reclaim & boost tesco vouchers

Reclaim & Boost Tesco Vouchers

Get back lost vouchers, then boost to max value

Tesco's Clubcard is one of the most generous loyalty schemes around, if used the right way. Here's how to reclaim lost Tesco vouchers, triple their value and add to your points haul without spending a penny. Plus, we've info on which rewards you can still swap and which you should save your points for, while the UK's still in lockdown.

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Tesco Clubcard basics

Flash your free Clubcard in Tesco or add it to your online grocery account and you bag one point per one pound spent. You can also nab points in other ways, via partners such as Esso, and even without spending a penny – see ways to earn Clubcard points. Once you've amassed enough points, they'll be turned into vouchers.

How much are Clubcard vouchers worth?

What they're worth depends on what you want to use them for. Each point is worth 1p to spend in Tesco, so 500 points equal a £5 voucher to spend in store, but you can trade vouchers for up to 3x that value (ie, £5 becomes £15) in Reward Partner vouchers. It used to be up to 4x the value, but this dropped in 2018. Decent deals do still exist – see our new top picks below.

How do I access my vouchers?

Once you've earned over 150 points, there are two ways to collect your vouchers:

1. You can simply wait for your statement which comes every three months

When you earn over 150 points in that three-month period, Tesco will send them as Clubcard vouchers to use in store or online.

2. To save you waiting every three months you can use the 'Faster Vouchers' scheme instead to get them in 24 hours

The Faster Vouchers* scheme allows you to request vouchers for your entire points balance (rounded down to the nearest 50p). To get them, log in to the Clubcard app or your online account and say you'd like to turn your points into Faster Vouchers. They'll appear in your Clubcard account within 24 hours.

You can spend them in store, online or with Clubcard Reward Partners. To use in a store you can print Faster Vouchers at home or scan the voucher on your Clubcard app at the tills.

The vouchers will be valid for up to 21 months from the date you choose to turn your points into Faster Vouchers (less time than standard Clubcard vouchers, which don't expire for two years).

How can I get a Clubcard?

It's free to sign up to Clubcard (though there's an optional paid-for membership, with a few extra perks – see below). You can join online* and print off a temporary card to scan in stores, or download the app (available on Android and iOS), which lets you sign up and scan a digital version.

Is Clubcard Plus any good?

Tesco's Clubcard Plus subscription service launched in 2019. It costs £7.99/month and gives perks such as discounted shopping. 

  • As well as the usual benefits of the standard Clubcard scheme, with Clubcard Plus you'll get:

    • 10% off two shops up to £200 each, including most items, every month. So you can get up to £20 off two shops, but these discounts can only be applied in store, not online.

      You'll be able to choose when you use your 10% off by pressing a button in the app, but you can't use it retrospectively (ie, after you've done your shop). So make sure you have your smartphone with you when you go shopping. The monthly offer begins when you sign up, so if you sign up on 8 June, it'll renew on 8 June.

      Some exclusions do apply, including: fuel and motoring related products, electricals, lottery tickets, gift vouchers and gift cards, savings stamps and postage stamps, tobacco products and accessories, infant baby formula milk, prescription medicines, newspapers and magazines, foreign currency, carrier bag charges, in-store café or coffee shop, alcoholic drinks subject to 25% discount off six bottles.

    • 10% off non-grocery Tesco brands, eg, F&F. You'll get money off F&F, Fred & Flo, Go Cook, Fox & Ivy, Tesco Pet and Carousel. This is separate to the offer above, and will be automatically applied when you scan your Clubcard Plus offer at the till. We've asked Tesco how the offers will be applied if you've got a mixture of these items and items that qualify for the offer above, and will update when we hear back. 

    • Double data on a pay-monthly contract. You'll get this every month and the offer is for new and existing Tesco Mobile customers. Once you've subscribed to Clubcard Plus you'll be able to access the double data offer in your Clubcard app.

    • The option to apply for a Tesco Bank credit card with no foreign exchange fees (though cash withdrawals aren't fee-free). Tesco says the new card will be open to applications early this year. Usual credit checks will apply. Cardholders will also get 0% interest on spending for 12 months from the point of getting the card. It will have 37.7% APR inc fee.  

      If you apply for the card and later leave the Clubcard Plus scheme, you'll get to keep it for 12 months from the point that you applied.
  • Whether Clubcard Plus is worth it for you, all comes down to how much you spend in store each month. While there are other perks, such as the credit card and double data, they are more 'nice-to-haves' than reasons to sign up, as you can get similar offers elsewhere, without signing up to a subscription. 

