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Earning Avios with Shell – and win 10 x 50,000 Avios prizes

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I haven’t mentioned Shell Drivers Club on Head for Points for a while, so I thought it was worth doing a quick recap.  Their new competition is a good enough excuse.

Shell Drivers Club is the loyalty scheme for Shell garages in the UK.  Joining is simple – pick up a card at a Shell station when filling up and register it online.  You earn 50 Avios just for registering your card so it is worth doing this even if you switch to a different reward later.

The scheme is simple – you earn 1 Shell point for every litre of petrol you buy, and 2 points = 1 Avios.

As well as Avios, 500 points can be turned into £2.50 of Shell vouchers or £2.50 of Waitrose vouchers. The benefit of taking Avios is that Shell converts your points in multiples of 20 (ie 10 Avios) with no minimum, unlike the 500 point minimum for other rewards.  You receive your vouchers or Avios points every three months.

So … is this a worthwhile way of collecting Avios? 

Probably not, as the sharp-eyed may have spotted above.

If you buy enough Shell fuel to get to 500 points on a regular basis, you will effectively be ‘paying’ 1p per Avios.  This is because 500 points is worth 250 Avios or £2.50 in Shell or Waitrose vouchers.  1p per Avios point is not a great deal as far as I am concerned – although clearly it is still a lot cheaper than topping up your account via a purchase of Avios from BA.

If you only an occasional petrol buyer or Shell customer, it probably is worth taking Avios points.  This is because you are unlikely to reach the 500 litre target required to trigger a £2.50 Shell or Waitrose voucher.

Even if your employer is paying, Tesco offers a better reward structure.  I outlined the best ways to collect Avios points when buying petrol in this post.  Remember that Esso now gives Clubcard points as well which convert to Avios.

Win 50,000 Avios points with Shell

Until September 30th, there is one other reason to fill up at Shell.

As long as you buy more than 20 litres of Shell V-Power Nitro+ fuel, and your Shell Drivers Club account is set to convert to Avios points, you will be entered into a prize draw.  10 winners will each receive 50,000 Avios.

It is not clear whether this competition also applies to British Airways Executive Club collectors or not.  I only know for sure that those who have selected avios.com as their collection partner will be entered.

Full details can be found here at avios.com.


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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (December 2022)

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:

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 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

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 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 (19)

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  • avidsaver says:

    OT – Forgive me if this is old news, I’ve just noticed on avios.com that you can now purchase up to 35,000 pa instead of 27,000. BA Exec still shows only 27,000. No interest to me but might be useful info for someone 🙂

  • Peter says:

    Don’t forget to use your shell driver’s club card BEFORE you pay unlink me the other day. The website is very wishy-washy about whether they will add the points retroactively. I’ve contacted customer services and am now waiting for an answer…

    • Peter says:

      *unlike

      I’ve had an email back and they are going to give me the points but I need to give them when/where/how much details for them to do it. I might need to buy more fuel though to ensure I enter the competition I would have thought however!

  • James says:

    On the subject of shell, they refused to honour the last double avios promotion they had on. Not impressed.

  • squills says:

    Doesn’t work for me, more like 5-8p more a litre here @ Shell in Cornwall.

  • Imbruce says:

    Shell has been running a 100 bonus points promotion a month using their the drivers card app which can be downloaded from iTunes minimum purchase is 15 litres. I have been awarded the bonus for the past 3 months. Just checked now Shell seems to have stopped the promotion, it may come back again.

  • Polly says:

    Has anyone else got the HKG email content? Said it failed to upload? Tnx

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