To ask how you best utilise your Clubcard points?

(96 Posts)
MoanyYoni Mon 20-May-13 16:16:44

I'm quite new to the Tesco Clubcard points system and have just received my third statement which has £10 worth of vouchers.

Of the last 2 statements, one we put directly to that week's shop and the other was near Christmas so we did the exchange and bought toys for DC.

Neither coupon had got to more than £10 though. Looking through the leaflet I can see you can use points for all kinds of restaurants, days out etc. How do you use your points? Do you think it's best to save them all up till you've collected enough for something significant?

We usually save them up for the voucher exchange or days out.

Don't worry about losing the paper ones you are sent with your statement - you will have a full history of vouchers on your account online.

We have used them for trips to Alton Towers, Blackpool, Longleat, London Eye, Madame Tussards, and probably loads more as well as using them with the voucher exchange for buying a laptop.

madamginger Mon 20-May-13 16:23:58

Two years ago we had £150 worth and swapped them for siblu vouchers worth £600 and went to Brittany for 10 days. We saved them for two years to get enough.

ThePathanKhansAmnesiac Mon 20-May-13 16:28:20

Madameg, so do the vouchers not run out then?
Can I just save them.up even though the points have come off my clubcard?

(sorry for hijack OP)

MoDiddly Mon 20-May-13 16:29:18

Saved mine up for 2 years and bought an ipad smile sadly not for me envy

DiscoDonkey Mon 20-May-13 16:31:38

We use them for hotels and days out. Have just got merlin passes for us all so that a years worth of days out sorted. They do expire but usually have a good year or two on them.

beachyhead Mon 20-May-13 16:31:39

Magazine subscriptions grin
Ferry tickets
Cineworld vouchers

Trazzletoes Mon 20-May-13 16:34:14

I think they are good for 2 years. We've just bought 5 adult passes to Drayton Manor so we can take the DCs on a big family day out.

The rest we put on Air Miles.

cherrybakewall Mon 20-May-13 16:35:17

They last for 2 years. If you use them for days out etc. then you can cash them in for 4 times their face value. We have a Tesco credit card which we only use for food and fuel( from Tesco) and which we pay off each month but you collect triple points on anything you buy in Tesco. We also have a Tesco mobile phone for DSD and we get triple points each month on bill payments. It soon adds up. This quarter we got £75 in vouchers which is £300 in rewards - enough for a minibreak for and and DH.

propertyNIGHTmareBEFOREXMAS Mon 20-May-13 16:36:29

I like using mine for Pizza Express. £10 of tesco vouchers converts to £40 of Pizza Express vouchers. Tasty in mouth grin

AudrinaAdare Mon 20-May-13 16:37:48

Paid £90 off a £120 ferry fare to the Isle of Wight with £30 of vouchers. crossing the Solent is daylight robbery angry Any more I get in August can be used as cash or exchanged at some attractions there.

jamdonut Mon 20-May-13 16:41:11

Well I only got £6.50 this time, but me and the daughter went and bought the Les Miserables video with it on Saturday.

Sometimes I double up the points,sometimes I save. I depends what I need!

dancemom Mon 20-May-13 16:44:19

Save them for Christmas! Last year I got my turkey, lots of frozen buffet style stuff and quite a lot of toys for dd grin

Growlithe Mon 20-May-13 16:44:40

We save them up. We have a Tesco credit card and put all our monthly spending on it and pay it straight off just for the points too.

We have also had a Siblu holiday. We have had a laptop, a bed for DD1 and a vacuum cleaner using the voucher exchange.

We have a short break booked this year in a Village hotel, and got some Legoland tickets for SIL and BIL so they can come with us when we go (we have Merlin passes).

middleagedspread Mon 20-May-13 16:44:43

I convert all mine into BA air miles. One day I'll have enough for an upgrade smile

Goldendandelion Mon 20-May-13 16:48:05

We use ours for restaurants, bowling or days out. They are worth much more that way.

lateSeptember1964 Mon 20-May-13 16:48:59

I wait until Christmas then exchange them for Goldsmith vouchers. There usually only 3x but increase to 4x at the start of December. Then I treat myself. Will have about £1600 to spend this year if I stay on target.

