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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 ended on 23 January 2020.

The last day for collecting points in the current quarter is 7 May 2020.

TopCashback (TCB)

You can no longer convert TCB cashback into Clubcard points and onto Avios. Cashback can still be transferred directly to your Avios account at rate of 1p = 1.05 Avios although this is not a great deal (although cheaper than buying them from BA).

Averagely exciting long-running points deals:

150 points on £5 spend on your first Tesco photo order http://www.tescophoto.com/home

Opportunities for FREE points:

Earn 25 points a month doing a customer survey (300 points a year) https://www.tescoviews.com/tesco/desktop/landing.do
Up to 150 points per survey at Shoppers Thoughts https://www.shopperthoughts.com/signup
Recycle your printer cartridges and get 100 points (mixed feedback on this one) https://www.therecyclingfactory.com/tesco/

Everyday points opportunities at Tesco:

- Tesco credit card (discussed in the first post of this thread)
- Tesco instore and online shopping 1 point per £1 http://www.tesco.com/
- 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 Pay+ - no current promotions

Points opportunities at Tesco partners:

ESSO - Collect points on fuel and shop goods http://essopoints.co.uk/#how . In general, this ended in June 2019 when Esso changed to the Nectar scheme. However, it is still possible to collect Clubcard points at Esso petrol stations that have a Tesco Express.
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Tesco and BA master thread

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.

If we're honest, it is harder these days to run up a lot of Avios via Tesco than it was. This is the fault of Tesco which has begun to reduce the emphasis on Clubcard and has been putting money into price cuts instead. There are still some very generous deals but they tend to be on specific Tesco Direct promotions - in 2017 there was a spate of good bonus point deals on LEGO for example.

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 2:3 ratio so 1 Clubcard point = 3.75 Hilton points, albeit with a 10k minimum conversion from Virgin. You can also convert VS to IHG Rewards Club at a 1:1 ratio, and these points count towards IHG status.)

You earn 1 point for every £1 spent in a Tesco store or garage 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.

Other partners which issue Clubcard points include Tesco Fuel (1 point per £2), Tesco Wine, Tesco Mobile, Tesco Opticians (just sold to Vision Express and being rebranded), Tesco Photo, Tesco International Calling Card, Tesco Bank (including their current account) and Esso.

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. If your BA account is based outside the UK, nothing stops you opening a separate Avios account at avios.com with a UK address, 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 non-UK 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 or Tesco launches a good offer with another partner.

Tesco to Avios conversion bonuses have been virtually unknown for the last three years. There are regular promotions on non-Avios redemptions (shock, horror) - Virgin Flying Club still runs 10%-20% conversion bonuses.

The online form to convert Clubcard vouchers to BAEC can be found here: Tesco.com - Clubcard You input the code number on the voucher - points hit your BAEC account in 24 hours.

A summary of current 'bonus Clubcard points' offers can be found on this page of my Tesco Clubcard blog Shopper Points.

Bonus points currently available on various in-store grocery products are also usually highlighted at Supermarket Special Offers UK/Deals

If you have a small child, it is worth joining the Tesco Loves Baby Club (see https://www.tesco-baby.com/) as you will receive regular mailings with bonus points offers.

The Tesco credit card

The Tesco Clubcard Credit Card earns 1 point for every £8 spent (rounded down on a per transaction, not per statement, basis - so a £7.99 purchase is treated as nothing). Points post as soon as the charge hits your account, not at month end.

On paper it works out at 0.3 Avios per £1. Because of the rounding down to the nearest £8 per transaction rule, it is even worse in reality.

Whilst not great, the Tesco MasterCard is still the best free MasterCard or Visa for earning Avios points. (The HSBC Premier MasterCard earns more, at 0.5 Avios per £1, but this card is very difficult to qualify for.)

It may still be worth getting the card though:

i) some places do not take Amex, especially independent retailers

ii) you earn a better rate when shopping at Tesco - 1 Clubcard point for every £4 charged to your Tesco credit card, equivalent to 0.6 Avios per £1.

iii) 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

iv) there is no annual fee

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!

In 2016, Tesco launched a Premium Credit Card. This carries an annual fee of £150 per year and earns points at double the usual rate. This means 0.6 Avios per £1 before the effects of rounding down. This card ONLY makes sense if:

a) you spend £5,000 per year in Tesco, including fuel, as you would receive an annual bonus of 5,000 Clubcard points = 12,000 Avios

b) you value the free annual travel insurance policy which comes with the card

Neither of the Tesco credit cards has a permanent sign-up bonus although offers come and go.

For many people, the Lloyds Avios Rewards credit card (an American Express and MasterCard double pack) is a better option. The headline MasterCard rate is lower at 0.2 Avios per £1 but, because they don't mess about with 'rounding down per transaction' the actual rate you get is probably similar to the Tesco card. Your spending also counts towards the upgrade vouchers for Avios redemptions earned with the Lloyds card. This card also has NO foreign exchange fees. The downside is the £24 annual fee.

It is also worth highlighting the Tesco Bank debit card. This also earns Clubcard points at 1 point per £8 spent, which is remarkably generous for a debit card. (Does any other UK debit card offer any sort of reward?) You do not earn points on 'financial services' transactions such as paying your mortgage, but you DO get them on things you might not expect. Pay your tax bill with a Tesco Bank debit card and you will receive Clubcard points for example. In addition, until at least April 2019, you receive 1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) per £1 spent in Tesco when you pay for your shopping with a Tesco debit card. This is on top of your standard Clubcard points.

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

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This is the new 2018 Tesco thread. I have updated the first post and also copied over the old wiki, although I have only made a few tweaks to that to remove out of date information. Mods can now close the 2017 version.
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There has been some publicity today concerning changes in Tesco Clubcard's rewards, which have reduced the exchange rate to some rewards and increased the rate to others.

