Martin Lewis appeared on ITV’s Good Morning Britain to warn Britons to check their Tesco Clubcard for unused points. He told hosts and viewers there is £7m of unclaimed points up for grabs.
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Martin said: “If you have a Clubcard, you earn one point for each pound spent at Tesco.
“Points are then issued as vouchers every three months, or you can request to have them added to your account instantly through the ‘Faster Vouchers’ scheme.
“However, the vouchers are only valid for two years after they’re issued (21 months if issued as Faster Vouchers).
“This week Tesco has revealed that vouchers worth £17 million are set to expire on Saturday 29 February, so check now if you’ve some that are unspent.”
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How to check Tesco Clubcard points
Martin explained: “To check, you can have a look on the vouchers itself for the expiry date, or log into the Clubcard website, or app and select ‘My Clubcard’ and then ‘Vouchers’.
“You should see a table listing your available vouchers and their expiry dates (many people find more than they think there are).
“Once you’ve found your vouchers, you can spend them instore or online for a bigger discount of up to three times its value on things such as engagement rings at Goldsmiths (good for valentines) or restaurants such as Pizza Express and days out like Thorpe Park and Longleat Safari.
“Alternatively, if you’re not ready to spend the vouchers, there’s a crafty trick that can extend their expiry date for another two years.
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“Buy something small on the Clubcard site using a voucher and the remaining balance will then be 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). So, if you spend 50p on a £10 voucher, you’ll get £9.50 as new vouchers.”
Tesco Chief Customer Officer, Alessandra Bellini, said: “Clubcard is our way of helping customers to get the very best value when shopping with us, and we want to help them make the most of it.
“We also understand that our customers lead busy lives and may forget about the points and vouchers that they’ve built up over time.
“With a large number set to expire at the end of the month, we are encouraging people to check the Clubcard app to see if any of these unused vouchers are theirs.”
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The top 10 locations with the highest number of vouchers about to expire are:
London West End (£388,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Manchester (£156,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Bristol (£140,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
London Wood Green (£137,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Ilford (£126,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Birmingham (£120,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Edinburgh (£115,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Romford (£114,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Croydon (£107,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers) and Glasgow (£107,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
Liverpool (£104,000 worth of Clubcard vouchers)
In other supermarket news, Aldi tills are causing shoppers to threaten a boycott.
An Aldi spokesperson said: “Following positive feedback, we’ve extended our trial of self-service checkouts to four more locations to further improve the customer experience.”
However, Aldi shoppers have hit back.
One wrote: “I wouldn’t use them. Pay for staff checkouts a lot of us like a bit of chat with a real person, not a machine.”
A second added: “A machine doing a person’s job? Outrageous!!! A machine can never give you a personal touch.”
Another said: “Self service is taking away people’s income and will be slower using a machine. No machine can go as fast as an Aldi till operator!”
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