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Three HfP readers won 1 million Avios last year – now Shell is giving away 75 million Avios again

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Shell has brought back their ‘Win 1 million Avios points’ competition. Until 2nd November three lucky winners per day will each win 1 million Avios points. That is a total of 75 winners.

Last December Shell ran this competition, encouraging people to use the Shell Motorist app.  It was, frankly, a bit of a faff to enter which is why very few people did.  It is also why three Head for Points readers, who did go to the trouble of following all the instructions, each won 1 million Avios points.

This time it’s slightly easier to enter.  This is both good news and bad news, because you don’t need to register to enter.  Most of the winners won’t even know that they ever entered.

You need to be a member of the Shell Drivers’ Club loyalty scheme having chosen either Avios Travel Rewards or British Airways Executive Club as your rewards partner.

During the competition period you will be entered into a prize draw every time you buy Shell branded fuel and swipe your Shell Drivers Club loyalty card.

There is no minimum spend as far as I understood the terms and conditions and it looks like you can enter on a daily basis, maximising your chances to win 1 million Avios points.

The last day to enter is 3rd November 2016 and the prize draw will be completed by 11th November.

How does Shell Drivers Club works?

If you aren’t a Shell Drivers’ Club member yet, you need to pick up a card at your local Shell garage.  You can register it via this website and pick up 50 bonus points.

You earn 1 Shell Drivers Club point for every litre of basic fuel you buy and 2 points per litre of V-Power premium fuel.

When you have collected 500 points, you can exchange them for:

250 Avios points (see the BA website for the official details, scroll down)

£2.50 Waitrose voucher

£2.50 Shell voucher

The Avios conversion rate (1p for 1 point) is not great.  It is worth noting that taking the Waitrose or Shell vouchers might be a better option as you are effectively paying 1p per point for the Avios and you may consider that too much.

The only upside of taking Avios is that you only need a minimum of 20 Shell points per quarter to trigger a conversion to Avios (10 points, in that case).  Waitrose or Shell vouchers require you to collect at least 500 points in a quarter to receive a voucher.

how to earn avios from credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (July 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 (42)

  • David says:

    I do not have a car and never buy petrol. Is it possible to enter without making a purchase? Is it legal to require a purchase? I thought lotteries requiring a purchase were not permitted unless you are called Camelot?

    • Pascal says:

      I’d be more than keen to join with e.g. a coffee / Snack purchase as there’s a Shell around the corner. Unfortunately it states “…a “Qualifying Transaction” means the purchase of any Shell branded fuel in a single transaction…”
      – I actually don’t know if the card can only be used for fuel? (It was mentioned below on all products)
      – Does anyone know (maybe from the previous competition) if other purchases count towards the draw too?

      • pr99 says:

        Not sure about the particular draw, but the shell points are per litre of fuel or per litre of lubricants so if your car uses engine oil you can qualify by buying that.

  • Anon says:

    Looks like the 3x Avios V-Power promo is still running?

  • Danksy says:

    Having an electric car I’m going to have to declare myself out!!

    • Worzel says:


      The electric car might be fine for your daily commute -just wondering what music you play in there !

      However, don’t forget, your Porsche 911 needs some decent fuel-only for weekend use, of course !

      🙂 .

    • Anon says:

      Danish – Tesla ? Or a Nissan Leaf?

      Seriously tho, interested in one for a local runaround, but 800 round trips over a wknd will have to be done in fossil fuel burners for now.

  • Charlie says:

    OT: Finally got my Iberia avios for the economist magazine purchase from late August. 10,200 Avios was credited in the last day or so.

  • Richmond says:

    I guess it solves my dilemma where to go today to buy petrol. BP has 97ron only but Shell V-power has unknow rating and it’s more expensive.

  • Fenny says:

    Even if you don’t use petrol, you can get points on coffee and doughnuts/assorted bakery products. A large coffee is normally 40 points, but they are doing triple points at the moment. So that’s 60 avios for buying coffee.

    • Denis says:

      Triple points for Costa Coffee ended mid Sept.

    • Charlie says:

      From the T&C
      4. For the purposes of these Terms and Conditions, a “Qualifying Transaction” means the purchase of any Shell branded fuel in a single transaction during the Competition Period for which a valid Shell Drivers’ Club card is swiped at the time of the transaction.

  • Charlie says:

    I believe you can enter more than once per day.

  • Fred says:

    Does Shell ‘branded’ fuel mean only Shell V-Power? Or any fuel available at a Shell petrol station?

    • Frenske says:

      I guess it means any fuel at Shell petrol station. Not Shell petrol sold by supermarkets!

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