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 the biggest bonus you will ever see offered by Virgin Flying Club for switching on 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 ‘Clubcard Management’ and then ‘Voucher Schemes’. From this page you can select the “Virgin Points” box to enable auto-exchange.
The Virgin Atlantic / Tesco website hasn’t been updated with the small print of this new offer but the following rules were in the email I received:
- you must not have received a bonus for turning on auto-convert to Virgin Flying Club in the past
- you must activate auto-convert by 31st December 2023
- you must keep auto-convert activated until at least 25th January 2024
- you must have at least 250 Tesco Clubcard points in your account on 25th January 2024, which is the next cut-off date for transfers to Virgin Points
- your 2,500 bonus Virgin Points will be awarded by 8th March 2024
Is it worth auto-converting Clubcard points to Virgin Points?
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.
How to earn Virgin Points from UK credit cards (December 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):
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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive 30,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 30,000 Avios) with American Express Preferred Rewards Gold. You receive 25,000 points if you spend £3,000 in three months and a further 5,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
The Platinum Card from American Express comes with 30,000 Membership Rewards points, which convert into 30,000 Virgin Points.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 9th January 2024, you will receive a huge 100,000 Membership Rewards points (convertible to 100,000 Avios) with The Platinum Card. You receive 75,000 points if you spend £10,000 in six months and a further 25,000 points if you hold the card for 15 months. You can apply here.
Small business owners should consider the two American Express Business cards. Points convert at 1:1 into 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.)