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Get 2,500 Virgin Points by activating Tesco Clubcard auto-conversion

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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 2,500 bonus Virgin Points if you switch your Tesco Clubcard account to auto-convert points to Virgin Flying Club.

2,500 points is as big a bonus as you will ever see by Virgin Flying Club for switching on auto-convert. We have only seen 2,500 points offered once before.

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

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 8th July
  • you must keep auto-convert turned on until at least the next Tesco voucher date of 21st July
  • you must have at least £1.50 of Clubcard vouchers available for conversion on 21st July
  • you must not have received a bonus for turning on auto-convert to Virgin Flying Club in the past
  • your 2,500 Virgin Points will be awarded by 2nd September

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.  2,500 Virgin Points is also a VERY good incentive – you’d usually need to spend £1,000 in Tesco to earn £10 of Clubcard vouchers to receive 2,500 Virgin 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.

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (March 2023)

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, the Reward+ card has a bonus of 15,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 points bonus and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

A generous earning rate for a free card at 0.75 points per £1 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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into Virgin Points.

Until 30th March 2023, the sign up bonus on American Express Business Platinum is increased to 120,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. The bonus on American Express Business Gold is increased to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – click here. T&C apply, see the application forms for details.

American Express Business Platinum

Crazy 120,000 points bonus (to 30th March) and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

60,000 points sign-up bonus (to 30th March) and free for a year 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 (32)

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  • Catalan says:

    The Virgin Atlantic app is next to useless. Very little functionality actually working. The Virgin Red app is a little better as it shows past activity on your points account.
    We all know BA’s IT is bad but Virgin’s is hopeless!

  • Don says:

    I did this before, but can’t see how to turn off the auto-convert now. Just being thick but I can’t find it.. any tips welcomed thanks.

  • Ian S says:

    I assume the downside is that if I switch auto-convert on my sizeable Clubcard points balance will be auto-converted alongside any ongoing points I earn.

  • Scott says:

    I’m not bothered about bonuses to be honest, Well, I got one when I first signed up, but I’m not bothered about stopping and starting things, if possible.

    Haven’t flown Virgin in years (last time was EWR-LHR, and BA1 outbound – wrong way round in all honesty!).

    The miles are slowly increasing, and I will just sit back until a time that suits me – this year, or 5 years from now. I don’t know.

    Sainsbury with Avios are of more interest to me, so I spend a bit more time playing around with the Nectar scheme.

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