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Activating your Mighty Deals / Shell Drivers Club card

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Anyone who ordered a Shell Drivers Club via the Mighty Deals promotion a couple of weeks ago should now have received it.

The registration process in unfortunately a little painful, so let me try to summarise what will happen (or at least what happened to me).

If you already have a Shell Drivers Club account:

Shell will find it if either the address or email match.  They will automatically merge your accounts after you register the new one.

Within 24 hours of registering, if you log in to the site you will see both accounts merged.  The same points total will be visible whichever account number you use.

The 4,000 points will not be visible, though.

However, within 48 hours, the 4,000 points WILL appear.

If you do not already have a Shell Drivers Club account:

Your life should be easier!

Register and wait for your registration to be confirmed.  You can the log in and see the full site.

Your 4,000 points may or may not be immediately visible.  If not, they will appear within 48 hours.

What reward option should you select?

This is not as simple as it could be, because Shell gives you an extra 50 bonus points for registering your card.  Your balance will therefore be 4,050 points, not 4,000.

The logical options to choose from are:

2,020 Avios points, or

£20 Shell fuel voucher, or

£20 Waitrose voucher

Personally, I have gone for the Waitrose voucher.  1p per Avios is a bit toppy for me because I have a lot of them.  You may value an Avios point differently.

You will notice that I put ‘2,020 Avios points’ above.  That is because your full balance is converted in multiples of 20, so Shell will send over 4,040 points which gets you 2,020 Avios.  You will have 10 points remaining.

If you take the Waitrose or Shell vouchers, you will have a balance of 50 points.  You can still turn this into Avios!

Once your next statement has been generated (after 30th June) and your balance reduced to 50 points, change your earnings preference to Avios.  There is no minimum conversion level for Avios, so 40 of your 50 points will be turned into Avios at the next statement date, which will be 30th September.

Remember that Shell only issues vouchers or Avios quarterly, and the next cut-off date is not until 30th June.  You will not therefore receive your Avios points or your Shell or Waitrose vouchers until July.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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 – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

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

We also 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

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 (36)

  • Max says:

    All 6 Shell cards registered now and a total of 24,300 points balance is displayed.
    So for a £60 spend, should I get £120 in petrol vouchers or 12,120 Avios?

    • Richie says:

      Depends on what you want to do.. For example if you plan to fly to Brussles tomorrow that would cost you 9000 avios plus 30pounds -when the cash price is nearer 300. So obviously that’s a great deal. Totally depends on you own situation

      • Max says:

        Thx Richie.

        Apparently, you get another 50 points, when you select the “Modify your chosen reward” option.

        From the Shell website:
        “Select your Shell Drivers’ Club reward by ticking the appropriate box below and you’ll receive 50 bonus points.”

    • Cliff says:

      Max, did you use a different email for each of your registrations? I did 5 of these, have only activated 2 so far using the same email address to see what happens, and same home address but just a slightly different way of writing my name. When I sign in to each account it shows 4050 in both, so are they not supposed to merge by now, its been just over a week since I did this.

  • Andy says:

    At this point, we the point now safely in my Shell account I can only wish I had bought more cards!!! I ‘just’ got two cards and registered one in my name, and one for my wife but both got merged into my previous Shell card account, I wonder just how many cards some users bought!

  • Alan says:

    Not specific to this deal (and hardly an earth-shattering number of Avios we’re talking about here given the rubbish accrual rate!) but does anyone know how long it takes from receiving your email from Shell entitled “Congratulations! Celebrate with the Avios you’ve earned” and them actually showin up in your account? It’s been nine days now and still no sign of them. My previous 50 Avios sign-up bonus came through OK a few months back, although they put it into a new a/c and needed to merge them (why they don’t just ask for your existing a/c number I don’t know!). Ta.

  • OttoMH says:

    Wonderful to stumble across your site, Raffles!

    Currently collect Shell Points but I was wondering if anyone has actually done an analysis of the most ‘points efficient’ fuel provider and CC combo?

    Shell is 20 points / 10 Avios so approximately £15 for 10 avios (V-Power) + 30 avois CC bonus (2.67 avios per £1)
    Tesco is 1 point per £1 (M99) so 2.4 avois / £1 plus CC bonus (4.4 avios per £1)

    Any more efficient ways?

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