Jojay Mon 20-May-13 16:49:21

Usually magazine subscriptions at Xmas, but we've had days out too.

piprabbit Mon 20-May-13 16:50:21

We use them to go out for a family meal once in a while. It's lovely and means that we can have an indulgent treat without feeling guilty about cash.

ipswitch Mon 20-May-13 16:54:08

Magazines for us too.
The gift that lasts all year

Splatt34 Mon 20-May-13 16:58:02

have a credit card too so get loads. over the years have had, £1200 off holiday to st. Lucia (£300 in vouchers) free flights to Prague (airmiles), £100 off holiday cottage (£30 in vouchers), free train tickets, free rac, numerous days out (longleat, woburn, sealife, alton towers etc etc) & lots of pizza express vouchers.

Definitely save and swap for rewards.

eltsihT Mon 20-May-13 17:08:50

When we were students (10years ago) myself and my hubby saved them up and they often meant we could afford to eat at the end of term when we ran out of money.

W have kept this habit up, and spend what we have at our wedding anniversary on a bottle of something nice to enjoy that we wouldn't normally have

This year we have spent some of them on days out. I wanted to take my ds to Thomas land, and it £36 real money for an adult or £8.50 in tesco vouchers atm. Total bargain!

Floralnomad Mon 20-May-13 17:11:30

We used to use them for Merlin passes ,but as the children aren't interested anymore we now save them and get something in the double up exchange . Last year we got a metal shed , it was reduced to £200 and I doubled £100 of vouchers ,so in effect a free shed !

ISingSoprano Mon 20-May-13 17:16:47

I have just bought ds a railcard and have lots of Pizza Express vouchers for some spontaneous treats.

TheBigJessie Mon 20-May-13 17:18:59

Here, we:
1) await voucher exchange with quivering anticipation
2) exchange for Pizza Express or do Christmas shopping for children.

I save them up until November, then exchange for double points for the toy department.
That's the Santa presents sorted. smile

We exchange ours for Pizza Express vouchers. £5 of club card vouchers = £20 Pizza Express vouchers. We go out for lots of meals with the kids grin

We use them for Red Spotted Hanky credits, doubles the value, so that DS can travel home from uni on the train.

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Mon 20-May-13 17:25:41

So uh in words of one syllable. If you swap them for vouchers you get more than they're worth if you spend them
In store?

How to you know where you can buy vouchers for and how much the points are worth if you do?

I don't recall ever having had a statement

WorrySighWorrySigh Mon 20-May-13 17:30:25

Smells - yes

You can get all the information on the tesco website:

here

Is it possible you have moved at some point so are not receiving your vouchers?

piprabbit Mon 20-May-13 17:31:31

There should be a statement printed in the booklet that your paper vouchers arrive in.
You can find out about current deals and offers, and how to turn your Tesco vouchers into vouchers you can spend on other stuff on the clubcard website.

piprabbit Mon 20-May-13 17:31:53

Oops x-post.

SmellsLikeWeenSpirits Mon 20-May-13 17:35:14

Oh I've just checked online. I've got £4.61

Now I don't do my main shop with tesco, but I do often buy petrol there. And I have a tesco credit card with lots of debt on.

I shan't get excited about my trip to st Lucia just yet

MoanyYoni Mon 20-May-13 17:38:14

Some fantastic ideas here, thanks! So it seems that by letting the vouchers burn a hole in my pocket I'm missing out..saving it is!

