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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 bonus points just for registering your card.

It is an Avios partner and your Shell Drivers Club points can be converted automatically if you wish.

Shell has now brought back a silly but fun promotion to earn bonus points and therefore bonus Avios:  The Pump Challenge.

The person who devised this should be congratulated for appealing to the inner child in all of us.

Shell Pump Challenge

This is how it works.

Next time you visit a Shell garage, you need to get your V-Power petrol or diesel bill to land on an EXACT amount of money to within 2p either way.  Manage it and you get a bonus.  Miss it and you don’t.

Note that only V-Power fuel counts for the offer.

Here are the bonuses available (remember that 2 Shell points = 1 Avios):

£30.00  – 30 Shell points

£40.00 – 40 Shell points

£50.00 – 100 Shell points

£60.00 – 120 Shell points

£70.00 – 150 Shell points

£80.00 / £90.00 / £100.00 – 200 Shell points

You get a 2p margin of error each way so any total amount from £29.98 to £30.02 would get you 50 points.  This is apparently because it may not always be possible – because of the way the price totals up – to always land on an exact amount however carefully you try.

The logic is interesting.  Whilst some people may spend less than usual (if your tank only takes £45 of fuel you will stop at £40), some others will spend more.  There will also be ‘breakage’ from people who fail to hit the target.  Some people may miss one target and then decide to spend another £9.95 trying to hit the next one.

The bonus points are on top of the standard points.  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.

(EDIT: According to the comments, Waitrose vouchers are being dropped as a reward option on 1st October.)

Of course, 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).  This is not necessarily a great deal.

On top of the bonus points, you should also note that five winners each day will be randomly chosen to receive a £100 Shell V-Power Fuel voucher.

The Pump Challenge runs until 31st October so heavy drivers could do OK out of it.

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Comments (16)

  • Ricardo says:

    Not tried it yet this time round, but last year the easy way to trigger this every time without having to concentrate was to fill up at a station that accepted Shell’s Fill Up & Go app payments – set the app in advance to only allow a maximum value of, say, £30 and it stops it at the right time for you.

  • Paul W says:

    A mate of mine takes his vouchers into Shell then picks up a gift card and purchases it with the vouchers. He’s had gift cards for Argos and B&Q – stocks are sometimes in limited supply but there’s no reason why you’d be obliged to spend the vouchers in Shell for fuel (especially if you have a fuel card or company car!). Of course I would take Avios!!