    Here's our analysis:

    • If you spend £80+ a month in store at Tesco it could be worth it. The main benefit of the scheme is the 10% off two shops, so in total you could get £40 off £400. 

      Given the £7.99 fee, you'd have to spend at least £80 a month on groceries to break even (as 10% of £80 is £8). So if you spend more than £80 a month at Tesco it could be worth looking at Clubcard Plus.

      If you've got a big shop planned, Tesco says you could sign up and use the discount on the same day.
    • If you've got a big spend on non-grocery Tesco brands, such as F&F, it could be worth it. Though again you'd have to be spending £80+ a month to break even, or sign up for just one month and cancel after making an £80+ purchase.

    • It's probably not worth signing up for double mobile data. It's worth checking if there are better deals available elsewhere using our Best Sim only Deals guide. 

    • It's not worth signing up just for the Tesco credit card. The card offers a range of good benefits in one, but perks such as no foreign transaction fees can be found on other cards that don't cost anything. See our Travel Credit Cards guide for more.

How to join Clubcard Plus

You can subscribe to the Clubcard Plus scheme via its Clubcard app (available on Android and iOS). You'll need to be signed up as a basic (free) Clubcard member already. If you're not already a Clubcard member, you can sign up online

Clubcard Plus costs £7.99 a month (£95.88 a year), is a rolling one-month contract and there's no minimum subscription.

Changed your mind? How to cancel Clubcard Plus

Tesco says you don't need to give notice if you want to cancel your subscription. You can do this at any point, within the app.

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Tesco's extended some Clubcard vouchers by six months

Clubcard vouchers are usually valid for two years (or 21 months if they're issued as Faster Vouchers). However, some have been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic.

  • Urgent. Vouchers originally due to expire in August 2020 are extended until February 2021. Tesco has confirmed they won't be extended further, so go quick to use them.
  • Vouchers originally due to expire in November 2020 are extended until May 2021.
  • Vouchers originally due to expire in February 2021 are extended until August 2021.

If you have a voucher that's due to expire after February 2021, currently there's no change and the normal expiry date still applies.

Tesco Reward Partner codes which used to be valid for six months are now valid for 12 

You get the biggest boost to your points' value by redeeming them with one of Tesco's Reward Partners, which include things such as Goldsmiths jewellery or cinema vouchers. It usually emails these rewards to you as codes which are valid for six months.

However, these rewards are focused on restaurants and days out, many of which are currently closed due to lockdown restrictions. So Tesco says Reward Partner codes are now valid for 12 months from their order date, rather than six months, whether you've ordered already or are planning to. For example, if you ordered a code in March 2020 that expired on 1 September 2020, it's now valid until 1 March 2021.

If you already have a code, Tesco should have sent an email with a new expiry date. Orders made via the Clubcard app should have updated automatically. It's worth noting Virgin Atlantic Flying Club is excluded from the extension.

Reclaim lost Tesco vouchers

Many people lose or forget to use their Tesco vouchers, but there's an easy way to claw back the last two years of unused vouchers (or 21 months if you use Faster Vouchers). Some report successes from even further back.

Here's how to check if you have any forgotten vouchers, plus a trick to extend 'em:

  1. Log in online. Go to the Tesco Clubcard* site (you'll need to be registered for a Tesco.com account). You'll need your email address, password and Clubcard number to access your account.

  2. Check for unspent vouchers. In your Clubcard account, click on 'my Clubcard account' and then 'vouchers' on the left-hand side and you should see a table listing the vouchers you still have to spend.

  3. Instantly print vouchers or use the codes online. If you want to spend vouchers online, you simply need to use the code listed, eg, beginning "A6TCD". To spend in store, print vouchers yourself to use instantly.

Just based on those who have reported it to us, MoneySavers have so far found over £30,000 in lost Tesco vouchers! That's worth up to £90,000 when converted into Clubcard Rewards vouchers – and the real total's likely to be much more...

Here are some MoneySavers who have shown it's worth the effort:

One call netted me £276 in unused vouchers! Thanks MSE!

Thanks to your article, we found that we had nearly £150 of unclaimed Tesco vouchers! We have already doubled the vouchers' value online, which has been incredibly useful for Christmas.

Thanks for the tip on checking unused vouchers – just found over £50 worth not used – don't know how that happened but am happy to spend them now!

