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Tesco and Avios
Tesco, the major UK supermarket chain, allows you to convert Tesco Clubcard (CC) points to Avios. The standard earning rate is 1 CC point per 1 spent in store. They convert to Avios in the ratio of 1 CC point to 2.4 Avios or 2.5 Virgin miles. Every quarter, your points are converted to coupons and mailed to you - they can then be converted via the CC website to Avios or Virgin miles. Typically, it takes 1-2 working days for a conversion to BA Avios to complete.

The key to rapidly earning large amounts of Avios is the regular bonus point offers where large amounts of points can be earned. The latest are listed below and discussed within this thread.

The last period for collecting Clubcard points finished on 18 July 2014. The last day for collecting points in the current quarter is 16 October 2014.

Topcashback (TCB)
A cashback generating site, that provides cashback if you go to a wide range of online retailers via their links. Uniquely amongst such sites, TCB allows up to 50 of cashback per year to be withdrawn to your Tesco Clubcard account, which could then be transferred to 12,000 Avios. As of the middle of May, most cashback can also be transferred directly to your Avios account 1p=1 Avios. http://www.topcashback.co.uk/

The Big Points Earners
- 2,000 points (worth up to 80) on 20 e-books spend @ Blinkbox. Get 100 clubcard points for every 1+ book. You can receive the bonus on up to 20 books. Offer ends 30th June https://www.blinkboxbooks.com
- 20,000 CC points on Tesco Kitchens
- Up to 10,000 CC points on selected Mobiles Tesco Phone Shop
- 1,000 CC points using code XXH4MA when you spend 100 or more at Tesco wine by the case, expires 28 September 2014
- 1,000 points (worth up to 40) on buying season 4 of game of thrones 16.99 sd. Plus free 10'' Tesco Finest Pizza + possible 4 Quidco and 5 Credit when deposting 1 @ Blinkbox. Offer ends 31st July http://www.blinkbox.com/game-of-thrones

Medium points opportunities
- 150 points on 50 branded giftcards http://www.tesco.com/giftcard/branded-gift-cards.asp
- 150 points on 5 spend on your first Tesco photo order http://www.tescophoto.com/home
- 150 points on selected DVD pre-orders from 5 http://www.tesco.com/direct/earn-150...reorders.event
- 200 points on selected Blu-ray pre orders from 10 http://www.tesco.com/direct/earn-200...reorders.event
- 200 points on selected CD pre orders from 9 http://www.tesco.com/direct/cdpreorders.event

The FREE points opportunities
- 25 points a month doing a customer survey (300 points a year) https://www.tescoviews.com/tesco/desktop/landing.do
- 75 points for giving insurance renewal dates https://www.renewals.tescobank.com/
- Up to 150 points per survey at Shoppers Thoughts https://www.shopperthoughts.com/signup
- Reuse a carrier bag in store and get one clubcard point http://www.togetherfortrees.com/green-clubcard.aspx
- Order online at Tesco.com and collect one point for every 10 items you buy when you pick the bag-less delivery option for your order http://www.tesco.com/groceries/
- Recycle your printer cartridges and get 100 points (mixed feedback on this one) https://www.therecyclingfactory.com/tesco/

Everyday points opportunities at Tesco
- Tesco Clubcard credit Card 0% purchases for 19 months (5 points for every 4 you spend instore including Tesco fuel and 1 point for every 4 you spend everywhere else) http://www.tescobank.com/creditcards/clubcc/index.html. This is equivalent to 0.6 Avios / 0.625 Virgin miles per 1 - the highest Avios earning rate on any mainstream Visa or MasterCard. This card has no sign-up bonus but you will receive 1,000 CC points if you are referred by an existing cardholder. Please post in this thread if you would like a referral.
- Tesco instore and online 1 point per 1 http://www.tesco.com/
- Tesco Direct 1 point per 1 http://www.tesco.com/direct/
- Tesco Fuel 1 point per 2 http://www.tescopfs.com/
- Tesco mobile 1 point per 1 topped up http://www.tescomobile.com/
- Tesco Clothing F&F 1 point per 1 http://www.clothingattesco.com/
- Tesco blinkbox 1 point per 1 http://www.blinkbox.com/

Everyday points opportunities at Tesco partners
- EON - Collect up to 1,500 points a year
https://www.eonenergy.com/for-your-h...tesco-clubcard
- ESSO - Collect points on fuel and shop goods http://essopoints.co.uk/#how
- Living Social - 1 points per 1 https://www.livingsocial.com/content/tesco_clubcard

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Old Jan 3, 14, 9:36 am   #1
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Tesco is a major partner with BA, and offers one of the easiest non-flying ways for UK BAEC members to earn lots of miles.