However from your posts I am struggling to decide what to save for; toys for Christmas, family break, taking DS to Thomas land or the les mis DVD for me

BrienneOfTarth Mon 20-May-13 17:49:16

We save the vouchers - they are valid for 2 years - and spend them on a lovely hotel mini-break for free. One year we even had enough for a week at Butlins for free!

pineapplecrush Mon 20-May-13 19:30:42

Magazine subscription here too. Usually Good Housekeeping but had a change this time and just ordered Essentials as didn't have quite enough points. Doing it online was so easy - a list of the vouchers I had last time and this time was already there, just had to state the ones I'm using. Will use remaining £5 to double up in exchange scheme for a pair of shorts/sandals from F & F.

chocolatespiders Mon 20-May-13 19:34:11

Gutted- I just found an out of date Strada voucher that I had changed up>>> my own sill fault sad

Pizza express, strada or Bella Italia is what we swap for smile

Growlithe Mon 20-May-13 19:38:42

Smells you know what they say, Every Little Helps. wink

skyeskyeskye Mon 20-May-13 19:38:51

I use mine every year to get a RAC subscription. I just used £60 of vouchers to get an At Home, Onward Travel, Roadside and Recovery which is the top membership and costs £145 if you do with through RAC.

I exchange other vouchers for days out, they are worth 4 x usually, or sometimes 5 x. This means that I had two free days out over easter, changing £15 into £60 which paid for 5 of us to get in.

Another thing I did was get a Toy Story 3 book for DD, which was personalised to have her name and her friends names in it. She loves it.

Or if you just double up in store when its available, you can buy clothes, school uniform and much more smile

scarletcrossbones Mon 20-May-13 19:43:58

Hm, they really confuse me too. Can someone help? I've just checked and it says:
My current points total:
65
Vouchers to spend now:
£ 46.50

What does that really mean? What kind of stuff could I get with that? I've only done it once before - spent it all on school uniform last summer and was pleased with that. But if I wait another year at this rate, and make sure and buy absolutely everything at Tesco, could that be nearly a holiday, do you think?? Pretty please?? grin

skyeskyeskye Mon 20-May-13 19:48:40

you need to check the Clubcard website as they are always changing things.

We have had two free holidays with Park Resorts in the past using the Clubcard vouchers, but they keep changing the rules. You used to be able to get a top range caravan, now you cant and they have taken some parks off there too.

there are limits on some of them as to how many vouchers you can use, for example the Disneyland Paris one is either £500 or £750 depending on the time of year. Butlins dont have a limit, but you cant use them for addons, only accommodation and dining on normal breaks, not special weekends.

They all vary really, so depending on what you want to do, you could get a free holiday smile we had two smile

ilikesweetpeas Mon 20-May-13 19:49:25

Has anyone done Blackpool circus with them? Just seen that on the tesco website and wondered what it's like?

Lweji Mon 20-May-13 19:51:07

I just use them for shopping, thereby saving the money.
Can't be arsed to look for the deals and so on.

babybythesea Mon 20-May-13 19:52:25

Airmiles. DD and I flew to Jersey for a 10 day break to visit friends - still had to pay airport taxes but flights themselves were free and it was a wonderful chance to catch up with some really good mates and show dd old haunts (I used to live there!) Couldn't have afforded the plane fare otherwise. Dh flew to a conference he was desperate to go to - his work could pay for the registration but not the travel so we did that from Clubcard airmiles!

I get masses with the tesco credit card.
I get RAC membership every year. Weekends away (Novotel, Hilton etc.) Pizza Express, Prezzo, Chef and Brewer etc.
Goldsmiths jewellers a couple of times, theatre tickets and days out vouchers. I recently got two bay trees from Thompson and Morgan and some Denby crockery.
Back in 2001 I was lucky enough to get 2 return flights to New York for £49 in vouchers each. That was before the airmiles/avios thing though, you can't get flights direct now.

Goldendandelion Mon 20-May-13 19:56:07

I forgot about the RAC membership. We do that too.

Crikeyblimey Mon 20-May-13 19:56:13

I never spend ours on shopping because they are worth so much more in rewards vouchers.

We use them to exchange for Pizza Express vouchers (4x face value), Red Spotted Hankie for rail travel (dh went to Scotland £120 rail ticket down to about £45 of vouchers).

Rac membership is loads cheaper too.

We use the other day out stuff occasionally - £98 Legoland cost £28 in vouchers.

