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Transfer your Shell Drivers Club points to another person, and onto Avios, for free

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Shell Drivers Club is a partner with both and British Airways Executive Club.

It is a simple system.  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.  Until 11th July, there is a double points offer running on V-Power which gives you 4 Shell points per litre.

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

…. as well as donating your points to a number of charity partners.

It is worth noting that, because of the relatively poor conversion rate, you may want to take the Waitrose or Shell vouchers instead.  You are effectively ‘buying’ Avios points for 1p by taking the miles option so you need to be confident they are worth that much to you.

One advantage of taking Avios is that it is a better deal for small spenders.  If you set up auto-convert, you only need as few as 20 Shell points to qualify to receive Avios (in this case, 10 Avios) at the end of each quarter.  You need to buy 500 litres of fuel to get enough points for a Waitrose voucher!

There is a little tweak to Shell Drivers Club which few people know about.   It offers free transfers of points to other people.  

When you log in to Shell Drivers Club, you will see a menu option at the bottom – “Transfer Points Between Drivers Club Cards”.  This will let you send your points to someone else, as long as their card is not already linked to yours.  This could be useful if you have any other family members who have a handful of points they won’t use, or even if you have a spare account in your own name.

Remember that you get 100 bonus points just for registering a card with the Shell Drivers Club phone app.  Details are on the Shell Drivers Club home page here.

It still doesn’t make Shell Drivers Club a great deal, but it improves it a little.

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 (39)

  • Max says:

    Off topic. I remember reading somewhere that you are only allowed to hold 2 no MR Amex credit card at one time. Is it correct? Does that mean if I already have SPG and BA Amex, I need to cancel one in order to apply for other Amex card?

    • Rob says:

      Reports from others suggest that this is not enforced as it was before.

  • the real harry1 says:

    The additives really help clean out the fuel injectors, which helps performance.

    You can get a similar effect by adding Redex System Cleaner, often on offer so cheaper than paying a premium for the top diesels/ petrols.

    I run 3 cars now getting vintage ie 96, 97 and 98 – they all go much better – purr like a panther – after either expensive fuel with the cleaning additives or Redex. We got 2 more 2010 and 2017 and they also respond well – probably don’t need it though.

    If further proof needed, I stuck some Redex in one of my old lawnmowers, it spat out a load of gunk then started mowing same as new!

    I’ve got a video link I could look up if anybody interested? 🙂

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