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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 (May 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

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Do you have a small business? Until 20th May 2021, you can receive a special sign-up bonus worth 29,900 Avios with the Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa credit card. This offer is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to learn more.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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)

  • ECR says:

    You could also factor in that Sainsbury, Asda, Morrisons etc also all sell food

  • Zoe says:

    I wouldn’t leave an Avios/Tesco Clubcard transer to the last minute. I used the clubcard website to convert to Avios on Saturday, 5 days on I have received confirmation of my order but no transfer as yet.

  • Jon F says:

    I hope Avios don’t partner with Waitrose. As others have said people who collect Avios tend to be savvy with regards to price. Waitrose is significantly more expensive than Tesco for a weekly shop. The deal would have to be very good to get me to switch. A £100 shop at Tesco’s is closer to £130 at Waitrose. Praying on Sainsbury’s – mass market, UK wide, still competitive prices. The whole Nectar scheme needs a revamp though!

  • Sarah says:

    Hi Rob,

    Once you hit ‘turn your points into vouchers’ in the Clubcard app and you receive ‘faster vouchers’ – what is the next step in converting them to Avios? Or is it really obvious once you go through that process?!

    • Rob says:

      Same process as usual – via Tesco.com/Clubcard on the Avios page. Not sure if it can be done via the app too.

      • TimM says:

        On the Clubcard app, select ‘Rewards’ bottom right, then search for Avios and BAEC Avios appears with the option to ‘Start my Order’ .

  • Steve in Croydon says:

    Does anyone else have the same distrust of BA/AGL as I do? I have £115 of Tesco vouchers (worth 36,800 Avios), 600,000+ Avios and a BA blue AX card (thinking of getting a MR AX card instead). Used to travel a lot and have burnt trough 2m+ Avios and many 2-4-1s.
    I just don’t believe that BA/AGL will not shaft Avios collectors with a dramatic increase in flight prices which amounts to a devaluation of the Avios currency. Given the number of buy Avios promotions over the years, they could already be considered akin to Wiemar Germany Reichsmarks or Venezuelan Bolivars.
    The only thing that would stop them is the threat of class action court cases. They couldn’t argue that these were freebies, given the number of Avios they have sold.
    There’s sod all else of interest to me in the Tesco Clubcard partners list.

  • Louie says:

    How long are transfers currently taking?

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