Report how much you've found: How many Tesco vouchers have you reclaimed?

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Clubcard vouchers about to expire? There's a trick to extend them

Clubcard vouchers are valid for two years (though some have been extended – see above), but there's a crafty way you can extend their expiry date for another two years – perfect if you're saving up for something big. Here's how it works:

  • Make a small purchase on the Tesco Clubcard* site (not in store or on other Tesco websites) and the remaining balance is credited back to your Clubcard account as points. 

  • They'll then be reissued as new vouchers (with an expiry date up to two years in the future) when you next get a batch. So if you spend 50p on a £10 voucher, you'll get £9.50 as new vouchers.

  • There's no min spend, but the aim's to shell out as little as possible. A good option might be a 50p restaurant voucher* (worth £1.50 at your chosen restaurant).

Bear in mind you'll need to do this for each individual voucher though, so weigh up if it's actually worth it for smaller denominations. For example, if you've a £10 voucher it's probably worth it – if you've got a handful of £1 vouchers, maybe less so.

Friends and family not online?

Just phone Tesco customer services on 0800 591 688, and its staff will check whether you have any vouchers to spend. If so, it'll cancel the lost vouchers and add the points on to your balance for your next statement, so you'll get them reissued.

How far back can I access unspent vouchers?

The online system will only show current vouchers. Tesco keeps Clubcard vouchers on your account for two years, so you can find and use any vouchers from up to two years ago.

Can I use vouchers online straightaway?

Your account details will show you the code needed to redeem rewards online, so you'll be able to use them straightaway.

Can I get a refund on Tesco Reward Partner vouchers?

No, Tesco's Reward Partner vouchers are non-refundable, even if they haven't been used. They're generally valid for six months from the date of issue, unless otherwise stated.

How to add to your points haul

There are lots of ways to nab extra points – some involve making everyday purchases, while with others you don't need to spend a penny.

Earn Clubcard points without spending

There are ways to add to your points stash without handing over cash. Always check the full terms and conditions though as most of these include giving your consent for Tesco to contact you about future promotions and offers.

  • Complete surveys. Register to join Shopper Thoughts and if you qualify for the scheme you can collect points every time you complete the surveys you're emailed. They take between five and 20 minutes and the number of points varies by survey (you'll usually get 100 points for a 15-minute one). There are also prize draws to enter.
  • Tell 'em about your shop. Collect 25 Clubcard points when you tell Tesco about your most recent visit. You need to keep hold of your receipt and use a code on there to take part at Tesco Views. The number of points you can collect is capped at 25 a month. Plus there's a £1,000 gift card monthly prize draw.

Earn Clubcard points with everyday spending

You accumulate Tesco Clubcard points* at a rate of one per £1 spent in store, but you can earn them in other ways too when spending either via partners or Tesco's other businesses.

  • The Tesco Clubcard credit card gives you extra Clubcard points on top of the ones you'd normally collect. You get one Clubcard point for every £4 spent in Tesco (when you spend at least £4) and one point for every £8 spent elsewhere (when you spend at least £8).

    You could get a better return with a cashback card though – for full help and options, see Credit Card Rewards.

    Ordinarily, you should repay IN FULL every month to avoid interest. But Tesco offers up to 20 months 0% on new spending. This means you could do ALL normal spending on it to rack up the points, stashing away the cash you'd normally spend, then pay it off in full within 24 months. Remember to repay before the 0% period ends to avoid the 20.9% rep APR. More info in the 0% Cards and Stoozing guides.

  • Tesco Mobile* customers can collect one Clubcard point for every £1 spent on pay-as-you-go top-ups (done online*, in store or over the phone) and pay-monthly bills.

    You'll need to register your Clubcard with Tesco Mobile via your online account, or by texting 'CLUBCARD' to 28578 for free from your mobile.

  • The Tesco Pay+* app is available on Android and iOS. It lets you store your credit or debit card and Clubcard details, then quickly pay for shopping and automatically collect Clubcard points at Tesco by scanning the barcode in the app.

    You can use Pay+ to pay at all Tesco stores and petrol stations. There's no minimum spend and you can pay for up to £250 per transaction. You can use Visa, Mastercard, Maestro and American Express cards with the app.

    It's worth noting Tesco checks your card is genuine by making a £2 request to your account – the money won't actually be taken, but in some cases will appear in your transactions and then disappear.

