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Every three months, I am usually able to write about a regular promotion from Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club. By setting your Clubcard account to earn Virgin Atlantic miles automatically, you will be gifted 1,000 miles. The latest version of the promotion can be found by clicking here.
My normal advice is this:
Step One, sign up for Auto Convert
Step Two, wait for 1,000 miles to post to your Virgin Atlantic Flying Club account
Step Three, turn OFF Auto Convert (make sure to do this well ahead of the next statement, which should be mid January 2020)
There are two reasons that I gave this advice:
- You most likely don’t actually want your Clubcard points to automatically convert into Virgin Atlantic miles
- You want to have your account set to vouchers so that you can “opt-in” yet again to earn 1,000 free miles per cycle
Unfortunately it appears that Tesco and Virgin Atlantic have wised up to our little scheme, and I am not aware of anybody receiving their 1,000 free miles last cycle, particularly to those who rushed to change their account settings back to vouchers in late October. My first impression was that the “once per lifetime” proviso was finally being enforced.
Except for one person… my partner… who rarely ever visits the UK and naturally never earns Tesco Clubcard points. Therefore, I couldn’t be bothered to set her Tesco Clubcard account back to vouchers. Recently I was surprised to find an extra 1,000 miles in her Flying Club account.
The Bottom Line
Could it be that Tesco are waiting until you actually auto-convert to miles before crediting your 1,000 free miles? i.e. a couple of weeks after your statement date. It certainly seems that way based on this data point…
Depending on the number of Clubcard points you typically earn – or the number of spare Clubcard accounts you have lying around 😉 – you might want to try being a bit more patient (before returning to vouchers) this Clubcard cycle…