Check out the web site and keep saving them - just keep an eye on the expiry dates (although Tesco email me when I have some due to expire).

scarletcrossbones Mon 20-May-13 19:58:17

Is there anything to stop people using their credit card for everything it's possible to buy at Tesco, Calculators - weekly shopping, the lot? I've not had a credit card for 6 or 7 years now but this sounds like a distinct advantage of having one ...

Chopchopbusybusy Mon 20-May-13 19:58:51

We've had Merlin annual passes and various I day theme park passes. DD2 has a lovelinks bracelet from goldsmiths, DH has had a £300 watch. We've had numerous meals out.

dolallylass Mon 20-May-13 20:00:03

Save them up for 2 years and put towards a holiday. Got £1880 ready right now to go towards next holiday. I use Tesco credit card, club card plus and club card, hardly a penny gets spent in our house without collecting points. Best system ever!! This is the 5th time we've done it saved £7k and travelled all over the world! Thanks Tesco grin

BornToFolk Mon 20-May-13 20:04:55

I've just used £15 of vouchers to get a Friends and Family railcard (worth £28). It'll save about a third off rail fares and as I'm planning on taking DS on a big rail trip this summer, it's paid for itself already.

The Clubcard exchange is well worth it, I did it last year before Christmas and got toy vouchers towards DS's present.

And I'd done days out too - Legoland and the Sea Life centre. Just using them on shopping is a bit of a waste really.

MortifiedAdams Mon 20-May-13 20:05:24

You can stay at Marriott Hotels on the vouchers but nit sure of the exchange rate.

Growlithe Mon 20-May-13 20:06:44

That's what we do scarlet you get points when you use it in other shops too (obviously less).

scarletcrossbones Mon 20-May-13 20:07:42

Wow, dolallylass. Is that £1880 in vouchers, or that's the amount you got after exchanging them - so 1/4 of that in vouchers, or so? (I'm still confuddled!)

we got £200 off a return channel tunnel crossing in august.

brill!

DontMeanToBeRudeBut Mon 20-May-13 20:13:02

I swap ours for days out. So far we've been to Woburn and Whipsnade for free and I've just used this quarter's vouchers for tickets to take DS to Thomas Land at Drayton Manor in August. Can't wait!

amigababy Mon 20-May-13 20:13:46

switch up to one of the chain restaurants at 4 x value, receive about £80 and use it to pay for teenage DD 's birthday meal for around 8 friends. We just give her some cash for the (soft) drinks.

RedPencils Mon 20-May-13 20:14:44

Voycher exchange for toys at Xmas and school uniform in summer
Just bought a railcard
Pizza express vouchers.

I don't buy good shopping just petrol.

i use mine on the exchange for outfitting the kids for holiday and school, and the november ones i use for xmas presents.

raisah Mon 20-May-13 20:17:34

I am saving ours this year to book a holuday for next year. Money is tight this year so we cant afford to go away in the summer. It is a good way to save for treats & for emergency supplies when funds low.

Both DDs have been desperate for Furbys (the party rocks ones).
Were £20 each reduced to £15 , with Clubcard voucher exchange we've got £30 worth of vouchers for only £15. Sweet.

I did originally have a Good Food subscription with them but have stopped this because a) recipes now less good, b)deal was less good and c) DH threatened divorce if one more magazine took up residence with the 200 others we already have.

dolallylass Mon 20-May-13 21:00:20

Scarlett -£1880 - it's the amount after x3. I never get x4 as that's not on the 'good stuff'. That only changed a year ago used all be x4. Can't complain though still a fab deal. And it forces is to have a holiday wink too good a deal miss!

PoppyWearer Mon 20-May-13 21:01:32

We save them for Christmas.

Pantone363 Mon 20-May-13 21:07:04

Christmas club.

We had about £180 last year, doubled up into toy exchange and bought all the kids presents!!

Saved about £40 for extra food goodies.

Combined with park vouchers (£150 amazon), Xmas was pretty much paid for!

Pantone363 Mon 20-May-13 21:08:18

Also if you are an EON customer don't forget you get points for that too.

GemmaTeller Mon 20-May-13 21:08:49

Save them up for christmas or a treat.

