Reclaim & Boost Tesco Vouchers

Get back lost vouchers, then boost to max value

reclaim & boost tesco vouchers

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. 

Clubcard vouchers which are set to expire in May will now be valid until November 2020 due to the coronavirus situation. Plus if you've already converted vouchers into rewards, you now have more time to use your codes. See Clubcard and Coronavirus below for full details.

In this guide

Tesco Clubcard basics

Flash your Clubcard in Tesco 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 earned over 150 points, there are two ways to collect your vouchers: 

  • In 2018, Tesco launched a Faster Vouchers* scheme, which 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 store you can print Faster Vouchers at home or scan the voucher on your Clubcard app at the tills. 

    Quick questions

    • Your vouchers will be valid for up to 21 months from the date you choose to turn your points into Faster Vouchers. The expiry date will be displayed on the vouchers.

      It's worth noting this could be a small downside of Faster Vouchers, as standard Clubcard vouchers don't expire for two years.

    • If you get a Faster Voucher, you'll no longer get Clubcard statements by post.

      Instead you'll just receive your quarterly Clubcard statement by email. If you want to opt in to receiving a postal statement and paper vouchers again, you need to do so on the Clubcard website.

    • If you're a member of certain other voucher schemes you WON'T be able to get Faster Vouchers.

      Tesco's website says if you opt in to a voucher scheme such as its Christmas Saver scheme or British Airways Executive Club, you won't be able to request Faster Vouchers unless you opt out of the scheme.

    • Faster Vouchers aren't available during the two weeks before Tesco sends out Clubcard statements. 

      This happens in February, May, August and November, though the exact dates within those months can change, so there are no set periods when you can't download Faster Vouchers.

  • If you don't opt for Faster Vouchers, then when you earn over 150 points in a three-month period, Tesco sends them as Clubcard vouchers to use in store or online.

How much are Tesco vouchers worth?

While 500 points equal £5 to spend in store, you can trade them for up to three times that value (ie, £15) in Reward partner vouchers. It used to be up to four times the value, but this dropped in 2018. Decent deals do still exist, see our new top picks below.

Is Clubcard Plus any good?

Tesco's Clubcard Plus subscription service launched in November 2019. It costs £7.99/month and gives perks such as discounted shopping. If you choose not to sign up to Clubcard Plus, Tesco says there'll be no changes to the way the Clubcard scheme works.

  • 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.
  • You can subscribe to the new Clubcard Plus scheme via its Clubcard app (which is available on Android and iPhone). 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.

  • 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.

NEW. Tesco is extending some Clubcard vouchers' expiry dates by six months

Clubcard vouchers are usually valid for two years (or 21 months if they're issued as Faster Vouchers). However, if your vouchers were set to expire in May 2020, you'll now have until 30 November 2020 to redeem them, due to the coronavirus situation.

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

Tesco reward partner codes are now valid for 12 months 

You get the biggest boost to your points' value by redeeming them with one of Tesco's reward partners, which include things like 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 August that expired on 1 February 2020, it will now be valid until 1 August 2020.

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 British Airways Executive Club and Virgin Atlantic Flying Club are 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.

Tesco recently announced that unused Clubcard vouchers worth £17 million were set to expire in February 2020. Here's how to check if you have any forgotten vouchers, plus a trick to extend 'em:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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?

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

Clubcard vouchers are valid for two years (though some have recently 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 onto your balance for your next statement, so you'll get them re-issued.

Quick questions

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.

  • Register to join Shopper Thoughts and if you're eligible 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 amount of points varies by survey (you'll usually get 100 points for a 15-minute one). There are also prize draws to enter.

     

  • 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 amount of points you can collect is capped at 25 points per 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 19.9% 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.

Boost your points to get max value

Once you've got your stash of points, the challenge is to make the most of them. Spend 500 points on your shopping at the checkout and you'll save £5 – spend them the right way and they could be worth £15.