Full details of how the Tesco scheme works can be found in “The Ultimate BA Guide” sticky. In summary, you can convert your Tesco Clubcard points to Avios in the ratio 1 Clubcard point = 2.4 Avios.

(You can also earn Virgin Flying Club miles via Tesco at the rate of 1 Clubcard point = 2.5 Flying Club miles. VS miles can be converted to Hilton at a 1:2 ratio so 1 Clubcard point = 5 Hilton points, albeit with a 10k minimum conversion from Virgin. You can also go VS to IHG Rewards Club at a 1:1 ratio.)

You earn 1 point for every 1 spent in a Tesco store and for purchases online. Vouchers are issued quarterly by post as long as you earn at least 150 points. They can then be converted to points via the Tesco Clubcard website, into either avios.com or British Airways Executive Club.

The real source of bumper Tesco points are the generous promotions that are occasionally run. There is no need to move your food spend to Tesco to collect lots of Avios - you simply need to jump in when a particularly generous bonus points promotion appears, and then sell the goods on ebay! You will make a small loss in most cases but the thousands of miles will more than offset this.

As with the BA Amex, you can only convert Tesco points to BAEC accounts that are UK domiciled. However, since the launch of Avios this is no longer a major restriction. Nothing stops you opening a separate Avios account at avios.com, converting your Tesco points via that account (there is no address restriction if moving to an avios.com account) and then transferring them across to your BAEC account.

It is possible to set up an auto-convert option with Tesco via the Clubcard website, which will automatically send your vouchers across to Avios each quarter. However, this is not recommended. If you don't need the miles, it makes more sense to keep the vouchers in a drawer and wait until the next transfer promotion comes along. There was NO Tesco to Avios conversion bonus in 2013, however - the good days may be over for now. There are also occasional promotions on non-Avios redemptions (shock, horror) which can be excellent value.

The online form for clubcard vouchers for conversion can be found here: http://www.tesco.com/clubcard/deals/product.aspx?R=237, you input the code number on the voucher - points hit your BAEC account in 24 hours.

Current bonus point promotions are listed in the wiki post at the top of this thread.

Bonus points currently available on various in-store grocery products are also usually highlighted at http://www.supermarketspecialoffers....intOffers.aspx.

If you have a small child, it is worth joining the Baby & Toddler Club (see www.tesco.com/clubcard/clubcard/clubs/) as you will receive regular mailings with bonus points offers.

For a far more detailed focus on Tesco clubcard deals and extra points opportunities, you should sign up to the forums at www.paidtoshop.co.uk, run by occasional FT'er Gizmos

The Tesco credit card

The Tesco Clubcard Credit Card earns 1 point for every 4 spent (rounded down on a per transaction, not per statement, basis - so a 7.99 purchase is treated as 4). Points post as soon as the charge hits your account, not at month end. It works out at 0.6 Avios per 1, which is far worse than the BA Premium Plus Amex rate of 1.5 Avois per 1, but there are two reasons for getting the card:

i) some places do not take Amex, especially independent retailers
ii) if you about to trigger the '2 for 1' voucher on your Amex but would rather defer it for a few months, you can switch to your Tesco Mastercard

Note that your Tesco MasterCard also acts as a clubcard, so you don't need to carry your blue clubcard around anymore. In a Tesco store you can, if you want, have your credit card swiped for use as a clubcard and then pay using your BA Amex for maximum miles!

