Shell Drivers Club is the loyalty scheme for Shell garages in the UK. Joining is simple – pick up a card at a Shell station when filling up and register it online.
You earn 50 Avios just for registering your card so it is worth doing this even if you switch to a different reward later.
The scheme is simple – you earn 1 Shell point for every litre of petrol you buy, and 2 points = 1 Avios. As well as Avios, 500 points can be turned into £2.50 of Shell vouchers or £2.50 of Waitrose vouchers. The benefit of taking Avios is that Shell converts (once a quarter) your points in multiples of 20 (ie 10 Avios) with no minimum, unlike the 500 point minimum for other rewards.
A special deal for Summer
Starting today and running until Friday 2nd September, you can collect double Avios on regular unleaded or diesel or triple Avios on Shell V-Power Nitro+ performance fuel.
In order to get the bonus, Avios Travel Rewards Programme or British Airways Executive Club must have been selected as your Shell Drivers Club reward prior to each purchase. If you need to update your reward information, log in to www.shellsmart.com and select the reward of your choice in the personal details section.
Is Shell a worthwhile way of collecting Avios?
If we ignore the Summer promotion, I would say ‘not necessarily’. There are two reasons for this.
The first reasons it that, if you buy enough Shell fuel to get to 500 points on a regular basis, you will effectively be ‘paying’ 1p per Avios (since 500 points is worth 250 Avios or £2.50 in Shell or Waitrose vouchers). That is a bad deal as far as I am concerned although I know some people are happy to pay 1p per point.
Secondly, I would not switch from a cheaper garage to Shell purely for the Avios unless my employer was paying the bill. Assuming £1 per litre, you are spending £500 on petrol to get just £2.50 or 250 Avios back! That is a return of just 0.5%.
With this Summer promotion, however, Avios looks like a better deal. It is worth switching away from Shell or Waitrose vouchers and into Avios if you can earn double or triple Avios on your fuel spending until 2nd September.
Even if your employer is paying, Tesco offers a better reward structure as I explained in this article on earning Avios when buying petrol.
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