TESCO clubcard members now have an extra six months to spend vouchers which were due to expire at the end of this month.
Around 19million clubcard members with vouchers due to expire on May 31 will see them extended until the end of November.
Vouchers usually expire after two years of being issued to Tesco clubcard members.
Any vouchers issued in May 2019 will now expire on 31 November 2021.
You don’t need to do anything to update the vouchers yourself.
Tesco will be updating the expiry dates on the affected vouchers if they’re digital.
If you have paper vouchers with the old date on them, don’t worry – staff will still be accepting them beyond the printed expiry date.
However, the extension won’t apply to any vouchers that were originally due to expire in November last year, but were extended until the end of this month.
These vouchers, which were extended for an extra six months due to the Covid crisis, will still expire on May 31, Tesco confirmed to The Sun.
Through Tesco’s loyalty scheme, shoppers are given one point for every £1 spent and each clubcard point is worth 1p when you shop.
These points are sent as vouchers every three months and are valid for two years.
But there are ways to reclaim lost points – here’s how.
How do I reclaim lost points?
You can track down your lost or forgotten about points on the Tesco Clubcard website, which shows your voucher history and points that haven’t been spent yet.
If any are unused then they can be spent instantly online, or you can use them straight away when you next head into a store.
Because Tesco keeps clubcard vouchers on your account for two years, you can only go back and use any unspent vouchers as far as this – so you can’t use more than two-year-old vouchers.
MoneySavingExpert notes that there is a trick to extend points though, if they are about to expire.
You can extend the dates for another two years by making a small purchase on the Tesco clubcard site with the voucher or vouchers you have.
The remaining balance of the voucher would then be credited back to your clubcard account as points, reissued with newer expiry dates.
So if you spend 50p on a £10 voucher, you’ll get £9.50 as new vouchers.
But you will have to do this for each voucher, so it might not be worth it for smaller vouchers like those at £1, as you won’t get as much money back.
Where can you spend points?
You can use the vouchers on pretty much anything at Tesco from food to clothes and even petrol.
All you have to do is scan the barcode from the voucher at the checkout when prompted – this can be done on your phone app or with printed vouchers.
You can use the vouchers online too, you’ll just have to copy and paste the code underneath the voucher to claim.
It’s not just Tesco items you can spend points on.
Beyond the store there are a whole range of retailers Tesco has partnered with under the scheme – like Hungry Horse pubs.
For this reward, if you had 50p in Tesco clubcard vouchers you can use it to exchange for £1.50 at Hungry Horse pubs.
It means your points can go further than their pound for point match on Tesco products – so you could be saving even more money than you first thought.
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