I think it’s now safe to say that each quarter going forward we will see some kind of conversion bonus… Tesco Clubcard and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club have announced yet another conversion bonus, running from 1 August until 16 September, 2016.
The current promotion offers 20% 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 300 miles per £1. You should have received an email, but you will see the conversion bonus when you log in to your Clubcard account and look for Virgin Atlantic miles.
These promotions are obviously quite regular – in 2015 we also saw a few conversion bonuses – 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…
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 July statement run. 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.
These frequent Clubcard conversion bonuses are a great way to accumulate Virgin Atlantic Flying Club miles. Although the Virgin Atlantic route network is less extensive than British Airways, you at least can take advantage of different award availability – perhaps that means you can travel one way using Avios and the other way with Virgin Atlantic. I certainly recommend flying Upper Class departing London Heathrow and taking advantage of Terminal 3’s Clubhouse – one of the best airport lounges in the world!