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LAST CALL for Tesco Clubcard to Avios conversions

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Hopefully you don’t need a reminder, but tomorrow – Monday – is your last day to convert Tesco Clubcard points to Avios.

Transfers must be initiated on the Clubcard website by midnight on Monday.

Meanwhile, TODAY – Sunday – is your last chance to turn your existing points balance into vouchers.

As long as you have earned 150 Clubcard points in the current quarter, you can convert them NOW into Clubcard vouchers. This is called ‘Faster Vouchers’.

Your points will be turned into vouchers within 24 hours. This means that you will have a voucher code in time to transfer it by midnight on Monday.

I was sitting on 157 points on Thursday so I converted 150. The voucher code did appear within 24 hours as promised, and when I get a minute today I will convert my existing £29.50 of Clubcard vouchers.

You can learn more about Tesco Clubcard ‘Faster Vouchers’ in this article.


how to earn avios from credit cards

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

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

Until 9th April 2021, American Express is running the biggest sign-up bonuses ever seen on a UK payment card.

You will earn 100,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Platinum (apply here) and 50,000 Membership Rewards points on American Express Business Gold (apply here) which is FREE for your first year. Points transfer 1:1 into Avios. Here are links to our reviews:

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

100,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and a long list of travel ….. Read our full review

Amex American Express Business Gold card

American Express Business Gold

50,000 points sign-up bonus – SPECIAL OFFER TO 9th APRIL – and free for a year Read our full review

Here are your other options. 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

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 (113)

  • RussellH says:

    > Do you know anyone who doesn’t have an interest
    > in miles and points who has one?
    Indeed, why would they want one?

    Plenty of reasons why not to have one, though.
    Main reason – you need an Android or iOS device to use Curve, and I have no use those devices.
    Secondary reason – the endless problems people here have with Curve. It might be more trustworthy if there were few, or better, no negative comments.
    Subsidiary reason – how can it make money when its income is fairly trivial debit card fees, while its outgoings are much higher credit card fees?

    • memesweeper says:

      ‘how can it make money’?

      Well, it’s likely that it is structurally loss making at the moment, ie more users and transactions mean greater losses. Thus this must change… Curve fronted fees are just the beginning I suspect.

      • Harrier25 says:

        ….and more fees = even less transactions, which is a catch 22 situation. To me, Curve is the most niche product of all the recent financial start up products with limited areas for it to expand into, unlike products such as Revolut, Starling etc, which is why I’m amazed at the amount of funding it still attracts. Surely that must dry up at some point soon?

        • BuildBackBetter says:

          Not necessarily. Thousands of customers paying £150 per annum. This is on top of those paying fronted fees and fx fees on weekends.
          If Curve can make sure it’s not losing money on the core business (debit to credit), I think it can survive.
          And if they can introduce one disruptive product, they can come up with more.

          • Harrier25 says:

            Thousands? How many thousands? and where are the figures to back that so called fact up?

        • BuildBackBetter says:

          Remember that curve is effectively competing with Billhop and Amex payment services (currently only for businesses) indirectly.
          We need more competition in this space. Curve can introduce a facility to pay bank accounts like Billhop for a fee of 1% and it can be a huge success.

    • Mikeact says:

      I use Android with Curve, no problems here, and my card goes back to Day 1. Used it a lot around the World, a lot, up until March 2020 when we managed to get back home from our last long haul.
      I now have the Currensea card…..very much for emergency use only while away.

    • mark2 says:

      You don’t need to use an Android device. I run Curve app on a Windows 10 desktop using BlueStacks. It is a bit clunky, but then so is Android!

    • David says:

      Ridiculous post, your main reason – need of an iOS or Android device – is something that represents no issue at all for the vast majority of people.
      Indeed, native app management of products is actually desirable.

      Your second reason – I’ve not had problems with them, I’ve been a customer since the begin, and have had lots of situations, e.g. big refunds, underlying cards that are now closed, complex merchant types, etc, etc. No problems.

      Your subsidiary reason, querying how it makes money seems to be an odd reason for a user not to have one.

      In terms of why people might want one, FX load avoidance is a decent reason. And consumer desires for transaction management is growing too.
      Personally, I think they may also pitch it as an open banking front end, but with a card also to work the accounts.

      • RussellH says:

        David, you misunderstand me.
        I know lots of people with iOS or Android devices, but none of them seem to use them for anything I, personally, am interested in. (The main thing always seems to be a pocket photo album.) [Some have even said that other family members have pressured them into having one when they did not really see the need.]

