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InsideFlyer UK reader Tilly71 has tracked down confirmation of a 10% conversion bonus when Tesco Clubcard members convert their vouchers into Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. This bonus will run from 25 October until 14 December, 2018.
1 Tesco Clubcard point normally converts into 2.5 Virgin miles. During the period of this promotion, that becomes 2.75 miles, which you should receive all at once, usually within 24-48 hours of ordering the conversion on the Tesco Clubcard website.
More interestingly for many, it appears that the 1,000 mile opt-in bonus is back again. Of course, you don’t ever want to automatically convert your Clubcard points into Virgin Atlantic Miles, especially since conversion bonuses aren’t guaranteed to happen every quarter.
What you want to do is:
- Step One, sign up for Auto Opt-In
- Step Two, wait for 1,000 miles to post to your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account
- Step Three, turn OFF Auto Opt-In (make sure to do this well ahead of the next statement, which should be late October / early November 2018)
Setting up Auto Opt-In is simple. Simply log-in to your Tesco Clubcard account, visit the “Voucher Schemes” section of “Account Management”, choose “Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles” and enter your Flying Club membership number. Don’t worry, any existing Clubcard vouchers will remain as vouchers and won’t be automatically converted.
If it still works – YMMV but it often does – you’ll receive 1,000 free miles at zero cost to you. Pay attention to InsideFlyer UK and I’ll even remind you when to turn off the Auto Opt-in – so that you receive vouchers instead of miles, and can earn 1,000 miles again and again…
I suspect that both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have noticed a drop off in conversions of Tesco Clubcard points into miles, simply because Tesco have stopped handing out those bonus Clubcard points we loved so much. So these bonuses are a way of counteracting that – don’t forget that Avios also has a bonus offer for Tesco conversions and that might work better for you than Virgin Atlantic miles.