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 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:
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.
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.
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.
(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.)