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Get 2,000 Virgin Points by activating Tesco Clubcard Auto-Convert

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Tesco and Avios may have gone their separate ways but Virgin Atlantic remains a Tesco Clubcard partner.

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

To 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.

Note that:

  • you must activate auto-convert by 18th June
  • you must keep auto-convert turned on until at least the next Tesco voucher date of 22nd July
  • you must have at least £1.50 of Clubcard vouchers available for conversion on 22nd July
  • you must not have received a bonus for turning on auto-convert to Virgin Flying Club in the past
  • your 2,000 Virgin Points will be awarded by 22nd August

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.

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 (June 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold is FREE for a year and comes with 20,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 20,000 Virgin Points:

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

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 (29)

  • Voltron says:

    Anybody get the auto conversion bonus a few months back who has already had one in the past? I thought it was worth a punt but didn’t get it. Will try again as no other conversion interests me and will just convert to hilton points.

    • Blenz101 says:

      Why convert to Hilton via Virgin? You are much better off going for Hotels.com in terms of value. Even if you have status with Hilton converting at 1:3 allows you to book a much better room and with breakfast if needed.

      • John says:

        Hotels.com bookings are not refundable or changeable

        • The Savage Squirrel says:

          Eh? The vast majority are.

          • geoff says:

            What he means, is that although a h.com booking may be cancelled, you won’t get your Tesco vouchers back – just any additional cash payment.

            Ts&Cs: ‘Clubcard vouchers will not be refunded if you cancel or change your booking’

        • Blenz101 says:

          I get the non refundable nature of your Tesco voucher but most bookings on H.com can be booked on a flexible basis and you can move your dates if needed.

          • Yuff says:

            The rooms are normally changed by cancelling your booking and re-booking the dates. If that happens you only get your taxes back even though hotels.com say your booking is refundable.
            I had a suite at the savoy cancelled at Christmas and after a lot of help from the savoy, hotels.com eventually relented and allowed the booking to be changed to Christmas 2021.
            Tesco Hotels.com vouchers are not flexible in the slightest if you need to amend the dates……

    • Tariq says:

      Yes, got it recently and received it many years ago previously.

  • Andrew says:

    Another big announcement tomorrow? Let’s hope it’s more exciting than Friday’s!

    • The Savage Squirrel says:

      How exciting or useful do you think it gets in the world of miles/points? Thanks to Friday’s announcement, me and loads of other HfP readers have snagged available reward redemptions – often for whole families even in school holiday peak days – that we’d previously assumed would be impossible. See the 300+ comments…

      • Andrew says:

        Well let’s hope tomorrow’s news brings even more good times then 😉

      • Harry T says:

        Personally didn’t find the Avios announcement particularly exciting or useful, as I don’t have kids and I’m not tied to travelling at certain peak times. I also don’t think the taxes and charges on BA long haul make 241 redemptions very valuable a lot of the time. I personally think it was a “game changer” for a particular demographic. Earning tier points on redemptions or allowing short haul redemptions from the regions without paying for the London connection would have been more useful.

        • Andrew says:

          Agreed, that was the kind of game changing announcement I was expecting. A couple of extra Club seats on each flight didn’t seem particularly revolutionary, but like you say for those with kids needing several seats it was welcome news I’m sure. Just a bit over hyped which meant it was a bit underwhelming – the comments on Friday were about 50/50 between people who were thrilled and those who were ambivalent about the news.

        • Doug M says:

          I don’t think we’ll ever see TP on redemptions, I’d love to be wrong. It’s one thing that drives cash bookings rather than just earn and burn. I like to retain status as I’ve found real value in it, nicer lounge, FW access, extra Avios availability when taking family on short haul. Great treatment from AA in US during weather disruption.
          I think 241 is the one occasion when LH redemptions do make sense. NYC for 120K Avios and £650 is OK, given flexibility, but I’d still go cash ex-EU. But 120K Avios and £1300 for two is much better value, and ex-EU gets less attractive as the number of people increases, as so does the whining.

        • James says:

          +1. Something Virgin related would be positive. We don’t all fly BA

    • Yorkieflyer says:

      Probably bad news as there’s no upbeat tone in the trailer

      • Reney says:

        +1

        • ChrisA says:

          My prediction (which I stress is based on nothing at all other than a wild guess) is some sort of Avios devaluation.

      • kitten says:

        Guessing there will be an announcement of something big disappearing from the market in one article and a ‘what does this mean’ in the other.

        If we’re unlucky it will be to do with Amex.

        • kitten says:

          Or maybe, just maybe, Rob is being coy and will announce the HfP forum.

      • Navara says:

        Bonus Nectar points on fruit and veg and forum announcement

  • JohnT says:

    Anyone get one of the 40,000 Virgin Points wins from the auto-convert if you starting from January? Had 2 of the 3 conversions so far, so going to hang on till July before going back to vouchers.

  • Scott says:

    Does the Clubcard to Virgin auto-convert thing only convert future vouchers, or will it do everything that’s been issued already?

    • lumma says:

      Just what you earn in that quarter. (And going forward if you don’t cancel it)

      Vouchers already earned remain

  • Alex says:

    Big news coming Tuesday then @Rob? Good or bad though🤔 Or just pushed backed due to BH weekend plans

  • N says:

    10am!

  • RussellH says:

    I only ever got 1000 points in the previous Tesco->VS transfer.
    Lodged a complaint, got an automated reply, but no follow up.
    Not at all sure that it is worth pursing further.

  • Andrew says:

    Points which have converted to vouchers last quarter, will they transfer over to Virgin in July if I switch on autoconvert now but don’t earn any Clubcard this quarter?

    • Blenz101 says:

      No. Only news points. Vouchers already earned remain as vouchers and need to be converted manually.

      Depending on the value of the vouchers you have you could spend part of the value and get back the rest in change. The change is returned as points and would then convert back again at the end of this current quarter.

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