BP has confirmed it is leaving Nectar on 31st May.
As we covered in this long article back in March, there are major changes in petrol station loyalty taking place this Summer.
Shell Drivers Club is closing to be replaced by a new scheme called Shell Go+. This is NOT points based and so you cannot earn Avios. The last day to collect Avios from Shell Drivers Club is 30th June. Learn more on ba.com here.
Esso is withdrawing from Tesco Clubcard. The exact date is not known but I assume it will be 31st May.
BP is withdrawing from Nectar. The date for this is now confirmed as 31st May. You will not be able to earn or spend Nectar points at BP from this date.
Once this is done, Esso will be signing up with Nectar on 1st June – a move that I genuinely cannot understand, since Nectar has about as much traction with the public as a greasy pole. You can already register your Nectar number via the Esso app.
In terms of points collection opportunities:
Avios collectors can only collect at Tesco filling stations, via Clubcard conversions. You will no longer be able to earn via Shell Drivers Club or Esso.
Virgin Flying Club collectors can only collect at Tesco filling stations, via Clubcard conversion. You will no longer be able to earn via Esso. The Texaco / Virgin Atlantic partnership ended last year.
Nectar collectors cannot earn at BP from 30th May but will be able to collect at Esso from 1st June.
We will cover this again in more detail nearer to the time that Shell Drivers Club closes.
Our review of the American Express Nectar credit card is here if you are interested in other ways of boosting your Nectar points.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2023)
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 with a bonus of up to 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.
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.
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 10,500 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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.