IF you’re a Tesco shopper then the Clubcard loyalty scheme is a great way to get rewards for shopping.
Once you’ve collected a sweet amount of points, the challenge is to make the most of them.
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Spend 500 points on your shopping at the checkout and you’ll save a fiver – but spend them the right way and you’ll get more for your money.
Until June last year, you could swap your Clubcard vouchers for up to four times the value in rewards at a wide range of Tesco partners, but they’re now worth three times the value in almost every case.
Many top rewards have also been scrapped recently, with even more expected to come.
500 points currently gets you £15 in vouchers.
Below are some of the best places where you can still boost your Tesco points. For a full list, head to Tesco’s website.
If you’re planning to splash out on something expensive, such as a ring or bike, shops can be a great way to get maximum value from your Clubcard points.
Luckily, every £5 Clubcard voucher gets you a £15 Goldsmiths, Evans Cycles or Denby voucher – just to mention a few.
Just make sure you shop around for better deals elsewhere before you convert your vouchers, or you may still be spending more money than necessary.
Also only convert when you have the full amount you need, and use vouchers as soon as you can to avoid any risks of the companies going bust.
Every 50p gives £1.50 in vouchers at a number of restaurants including Pizza Express, Prezzo, Cafe Rouge, Bella Italia, Ask Italian, Zizzi as well as Chef & Brewer.
Just keep in mind that some of the listed restaurants may offer two for one in separate deals.
If that’s the case, you should save your Clubcard vouchers for something else as it means they’ll effectively be worthless.
But if you can’t get one, Clubcard tokens are worth three times the value – which makes it well worth the swap.
Just make sure you check the terms and conditions beforehand – usually the vouchers can only be spent on food.
How to reclaim lost Clubcard pointsMOST people lose or forget their Tesco voucher but it’s easy to claim back up to two years or unused vouchers.The supermarket doesn’t remind you of vouchers that you have leftover, so it’s up to you to check.
Log into the Tesco Clubcard website and check for unspent vouchers.
You’ll see a tab saying “my vouchers” and this will list the ones you still have to spend.
You can print the vouchers to use them in store or note down the number and visit the Boost website to exchange them.
Fun days out
If you’re an adrenaline junkie, you’ll like the fact that you can get three times the value of your vouchers in theme parks such as Thorpe Park, Alton Towers and Chessington.
Or if you’re often visiting them, you can also get three times the value on a Standard Merlin Annual Pass.
The yearly pass usually costs £179, but if you pay for it using your vouchers, it’ll only set you back £60.
Transport and travel
Tesco’s Clubcard offers a wide range of ways to boost your points in terms of transport and travel.
The vouchers will give you three times worth of rewards in Uber rides, annual railcards as well as trips with Megabus and National Express – just to mention a few.
You can also turn your grocery shopping into something more exciting with Avios by exchanging your vouchers for points.
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Just shop as normal at Tesco with your Clubcard and then exchange your vouchers using the basket tool.
Every £2.50 of vouchers gets you 600 British Airways Executive Club Avios.
This is one of the few boosting options that doesn’t give you a cash value, but if you’re an Avios fan, it could be a good way of spending your points.
1,000 Avios points are usually worth around £7, but they can also be around £20 if you spend them on business class.
So £12.50 in Clubcard vouchers normally buys around £20 in Avios points.Hotel breaks and holidays
You can also get three times your vouchers’ value at Hotels.com, which could give you sweet discounts on a huge range of hotels.
If you want to treat your special someone or the whole family to a fancy hotel stay, every £2.50 in vouchers will give you £7.50 to spend at hotel chains Hilton and Novotel.
For a full list of all the travel companies you can use your Tesco points at, check out the supermarket’s website.
Some other exciting perks with a Tesco Clubcard includes switching points to a RHS and English Heritage membership – and you’ll get three times the value in rewards.
Or if you like to cosy up on the sofa with a glossy magazine now and again, you can also choose from a range of subscriptions for three times your vouchers’ value.
Motorists may also like that every 50p also gives you £1.50 to spend towards RAC Personal Breakdown cover.
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In August last year, Tesco launched a “faster vouchers” scheme, which allows customers to request vouchers online or via the Clubcard app.
Around the same time, the supermarket pulled rewards deals from RedSpottedHanky and Europcar.
In November, it also axed a popular reward with Odeon.
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