The Top 6 Tesco Clubcard Rewards from a Travel Hacking Perspective

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Most UK travel hackers shop at Tesco! Many even set up their Clubcard accounts to auto-convert their vouchers into miles. But many readers might not be sure whether that is truly the best option for using their Clubcard vouchers. I have only one hard-and-fast rule about Tesco Clubcard vouchers – NEVER SPEND THEM AT TESCO!

What Exactly are Clubcard Points?

Clubcard points are the loyalty currency created by Tesco to reward members of its loyalty programme.

Members receive 1 Clubcard Point for every £1 spent at Tesco (either in store, or online), Tesco Direct, Tesco Wine, Tesco Clothing (F&F), and Tesco Mobile. Members also receive 1 Point for every £2 spent on fuel at Tesco petrol stations. This is not terribly exciting, although every little helps (as the slogan goes). Tesco also offers lots of opportunities to earn bonus points (either directly, or through some of their partners), and this is where travel hackers supercharge their Clubcard balances!

Four times a year, the Clubcard points you have collected over the latest period are automatically converted into Clubcard vouchers; you can set up your account to receive them in the post, or to leave them online.

Clubcard vouchers expire after two years – no excuses! But you can always spend a soon-to-expire £25 voucher on something costing £2.50 – the £22.50 in charge will be refunded to your Clubcard account and recycled into a new voucher on the next statement date.


But what are the Top 6 things that travel hackers should consider spending their Clubcard vouchers on?

1. Uber

Shocked? Uber is a recent addition to the list of Tesco Clubcard reward partners. You receive 3x face value of your Tesco Clubcard vouchers, and can convert vouchers as low as 50p. You can read about Uber’s partnership with Tesco Clubcard here.

For avid users of Uber in the United Kingdom, this reward option is a true 3x valuation. There is no cashback lost, no especially-inflated room rates, etc. You simply receive credit into your Uber account that you spend when using Uber in the United Kingdom. Simples…

You can also earn 1 point from Starwood Preferred Guest for every $2 spent with Uber – or 2 points per $1 spent when staying at a Starwood hotel that night. You do have to stay at least once with Starwood Preferred Guest in a year before you can earn Starpoints from Uber.

2. Anything Else at a Real 3 or 4 Times Face Value

What? Where are the miles? Isn’t this a miles and points blog?

If you and your family occasionally eat out at one of Tesco Clubcard’s partner restaurants – especially those offering 4 times face value – convert your vouchers into token codes. For each £2.50 of Clubcard voucher, you will save £10 on your meal today. Tomorrow you can spend that £10 on airfare without messing around with miles…

A similar concept applies to theme parks, castles, museums, etc. that are listed under “Days Out” on the Tesco Clubcard website. If you ever take your family to places such as these, you should consider saving money today that you can spend tomorrow on travel…

3. Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles

£1 of Clubcard voucher will convert into 250 Virgin Atlantic miles. You must convert a minimum of £2.50 (625 miles). At InsideFlyer UK’s standard valuation of 1p per Virgin Atlantic mile, you are receiving £2.50 of value for every £1 of voucher. Or conversely… you are buying Virgin Atlantic miles for 0.4p.

Tesco Clubcard often offers a conversion bonus for Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. Lately, this bonus has been a mere 10%, although in prior years the bonus has reached 30%.

Why Virgin Atlantic ahead of Avios? The higher conversion rate for one… But mostly I find it substantially easier to earn Avios than I do Virgin Atlantic miles. So why not leave my Clubcard vouchers in place until I need a reward flight? I can check award availability – which will be different on Virgin Atlantic versus British Airways – and convert my vouchers when I spy a Virgin Atlantic reward that suits me better. (the conversion is quick, usually overnight I receive my miles)

4. Avios

Whether British Airways Executive Club or (the UK shopping portal), £1 of Clubcard voucher will convert into 240 Avios. Crucially, your BAEC or Avios account must be registered to a UK address – not a problem for most but some of us have different set-ups.

Again, you must convert a minimum of £2.50 (600 Avios). At InsideFlyer UK’s standard valuation of 1p per Avios, you are receiving £2.40 of value for every £1 of voucher. Or conversely… you are buying Avios for 0.42p. Sort of… if you consider that you could receive £10 in pizza for your £2.50 Clubcard voucher, you would be spending 1.67p of pizza money per Avios.

