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 UK credit cards (September 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:
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.
EDIT: Until 25th October 2022, there is an exceptionally generous sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card. You will receive 60,000 Membership Rewards points – double the usual amount – and £200 to spend at Amex Travel. You need to spend £6,000 within six months to earn the bonus.
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 10,000 Avios.
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.
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.
Click here to read our detailed summary of all UK credit cards which earn Avios. This includes both personal and small business cards.