You can apply via this link http://www.tescobank.com/personal/finance/creditcards/. AFTER receiving your card (not before!) you can apply for a 1,000 point 'I was referred by a friend' bonus. Post in this thread if you need a fellow Tesco MasterCard holder to refer you.

The Tesco MasterCard is the best MasterCard or Visa for earning Avios points. (The HSBC Premier MasterCard earns more, but this card is very difficult to qualify for.)

Other Tesco offers worth knowing about:

Cash-back (exc VAT and delivery) on purchases from Tesco Wine, Tesco Entertainment, Tesco Jersey and other non-grocery Tesco sites (eg Tesco Direct, exc finance and insurance) can be earned by signing up for an account at www.quidco.com or www.topcashback.com

If you discover any new Tesco offers, post them here!

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Old Jan 3, 14, 11:30 am   #2
 
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Can anyone pm me the freepost address to send printer inks too.
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Old Jan 3, 14, 2:38 pm   #3
 
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I've made a start on the outline of a brief community maintainable Wiki. Perhaps the OP could update his first post to carry over and update the information from the 2013 thread - once that has happened I'm sure all this meta stuff can be dusted away by the mods.
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Old Jan 3, 14, 2:59 pm   #4
 
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I've made a start on the outline of a brief community maintainable Wiki. Perhaps the OP could update his first post to carry over and update the information from the 2013 thread - once that has happened I'm sure all this meta stuff can be dusted away by the mods.
I have added some extra information to the wiki to help get this going. Hopefully the wiki can build to be a good up to date relevant up to date information with the help of all members. I agree Raffles has provided great information both here and on his blog but as a group who can edit thus we should be able to maximise the value to the flyertalk community.
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Old Jan 4, 14, 7:42 am   #5
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Raffles has very kindly offered to provide a comprehensive introduction to this thread which will be updated during the week ahead. In the meantime, the 2013 intro has been copied and pasted into the opening post.

The feather duster has been applied - removing the earlier meta discussion. As always, we'd appreciate if the discussion in this thread is kept tight. This will allow readers to follow the current deals and promotions without having to wade through chatter.

Special thanks to Blenz101 for initiating the Wiki feature.

Thanks for your understanding. If anyone has any comments or questions relating to this moderator action, please direct them to the mod team by Private Message, rather than posting them in this thread.

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Can anyone pm me the freepost address to send printer inks too.
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It's become an annual custom of mine to thank Raffles for his efforts over the years and for being responsible for swelling my Avios account over a very long period. I'm delighted to repeat the custom again - many thanks.
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Freepost RSKX-GUZZ-URKY
The Recycling Factory
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Marsh Lane, if you need the street address for a courier.
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It's become an annual custom of mine to thank Raffles for his efforts over the years and for being responsible for swelling my Avios account over a very long period. I'm delighted to repeat the custom again - many thanks.
I'll second that
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Old Jan 6, 14, 6:19 am   #11
 
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Re: ink cartridges address:

Does anybody know what information is needed when you ship out to the Freepost address?

I have a box with 100 ready to go but aside from my ClubCard number what other (if any) information should I include inside?

Thanks!
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Old Jan 6, 14, 6:37 am   #12
 
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It seems a long time since the last transfer bonus. How often do they generally come up?
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Old Jan 6, 14, 9:41 am   #13
 
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Re: ink cartridges address:

Does anybody know what information is needed when you ship out to the Freepost address?

I have a box with 100 ready to go but aside from my ClubCard number what other (if any) information should I include inside?

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The slip on the envelope asks for surname, house number, postcode, clubcard number, number of cartridges and you have to tick a box saying whether you want points, charity donation or a mixture.

If I was sending a box, I think I would enclose one of those slips.
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It seems a long time since the last transfer bonus. How often do they generally come up?
It is a long time, and it may not happen again. They don't "come up" with any frequency, nor are they ever advertised (or people would never convert in the interim), so it's just a matter of doing what everybody else does .... keep the CC points until you absolutely need to convert them.
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If I was sending a box, I think I would enclose one of those slips.
Thanks Keith!

By any chance does anybody have a copy of one of those slips they could email me?

I requested envelopes about a month ago but haven't had any through yet.
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