Should you convert Tesco Clubcard points into a Merlin annual pass?

Is it worth converting your Tesco Clubcard points into Merlin annual pass? And how do you do it? Today I want to look at whether the Merlin annual pass is a good use of your Clubcard vouchers.

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As you can see, offers range from 4 x face value (days out vouchers, restaurant deals) down to 2 x. Even at double the face value, of course, you are getting a better deal than redeeming your vouchers in a Tesco store at face value.

Spending Clubcard vouchers on a Merlin Standard Annual Pass

You can convert your Clubcard vouchers into a Merlin Standard Annual Pass on this page of the Tesco website.

You will need £50 of Clubcard points for a pass for either an adult or a child. Your Merlin pass will be posted to you within 5 days.

The Merlin Annual Pass gives you free entrance, various discounts, invitations to special events and reduced entry for family and friends at Merlin attractions for 12 months.  These include Alton Towers Resort, LEGOLAND Windsor Resort, Thorpe Park Resort, Chessington World of Adventures Resort, Madame Tussauds London and Blackpool and the Coca-Cola London Eye.

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Is a Merlin Annual Pass a good way to spend your Clubcard points?

Yes, in general.

A Merlin Standard Annual pass costs £179 if bought individually or £139 per person when bought as part of the family deal.  The Merlin website is here.

Using the individual price, you are getting (£179 / £50 of Tesco vouchers) 3.58 x face value.  This is not a bad deal at all.  Note, however, that Merlin runs occasional promotions on its website which bring down the price of the pass – they were recently sold for £129 for example.  This would make a Clubcard redemption less valuable.

You also need to think about how often you would be using the pass. Do you live close to the attractions? Would you use it every month?  There are really two questions to answer – does the pass itself make sense, and if it does make sense, should you buy it with your Clubcard points?

Remember that you can also redeem Clubcard vouchers for individual Merlin attractions.  Most of these are at 4 x face value which is a better deal than getting 3.4 x face value for the annual pass.  You can also often find 2 for 1 vouchers for individual attractions – some brands of Kellogg’s cereal, for example, currently have a ‘buy a child ticket and get a free adult ticket’ coupon printed on them.

You also need to be aware of certain restrictions:

  • No entry into Madame Tussauds (London), the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Dungeon during the whole of AugustNo entry into Madame Tussauds (London), the Coca-Cola London Eye, SEA LIFE London Aquarium, DreamWorks Tours Shrek’s Adventure! London and the London Dungeon on UK Bank Holidays 1 January, 25 March, 28 March, 2 May, 30 May, 29 August, 26 December, 27 December
  • No entry to the Coca-Cola London Eye on 14 February
  • No entry to the London Dungeon from 28 October to 29 October (inclusive)
  • Secondary attractions at Warwick Castle including, but not limited to, the Castle Dungeon will be subject to additional charges
  • Secondary attractions at THORPE PARK Resort Theme Park including, but not limited to, Fright Nights, Summenr Nights and Ministry of Sound
  • Parking not included for Standard Passes

Merlin’s annual pass is a good way to spend your Clubcard points if there is no special offer running to pay cash, but you might also want to consider redeeming for one of the other high value Clubcard point redemptions on our list.

How do I book my Merlin Annual pass via Clubcard?

You can find out more about using Tesco Clubcard points for the Merlin annual pass, and redeem your Clubcard vouchers on this page of the Tesco website.

If you found this review useful, all of the other Shopper Points reviews of Tesco Clubcard redemptions can be found here.

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