Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club have announced another conversion bonus, running from 1 May until 10 June, 2016.
The current promotion offers 15% bonus miles when converting Clubcard vouchers into Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. The standard rate is 250 miles per £1, so this promo would take that to 287.5 miles per £1.
In 2015, we saw a 30% bonus in February, a 20% bonus in May and a measly 15% bonus in November. The bonus was back to 20% in February 2016. These promotions are obviously quite regular, so there’s never really any reason to convert until you have reasonably firm plans and a likely requirement for Flying Club miles. Otherwise just wait until the next promo. I would even recommend passing on this 15% offer and waiting for the next 20 or 30% offer.
For those not fully familiar with Tesco Clubcard, it should be noted that you collect points year-round, but these can’t actually be spent on anything until they are converted to vouchers each January, April, July and October… Vouchers should have been issued recently for the April statement run – these Virgin Atlantic promos tend to pop up right when people have vouchers to spend. There’s no need to spend vouchers right away, you can leave them in your account for up to 2 years.
A useful trick for extending the life of your points / vouchers is to spend a high-denomination voucher on a small miles transfer. The balance of the voucher will be converted back into points shortly ahead of the next statement date, and turned back into a brand-new voucher (extending its life by another 2 years). The only downside is that you can’t use those points until they are converted back into a voucher – horrible if a conversion bonus or other requirement comes along…
The opportunity to convert Tesco Clubcard points to Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles is fantastic. I’m sure that even the most loyal Avios collector appreciates the ability to fly in one direction with Avios and the other on Virgin Atlantic, getting around any award availability problems from being loyal to just one airline / alliance. The Clubhouse lounge at Heathrow’s Terminal 3 is also something to be tried at least once – you can get there by spending those miles on an Upper Class award ticket.
P.S. Tesco have apparently been cracking down on fraud by limiting access to its website via VPN services. For frequent travelers such as myself, this can be an issue when these promos come up. If anybody knows of a good way to access tesco.com from abroad, please leave a comment below. Much appreciated…