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How to collect Avios with Shell Drivers Club – and get triple Avios this Summer

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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 100 Avios just for registering your card so it is worth doing this even if you switch to a different reward later.

Full details can be found at the Shell Drivers Club website here.

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 (once a quarter) your points in multiples of 20 (ie 10 Avios) with no minimum, unlike the 500 point minimum for other rewards.

A special deal for Summer

Effective immediately and running until 7th July, you can collect triple Avios on Shell V-Power Unleaded or Shell V-Power Diesel performance fuel.

In order to get the bonus, Avios Travel Rewards Programme or British Airways Executive Club must have been selected as your Shell Drivers Club reward prior to each purchase.   If you need to update your reward information, log in to www.shellsmart.com and select the reward of your choice in the personal details section.

Is Shell a worthwhile way of collecting Avios?

If we ignore the Summer promotion, I would say ‘not necessarily’.  There are two reasons for this.

The first reasons it that, if you buy enough Shell fuel to get to 500 points on a regular basis, you will effectively be ‘paying’ 1p per Avios (since 500 points is worth 250 Avios or £2.50 in Shell or Waitrose vouchers). That is a bad deal as far as I am concerned although I know some people are happy to pay 1p per point.

Secondly, I would not switch from a cheaper garage to Shell purely for the Avios unless my employer was paying the bill.  Assuming £1 per litre, you are spending £500 on petrol to get just £2.50 or 250 Avios back!  That is a return of just 0.5%.

With this Summer promotion, however, Avios looks like a better deal.  It is worth switching away from taking Shell or Waitrose vouchers and into Avios if you can earn triple Avios on your fuel spending until 7th July.

Even if your employer is paying, Tesco offers a better reward structure as I explained in this article on earning Avios when buying petrol.


How to earn Avios points from UK credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (October 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios points from UK credit cards.  Many cards also have generous sign-up bonuses!

There are two official British Airways American Express cards. Both have increased sign-up bonuses until 2nd November 2021:

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

10,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and an Economy 241 voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

40,000 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 – 30,000 points, FREE for a year & two airport lounge passes Read our full review

American Express Platinum card Amex

The Platinum Card from American Express

60,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

The 30,000 points bonus on Amex Gold runs to 9th November 2021. The 60,000 points bonus on The Platinum Card runs to 2nd November 2021.

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:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard 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. This card has a limited time offer of 60,000 Avios when you sign up:

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express

60,000 Avios sign-up bonus – plus annual bonuses of up to 30,000 Avios 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 (44)

  • Frenske says:

    Shell also has regular 100 bonus points – 50 Avios – for filling up your tank. Without the bonus I normally go to nearby Tesco petrol station which is usually 1-2p cheaper.

    • Nick says:

      Ditto! I ‘activate’ the 100 bonus Shell Points on the Shell Drivers Club app every time it appears, which is around once every 7-10 days. I then purchase the minimum 25 litres to achieve the 100 points.

      Most work days i grab a Deli2Go sandwich at the local Shell garage, which gives me 50 Shell Points (25 Avios) as well.

      • Andrew says:

        Ditto – most weeks it appears on Tuesday afternoons and is valid (all-day) Tuesday to Monday. Unless there’s been a bank holiday Monday in which case it appears on the app on Wednesday afternoon and is valid (all-day) Wednesday to Monday.

        Fill requirements for the 100 points vary, too. Mine has been as high as 25 litres but for the last 6 months it’s been 15.

        The app does make the maths more appealing as currently for 15 litres of vpower I’m getting
        ((15 x 6 points) + 100 points) / 2 Avios conversion = 95 Avios, plus the Avios for paying by Amex.
        Which is okay if you want/need(?) vpower, but otherwise the sums potentially shouldn’t sway you from your usual fuel option.

        • Lady London says:

          I don’t buy much petrol these days. I was getting bonus offers of decent points for about £10 fillup. Then I did a long trip and filled up once for over £40. Since then now they want £45 or £40 for same bonus as theywere offering for a £10 fillip before. Had 2 or 3 cycles of this now over a long period. I will only put V-Power in my vehicles old or new. There is an obvious strategy to combat this

  • Lee says:

    I now use Costco – currently paying 109.9 for a litre of premium diesel.

    Now get around 15% more from my tank

    • Jon says:

      Agree – even with Tesco MC and Virgin Amex giving me 4.5 miles per pound the 3-4p difference at Costco in price in often worth more.

  • Paul says:

    The triple points promotion only applies to Shell V-Power fuels. These are typically 8-10p/litre more expensive than their standard fuels. Unless you think the benefits justify the high price, it’s a very costly way of earning points/Avios.

    • Michael says:

      Yes that’s what I thought too. Unless you are buying V Power regularly you are paying 10p/Avios under this deal

    • Andy S says:

      I see it as a good thing, double points for just about 10% extra payment. Besides I do seem to get better MPG with the v-power fuel so it’s not so much extra cost. If only the points would post (see later comment!)

