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Bonus Avios when you top-up your tank at Shell

Links on Head for Points may pay us an affiliate commission. A list of partners is here. and Shell have launched a special promotion to ‘celebrate’ the launch of new Shell V-Power Nitro+ Unleaded and Diesel.

Until June 3rd, Shell is offering 4x the usual Avios when you buy Nitro+ fuel with your Shell Drivers Club card, assuming you have set up your Shell Drivers Club card to convert points directly to Avios.

Shell promotion

The normal earning rate is 10 Avios points for 20 litres of Shell fuel. With Nitro+, you will receive 40 Avios per 20 litres.

Full details are here on the website. It is not clear if this also works when sending your Avios to British Airways Executive Club rather than

British Airways BA Amex American Express

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

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

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable credit card perk – the 2-4-1 companion voucher Read our full review

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

Nectar American Express

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of 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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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.

(Want to earn more Avios?  Click here to visit our home page for our latest articles on earning and spending your Avios points and click here to see how to earn more Avios this month from offers and promotions.)

Comments (11)

  • Rich says:

    Hope I’ve got this right… I believe it costs something like 10 pence per litre more for high octane fuel. On a fill of, say, 60 litres this means an additional £6.00. This would normally bag you 30 Avios, with this promotion you’d get 120. You wouldn’t pay £6 for 90 Avios, so it’s not worth buying this fuel unless you’d be buying it anyway (in my case I do, and there is a cheap Shell station near where I work, so this is a welcome bonus!).

  • John says:

    It also appears to include regular diesel as well as Nitro+ petrol.

    • Louie says:

      I think that’s Shell’s usual misleading/sloppy wording – I suspect they mean either Nitro + Unleaded or Nitro + Diesel rather than regular diesel.

  • Roger says:

    Unless your car needs such fuel – and most don’t – this would be an expensive way of earning extra Avios.

    Then there’s the problem of actually receiving the bonus Avios. I’m still waiting for 1,000 (or was it 2,000?) bonus Avios from a qualifying transaction in September 2012. Much e-mail correspondence has produced the latest promise of ‘late May/early June 2013’. We’ll see. In the meantime, they have given me 500 points for my trouble.

    I’m sticking to Tesco.

    • Louie says:

      On the other hand, hubby did get 5 x quarterly 2,000’s for an offer which was supposed to last a year!

  • Karl says:

    Great for car club which gives you a fuel card. Although once I reach 25 it will be cheaper to rent cars from Hertz..

  • Phillip says:

    Personally I find that V-Power Nitro+ fuel increases my car’s efficiency and as such, having calculated it closely, I spend the exact amount of money per mile driven, whether I go for standard or V-Power/V-Power Nitro+. V-Power fuel also earns double Shell points anyway, so 20 litres of fuel, gets you 40 Shell points which mean 20 Avios. It is not terribly clear how the promotion actually works though. 4 x the usual could mean 4 x 20 Avios per 20 litres based on the above, or 2 x 20 Avios per 20 litres (given that it was already x2 from standard fuel in the first place).

    • Phillip says:

      I’ve just re-read the example on the Avios site – it is only 2 x what V-Power Nitro+ already gives you, 4 x compared to the standard fuel.

  • Rob says:

    £5 off £10 at Starbucks deal on that site as well!

    • Sir Stamford says:

      Re Starbucks deal

      It is a very good offer but the real deal is, as I understand, you can use the voucher to load the full value onto your Starbucks card … and then ask for a refund to your bank account.

      For example, pay £5 for a £10 voucher which you then transfer to your Starbucks card and afterwards ask for a refund for £10. You need lots of email accounts though to make it worthwhile.

      Sir Stamford

      • Rob says:

        Cap of £150 on one card. However, yes, the T&C’s of the card confirm that if you cancel it they will ONLY reimburse you by a bank transfer!

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