inventory, Cr liability

        Points given away, Dr marketing spend, Cr inventory

        Then when people convert their Tesco points:

        Dr inventory, Cr liability, Dr CASH, Cr inventory.

  • Abdul says:

    What if you already have auto-convert to Virgin points on?

    • @alastairtravel says:

      If you turn it off and turn it back on again in a few weeks this might work (might not), but nothing lost…

  • Will says:

    You say you can manually convert points into a voucher on the app. I can’t see on the Clubcard app and it states only every 3 months. No manual trigger function afaik

    • Rob says:

      Do you have 150 points?

      • Ming The Merciless says:

        When they first started manual points to voucher conversion you could manually convert 30 000 points to vouchers in a quarter and then they’d automatically convert the rest of your points. Netted £600 in a quarter, in 2 accounts for 2 quarters running. Almost 600,000 Avios very quickly.

  • Matt says:

    I’ve never auto-converted, and have about £150 of vouchers in my account from the last year or two. If I turn on auto-convert, does it convert all of them? Or just those earned last quarter? Or next quarter?

    Basically I’d like to convert £2.50 worth to get the bonus, but don’t want to move loads to Virgin at present.

    • Genghis says:

      Just the points earned in the previous quarter.

    • ankomonkey says:

      In the past, auto-convert has only converted newly-generated vouchers from the most recent collection period. Previously earned vouchers have been left untouched.

  • JR says:

    I’m probably being a little slow here, however, does “auto convert” convert all your unused vouchers or only those point generated in the last cycle?

  • Mr. AC says:

    To clarify – if I have a stash of existing vouchers in my account, and I turn on auto-convert, will all of them be converted when the next statement happens in January? Or it’s just the points that would have become a new voucher by then?

  • Concerto says:

    Living outside the UK at the moment, can’t see a way to use this. Would need to join Clubcard first and do some purchases to get it up to 150 points.

    • Andrew M says:

      You don’t need to have any Clubcard points in your account to get the 2000 point bonus. You get it simply for turning on autoconvert.

      • Geoff says:

        As above, and from the Ts&Cs, you need to ‘Have at least £1.50 in Tesco Clubcard vouchers in your Tesco Clubcard account by 28 January 2021’ to get the bonus.

    • The real John says:

      I noticed that you can’t log into Tesco from outside the UK unless you use a VPN set to UK

      • Lady London says:

        It’s weird how Tesco seems to imagine Tesco Clubcard customers never have a holiday abroad.