  • Look out for any Tesco promotions offering extra Clubcard points. These can open up loopholes where it's worth buying the goods even if you don't want them.

    The best examples are the famous Johnson's Baby Powder and beef-in-gravy loopholes which originated on this site and ended up in all the papers. They worked like this:

    When you bought any two Johnson's products, you got 100 extra points. The cheapest item was baby powder, at 76p. This meant you could spend £1.52 to get 101 points, worth £4.04 of Clubcard deals vouchers, making more than £2.50 PROFIT.

    Even if you can't make a profit, the bonuses can lead to serious discounts. For instance, Tesco once sold iPod Shuffles for £49 – a good price – adding 999 bonus points on top of the usual points. These were worth £42 of Clubcard deals, so the iPod effectively cost £7.

Swap points for up to 3x value – but right now you may want to save them

As we explain above, you can simply convert points to Tesco vouchers to use at the store – eg, 500 points are usually worth £5. But spend them the right way and those 500 points could be worth £15. This is about exchanging Clubcard vouchers for codes to spend with Clubcard Reward Partners* on jewellery, travel, food, days out and more.

You can't use some top ongoing rewards right now – so you may want to hold on to your points

While a few rewards can be redeemed and enjoyed right now (eg, magazine subscriptions), many others aren't usable due to lockdown restrictions – including biggies such as restaurant vouchers and days out.

Clubcard points are valid for two years, but swap them for vouchers and they expire after 12 months (usually six but Tesco's extended it). So as long as your points aren't coming to the end of their validity, it's still best to wait as long as possible if you want to swap them for a reward that you currently can't use.

We've crunched the numbers and below is our list of top rewards and whether they're currently usable or not. You should always check you're getting a good exchange value before committing.

Magazine subscriptions – 3x value, including Grazia and Empire

A good option while other rewards are tricky to use. Here, 50p in Clubcard vouchers gets £1.50 to spend on magazines. There are over 70 titles on offer, including Cosmopolitan, Gardeners' World, Grazia, Empire and Good Housekeeping.

  • Full info: Magazine subscriptions*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: 50p

    Value: 3x voucher value, so 50p in Clubcard vouchers becomes £1.50 to spend on mags.

    Subscription prices vary depending on the magazine. Prices were competitive, but it's sometimes possible to up the gain and get a special gift offer.

    Reason it's a top pick: This is always popular with Forumites and a safe bet if you'll read the magazines.

Denby – 3x value, good for big purchases

Warning. Due to coronavirus restrictions, Denby codes can currently only be redeemed online, not in store.

Every 50p in Clubcard vouchers gets you £1.50 to spend with the pottery manufacturer – so, for example, a £90 tableware set will cost £30 in Tesco vouchers.

  • Full info: Denby*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: 50p

    Value: 3x voucher value

    If you're saving up for something, be careful. Only convert when you have the full amount you need, and use vouchers quickly. While this is a big company, if it went bust you'd probably lose the cash, so ensure you minimise the time between buying and redemption.

    Always do a price comparison to ensure you're getting the best deal (see our Cheap Online Shopping guide) before converting.

    Reason it's a top pick: If you want something specifically from Denby, this is practically a cash discount.

Railcards – 3x value, get a third off train travel

Warning. While trains are still running during the current lockdown, you should follow local guidance and only travel where necessary. To max the length of your railcard, wait until you can travel to get one.

£1 in Clubcard vouchers becomes £3 to spend on an annual railcard.

  • Full info: Railcard*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: £1

    Value: 3x voucher value

    You can exchange your Clubcard points for an annual 16-25, Family & Friends', Senior or Two Together Railcard. This can be a big saving as they cost £30 normally but just £10 in Clubcard vouchers (if you don't have enough, you can pay the rest in cash).

    You can also get a Disabled Person's Railcard for £7 in Clubcard vouchers (normally £20).

    It's worth noting, you can't exchange vouchers for a £70 three-year Railcard (available for the 16-25, Family & Friends' and Senior Railcards), or £54 three-year Disabled Person's Railcard. So if you're planning on renewing your card each year, the saving of using Clubcard vouchers won't be quite as big.

    We do see deals on railcards every so often though, so check our Railcard Deals page before exchanging just in case.

    Reason it's a top pick: Railcards get you a third off most rail travel in the UK, and this is a decent discount on the upfront cost.

Not currently usable. Goldsmiths – 3x value, good for engagement rings

Warning. Goldsmiths codes can't currently be used as they're only valid in stores, which are closed due to coronavirus.