So far as this thread is concerned, there appears to have been no change to conversions to Avios, which remain listed as 600 Avios for £2.50 of Clubcard vouchers both to BAEC and to avios.com, and neither BAEC nor avios.com is included in the list of affected partners: https://secure.tesco.com/clubcard/he...ll-be-affected.
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800 miles 'Grandfathered Rate'

I have not converted clubcard points to Avios for some time. In fact, last time I converted some it would have been to 'BA Miles' not Avios. I was fortunate enough to covert at a rate of 800 BA Miles for every 250 club card points (320 miles per point). This was an arrangement which started way back in 2004 but was honoured for many years. I'm guessing, though, that it finally came to end when 'BA Miles' were replaced with Avios.

Can anyone confirm this? I'm thinking of emptying out my Clubcard account before any further devaluation and Avios looks the most likely option.
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The grand fathered rate still exists. A devaluation ? hope not, we’ve had too many of those.
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Originally Posted by luckyjim View Post
I have not converted clubcard points to Avios for some time. In fact, last time I converted some it would have been to 'BA Miles' not Avios. I was fortunate enough to covert at a rate of 800 BA Miles for every 250 club card points (320 miles per point). This was an arrangement which started way back in 2004 but was honoured for many years. I'm guessing, though, that it finally came to end when 'BA Miles' were replaced with Avios.

Can anyone confirm this? I'm thinking of emptying out my Clubcard account before any further devaluation and Avios looks the most likely option.
Mine autoconvert to avios.com on the 800 grandfathered rate (or 3.2 Avios per CC point).

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And I also get the 800 rate, but in my case only on adhoc conversions, often with years between transactions. Most recently I got the 800 rate on 30-Nov-17; albeit that's before the current round of restaurant/leisure devaluations.
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... albeit that's before the current round of restaurant/leisure devaluations.
These changes (which were not all devaluations) have not affected the conversion rate for Avios (either to BAEC or avios.com) - see this post (albeit the page linked to no longer exists): https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29298867-post3.html.
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I remember when this thread would be on page 3/4 by now. It’s definitely a sign of the times that in February we only have a handful of posts.
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FWIW, this just in from avios.com:-
Your chance to win a share of 1 million Avios

Turn your Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Avios before 28 February 2018 and you’ll be in with a chance of winning a share of 1 million Avios.

Every £2.50 in Clubcard vouchers is worth 600 Avios plus one entry into our prize draw to win up to 50,000 Avios. So turn your Clubcard vouchers into Avios today and your next Avios adventure could be sooner than you think.

...

Tesco February Prize Draw Terms and Conditions
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These changes (which were not all devaluations) have not affected the conversion rate for Avios (either to BAEC or avios.com) - see this post (albeit the page linked to no longer exists): https://www.flyertalk.com/forum/29298867-post3.html.
Appreciate that. I'm not suggesting there has been any change but we can't say for certain the unpublished 800 rate won't or hasn't already come in for a review/haircut, with any change also potentially unpublished.
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FWIW, this just in from avios.com:-
I'll keep my 800 thanks. I never seem to win anything anyway.
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Still getting my 800 rate.
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Still getting my 800 rate.

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Appreciate that. I'm not suggesting there has been any change but we can't say for certain the unpublished 800 rate won't or hasn't already come in for a review/haircut, with any change also potentially unpublished.
Thanks for all the replies.

It is interesting to note how Tesco's attitude has changed. The 800 rate was retained to avoid upsetting those of us who had been earning this rate as 'Premium' clubcard holders. The current regime had no such qualms about upsetting the many customers who have been redeeming at 4x face value with various partners for many years.

I would not be surprised if Tesco dropped Avios as a partner in the next couple of years. The scheme does not need to be particularly generous to keep customers scanning their clubcards. I certainly won't be sitting on Clubcard points as I have in the past.
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And here's BAEC's offer this quarter - note (FWIW) that this one is in £5 units:-
Win a holiday to Kefalonia with British Airways

Did you know you can use Tesco Clubcard vouchers to help you win a holiday to the Greek island of Kefalonia – beautiful setting for the film Captain Corelli's Mandolin? Here's how:

Simply turn £5 worth of Tesco Clubcard vouchers into Avios before 31 March 2018 and we'll give you an entry into our prize draw – plus 1,200 Avios of course.

The prize includes Club Europe return flights and three nights' accommodation for two people in a 4-star hotel. You can take your break anytime between 15 May and 31 August 2018, subject to availability.

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  1. To enter the prize draw the Eligible Participant must exchange a minimum of £5 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers into Avios between 12.01am on 07/02/2018 and 11.59pm on 31/03/2018. For every £5.00 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers that are exchanged, Eligible Participants will receive one entry into the draw, there is no limit to the number of entries that an Eligible Participant is entitled to accrue.
  2. If you are part of the Tesco Clubcard 'auto-opt-in' scheme, Eligible Participants will automatically receive double entries into the draw for every £5.00 in Tesco Clubcard Vouchers exchanged into Avios between 12.01am on 07/02/2018 and 11.59pm on 31/03/2018.
  3. The prize consists of two return British Airways Club Europe flights to Kefalonia with a three-night stay at a choice of hotels on a bed and breakfast basis. The winner can choose between the following hotels: Ionian Emerald 5*, Kefalonia Grand 4*, Avithos Resort 4*. All flights depart from London Heathrow. Early check in and/or late check out may be requested but cannot be guaranteed.
  4. The prizes are valid for travel on selected British Airways flights between 15/05/2018 and 31/08/2018 are subject to availability at the time of booking. All travel must be completed by 31/08/2018. The winner is responsible for any additional expenses, including transportation to and from the airport and all incidental expenses.
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