You can get up to triple value on your points.
If you shop at Tesco, you probably already have a Tesco Clubcard (if not sign up for one on their site or pick up a flyer in-store). But how do you spend the points to get the best value?
What are Tesco Clubcard points worth?
You’ll get one Clubcard point for every £1 you spend at Tesco.
If you spend them in-store on your groceries, 100 Clubcard points are worth £1, so that means they have a base value of 1p each. And if you’ve got 1,000 points then that’s worth £10. And so on.
- 1 Clubcard point = 1p
- 2 Clubcard points = 2p
- 100 Clubcard points = £1
- 200 Clubcard points = £2
- 500 Clubcard points = £5
- 1,000 Clubcard points = £10
- 2,500 Clubcard points = £25
- 5,000 Clubcard points = £50
This means earning Clubcard points is the equivalent of getting 1% back on your shopping at Tesco.
But they can worth more through Reward Partners (previously called Clubcard Boost). Here you swap your Clubcard points for vouchers to spend elsewhere.
There used to be variable boosts. Some doubled your points, some tripled and some even quadrupled. But it’s now a simpler triple boost across most deals. So each point is worth 3p via a boost, meaning you’ll ultimately get the equivalent of 3% back.
How to get a Clubcard
Tesco Clubcard is a free reward scheme. You can pick up a card and join in-store or register online.
How to use Tesco Clubcard points
You can’t spend Clubcard points until they have been converted into Clubcard vouchers. And to do this you need a minimum of 150 Clubcard points (the equivalent of £1.50). Points will only be swapped in multiples of 50.
You can get sent these in the post with your Clubcard statement, which is sent every three months in February, May, August and November.
Better is to convert points to vouchers via the Faster Vouchers process. You’ll only get a digital voucher via this method. Again you’ll need at least 150 points to convert them.
Whether paper or digital vouchers you can spend them in any Tesco store or on the Tesco online as part or full payment towards your shopping.
If you swap them with a Reward Partner you need to do this via the Clubcard website. These boosts will often be have minimum levels (e.g. 50 points), and you can only swap increments of that amount (e.g. if you have 120 points you can only use 100 points)
How long Clubcard vouchers last
When you’re issued a Tesco Clubcard voucher it’s valid for 2 years. Faster vouchers last 21 months from when they are exchanged.
You can check if you’ve any vouchers and their expiration dates in your Clubcard account.
Clubcard deals and promotions
There are a few ways to use your Clubcard to save more money at Tesco.
Tesco Clubcard Plus
This premium service costs £7.99 a month, and benefits include 10% off two shops every month. It looks like a good scheme for regular Tesco shoppers. Here’s my full review, including details on how to get it.
Tesco Clubcard Prices promotion
Tesco lets you use your Clubcard to gain extra savings on groceries in-store and online. The first one of these was in May 2019 to mark 100 years of Tesco and it was the first time we’ve seen special discounts for being a member of the scheme (unless you count the odd voucher in the post). It’s now a regular promotion in Tesco stores and online.
You don’t need any points on your card – you just need to have one.
The best ways to spend Tesco Clubcard vouchers
There are actually hundreds of options, so I’ve scanned through them to find my best uses of your Clubcard points.
New to Clubcard is the choice to donate your points to food poverty charities Fareshare and The Trussell Trust. You can also give to the British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research and Diabetes UK.
Sadly Tesco don’t boost these donations as they do with other offers, which I think is a shame. Still if you have at least 50p in vouchers you can swap them.
Fancy pay less when going to the zoo? A theme park? Museum? All these are available at a discount.
A lot of the “days out” used to be quadruple points and have been reduced to triple – but they still represent decent value. It’s worth checking to see there isn’t a better offer out there, though one saving which is hard to beat is using your points for triple credit towards an English Heritage or RHS membership.
It’s worth checking out Kids Pass though if you go out a lot as some discounts might be bigger.
You can use your points to get cut-price cinema tickets, again at triple value. So 50p in vouchers will get you £1.50 to spend, It’s only for Cineworld.
