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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 avios.com 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 (June 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.

Until 18th July 2022 there is an astonishing special offer on these cards. You get 50,000 Avios on the Avios Plus Mastercard and 10,000 Avios on the free Avios Mastercard. You can apply here. We strongly recommend getting the Avios Plus card whilst this offer is running.

You qualify for the bonus on these cards even if you have a British Airways American Express card:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

50,000 Avios for signing up (A CRAZY SPECIAL OFFER!) and an upgrade voucher for spending ….. Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

10,000 Avios for signing up (SPECIAL OFFER) and an upgrade voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:

British Airways BA Premium Plus American Express Amex credit card

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 Avios and the UK’s most valuable card perk – the 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

British Airways BA Amex American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up and an Economy 2-4-1 voucher for spending £12,000 Read our full review

You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points.

SPECIAL OFFER: The sign-up bonus on Amex Gold is increased from 20,000 Membership Rewards points to 30,000 Membership Rewards points until 19th July 2022. This card is free for the first year.

American Express Amex Gold

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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee Read our full review

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.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

10,500 points bonus – the most generous Avios Visa 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 and has a 30,000 Avios sign-up bonus.

British Airways Accelerating Business American Express card

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

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.

Amex Platinum Business American Express

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a long list of travel benefits Read our full review

American Express Business Gold

20,000 points sign-up bonus and free for a year 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)

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  • Gaetano says:

    You should download the Shell app and receive regular offers( Monthly) of bonus points. It’s common to get 100 bonus points simply by filling up with a minimum of 5 litres.

  • Nick says:

    Their deli2go range of sandwiches are pretty good IMHO and you generally get 50 points (25 Avios) for each. There are points available on some other items, including Costa coffee.

  • Lax says:

    Can’t see the point here. Shell is usually much dearer than other fuel locations so the points actually cost even more.

    • Matt says:

      I rarely fill up at Shell but surely you can appreciate that this is relevant for lots of people including those who expense their fuel to their employer and/or those who have a Shell that is the most conveniently located fuel station for them.

    • Tilly says:

      My two nearest filling stations are both shell so i use them for convenience.

    • Mike says:

      I travel specifically to Shell garages to use shell V power diesel as it is better for my engine and gives more MPH. With supermarket fuel it really is a case of you get what you pay for

  • Nigel the pensioner says:

    We all have our own shell plus points cards and they are all auto (sic) linked to the same BAEC account within the family account. There is no link at the Shell end. Each month, a number of Avios get dumped into my BAEC account.
    These Avios are totally free and it is imho incorrect to try to put a cost to them without comparing the relative value of 500 litres of fuel for a £2.50 voucher for over priced groceries from Waitrose!! Likewise Shell fuel which can often be purchased at about supermarket fuel price.
    A Range Rover with a 100 litre tank running on vapours will perhaps cost £1 more to fill at Shell than a supermarket, if the Shell cost is 1p a litre more!!
    Lets not get too “Martin Lewis” here with his free pizza for life suggestions!!

    • luke says:

      If you have a real car, please dont put supermarket fuel into it. The fuel is not the same, and could damage your engine. I appreciate if you own a range rover you would like to be able to drive it without breaking down normally. However any other makes German Italian, etc need to fuel from non supermarket stations that includes BP or Shell. There are different additives that dont damage your engine. Even ‘honest john’ in the telegraph tells people this.

      • Roger says:

        And which refinery is the different fuel coming from?
        If shell or BP is adding any performance enhancing boosters surely they would be shorting over the roof tops?

        • Peter K says:

          Or shouting over the rooftops!

          “Honest John” recommends premium fuels like Shell V-power. Normal fuels are very much the same, as the AA, RAC, What Car etc all say.

        • Andrew says:

          Live in Scotland?

          “Grangemouth represents one of INEOS’ largest manufacturing site by volume of products. It is home to Scotland’s only crude oil refinery and produces the bulk of fuels used in Scotland.”

          So essentially it doesn’t matter what flag is on the pumps, the core product (as defined by the RON) is exactly the same.

      • Matt says:

        This is simple – all fuels sold in the UK must conform to the relevant British Standards. Therefore are you saying that the British Standard is not fit for purpose?

      • Ian says:

        I only have an imaginary car, so I will continue to fill up at Tesco. 🙂

      • Rob Brown says:

        Tesco get their fuel from Esso. I don’t know about Sainsbury’s and Asda but I am sure they also buy from other fuel companies – none of the supermarkets have their own refineries so I don’t see how where you buy it would make a difference.