  • Ah says:

    Esso around me have been running double clubcard points

  • Court says:

    It was still a no-brainer to use Tesco to fill up when I had a company supplied All-Star card.

    Now they give us Shell cards so we have to fill up there – the points ‘rewarded’ really are measly even with the regular bonuses.

    • CV3V says:

      When i had a Shell card it could also be used at Esso, always thought it a wind up until i tried it and it worked!

  • Alex W says:

    I filled up at Tesco the other day. Used tesco debit card as Clubcard and paid in store with Amex. Got a paltry number of Clubcard points. Do you have to pay at pump to make this trick work?

    • Trinovant says:

      I’m sure rob will know but wouldn’t using Tesco credit card as a club card then paying with Tesco debit card yield more avios than paying with Amex given the 1club card point per pound with a Tesco bank account?

      • Alex W says:

        Or the other way round? Not sure if that works but could be good if it does. Using virgin black Amex though there’s not much difference as it’s 2 miles per £ and you don’t have to wait several months to get vouchers etc.

    • CV3V says:

      it used to work as use the Tesco credit card as a clubcard then use BAPP to pay. Staff seemed used to it. Would good if someone could confirm how it now works with the various Tesco credit cards, i.e. avios earning rate on the premium card…

    • Simon says:

      I’ve been doing this for years thanks for Head for Points.

      I’ve just checked my Clubcard statement to see if it still works and it does. I’ve been to 4 Tesco filling stations in the last week and got 1 clubcard point per £1 spent on fuel using my Tesco Credit Card as a Clubcard. (I then use my BAPP to pay).

      • Mzungu says:

        Can someone confirm if this only works for fuel please? I’ve been doing this for fuel and in store 🙁

        …and if so, any idea why there’s a difference?

        • Rob says:

          Only for fuel. No-one knows why but it is an ‘official’ benefit and is discussed on the Tesco Bank site.

          • Alex W says:

            Per my original post this didn’t worked for me in store recently. I have e tried pay at pump before and it worked.

        • Alan says:

          Yeah I’ve tried it quite a few times in-store but definitely only for fuel. In-store you have to actually pay with the Tesco debit/credit card to get the benefit.

      • CV3V says:

        Can anyone confirm the points earned for fuel with the Premium card?

        • Liz says:

          Premium card works also – 1 cc for the CC spend and 1 cc for using it as a Clubcard. When my premium CC comes up for 1 st anniversary in Oct I will cancel and revert to the debit card which will give the same number of,points for petrol and in store.

          • CV3V says:

            ok, so you don’t get extra points on fuel spend than when compared to the free card? Was considering the premium card but knowing i wasn’t going to put £5k per year through it, i had read elsewhere than it earned even more CC points on fuel spend than the free one.

          • Alan says:

            I thought it was just extra Clubcard points for using ANY Tesco debit/credit card, not specifically more for the premium one?

          • CV3V says:

            Alan – i read an old HfP comment by someone who stated the Premium credit card earned even more club card points on fuel spend than the standard credit card. Wondering if that really was the case. IIRC they stated it earned 8 club card points per £ fuel spend (great if correct).

            btw Costco fuel station to open in Edinburgh.

          • Alan says:

            Ahh OK, interesting (on both counts!). Have heard CostCo good for tyres, I take it they have a good name for competitive fuel prices too?

          • CV3V says:

            I think the fuel is 3 or 4p per litre cheaper than anywhere else.

            The Tesco Premium card isn’t of interest to me as i won’t spend £5k per year in Tesco to get the bonus points and justify the fee. But if it were to earn even more club card points on fuel it could be worth considering. As mentioned it was a comment on an old HfP article, but the earning rate seemed too good to be true, 8 avios per £ of fuel was quoted.

          • Liz says:

            Just double checked my last statement and it’s definitely 1 cc for using the credit card as a Clubcard and 1 cc for the credit card spend for fuel. The premium credit card gives you cc pts for credit card spend for buying gift cards so you if buy a lot of gift cards over the year it can be worth having – you don’t earn any cc pts on the Clubcard but definitely on the credit card spend and it goes towards the £5000 spend target – which I have in writing from Tesco. I have just a few hundred £ left to spend then I will hit the target and get the bonus 5000 pts.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Use the debit card as both a Clubcard and a payment card you’ll get more Avios than any AMEX

  • Andy S says:

    I find this a very unreliable system. Often points don’t actually post, and the last time I went to the nearby shell it said “points are not eligible on this transaction” on the receipt, despite using the same pump and same payment card as the time before when it did work. I’ve emailed their support but had no response.

  • Rob says:

    Slightly OT, but BP is doing 10 Nectar points per litre on Ultimate from Friday to Monday.

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