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Doing the Shell / Foursquare / Amex £15 off £50 deal? Earn Avios via Shell Drivers Club

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Last weekend I posted about a new Foursquare promotion, in association with American Express.

Basically, until mid April, you can save £15 off a £50 spend at a Shell garage when you open a Foursquare account and link your Amex, Lloyds or MBNA card to it.  You can open as many accounts as you have Amex cards (including supplementary cards) so there is the potential to get this saving 5 or more times, depending on the Amex cards your family has.

If you are not a normal Shell customer, you may not know that you can collect Avios via Shell Drivers Club.

Joining is simple.  Pick up a card at a Shell garage and register it when you get home.

You earn 1 point for every litre of standard Shell petrol you buy, and 2 points per litre of V-Power fuel.  If you select to receive Avios as your rewards, your points will be converted into Avios once a quarter.

The rate is not life changing (20 points = 10 Avios, minimum 20 points needed to convert) but better than nothing.  You also receive 50 bonus Avios just for registering.  The club will also email you occasionally with special offers for bonus points when you hit certain targets for buying petrol.

Combined with the Foursquare discount, this could work out nicely.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (February 2023)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

In February 2022, Barclaycard launched two exciting new Barclaycard Avios Mastercard cards with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Run your own business?

We recommend Capital On Tap for limited companies. You earn 1 Avios per £1 which is impressive for a Visa card, along with a sign-up bonus worth 10,500 Avios.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers Read our full review

You should also consider the British Airways Accelerating Business credit card. This is open to sole traders as well as limited companies and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

30,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios Read our full review

There are also generous bonuses on the two American Express Business cards, with the points converting at 1:1 into Avios. These cards are open to sole traders as well as limited companies.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year Read our full review

Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.

Comments (18)

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  • Flashware says:

    There’s a new promo now, however no free money this time. Most are spend 50 get 25 credit. The Starbucks one is back though at the same 5 for 10.

  • Max says:

    More Amex/FourSquare deals available now:

    Harrods: Spend £50, get £25 back (1-28 February)
    House of Fraser: Spend £50, get £25 back (1-28 February)
    GAP: Spend £50, get £25 back (1-28 February)
    Banana Republic: Spend £50, get £25 back (1-28 February)
    Carphone Warehouse: Spend £25, get £10 back (1-28 February)

    Shell: Spend £50, get £15 back (until 18 April)
    Starbucks: Spend £10, get £5 back (until 13 February)
    Pizza Hut: Spend £30, get £15 back (until 6 March)

  • steve says:

    Had a Shell card sitting in my wallet for ages – thanks for the info

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