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Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Atlantic improve the points conversion process

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Whilst British Airways / Avios ceased to be a Tesco Clubcard partner in January 2021, the supermarket chain has continued its relationship with Virgin Atlantic.

You can convert Tesco Clubcard points into Virgin Points at the rate of 1 : 2.5.

Virgin Atlantic runs regular promotions to encourage you to sign up to automatic conversion of your Clubcard points into Virgin Points. Whilst this is handy for many people, there was one snag:

Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Atlantic improve the conversion process
  • people who do NOT sign up to automatic conversion can, at any point, request a voucher for points earned in the current quarter (minimum 150) and turn them into Virgin Points immediately
  • people who DO sign up to automatic conversion need to wait until the end of the current quarter for their newly earned points to be converted

This anomaly has now been fixed. Anyone who has signed up to auto-convert their Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Points can now go to the Clubcard website and – as long as their current Clubcard balance is at least 150 points – instantly send it across to Virgin Flying Club. Tesco claims that the points will post instantly.

Here are the instructions online:

NEW – To request Virgin Points in-between statement (available to members who have set up auto-exchange only):

i) Sign in to your Clubcard account

ii) Visit the ‘My points’ section and choose ‘Request Virgin Points’

iii) You will be taken to the confirmation page. To proceed, click on ‘Request Virgin Points’.

Your Virgin Points should be in your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account in seconds. You’ll receive an email to confirm this.

You can read more about this on the Virgin Atlantic page of the Tesco website here.


How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards

How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (May 2024)

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 18,000 Virgin Points and the free card has a bonus of 3,000 Virgin Points):

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

18,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward Mastercard

3,000 bonus points, no fee and 1 point for every £1 you spend 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 40,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 40,000 Virgin Points.

The Platinum Card from American Express

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable 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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus 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.)

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