Last christmas I doubled my vouchers for the electrical dept, used a £10 online discount voucher and bought a top of the range Hoover that was in the sale and only had to pay £30 in actual cash.

woohoo,

scarletcrossbones Mon 20-May-13 21:14:44

I see, dolally, thanks for clarifying! I am definitely saving mine for another year now!

scarletcrossbones Mon 20-May-13 21:15:27

I am an EON customer, I wonder if they'll backdate my points ...?

elfycat Mon 20-May-13 21:15:52

We started using them to pay for OU courses but as soon as we signed up to the credit card they stopped the OU offer (sigh).

We've tiled the hallway and bathroom on the Topps Tile offer, and with a new kitchen in the planning we are saving for new tiles again.

Vouchers that were getting close to their 2 year expiry have been exchanged for Denby vouchers upgrading chipped bowls and Pizza Express vouchers.

Fuckwittery Mon 20-May-13 21:18:38

We were using them for restaurants but think I might save for a holiday now.
last year we were camping in the Lake District, so I looked up days out there and local restaurants etc and converted my vouchers for things we wanted to do It didn't quite work out as we didn't when we got there actually end up doing all those things, but that was just before they stopped letting you return the rewards vouchers so I was able to return them and covert back into points (at least I hope so, I've never had any confirmation they did actually covert them back)

We got a tesco credit card in order to maximise points, we put all our monthly spending on it and pay it off every month in full.
We would get more points except you can't use credit cards at Lidl!

McNewPants2013 Mon 20-May-13 21:28:28

we are going to legoland for free, got £30 in Clubcard vouchers.

monkeysox Mon 20-May-13 21:59:10

ooooh thanks for this thread, just reminded me about ours. just got theme park tickets and enough hotel vouchers for 2 nights stay. only petrol and food to pay for. yay!

Purple2012 Mon 20-May-13 22:07:40

I always spend mine on shopping but I think I will save them and see if I can get part of a trip to london with them.

I put pretty much everything on the credit card and pay the full amount off each month so it is free money

skyeskyeskye Mon 20-May-13 22:08:58

Back in 2007 we had a new kitchen fitted using Tesco vouchers through MFI. Saved about £1200.

Been to Sealife as well, £5 gets you entry which would cost £18 otherwise.

I've got a Tesco credit card which I put everything on and earn around £35 in vouchers every quarter.

It really is a waste to just use them for grocery shopping IMO.

nohalfmeasures Mon 20-May-13 22:13:57

Airmiles or Avios miles. The exchange rate is good

PrettyKitty1986 Mon 20-May-13 22:15:05

I'm in the Christmas savings club, so we save them throughout the year and get around £100 vouchers in November. Then I change them in the double-up in early December and have around £200 to spend on toys, which is a large chunk of the kids stuff. It works really well, there's nothing you can't get at Tesco nowadays.

Triumphoveradversity Mon 20-May-13 22:15:48

Magazines
Ferry tickets
National space centre
Legoland
Stadium tour of Man U
Cinema tickets for DS birthday treat
Restaurant vouchers, just the once and wouldn't do it again
I also did the toy thing one Christmas and got a lot of toys

I have a Tesco club card credit card, had about 6 years never paid interest, they are doing me a big favour. I use it for everything.

HalfSpamHalfBrisket Mon 20-May-13 22:16:26

Over the years we have had:
Eden Project tix
Prezzo/Ask type restaurant voucher at the 4x exchange rate
3/4 of the cost of a Virgin holiday to the states (had to pay ~£400 cash)
Free flights to Aus (when it was airmiles and you didn't have to pay taxes)
Another £1200 off the last trip to the states.

I have a love/hate relationship with Tesco, I hate them on principle, but not enough to keep giving up my free holidays.

ImagineJL Mon 20-May-13 22:35:57

Days out here too. I've just got us 3 legoland tickets, and we never
pay to go to Drayton manor, always use vouchers.

One thing to remember though - the vouchers are valid for 2 years, but once you've exchanged them for rewards or tickets etc, they're only valid for 6 months from then.

I have a Tesco credit card and I use it for everything everywhere to maximise my points.

