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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)

  • avstar says:

    giftcard purchased in tesco earn clubcard points correct? i.e. not excluded from earning pointsCC ?

    • mark2 says:

      No; they stopped earning a couple of years ago, unfortunately as it was triple points!

      • Chris says:

        You do earn clubcard points on Tesco own brand gift cards. I usually buy gift cards and then use these to do my shopping. You effectively get double points on all your shopping. I’ve recently had quite a few double points coupons so have purchased £400 in vouchers and got 1,200 points once spent on shopping.

      • Max says:

        So are you saying you earn zero clubcard points if you buy a gift card, eg. Argos gift card etc.?

  • Stagger Lee says:

    I really do hope it’s Waitrose as I’m in the clinically extremely vulnerable group so get my food deliveries from them. Collecting Avios on top will be a big bonus for me.

    • Aston100 says:

      >>>I really do hope it’s Waitrose as I’m in the clinically extremely vulnerable group so get my food deliveries from them<<<
      I don't understand this.

      • Number9 says:

        Means that stagger lee is a vulnerable person shielding so they get a priority delivery spot with Waitrose, and if they become new avois partner they will earn points on their groceries that get delivered.

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Well it’ll actually be a tiny bonus

      • Stagger Lee says:

        Yeah, big bonus was a bit OTT but anything is better than nothing if I’m spending the money there anyway.

  • Track says:

    Hmm, while Clubcard/Avios gave some incentive of going to Tesco, that is only because of the conversion rate.

    BA will not / should not pair with Nectar because Nectar points are like confetti (in current marketing climate) or conversion rate of Nectar-x-Avios should not be attractive.

    In that case, it will not make people to visit/drive to Sainbury’s.

    JLP/Waitrose do have experience operating a points-based scheme and likely have no IT for it. Frankly, they better bring their old-fashioned paper vouchers back — everyone should do what they do / did best.

    M&S does not / should not need a loyalty scheme — they don’t have food superstores that will benefit from the traffic (additional brought in). M&S locations are already in the prime, high-traffic (railway stations, high street).

    • Sprout says:

      I see logic in each of the points you make – do you have a view on Morrisons?

    • the_real_a says:

      You can effectively just buy an off the shelf SAP module. Virtually no IT investment required.

    • WillPS says:

      M&S already have a loyalty scheme called Sparks, and they do have superstores (normally under the M&S Foodhall brand).

  • Chas says:

    No-one has mentioned Ocado being a possibility. Is that because it’s a ludicrous idea? It would meet Rob’s suggestion that BA want to be a big fish in a small pond. Perhaps Ocado don’t need to garner loyalty at the moment with many people wanting to become customers but being unable to get delivery slots? Or maybe as Ocado are now partnered with M&S it could add credibility to the Waitrose / JL rumours as a way for Waitrose to try and replace the lost business – by attracting new customers to their stores (or their own online delivery platform) as supposed to the primary driver being rewarding the loyalty of existing customers (who would still benefit anyway).

    • Chrisasaurus says:

      Given their size I truly don’t see BA ditching Tesco for Ocado

      Morrison’s the most sense in terms of size, and they have a (crap) points based scheme already…

      Well, I’d argue Tesco made the most sense but mebbes WM made an offer BA couldn’t refuse…

    • Rob says:

      Need to factor in that M&S has lost the BA buy on board contract and a new food partner is due to be announced soon too ….

  • Track says:

    Rob, what you see as Tesco leeching off Avios brand — could also be seen as a synergy.

    Which other chain has a need to drive additional traffic to its superstores?

    And which other chain can make up the same cash payment in GBP as Tesco brings? Definitely not Waitrose/JLP though it would be a cosy partnership.

    If end of the day BA / IAG will find out they are having consistent spare capacity (unsold reward seats inventory) — good for current Avios holders, but heads will roll at AGL.

  • Eli says:

    Shame about Avios/Tesco partnership…
    If ones goes for auto convert with Tesco & Virgin what will happen to vouchers that have not yet cashed in/converted to either Avios/Virgin

  • Sam says:

    Is there no longer any benefit in being enrolled in the Christmas Saver?

    Also where on the app can I change this- currently signed up to Xmas Saver and have £6 of vouchers, still undecided what to do but have no option of ‘Faster Voucher’.

    • Genghis says:

      No. Turn off until Oct when you should then turn back on and top up.

      Change under “Voucher schemes”.

  • Sam says:

    As always, thanks Genghis! HNY!

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