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Got a Tesco credit card? Jump on a GREAT Hotels.com promotion

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Hotels.com has teamed up with Tesco Bank to offer a special promotion for Tesco credit card holders.

EDIT: Hotels.com amended the landing page around 5pm to add a new bullet point: “5. You must complete your stay in full at your chosen property otherwise you will not be eligible for this offer and will not be credited the additional 750 Tesco Clubcard points.”

It is VERY interesting and well worth a look if you qualify. Many Tesco credit card holders have been emailed the offer directly – if you are opted out of Tesco Bank junk emails, the rules imply you can still take part.

Full details are on this page of Hotels.com.

Got a Tesco credit card? Jump on a GREAT Hotels.com promo

What is the deal?

It is a very simple one.

If you book a hotel via Hotels.com before 30th September 2021, and stay by 9th January 2022, you will receive 750 Tesco Clubcard points.

You must pay for the stay with a Tesco Bank credit card. The Tesco Bank Bonus Credit Card is excluded.

What are 750 Tesco Clubcard points worth?

Tesco Clubcard is no longer an Avios partner.

However, it IS a Virgin Flying Club partner. 750 Clubcard points will convert (x2.5) into 1,875 Virgin Points. You could get more if you are willing to wait to see if a 10%-30% transfer bonus reappears in the future.

You can also use them at 3x face value with other Tesco Clubcard partners. This HfP article looks at the best Tesco Clubcard travel deals. Good options include:

  • Hotels.com itself (750 points gets you £22.50 off a room)
  • Hilton UK & Ireland (750 points gets you £22.50 off a room)

Both of these deals have small catches which mean that you won’t receive a true 3x face value, but you will get at least 2.5x. With Hotels.com, for example, rooms booked with Clubcard points don’t earn Hotels.com Rewards stamps which are worth 10% of what you spend.

This article explains in detail how to redeem Tesco Clubcard points for Hilton hotel rooms.

Got a Tesco credit card? Jump on a GREAT Hotels.com promo

What is the small print on the Hotels.com / Tesco Clubcard deal?

Here’s the thing ….

There are a lot of rules, as you can read here, but they don’t actually restrict you in any way.

EDIT: Hotels.com amended the landing page around 5pm to add a new bullet point: “5. You must complete your stay in full at your chosen property otherwise you will not be eligible for this offer and will not be credited the additional 750 Tesco Clubcard points.”

  • You can earn the bonus as many times as you want
  • There is no minimum stay required
  • There is no minimum spend required
  • There are no geographic restrictions
  • You will still earn Hotels.com Rewards stamps if you are logged in whilst booking

The bottom line is that, as long as you pay with a Tesco Bank credit card, you will earn 750 Tesco Clubcard points on every booking.

This offer is even better if you are backpacking

If you are backpacking around India and South East Asia this Summer, there is a great opportunity to maximise this deal.

There are lots of hostels in cities such as Delhi which can be booked on Hotels.com for £3 to £4 per night.

Do check the promotion rules for yourself, but it seems to me that these stays will count. You will earn 1,875 Virgin Points or £22.50 of Hilton credit, Hotels.com credit etc for each £3-£4 hostel stay you book.

The only think you can’t do, as per the rules, is book back-to-back stays in the same property and receive the bonus twice. You can book consecutive nights at different properties and receive the bonus each night.

Conclusion

If you have a Tesco Bank credit card, this is a potentially very lucrative promotion from Hotels.com which you should take very seriously.

You MUST book via this page of Hotels.com.

I strongly recommend studying the full rules here before booking.


Hotel offers update – June 2022:

Want to earn more hotel points?  Click here to see our complete list of promotions from the major hotel chains or use the ‘Hotel Offers’ link in the menu bar at the top of the page.

Want to buy hotel points? There is:

  • a 80% to 100% bonus when you buy Hilton Honors points by 19th July 2022 (buy here)
  • a mystery 40% to 55% bonus when you buy Marriott Bonvoy points by 15th July (buy here)
  • a 30% bonus when you buy 5,000+ World of Hyatt points by 1st August (buy here)

Comments (134)

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  • WillPS says:

    I think the exclusion of the Bonus credit card is another clue – that card does not pay out any Clubcard points on regular spend. Why would that exclusion exist if it wasn’t to do with Tesco Bank applying the points automatically (which presumably is a problem on a card which doesn’t earn points – but still acts as a Clubcard)?

  • Christophe says:

    I think they’ll amend this offer shortly, but depending on how imminently will dictate how they treat those that have availed already.

    I can see them honouring several thousand bonus point transactions for low value amounts, I can’t see them awarding several million though.

  • WillPS says:

    Hmmm, well I’ve made 25 bookings under £3 now and I seem to be getting the ‘problem’ error message from before so I’ll leave it there.

    Oh I’ve got a message from Tesco Bank saying my card has been used at Delta Airlines for the sum of 73p… here we go.

  • Amy says:

    Does anyone know if this is open to new cardholders and, if so, whether you have to actually use the £3 rooms if you book and pay for them?

    • Rob says:

      My gut feeling is that the offer will not survive in this form long enough for you to apply for a card.

  • Si says:

    I’ve just been asked to rate my check-in at tonight’s hotel. All looking good so far….

  • Amy says:

    I’m a little behind lately as I haven’t been focusing on points over the past year. Have Tesco been enforcing the 30K points per collection period lately?

    • Blenz101 says:

      Yes, you get a particularly cold letter at the quarter end telling you your points are only paid up to the 30k limit and basically points about that are lost.

      No way around it with faster vouchers either.

      • Amy says:

        Thank you! That’s fine – just wanted to check so I don’t miss out 🙂

  • Super Secret Stuff says:

    If this is a sign of things to come, considering applying for a tesco card. What is the best to apply for?

    • Rob says:

      Unless you’re bothered about 0% balance transfers, 0% on purchases etc they are all the same in terms of rewards and bonus (ie no bonus).

      • Super Secret Stuff says:

        Damn thanks anyway, might wait it out see if there in a bonus in the next few months

  • Lala says:

    Is anybody worried about being forever blocked from booking on hotels.com for shady behaviour?

    • Super Secret Stuff says:

      I don’t have a Tesco card but I wouldn’t be too worried. Tesco banks problem, given how “enterprising” some places that use them are, I wouldn’t worry about enforcement action.

      Plus if you did genuinely need to book hostels (which 99% of people here won’t) Hostel World is better. Also going direct is frequently cheaper

    • Blenz101 says:

      Almost zero chance of getting blocked on hotels.com and no real way for them to enforce.

      However, Tesco Club Card terms have a get out … “Any participation in promotional offers above and beyond what could objectively be considered consumer behaviour or personal use may be considered as abuse of the scheme.”

      It would be madness to go above 40 nights, assuming no other spend on the card, as points above this level 30k will be wiped anyway.

      • Lord Doncaster says:

        I think 40 would seem rather far fetched at the moment

        • Blenz101 says:

          I was just pointing out the maximum usage limit and the ‘fair use’ term which would apply for those not familiar.

          If Tesco ultimately don’t honour there will be plenty here will be along to suggest readers use MCOL to sue for the value of the points and saying that X number of nights is fine.

          There is a somewhat limiting factor in that as this is linked to a credit card picking up a load of club card from Tesco and having them in your pets name to truly go to town isn’t an option.

    • John says:

      You don’t need to use your real name or real details, and you wouldn’t normally be using your Tesco credit card anyway

      • Blenz101 says:

        Yes, but this offer requires you to use your actual Tesco credit card. It’s not like 3V where you could carry multiple club cards and take them all to the 30k limit each quarter.

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