Conventional wisdom suggests that Clubcard members should hang on to their vouchers and wait for a conversion bonus. Every three months I am sure to read a comment online “I wonder if there will be an Avios conversion bonus from Tesco”. I can’t even remember the last time, can you? Maybe somebody should update “conventional wisdom”.

Of course, if you are on the “grandfathered” old conversion rate from Clubcard to Avios (800 Avios instead of 600), you will be loath to change things!


5. Voucher

Nick wrote an excellent post the other day about this new reward option.

I won’t add too much other than to highlight that you would be missing out on two things: cashback and Welcome Rewards. So, if you were to spend a hypothetical £300 in cash on (pre-tax), you would receive approximately £30 in cashback (although it fluctuates) and £30 for future use on a hotel night booked through / Welcome Rewards.

As a result, your 3x “boost” starts looking a whole lot more like 2.4x. Still reasonable, but lower value than other options…

6. Hilton, Mercure, Novotel, Best Western, etc. Hotels

Tesco Clubcard offers a long list of hotel chains with which Clubcard vouchers can theoretically be spent for 3 times their face value. You can find the list here.

Each partner has slightly different rules for redeeming, and the actual value received is usually less than the headline 3x figure, because “Tesco rooms” tend to have limited availability and slightly higher rates – you definitely aren’t receiving the best prepaid room rate. You will also miss out on cashback, earning points, status credit, etc. You will also need to call a premium rate number and spend several minutes searching for an available room. Have I dissuaded you yet? For a travel hacker who enjoys a challenge, I’m sure there is value to be found from these hotel options, but I have better things to do…


I would be fascinated to know the details about how the entire Tesco Clubcard membership base actually spends their vouchers. But the most astute travel hacker is going to seek the reward option that maximises the actual cash to be saved – this will depend on what you usually spend your money on! But the best Tesco Clubcard reward isn’t always going to be miles, since you can regularly buy those at a discount. Save money today – just not at Tesco! – and buy miles or pay for travel tomorrow…


  1. Adam says

    I have been informed that there is currently a 10% bonus when converting clubcard to Virgin. I have not tried this out myself so cannot verify if true as not advertised anywhere.

    • Sachin says

      I did convert a whole load of clubcard vouchers a while back to Virgin and was given a 10% bonus as well, So I can confirm that Adam you are correct.

  2. Craig Sowerby says

    As we wrote about here on InsideFlyer, there was a 10% bonus for the last statement cycle – supposedly for first-timers but everybody seemed to get it.

    I can’t find anything on the Flying Club website or Tesco, so for now I would assume that there is no 10% bonus during this cycle, unless a reader can confirm that a conversion – during the last week after the latest vouchers were received – also received the bonus.

  3. Adam says

    I would also like to add that a good use of Clubcard to Virgin is the excellent conversion rate to Hilton.

    • Craig Sowerby says

      Not in my book. You take a Virgin mile worth 1p and you convert it into 1.5 Hilton points worth 0.6p…

      At the old 1:2 rate I might have been more willing to agree with you.

      • Adam says

        Interesting, Do you value Conrad Rangali @ 0.6p worth of HH points inc 20% bonus on VA conversions from clubcard at the 2:3 ratio?

        The whole value of a point / mile is quite personal IMO, it all depends what you paid for them or didn’t pay for them in the first place and what value you get out of them in the end.

        • Craig Sowerby says

          Well, you can take a £2.50 Tesco voucher that is worth £10 at a restaurant assuming you occasionally eat there. You can then trade that £10 for 750 Virgin Atlantic miles with the 20% bonus, and trade those for 1125 Hilton points. Except you can buy Hilton points regularly enough for 0.5 cents (0.38p). So you just gave away £10 for something you could buy for £4.30.

          You might treat the £10 as “not real” and you might not spend £1000s on pizzas or theme park tickets in a year to scale up, but you really need to do the math to make sure that your acquisition cost of Tesco Clubcard points is lower than the cost of simply buying Hilton points.

          The value you get in the Maldives doesn’t really come into play for me unless you need to get your hands on more Honors points than you are allowed to buy.

  4. Gaurav Kathuria says

    You also get double value when signing up to Tesco delivery saver using clubcard points and can also combine these with cashback via topcashback

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