      • riku says:

        The fuel from supermarkets comes from the same refineries. In small countries it’s even more obvious that the fuel has to come from the same place. I live in Finland and we only have two refineries. Porvoo and Naantali. Both owned by Neste. All fuel comes from there whether it’s Shell, Esso or supermarket own stations. The supermarkets here are not importing petrol (which would make it much more expensive than getting it from a domestic refinery).
        On the other hand the management at BP, Shell and Esso are happy for people to think their fuel is “better” than supermarket petrol.

        • David P says:

          Yes, but you don’t get Shell/Esso/Tesco/Whatever tankers loading up at the refinery and taking the fuel straight to a petrol station. It goes to a central distribution depot first where some additives get mixed in (these vary across different brands) and then from the distribution depot to petrol stations.

          If you’re Finnish you probably won’t know about the Tesco incident 10 years ago where they mistakenly put too much silicon-based additive into their petrol. This caused customers engines to break because they were gummed up with SiO2. Tesco spent millions on repairs and compensation because it was their error at their distribution centre. Shell, Esso etc. weren’t affected at all, despite the fact that all the brands got the same fuel from the same refinery. There is a difference between standard fuel brands and it’s all down to the additives they put in. Whether or not one is ‘better’ is a somewhat subjective judgement, but there is a difference.

      • the_real_a says:

        yada yada yada.. I have run cars on supermarket fuel for 25 years. No issues. Ever.

    • Jenni says:

      I have a choice of Shell and Costco, with the latter being 10p cheaper most times. That’s a £10-15 saving a month.

  • riku says:

    At least when I worked for BP Oil HQ it was common knowledge that all petrol stations get their fuel based on distance from the refinery, not who owns it. The Grangemouth refinery supplies about 70% of fuel in Scotland regardless of what brand name the petrol station operates under.

    • Lady Londonh says:

      Then you would know that the difference is in the additives from each brand. Yes of course a lot of the refinery chain may be the same… But I would not put anything except Shell V-Power in my vehicle or BP Ultimate.

      • Mike says:

        +1

      • Jeff says:

        What about Tesco Momentum (that’s Tesco’s premium equivalent) which is 99 RON. I can’t claim to know anything about it, but a lot of research says it’s actually even better than Shell V Power??

  • Ian says:

    For the past couple of years I have been using Shell V-Power and there is a very noticeable difference in performance. Without knowing the technical details, I believe the British Standard lays down certain minimum criteria for various components of the fuel. If supermarket fuel meets the absolute minimum of every single one, it’s not going to be a great product. Premium fuels include certain additives too which keep the engine running cleanly.

    • IanMacK says:

      I’ve been putting Shell V-Power in my diesel Mercedes 3.2CDI now for about 5-8 years (its 15 years old) and saw a noticeable improvement in mpg (up to 45-47 mpg). I wouldn’t put anything else in that one. Still running like the day I bought it new !!
      The range rover runs on Sainsbury’s diesel !!

      • David P says:

        V-Power has a higher RON rating than standard fuel (higher CN for diesel) because it’s a slightly different mixture of hydrocarbons to standard fuel, as well as slightly different additives. It is possible to extract more usable energy from a given litre of premium fuel but most normal cars are optimised for 95 RON and can’t adapt to a different mix. Higher end cars have the engine tech to adapt (hence advice for Merc, BMW etc. is usually to go with premium fuel), so I’m surprised you don’t use it in the Range Rover unless it’s ancient.

      • Frenske says:

        Warmer weather tends to improve the fuel consumption!

  • Marco says:

    OT: It seems that CX has removed all long-haul and short-haul premium availability, leaving extremely limited short-haul Y award availability to other Oneworld airlines, including Avios. (CX changed Asia Miles award chart last Fri)
    Based on flyertalk discussion, the change is intentional and the gone spaces will NOT return to BA and other airlines.

  • Graham says:

    In 15 years or so of collecting points (Avios and others), hand on heart I can honestly say that Shell Drivers Club is the worst I have come across.

    Clunky website that claims you can transfer to others – yet never happened – so points thus lost

    ‘Bonus’ vouchers that were beeped at the till and never happened…where did they go?

    Shirty replies to any queries/concerns – literally they could not give a hoot.

    In my experience, unequivocally the worst Avios partner hands down.

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