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Get double Avios when you fill up at Shell until 31st December

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Shell has launched a double Avios promotion across its full range of fuels.  It starts today and will run until December 31st.

During this period, you will earn 20 Avios for every 20 litres of Shell fuel you buy.

You need to be a member of Shell Drivers Club in order to collect Avios.  You swipe your Shell card each time you buy petrol, and set up your Shell account to automatically convert your points to British Airways Executive Club every quarter.

This is my lengthy article from earlier in the year on the best way to earn Avios when buying fuel.  Even with double Avios, you will earn more miles by using Tesco instead – but if you are nearer to a Shell, this offer is a decent bonus.

Please note, though, that taking Avios from Shell Drivers Club is not necessarily the best use of your points.  4,000 points, for example, gets you 2,000 Avios or a £20 Shell or Waitrose voucher.  Unless you value Avios at more than 1p, you are better off taking a voucher, which is effectively as good as cash.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 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

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

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

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios 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 a huge range of valuable 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.

EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.

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 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

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

Comments (11)

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  • Bob says:

    You say automatically convert to BA Avios I presume that goes for normal Avios as well. I fill up with shell out of preference and almost every week I’m getting an offer of an extra 100 points for putting between 20 & 25 litres in, my wife’s card gets an offer less frequently and we automatically convert to avois I wonder if I didn’t would I still get the offer of the extra points most weeks. It makes it a bit more worthwhile.

    • James says:

      I’d agree with that – I used to drive to work in a thirsty 1975 MGB GT and would be at the Shell pumps once a fortnight; bonus coupons were plentiful, both paper ones in the post and on the app. Now I’ve changed jobs and cycle to work, the coupons are much rarer.

    • Phillip says:

      Yes, you can do both – BAEC Avios or

      Me experience of bonus points is the same as yours. The more you fill up, the more you get. If you can be bothered to keep each visit to 25 litres, you can get them non stop at the moment. That’s a bonus 400 each month if you get them on a weekly basis. Not a huge amount of Avios but added to the various promotions (and 4x MR for first year GOLD Amex Card holders), I know where I like to fill up my car. I do agree with Raffles though, depending on how much you value your Avios, you might be better off converting Shell points to vouchers.

  • Mandy says:

    Typical, filled up last night!

  • Phillip says:

    2,000 Shell points only gets £10 in Waitrose or other gift vouchers.

    However, Shell make things a bit confusing when they talk about double Avios:

    In essence, bonuses aside, every 1 litre filled, you get 1 point on regular fuel, 2 points on premium fuel. At the end of the quarter, these would convert at a rate of 10 Avios for every 20 Shell Drivers’ Club points. The double promotion just bumps up the Shell points collected in the period (which would mean double Avios eventually). So 2,000 points would still only get you 1,000 Avios, it’s just a case of having collected the points at a double rate in December – those double points can just as easily be converted to Waitrose vouchers at the above rates.

  • Jon Connell says:

    20 litres of diesel is around £28, so when bought in a Tesco filling station and paid for with the Tesco credit card, that’s 28 Clubcard points. And 28 CC points is 67 Avios. OK, when you factor in that you’ll get £28 x 1.5 = 42 Avios paying on a BA Amex, the difference is marginal. Or am I missing something else here? I’ve avoided having another piece of plastic in wallet up to now.

    • Polly says:

      Much better to pay using amex, but using your tesco MasterCard as club card only, plus buy momentum fuel, bit pricier, but definitely goes further…doubles the club card points, plus whatever amex you are using.. I am currently getting getting 6.3 avios per £1 that way, using my BAPP. it would be way more using amex gold if I had one!

      In your case, using diesal, use your amex to pay, and your tesco MasterCard as a clubcard, this maximising your avios. So you should get your 42 plus your 67 each visit, it does add up.

      • Keith says:

        Just applied for a Tesco Mastercard to get the sign up bonus. Im slightly confused though with using it as a club card? Does this mean you get the 5 CCP for evey £4 spend but without needing to py with the card when you get fuel?

        • Rob says:

          You get 4 per £4 from using the credit card as a clubcard to buy fuel. If you also pay with the Tesco credit card then you would get 5 per £4 in total, ie 4 per £4 + 1 per £4.

          Best option is to use the credit card as a Clubcard and pay with a BA Amex, Amex Gold etc.

        • Polly says:

          Just read raffles post on petrol, but yes, pay with amex, then use your tesco MasterCard as your club card, it contains your club card no at the bottom of the card, much more avios that way, double cc pts if you use momentum, or normal points per £1 spent, plus your amex earn…

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