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This effectively allows you to get Tesco Clubcard points for shopping at a wide range of other retailers. Buy the giftcards of your choice, reap the Clubcard points for doing so, then spend the gift cards at the retailer. I’ve used the offer on several occasions when I’ve needed to buy big ticket items at Argos or Homebase. Remembering that 150 Clubcard points gets you 360 Avios, it works out at 7.2 Avios per £1 spent.
It’s therefore disappointing to see that Tesco is flagging up the impending withdrawal of this offer.
This is the first time I’ve seen a cut-off date mentioned in relation to the offer. It’s always possible that Tesco will extend it, but it’s pretty clear that it’s days are numbered. If they do stick to the advertised date, then you’ve still got a 2-week window in which to buy any gift cards you might need. The list of branded cards they offer is quite extensive, with Debenhams, Currys and House of Frazer being examples. You can see the entire range here.
All good things come to an end
Offers come and go, and you need to take advantage of ones whilst they are around. However, this one has been about for such a long time, it long ago stopped being seen as an “offer”. Its likely they’ll switch to giving face value clubcard points, or possibly drop points entirely for branded gift cards. Whatever they switch to, it’s almost guaranteed to be a worse offer.
Remember, it’s worth looking ahead to see if you’ll need to shop at some of the supported retailers in a few months time. If so, you should consider buying the gift cards now and banking the Tesco points. Just ensure you are confident that the retailer isn’t going to go bust in the meantime.