The Tesco Clubcard loyalty scheme is nearly 30 years old. It was the first supermarket loyalty scheme and now has more than 20 million members. Here’s everything you need to know.
Using supermarket loyalty cards is a good way to save money on grocery shopping. Using the best supermarket vouchers and coupons can also help you cut your bill at the till, and if you’re an online shopper, our supermarket deliveries guide is full of tips to save.
Over the years, Tesco has changed the rules on how many Clubcard points you can earn and how you can spend your Clubcard vouchers. Below we take a look at what shoppers can expect and how to get the most out of Tesco Clubcard Rewards.
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How does the Tesco Clubcard scheme work?
When shopping in store or online, you can earn one point for each pound spent (excludes gift cards and tobacco products). Filling up at a Tesco fuel station earns you one point for every two litres of fuel. And if you buy fuel from an Esso station that has a Tesco Express on site, you get one point for every £3 spent.
You also get one point for every £4 spent on Tesco Bank credit cards and one point for every £1 with Tesco Mobile. You can also get extra points by using the code on the back of your receipt and filling out a survey at tescoviews.com
Converting Tesco Clubcard points into Tesco Clubcard vouchers
To spend your Tesco Clubcard points, they’ll need to be converted into Tesco Clubcard vouchers. This is done automatically every three months when you earn over 150 points. Statements are sent out in February, May, August and November.
If you don’t want to wait for your statement, you can request vouchers yourself when you have a minimum of 150 points. Just request the vouchers through the Tesco website or via its Grocery and Clubcard app – and the vouchers should appear in your account within 24 hours.
You can check the number of points you have at any time by logging into your account on the Tesco site or checking the app.
Each point is worth 1p to spend in Tesco, so 1,000 points means you’ll get a £10 voucher to use towards your shopping in store or at a Tesco fuel station. However, there is a better way to use your points…
Swap points for 2x value with Tesco Clubcard Reward Partners
The way to get the most from your points haul is by exchanging your Clubcard vouchers for codes to spend with Clubcard Reward Partners. That way the value of your points is doubled (before 16 June 2023 you actually got 3x the value).
Tesco has more than 100 Reward Partners. These include restaurants such as Pizza Express and Prezzo, along with Alton Towers, Hotels.com, Butlins and Blackpool Pleasure Beach. You can also swap Clubcard vouchers for cinema and theatre tickets through the site.
Other deals include the chance to get a three-month subscription to Disney Plus for just £3 of Clubcard vouchers.
What to watch out for when exchanging Clubcard vouchers
It’s worth checking terms and conditions carefully when exchanging Tesco Clubcard vouchers with Reward Partners. For example at Pizza Express, they can only be used to cover the cost of your food, not drinks and not to cover any service charge.
With travel partners such as LeShuttle, terms and conditions state that you must book at least 24 hours before travel with online bookings and at least four days before travel with phone bookings.
And if you want to use Clubcard vouchers to book rooms at Best Western hotels, it’s worth knowing the Clubcard rate is the same as the hotel’s ‘Flexible Bed & Breakfast’ rate. And it’s only available at participating hotels and subject to availability. You also need to book at least three days before your stay.
So do check there aren’t any better deals elsewhere before opting to use your vouchers with a particular Clubcard Rewards Partner.
Clubcard vouchers have an expiry date – but there’s a trick to extend them
Stockpiling Clubcard vouchers to put towards big spends such as holidays or days out can be a good way to use them. But it’s worth checking voucher expiry limits.
Tesco Clubcard vouchers are valid for two years. Once they’ve expired, you can no longer use them. If you think you’ve got unspent vouchers, there’s an easy way to track them down. Log into your Clubcard account and go to the ‘Vouchers’ section. If you’ve got unspent ones, you can print them off or use the codes online.
One clever trick to extend the life of your Clubcard vouchers is swapping them with one of its Clubcard Reward Partners just before expiry – but for a small amount.
When trading Clubcard vouchers with Reward Partners, any change is credited back to your Clubcard account as points. This will then be converted to vouchers, with a two-year expiry date.
So all you need to do is use them to make a small purchase on the Clubcard website. This could mean spending just 50p from a £10 Clubcard voucher to get a £1 voucher for somewhere like Pizza Express, Bella Italia or Prezzo. The remaining £9.50 balance will be credited back to your Clubcard account with vouchers issued that will last another two years.
If you don’t have paper Tesco Clubcard vouchers and are not sure when yours expire, you can log into your Tesco Clubcard account or use the app to check.
Other benefits with the Tesco Clubcard scheme
Tesco Clubcard holders can also make regular savings on over 8,000 products through the supermarket’s Clubcard Prices promotions.
Discounted products are flagged up, both online and in store. This includes food, household products and toiletry items.
If you have a Clubcard, you’ll need to scan it at the till to pay the cheaper price. If you don’t have a Clubcard, you’ll pay the higher shelf price and won’t be able to take advantage of any special offers in stores.
Also check out our supermarket loyalty cards guide to see how Tesco’s scheme compares to other supermarkets.