Another top Tesco Clubcard offer to end
Tesco Clubcard customers won't be able to swap their vouchers for Odeon cinema tickets from December, MoneySavingExpert.com can reveal.
The Odeon partnership is one of our top pick Clubcard boost deals, with customers able to swap Clubcard vouchers for up to three times their value, depending on the cinema location.
But Tesco says that after 30 November you'll no longer be able to use Clubcard vouchers on Odeon tickets. It hopes to have the offer back by the end of 2019.
This comes a week after we revealed major changes to four Clubcard offers, including the loss of train ticket firm RedSpottedHanky from the scheme. See below for more information.
The latest changes follow a major shake-up of the Clubcard scheme in June which made nearly all Clubcard vouchers worth three times the value via boost deals, whereas previously they were worth between two and four times the value.
For full info on Tesco's Clubcard scheme and how to take it to the max, see our Reclaim & Boost Tesco Vouchers guide.
What's happening to the Odeon offer?
Currently you can swap £4.50 of Clubcard points for an adult cinema ticket, or £3.50 of points for a child ticket.
Tesco has confirmed to MoneySavingExpert that the last day for customers to swap Clubcard vouchers for Odeon tickets will be 30 November 2018.
The Odeon vouchers are valid for six months from the date of issue and the expiry date will be on your voucher.
Tesco said it hopes the technology updates required to have Odeon vouchers back on the Clubcard scheme will be complete by the end of 2019.
We first spotted these changes after noticing amendments to the terms and conditions on Tesco's Clubcard site – and while some of the changes have now been confirmed by Tesco, we're still waiting for full details of the shake-up. Here's what we know so far:
- RedSpottedHanky exchanges will END on 31 January. RedSpottedHanky has been our top pick Clubcard deal since its value was increased from two times to three times the original worth of the vouchers, as part of Tesco Clubcard's major shake-up earlier this year.
We chose it as our top pick as it offers a rare discount on train tickets, and as they are a standard price, this is effectively a cash redemption with three times the value for someone who needs to make a journey by train.
After 31 January 2019, you'll have six months to use any RedSpottedHanky vouchers. Remember, unlike at least one of its rivals RedSpottedHanky charges a £1 booking fee.
- Europcar exchanges will END on 24 February. Europcar car and van hire deals, which are also worth three times the value of Clubcard vouchers, will be removed after 24 February 2019 – again, vouchers must be redeemed within six months of exchanging them.
A Europcar spokesperson told us the firm will be "extending" its partnership with the rival Nectar loyalty points scheme in 2019.
- Railcard exchanges should become BETTER value from 30 November. Currently you can exchange £15 of Clubcard points for a £30 16-25, Family & Friends, Senior or Two Together Railcard, or exchange £10 of points for a £20 Disabled Persons Railcard.
But from 30 November your points should be worth three times as much when buying a railcard, so £10 of points will get you a £30 railcard. That means if you're planning to spend your Clubcard points on a railcard but can afford to wait, it's worth doing so.
However, Tesco's website does warn the 30 November date could be subject to change. It says railcard exchanges could be "temporarily removed" from its Clubcard site if there are delays in launching the new deal.
- The Cineworld exchange rate will also change from 30 November. Currently you can exchange a set amount of points for a Cineworld ticket, so £4.50 worth for an adult and £3.50 worth for a child.
From 30 November your points will simply be worth three times their value, bringing the exchange in line with other Clubcard deals. That'll be good news for some, but bad news for others depending on how expensive Cineworld tickets are in your area. Essentially if an adult ticket costs less than £13.50 (or a child ticket less than £10.50), you'll get a better rate from 30 November – if your ticket is more expensive, you'll lose out.
Again with this change it's worth noting that Tesco is warning the Cineworld offer could be "temporarily removed" from the site if there are any delays in launching the new deal.
What does Tesco say?
A Tesco spokesperson said: "Odeon Cinemas will not be available as a Clubcard Reward Partner until further notice and we apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.
"We regularly review our Clubcard Reward Partners to ensure we can offer a range of benefits to our customers, who can continue to get three times the value of their vouchers at over 80 partners including partners for days out, weekend breaks and meals out."
While Tesco has confirmed the changes to the deals above, we've not yet had full details of any further changes. It says it's likely to email out details to Clubcard customers first. We'll update this story if we hear more.