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BP is leaving Nectar on 31st May

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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 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.

You can learn more about the end of the Avios / Shell partnership on this special page of

Our review of the American Express Nectar credit card is here if you are interested in other ways of boosting your Nectar points.

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How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (September 2021)

As a reminder, there are various ways of earning Avios 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 – 20,000 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

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.

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Comments (176)

  • Alan says:

    O/T – I have booked some nights in the HIE Mongkok (25K points per night) for next February but didn’t have enough points to book all the nights I need. Just rechecked availability and it is now 30K points per night. Do IHG often put up the required points for a hotel when they aren’t doing a widespread announced increase?

    • Rob says:

      Happens occasionally, yes.

      • Alan says:

        Thanks. Live and learn!

        • BJ says:

          You might get lucky with the new points break list, due out soon I think.

          • Alan says:

            Thanks, although probably unlikely if they have only just put it up. I’ll keep my eyes out for the new list though.

  • AmexNoMore says:

    O/T i Just tried calling to downgrade, who said that they can’t downgrade on the phone. I need to apply for new green card online, then call to merge MR accounts and then cancel Platinum… Have others had to do it this route? Seems convoluted!

    • Lumma says:

      Not exactly the same but that’s what I had to when I wanted a rewards credit card to keep my MR balance alive but not pay for gold second year. Apply for new one and then close gold. Seemed a waste of a credit check when they’re both credit cards

  • Huge fan says:

    OT Rob your doppelgänger was at the refinery regents place this evening, I almost asked for a selfie

    • Rob says:

      Wasn’t me, I was flying in from Oman!

      • BJ says:

        Oman Air, will we be getting a review? I’vd been tempted to give them a try sometime when I need to be in London so the two stops wouldn’t matter.

  • Liz says:

    OT Does spend in Dixons at T5 and World of Duty together count towards the Heathrow Rewards 3000 bonus offer when spending £150 or is it just World of Duty – I can’t remember if there are spending rules.

    • BJ says:

      Any combination of participating merchants totalling over £150 in a single day. Hold on to all your receipts.

    • TGLoyalty says:

      Yep anywhere in LHR as long as they participate plus services like parking.

      Usually you can only use the money off spend vouchers in WoDF

  • Yawn says:

    O/T I’m about to book a Qatar airways flight from the UK to Australia – does anyone know of any discount codes? There have been so many in the past, including on this site… (Or any knowledge about a sale around the corner?) Seems worth asking. No Amex offers that I can see, sadly.

    • Shoestring says:

      try code TAXDAY in the promo box

    • AndyL says:

      This sounds unbelievable/unlikely but worked for me with QR…. Buy something / anything from Argos / Trainline dot com and on the receipt page click on “ I want to save £16.87 of this purchase… then sign up for complete savings dot com ( and yes I know its £15 pcm subscription but bear with me ) Then amongst many other retailers one can click on Qatar airways and have 10% refunded when one books via ones complete savings dot com account.

      It even worked for me ex EU during a sale to Asia !!

      Of course one needs to upload a suitable receipt once every month to claim the £15 subscription back and it can be a pain … but surely this method (if one has the time to make the initial Argos online purchase )

  • Dale says:

    I haven’t seen anything on here, but is there a Hilton UK sale on right now?
    I’m getting sale prices coming up on the site.

    • Lady London says:

      Maybe they loaded some to compete with IHG who just announced

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