Thisvehicleisreversing Mon 20-May-13 23:54:02

Me and DH always exchange £10 vouchers for £40 Ask voucher. It's our little night out we look forward to.

<we don't get out much>

2rebecca Tue 21-May-13 00:21:07

I sometimes forget them and they go out of date, sometimes spend them in the shop, sometimes put them towards a tesco phone (that was a good deal last year) and sometimes spend them on coupons many of which I don't use before they go out of date.

almost50 Tue 21-May-13 07:25:46

I've got this feeling that, since I bought my iphone through Tesco and have a Tesco (O2) monthly contract, I collect points every time the monthly payment is due.

bruffin Tue 21-May-13 07:31:39

Mine are automatically transferred to airmiles.
Last year 4 of us went to see Jersey Boys and also paid for our ferry on holiday.

scarletcrossbones Tue 21-May-13 09:49:00

So let me get this straight - if I get a Tesco credit card and use that to do my weekly shop, I'll get 2 lots of points - one for using the card and one for shopping at Tesco Is that right??

footphobic Tue 21-May-13 10:04:58

We typically do days out, e.g., in the past we've done Legoland, Longleat, Tower of London etc and we regularly exchange for Pizza Express vouchers.

We've also used a few times for the Eurotunnel.

Last year I had saved them and we had a 2 night stay in London, Hilton Kensington for 6 of us grin.

Have been saving them again and pondering what to do with them this year...I like to get the x4 value, and it's nice to use them for a special treat.

shewhowines Tue 21-May-13 10:08:56

I only think it is worth spending on them when you get 4x the value old time gimmer who feels hard done by, now they are no where near as good deals as they used to be

So restaurants mainly. I will reluctantly use them for 3x deals but would never "waste" them on anything else.

lynniep Tue 21-May-13 10:10:01

We have tesco credit cards and pay for everything with them. They get paid of each month. I have spent the vouchers on ferries to IOW, days out, meals, legoland vouchers.

jenduck Tue 21-May-13 10:10:20

If you sign up to Tesco shopper thoughts online (just google it) you can fill in surveys & get paid in points, usually about 75 points per survey.

Also, some Tesco stores have recycling machines, which give you 1 point for 2 aluminium cans.

shewhowines Tue 21-May-13 10:30:43

We have had loads of holidays in the past but every year they make it less of a good deal. Originally you got 4x value of a full price holiday/hotel break and could use them to pay supplements and everything. Now it's "special" tesco prices which are higher than normal prices, you sometimes have a maximum spend, you can't use them for supplements and it's often only 2x or 3x the value yearns for the good old days You could even get extra 1000 point codes on the internet - now they've closed all the loopholes.

We have the credit card too, but i don't think they are as generous with the points for this, as they used to be.

Still worth having and saving the points but the days of numerous free holidays are over for us.

cherrypez Tue 21-May-13 18:49:50

Does anybody know if you get clubcard points on Tesco car insurance?

scarletcrossbones yes, extra points on all your spending on your credit card. Literally everything I ever buy goes on my tesco credit card. Rough estimate I get about £320 in vouchers every year.
Other cards offer other sorts of incentives: cash back etc. I prefer clubcard vouchers and have been loyal for 20 years now, (I think it's about that).

Saski Tue 21-May-13 20:03:09

Blimey!

So I can avoid doing my own analysis; can anyone say whether Tesco has the best points program? I use Ocado at the moment and I don't think they even have a points thing. Do they?

JollyOrangeGiant Tue 21-May-13 20:08:04

We don't shop in Tesco very often and we usually spend all the vouchers at Christmas. But we have enough for Drayton manor tickets this year. I'm DS is so excited.

Boots points are the only ones that are technically more generous, but we spend way more in supermarkets than in Boots of course .

Crikeyblimey Tue 21-May-13 21:08:34

I've just renewed the RAC membership. £38 in points = £90 ish worth of RAC.

muminthecity Tue 21-May-13 22:12:03

I save them for the summer holidays and use them for days out. I currently have tickets for Chessington, Legoland and the London Aquarium all bought with clubcard vouchers, ready to be used during the holidays.

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