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.
Converting Clubcard points to Virgin Points is getting more attractive
From next month, Tesco is reducing the transfer rate on all of its other Clubcard partners from 3x face value to 2x.
A £5 Tesco Clubcard voucher will now get you a £15 Hotels.com voucher, for example. From mid June you will only receive £10.
The cut in the Virgin Points transfer rate is lower. It drops from 2.5 Virgin Points per 1p of Clubcard points to 2 Virgin Points.
Virgin Points will soon be comparably better value. For example:
- TODAY: 1,000 Clubcard points = £30 of partner vouchers or 2,500 Virgin Points
- FROM JUNE: 1,000 Clubcard points = £20 of partner vouchers or 2,000 Virgin Points
How do I earn the auto-convert bonus?
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.
- you must activate auto-convert by 30th June
- you must keep auto-convert turned on until at least the next Tesco voucher date of 20th July
- you must have at least £1.50 of Clubcard vouchers available for conversion on 20th 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 31st 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. 2,500 Virgin Points is also a VERY good incentive – you’d usually need to spend £1,250 in Tesco to earn £12.50 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.