You can also use your points towards the Cineworld Unlimited pass. You need a minimum of £10 in Clubcard vouchers for this, which will get your £30 credit.
If you regularly travel by train then a railcard can save you cash, and one of the cheapest ways to get one is using your Clubcard points.
You can trade £1 in vouchers to get £3 credit towards your railcard, potentially saving you two-thirds on the full price. It works for most types of railcard, though an exception is the 26-30 card.
Bonus airline points
If you already save airline points, this is a great way to get more. 250 Clubcard points are worth 625 Virgin Flying Club. Avios moved from Clubcard to Nectar in January 2021.
However, unless you travel a lot and earn lots of points, I do think you’re better off using a standard cashback credit card rather than be restricted to using air miles.
Magazines are also now in line with the “triple bonus” standard, meaning once more you can convert a minimum of 50p in Clubcard vouchers to get a £1.50 voucher to go towards a subscription. This is roughly what they were before.
So if you wanted to sign up to a year of Empire completely (at a cost of £62.40) via Clubcard points you would need £20.50 in points, and top it up by another 90p from your bank account.
Of course you can get other subscriber deals elsewhere which give good discounts. A quick search for Empire shows you can pay £46, so the Clubcard deal is still a decent saving, representing a 2x boost in real terms.
It’s a similar story for other magazines available via Clubcard, including Good Housekeeping, Elle, Garden Answers, Golf and Esquire.
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Tesco Mobile bills
You can now use your points to reduce the cost of your mobile bill. It’s only double rather than triple, but it could considerably cut your costs if you’re with Tesco Mobile.
However, it’s worth checking you can’t get a better deal with a different network.
I used to say using Clubcard points at Tesco itself was a waste. But if there’s nothing you want to buy from the Boost offers then it’s better to use them on normal spending. If you boost for the sake of it you’re wasting your points – even at the triple rate.
Andy’s Analysis – Are Clubcard boosts still worth it?
There was a time, not too long ago, that you’d be a fool not to swap Clubcard points with a reward partner. But in the last couple of years the best offers have disappeared.
First, my top pick of Red Spotted Hanky which let you book train tickets was removed in January 2019 and Uber followed in July the same year. Then NOW TV and Avios ended in January 2021.
There are still lots of options, but whether they’re worth it comes down to two factors. One: Do you want or need what you’re swapping for? Two: Can you get that partner offer discounted elsewhere?
If it’s no for the first, or yes for the second, I’d say you’re better off using the points at Tesco – at least you’ll actually need food and drink!
Clubcard deals to avoid
Though you can save money by boosting your points in these areas, I think you can get similar savings elsewhere – meaning you should boost your points on the more valuable discounts listed above.
Even when these were 4x value I thought you could spend your points better elsewhere than at the chain restaurants included in Clubcard Boost. And now they are triple too the deal is worse.
That’s because you can get decent discounts for the likes of Pizza Express and Bella Italia elsewhere. A simple google often brings up voucher codes for 40% off or two for one. Plus you can save at more places more often with a Tastecard trial.
So let’s say you’ve gone to Pizza Express and the final bill came to £30, it would have cost you £10 via Clubcard vouchers, or £15 via Tastecard or another voucher.
Yes, that’s still a bigger saving, but it means your real boost is only 1.5x, not 3x. I think you’re better off using your points elsewhere.
List of Tesco Clubcard restaurants:
- Ask Italian
- Bella Italia
- Cafe Rouge
- Chef & Brewer
- Hungry Horse pubs
- La Tasca
- Pizza Express
It’s similar with converting your Clubcard vouchers to spend on hotels. Though you can get triple value on points to spend at Hotels.com, Novatel and Hilton, you’re locked into booking direct with those websites, which might not offer the best rates available. I think you’re better off searching for the lowest prices elsewhere, and then using your points at one of the options above.
This video from 2018 takes you through why these are often bad ways to swap your points.