Garage bits: 60 Avios buying a coffee from Shell!, £5 off £50 at Esso from Amex
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Petrol station news in brief!
Triple Shell Drivers Club points for buying a coffee
Shell Drivers Club points can be converted into Avios at a ratio of 2:1. This isn’t necessarily the best use of them, given that they can also be redeemed for gift vouchers at a decent rate, but it works for some people. You can learn more about the Shell and Avios relationship in this article.
Shell has special earning rates for buying a takeaway (or perhaps you can drink in?!) coffee from the Costa Express machine. You would earn 40 Shell points for a large cup and 20 Shell points for a small cup.
Until 14th September, these rates are tripled. You will earn 120 Shell Drivers Club points (60 Avios) for every large Costa coffee you buy and 60 Shell points (30 Avios) for every small cup.
£5 off £50 spend at Esso with American Express
A new offer for £5 cashback on a £50 Esso spend has appeared on some American Express accounts.
To see if you are targetted, log in to your American Express account and look under ‘Offers’ on EVERY statement page if you have multiple cards.
You can earn Avios points when you buy fuel at Esso. Almost all Esso garages now let you collect Tesco Clubcard points and those convert into Avios points.
What makes this Esso deal better than the average Amex promotion is that you can earn the £5 cashback an unlimited number of times until the deal expires on 18th September.
If your Esso has a Tesco Express attached, you should also be able to use this deal to purchase £50-worth of gift cards and receive a £5 cashback credit – plus the usual 150 bonus Clubcard points for spending £50 on gift cards.
Want to earn more points from credit cards? – April 2023 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 Mastercard
25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £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
30,000 points and unbeatable travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review
Virgin Atlantic Reward+ Mastercard
15,000 points bonus 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:
American Express Business Platinum
40,000 points 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
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
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.