Get 3x value with Clubcard partners – including our top ways to spend during Covid-19 (though you may want to hold on to 'em)

You can get the biggest boost to your points' value by exchanging your Clubcard vouchers for codes to spend with Clubcard Reward Partners*. They can usually be spent on jewellery, days out and more, though many options are currently on hold as shops, cinemas, theme parks etc are closed.

Clubcard vouchers are usually worth three times the value (ie, a £5 Clubcard voucher gets you £15 in reward codes). A few partners let you exchange vouchers for something without a strict cash value, eg, Avios points, though the boost's roughly the same.

We've crunched the numbers to come up with a list of the best exchanges – based on our analysis of each deal's popularity, and whether you can get them cheaply elsewhere (eg, with a restaurant 2for1 voucher).

Consider waiting to redeem if possible

With restaurants and attractions closed across the UK due to Government lockdown, many rewards aren't usable right now. Tesco says codes will now be valid for 12 months from order date, instead of six months (see full info).

However, if your Clubcard voucher doesn’t expire for a while and you plan to swap it for a reward that's currently closed, it's still best to wait as long as possible to do so.

Here are our current top rewards:

Pricing for Clubcard Reward Partners is based on companies' list prices. Always check you're really getting a good exchange value before committing. 

Shops including Goldsmiths and Denby – 3x value, good for engagement rings and other big purchases

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

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

  • Full info: Goldsmiths*Denby*

    Estimated 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 these are big companies, if it went bust you'd probably lose the cash, so ensure you minimise the time between buying and redemption.

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

    Reason for being a top pick? If you want something specifically from these shops, this is practically a cash discount. Particularly for those looking for engagement rings, this can seriously boost spending power.

Now TV – 3x value, get a third off streaming subscription

A great bet if you're spending more time indoors than usual, 50p in Clubcard vouchers becomes £1.50 in credit for streaming service Now TV.

  • Full info: Now TV*

    Estimated value: 3x voucher value

    Streaming-service Now TV became a Clubcard Reward Partner in August 2019. You can swap your vouchers for credit to use on Now TV passes, including the Entertainment, Sky Movies and Sky Sports passes.

    Reason for being a top pick? Now TV is a popular streaming service and while it often has offers available for new members (such as a free trial), this is a decent deal for existing members.

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

Warning. While trains are still running, passenger numbers have been restricted, and National Rail is asking customers to consider taking other methods of transport to help keep the trains clear 'for those who really need them'.

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

  • Full info: Railcard*

    Estimated 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 Persons Railcards 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, Senior Railcards), or £54 Disabled Persons 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 for being 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.

Magazine subscriptions, 3x value, including Grazia and Empire

A good option while other rewards are tricky to use, 50p in Clubcard vouchers gets £1.50 to spend on magazines including Grazia, Empire and Good Housekeeping.

  • Full info: Magazine subscriptions*

    Estimated value: 2.5x voucher value

    There are over 80 titles on offer and subscription prices vary widely depending on the magazine. Prices were competitive when we checked, however it's sometimes possible to up the gain and get a free gift special offer.

    Reason for being a top pick? This is always popular with Forumites and a safe bet if you'll read the magazines.

Restaurant vouchers, eg, Café Rouge, Prezzo – 3x value, a fab deal if 2for1s aren't available

Warning. You can't currently swap vouchers for these retailers, as restaurants 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.

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

  • Full info: Restaurant deals*

    Estimated 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 effectively be worth less.

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

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

    Reason for being a top pick? With a range of restaurants to choose from, at three times the value this is a good swap to boost a family meal out – but only if no other decent deals are available for that restaurant.

Days out including London Zoo and Longleat Safari – 3x value, good if no better deals on offer

Warning. Most of 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*

    Estimated value: 3x voucher value

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

    It's worth checking first though if you can get 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 for being a top pick? It's a good way to cut the cost of family days out, but check for other offers before converting.

3x value on Cineworld tickets – well worth it in pricey areas such as London

Warning. You can't currently swap vouchers for this retailer, as cinemas 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.

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

  • Full info: Cineworld*


    Estimated value: 3x voucher value

    Remember though that 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 amount of vouchers you can exchange.

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

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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