Every £5 Clubcard voucher gets you £15 to spend at Goldsmiths – so, for example, a £600 ring would cost £200 in Tesco vouchers.

  • Full info: Goldsmiths*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: £5

    Value: 3x voucher value

    If you're planning a big purchase, such as a ring, shops can be a great way to wring maximum value from your Clubcard points.

    If you're saving up for something, be careful. Only convert when you have the full amount you need, and use vouchers quickly. While Goldsmiths is a big company, if it went bust you'd probably lose the cash, so ensure you minimise the time between buying and redemption.

    Goldsmiths is generally reasonably priced and competitive for branded items but you may find cheaper elsewhere, so always do a price comparison (see our Cheap Online Shopping guide) before converting.

    Reason it's a top pick: If you want something specifically from Goldsmiths, this is practically a cash discount. Particularly for those looking for engagement rings, this can seriously boost spending power.

Not currently usable. Restaurant vouchers, eg, Pizza Express, Prezzo – 3x value, a fab deal if 2for1s aren't available

Warning. Many restaurants are shut due to the coronavirus lockdown, and Clubcard vouchers can only be used when dining in, ie, not takeaway or delivery. We've left the info below as you may want to save your vouchers for when you're able to use this reward again.

Every 50p gives £1.50 to spend at restaurants including Pizza Express, Prezzo and Zizzi.

  • Full info: Restaurant deals*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: 50p

    Value: 3x voucher value

    There's an important caveat with this deal – some of the listed restaurants can offer decent vouchers separately (see our Cheap Restaurant Deals). If you can grab one of those, especially a 2for1, save your Clubcard vouchers for something else as this means they'll in effect be worth less.

    But if you can't get one, Clubcard Reward Partner vouchers are worth 3x the value – which makes it well worth the swap.

    Full T&Cs apply – usually the vouchers can be spent on food only.

    Reason it's a top pick: There's a range of restaurants to choose from, and at 3x value it's a good swap to boost a family meal out – but only if no other decent deals are available for that restaurant.

Not currently usable. Days out including London Zoo and Longleat Safari – 3x value, good if no better deals on offer

Warning. Tesco's days out partners are shut due to the coronavirus lockdown. We've left the info below as you may want to save your Clubcard vouchers for when you're able to use this reward again.

Get £1.50 to spend on days out for 50p of Clubcard vouchers at more than 150 attractions.

  • Full info: See all days out vouchers*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: 50p

    Value: 3x voucher value

    Attractions include Alton Towers, the Eden Project, Eureka, London Zoo, Longleat Safari, Shakespeare's Globe, Thorpe Park and many more.

    It's worth checking first though for a 2for1 or other deal for the attraction you're visiting in our MSE Deals section, in which case you might be better off using your Clubcard vouchers for something else. 

    Reason it's a top pick: It's a good way to cut the cost of family days out, but check for other offers before converting.

Not currently usable. 3x value on Cineworld tickets – well worth it in pricey areas such as London

Warning. You can't currently swap vouchers for this, as all Cineworld locations are temporarily closed. We've left the info below as you may want to save your Clubcard vouchers for when you're able to use this reward again.

Swap 50p in vouchers for £1.50 towards a Cineworld* cinema ticket.

  • Full info: Cineworld*

    Minimum Clubcard voucher amount: 50p

    Value: 3x voucher value

    While 3x the voucher value could mean a significant discount on your cinema trip, before you book, check our Cheap Cinema Tickets page.

    How to do it: When you exchange vouchers for Cineworld, you'll be emailed a voucher with a code. You can't use the Cineworld voucher to book by phone – you can book online (but a 70p booking fee applies to each ticket) or print and take it to the cinema to redeem. 

    There's no limit per customer on the number of vouchers you can exchange.

    Reason it's a top pick: Cinema tickets have become increasingly expensive in recent years (typically £10+ depending on where you are), so this is a strong deal – and if you're a regular at the flicks the savings can soon add up.

The pricing we've mentioned for Clubcard Reward Partners is based on companies' list prices. See Tesco's full list of Reward Partners*.

How to complain about Tesco

If you've got a complaint about Tesco, whether it's over something you bought or service you received, don't suffer in silence. You can contact Tesco directly to try and resolve it, and if that doesn't work, you can escalate it to the relevant ombudsman or trade body – for full help, see our Consumer Rights guide.

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