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Old 05-08-2013, 11:52 PM   #16
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When Tesco convert your points into money off vouchers you can use them for all sorts of things. Have a look here: Clubcard Rewards

You can get airmiles, UK theme park tickets, hotels. I recently got a family rail card.
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:14 AM   #17
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Hi. We've not used our points this way but we do use them for a lot of other things (merlin annual passes for the entire family, Eurotunnel when we go to DLP or other European breaks, days out vouchers at home etc.). The best way we've found of collecting as many points as possible is to have a Tesco clubcard credit card, which we put as much of our expenses on as possible and then pay off in full every month, also pretty much always filling up at a Tesco petrol station, its amazing how quickly the points add up!
This is what we tend to do - use the Clubcard Rewards for eating out (Pizza Express etc), tickets for attractions, and when we have been to London, virtually all of our sightseeing has been funded by Tesco!! We then put the money we would have spent into a bank account towards our Florida holiday, so that we have more flexibility rather than relying on the companies using Tesco to get us there.

With regard to exchanging your Tesco vouchers for Avios, I worked out some time ago that the 45,000 Avios you would need for a return flight to Florida (plus taxes!!) would need around £180 of vouchers. As that £180 can be worth up to £720 on some other rewards deals, it made sense for us to spend on these and then save the money as noted above.

If you do want to start collecting Avios for flights, there are also some Amex (and other) cards that give a bonus if you spend a certain amount within the first three months. I took out an Amex Gold Rewards card last year that gives points that can be turned into Avios (or other airline/hotel scheme) points. After spending £3,000 in three months (easily done as I was booking our hotels and flights for this year's holiday!!!) I got a 20,000 points bonus which I turned into 20,000 Avios.
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Old 05-09-2013, 08:55 AM   #18
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One thing that I've just noticed is that you can exchange £50 of clubcard points for £150 voucher for use at Apartments4you. One of the properties they have on there is Wyndham Bonnet Creek and a dummy booking for October came out as £504 for a week. The same week booked through expedia was coming up at£943. Taking off the £150 would mean that you could get a week at Wyndham for £354.
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Old 05-09-2013, 09:06 AM   #19
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some great ideas here, thanks guys! it's great how flexible they are I guess, I've given up on the idea of virgin air miles as its been pointed out elsewhere that flights for miles are rarely available in school holidays, so it's a waste of time for me. but a holiday elsewhere seems doable, with the discounts I could get. keep them coming anyway, really interesting :-)
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:29 PM   #20
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Sadly the glory days of Tesco deals/clubcard points are no more.
Motorpoint put paid to that

We would never have tried Florida in 2009 if it was not for the £3,900 in deals that paid the entire Virgin Holiday

Oh those great days of spending £10 and walking out with 7,000 clubcard points. £70 = £280 in deals.
Paid to shop was the best forum for how to maximise points.

To rack up points the main way is get a Tesco credit card. Pay everything on it. Shopping, petrol especially can add points.
Look for special promotions that have points
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Old 05-10-2013, 06:52 AM   #21
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We convert all of our Tesco spend to BA Avios & use them to upgrade our flights.
We flew Club World to Miami last year by booking WT+ & using 25K BA Avios each to upgrade to Club.
Upgrade availability can be hard to find & the chances of getting anything to Orlando is virtually nil but if you are prepared to be flexible on dates & locations it is a great way to fly in comfort & not pay £2,500 - £3,000 each.
You can only upgrade one cabin level on BA, so if you book economy you can only upgrade to WT+.
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I was another one like Cyrano who had all of their VA holidays paid for with points. We stayed at the Yacht and Beach Club with those. What sad dark days these are with no more big hauls. Remember the baby club vouchers for all of our pets?

Anyway I have now discovered the joys of Avios. We have just been to Barcelona with BA using these in the Easter school hols, cost me £90 in taxes. I paid cash for the hotel, as it wasexpensive to use my miles.

I have also discovered the joys of credit card churning too which a previous poster has mentioned.

There is blog telling you how to go about this called Head for Points.

I keep checking for availability on BA ready to pounce for the August school hols in 2014. There has been regular availability to NY and back, Las Vegas and San Fran. Not much to MCO, but you could get a cheapish internal flight from NY to MCO.

You can fly internal from a regional airport to London for free on an avios deal, we flew from Leeds to LHR to BCN.
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ooh that's a really interesting idea Heatherbelle, get a cheapy internal flight once on US soil! thanks for replying everyone
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I just had a look in the brochure with my vouchers and apparently you can covert £10 to £30 for Virgin Holidays or Cosmos.
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I just had a look in the brochure with my vouchers and apparently you can covert £10 to £30 for Virgin Holidays or Cosmos.
I saw that too, problem for me is it has to be accommodation inclusive (whole package deal) and I tend to book a flydrive & use timeshare or it's just so much cheaper to DIY when it comes to virgin, there is a limit of £500 per person you can use as well. would be a numbers game if the £500 off per person would be cheaper than DIY, could definitely use cosmos for a med holiday :-)
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