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Tesco Clubcard and Avios divorce in two weeks – how should you play it?

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As we exclusively broke back in October, British Airways / Avios and Tesco Clubcard have decided to part ways. The option to convert your Tesco Clubcard points into Avios is ending very soon.

(Nothing will change with the partnership between Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Flying Club, for clarity. You can still earn Virgin Points.)

Tesco Clubcard dropping British Airways Avios as a partner

When is Clubcard ending Avios earning?

The last day to initiate a transfer of your Tesco Clubcard points into Avios is 18th January. Probably.

There is some confusion over the date. ba.com says that “You can continue to collect Avios with Tesco up to and including 18 January 2021”.

The Avios page on tesco.com says that “From 18 January 2021, you’ll no longer be able to exchange your Clubcard points for Avios.”

I suspect that BA is correct but, as it is Tesco’s scheme, you might want to convert by the 17th just to be sure.

Hang on …. my next Clubcard statement isn’t generated until 28th January

That is correct, which is why I am writing this article today to explain your options.

By the time you receive your Clubcard vouchers for the November to January quarter, in early February, it will be too late to convert them to Avios.

This is why you need to know about ‘Faster Vouchers’.

Tesco Clubcard dropping British Airways Avios as a partner

What is ‘Faster Vouchers’?

‘Faster Vouchers’ is a feature available to users of the Tesco Clubcard app.

It allows you to convert your CURRENT quarterly points balance into Clubcard vouchers. It is a simple process:

  • you must have at least 150 Clubcard points to convert
  • you will have your Clubcard voucher in your Tesco app, ready to spend, within 24 hours of requesting it

There is one thing to bear in mind. Whilst you can order ‘Faster Vouchers’ with a minimum of 150 Clubcard points in your account, you need at least 250 Clubcard points in order to convert to Avios.

It is pointless converting your existing Clubcard points into ‘Faster Vouchers’ if you only have 150, unless you have other unredeemed Clubcard vouchers to allow a conversion of £2.50+.

Here’s an example

The screenshot below is from my own Clubcard account:

I have 157 Clubcard points available to convert, which means that the blue button to order ‘Faster Vouchers’ is showing.

There would be no point in doing this if I had no other points to convert, because of the £2.50 minimum conversion to Avios.

However, I have also other unredeemed Clubcard vouchers which takes my total over the £2.50 minimum for Avios. This means that it makes sense to order the additional £1.50-worth before converting the lot.

Tesco Clubcard dropping British Airways Avios as a partner

What is the timing?

The last day to convert Clubcard points to Avios is 18th January (or perhaps 17th January for the reasons I gave above).

As ‘Faster Vouchers’ are meant to arrive within 24 hours, you should be OK if you order them as late as 16th January.

If you are currently close to 150 Clubcard points this quarter but not quite there, you have another 12 days to do a bit of shopping to ensure you will be at 150 points by 16th January.

(Remember that you will need to be at 250 points by 16th January if you have no other outstanding Clubcard vouchers to convert, because of the £2.50 minimum transfer.)

Who will replace Tesco as BA’s supermarket partner?

I honestly don’t know. We have been bouncing ideas around in our ‘Comments’ section in recent weeks.

My money would be on a combined John Lewis / Waitrose deal, but I haven’t been told anything – except that we will find out after 18th January.


how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards:

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

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:

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

We also recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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 (133)

  • Lumma says:

    Still hoping BA choose Sainsbury’s/Nectar. They’ve been giving points away like confetti over the last year or so, sometimes on their app they have offers like 100 points when you buy root ginger, with no minimum purchase

    • Baji Nahid says:

      Yes. Though i really feel nectar as of late have really gown downhill. Quite a few companies have pulled out of nectar, like Avanti,LNER,BP etc.

      I hope they do increase their portfolio of retailers.

  • Baji Nahid says:

    I think many are holding out to see whether a bonus for the points conversion to avios would like to pop up anytime soon 👀

    Also im sure virgin has started becoming more cosy with tesco now that BA is leaving (they’ve got that 2000 points introductory offer to entice tesco customers).
    It would be a good idea to see if we can redeem virgin points at tesco in the future!

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    JLP can come up with a ‘prime’ like service and bundle it with loyalty scheme. Free deliveries for JL and Waitrose, points for purchases, plus the current perks for a small monthly fee. They’re sitting on a goldmine of data on affluent customers.

    • Paul Pogba says:

      I noticed Selfridges have an annual free delivery service so it would make sense for JL to do the same. I still don’t understand why Argos aren’t able to compete with Amazon for same day delivery given they have “mini warehouses” everywhere and could probably tie up with Uber to fill drivers dead time.

      • Crafty says:

        They do. Argos is one of the very few retailers to offer an effective same day delivery service.

  • Will CARPMAEL says:

    I suspect both M&S and JLP would both benefit from a value added upgrade to their membership schemes. What real use are M&S points at present??

  • BuildBackBetter says:

    Just realised I have a double points on 2 shops coupon. Have to use it before transferring points out.

  • Si says:

    I am probably giving up on avios after this change and moving everything to collecting club card points. The cost of avios redemptions now is so much I don’t see the value any longer.

  • John says:

    I also had 157 points earlier this year!

    When I tried to convert 150 points to faster vouchers, I got a £1 voucher and 50 points change.

    The reason appears to be that Tesco bank points are “separate” and I had something like 97 normal points plus 60 Tesco bank points so only enough for 50p vouchers each.

    This voucher thing is so stupid. Why can’t it just operate in points like nectar.

    The only way I could completely clear out my old Tesco account was to fill up the car with an exact amount of petrol to get 100 normal points and overpay Bulb by a multiple of £8 to get to 50 points, then switch supplier so they would refund by bank transfer.

  • Clarence says:

    Not so good for those of us in Northern Ireland. We don’t have John Lewis or Waitrose here.

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