        In addition, I find them extremely difficult to use. There are times when clients need to show me SMS or e-mails on their device – but when they want to show me something it always seems to disappear as soon as I touch it.
        I just hate the things.

  • Steve S says:

    Just requested faster vouchers via the website and still working

  • Ben says:

    These Fintech companies seem to have no trouble raising vast amounts of money despite huge losses and often no obvious way of monetising their product. It reminds me of the shares tech bubble of 1999 and we all know how that ended.

    • Rob says:

      The maths is that 9/10 lose everything and 1 out of 10 makes you 20x.

      The problem is that only the biggest name investors get access to Uber etc so in reality most investment funds lose on 10/10. The staff has made a fortune for themselves on the 2% management fee until the investors realised what was going on though.

      • kitten says:

        I think the regulator is taking a look at changing the fact that institutional investors get first bite at better ratesof any tasty new launches and doesnt get in till later after the in-circle of professional investors has had the first meal leaving only more expensive crumbs for retail investors.

      • Joe says:

        I think Uber is one of the ones that’ll go to nothing. Zero moat, facing intense pressure even before profitability

        • Joe says:

          Intense competitive pressure*

          I will however look to invest in the transferwise ipo. That interests me far more than any other uk Fintech product. Own some already via Scottish mortgage but would like more.

    • Alex Sm says:

      I took part in one of the previous funding rounds – maybe this money would go nowhere but being able to flash out a red Investor card while others have black and blue ones is a privilege in itself!

  • Jimmy says:

    Cant believe people on this forum don’t like curve! lol.

    Not wanting iOS or android!? Talk about cutting your nose of to spite your face.

    My 8210 still works fine 🙂 🙂

    • RussellH says:

      To be absolutely correct, I have, since lockdowns began, been aware of one thing that I would find an iOS or android device useful for.
      But as the alternative is one 90s phonecall once a week it really does not make sense to me. YMMV.

    • Harrier25 says:

      Curve is fine as a niche product and use it myself, but only now on a limited basis, mainly so I can continue to take advantage of cashpoint withdrawals charged to my IHG credit card and for big purchases where only debit cards are accepted. I used to use religiously until I got so fed up with the incompetence of their customer service.

  • Max says:

    If only I read Rob’s earlier article re Tesco more carefully before requesting a Fast Voucher, while my balance is only 178 Clubcard points! As I don’t have any other unredeemed Clubcard vouchers, any suggestions on the best use of that voucher from HFP geeks? Thanks! Doh…

    • Rob says:

      You’ve got 2 years to use. No rush!

      • Max says:

        Thanks for your reply, Rob! Could you please clarify regarding 2 years? Do you mean Tesco voucher for my 150 Clubcard points, but what shall I convert them into if Avios is not an option now? Thanks in advance!

        • Rob says:

          We did an article on this recently – selected Clubcard under ‘HFP BY CATEGORY’ in the side menu.

    • Will says:

      Set up auto convert to virgin and get 2000 bonus Virgin points –

    • Dave says:

      The railcards are good value as it’s difficult to get them cheaper elsewhere, therefore you’ll be getting almost the full 3x clubcard value. Just £5 in clubcard points can get you a two together railcard giving you are your partner both 1/3 off.

  • FloriGuy says:

    Regarding Clubcard to Avios. My wife has changed her name on her BA Account (to reflect her passport). However, her Clubcard account is still in her maiden name. Will she be able to transfer points from her CC account in her maiden name to her BAEC account in her married name?

    • Venturelog says:

      I had issues here with the name, it took ages to sort it out with Tesco Clubcard. Best thing is to see if the name on the Clubcard can be changed to reflect the change.

  • Tom says:

    Was able to request faster vouchers via app, but had problems converting to BAEC so had to redeem via website. Avios in my BAEC within 48 hours of requesting faster vouchers…hurrah

  • Tom Murray says:

    Now Tesco is not a means to earn Avios – short of shopping there with my BAPP card – what should I do with my Tesco bank account? Should I love it or list it? I quite like its simple operation from my phone but it won’t earn me debit transactions anymore. Rob, have you posted any alternatives to TescoBank that I’ve missed (and not HSBC thanks!) TM

    • Rob says:

      There is no other Avios earning option until Barclays Premier comes onstream.

    • Genghis says:

      Just a thought: if you shop at Tesco anyway, continue to use your Tesco debit card there but spend the vouchers on other things. Then use the money saved on stuff you would otherwise pay cash for to buy avios, if that is ultimately what you want and you don’t earn enough elsewhere?

    • BuildBackBetter says:

      Use it to switch to another bank for the switch bonuses.

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