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Reminder: the Foursquare / Amex / Shell deal ends on 18th April

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Just a quick heads to remind you that the Foursquare / Shell / American Express promotion ends on April 18th.

You will save £15 on any £50 spend at a Shell garage when you pay with any American Express card and sign-up for the promotion via Foursquare before you visit.

Even if you don’t need any petrol, the cashback would still come through on a grocery purchase. Or suprise your loved one with £50 of petrol station flowers! More usefully, some Shell garages also sell gift cards for other retailers.

Note that Foursquare has a track record of pulling registration for these deals 1 day before they expire, so don’t leave it until the 18th to sync your Amex card.

Full details on how to register for Foursquare can be found here.

Want to earn more points from credit cards? – April 2024 update

If you are looking to apply for a new credit card, here are our top recommendations based on the current 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

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

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

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

You can see our full directory of all UK cards which earn airline or hotel points here. Here are the best of the other deals currently available.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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

40,000 bonus points and a huge range of valuable benefits – for a fee Read our full review

Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard

15,000 bonus points and 1.5 points for every £1 you spend Read our full review

Earning miles and points from small business cards

If you are a sole trader or run a small company, you may also want to check out these offers:

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

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and an annual £200 Amex Travel credit Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

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

Capital on Tap Business Rewards Visa

Huge 30,000 points bonus until 12th May 2024 Read our full review

For a non-American Express option, we also recommend the Barclaycard Select Cashback card for sole traders and small businesses. It is FREE and you receive 1% cashback on your spending.

Barclaycard Select Cashback Business Credit Card

1% cashback uncapped* on all your business spending (T&C apply) Read our full review

Comments (11)

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  • Teece says:

    This might be dead already. I’ve had a failure to credit on a card I’d already registered, and I didn’t see the special last time I checked in at a Shell.

  • JPG says:

    My experience is also that Shell fails to appear on a search of the Specials in an area, but if you search for Shell then Foursquare finds it and it all works correctly from there.

    If you did check in and load the offer to your card, but didn’t get any confirmation afterwards (usually comes through on the Foursquare app within a minute of paying) then you should still check your statement. I did everything right when I spent over £50 recently, but got no confirmation, only to find that my account was still credited with the £15.

    Hope this helps.

  • DaveB says:

    I echo JPG’s comments, as I received a message from Foursquare immediately after spending £50 at Shell with my BA Amex, but never received one after using my MBNA AAdvantage Amex. However, both accounts have now sucessfully received the £15 credit.

    So long as Foursquare confirm you have registered your card successfully for the Shell promo prior to making the £50 minimum purchase then it seems as though everything ought to work fine, regardless of whether you receive a message from them afterwards.

  • KeithS says:

    Did my 6th (and probably last) £50 today.

    Not enough time to use the rest of the Amex cards that I and Mrs K are accumulating.

    Still, can’t complain at a free £90 – and this one is truly what I would have been spending anyway.

  • John Trops says:

    Thanks for the reminder! I’ve got eight cards synced between me and my wife to eight different four square accounts. Is there anyway to find out which card is synced to which four square account?

    • Louie says:

      Look at the email you were sent when you signed up – the last four digits of the card are shown.

  • John Trops says:

    Thanks Louie!

    • Louie says:

      Actually I wasn’t quite correct – I meant the email you sent when you synced the card and it’s the last five digits not four!

  • The Phantom says:

    I cannot get the shell special offer on the phone app. I have searched under shell and checked in on each one yet the special does not show. Can anyone assist- Thanks

  • The Phantom says:

    I posted earlier that I wasn’t getting the offer on my card. I logged in using a different card and it works.
    Thanks for the heads up!

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