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Can you still earn Tesco Clubcard points at Esso petrol stations if they have a Tesco attached?

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Avios earning from petrol has got even more confusing.

BP confirmed this week that it is leaving Nectar on 31st May.  We wrote about these changes hereEsso confirmed that it is joining Nectar on 1st June and will therefore stop issuing Clubcard points (which convert to Avios) on 31st May.

But will it?

More petrol Avios-earning confusion!

According to the Tesco Clubcard website, and an email sent to Esso-using Clubcard members, you WILL continue to earn Clubcard points (and therefore Avios and Virgin Flying Club miles) at Esso stations which include a Tesco Express store.  It is clearly stated that this includes fuel as well as shop purchases.

Over at the Esso website, however, it makes no mention of continuing to offer Clubcard points.  This page says that “We expect most Esso sites to accept Nectar by the 1st of June.” and “You will continue to earn Clubcard points on Esso App purchases if you have uploaded your card until the end of May 2019. After that, you should be able to collect Nectar points on qualifying Esso App purchases.”

So …..

perhaps Esso garages with a Tesco Express store will be offering either Nectar or Clubcard points from 1st June, or

perhaps Esso garages with a Tesco Express will not be accepting Nectar cards and will be sticking with Clubcard, which would be unbelievably confusing

This was never going to be a happy divorce, given how deeply integrated Tesco Express stores are within the UK Esso network.


How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

Barclaycard Avios Plus card

Barclaycard Avios Plus Mastercard

25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher for spending £10,000 Read our full review

Barclaycard Avios card

Barclaycard Avios Mastercard

5,000 Avios for signing up 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:

SPECIAL OFFER: Until 21st February 2023, the sign-up bonus on the British Airways Premium Plus American Express card is increased to 35,000 Avios from 25,000 Avios. You can apply here.

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

35,000 Avios (ONLY to 21st February) and the famous annual 2-4-1 voucher Read our full review

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.

American Express Preferred Rewards Gold

Your best beginner’s card – 20,000 points, FREE for a year & four airport lounge passes Read our full review

The Platinum Card from American Express

30,000 points and unbeatable 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 10,500 Avios.

SPECIAL OFFER: Capital On Tap has increased its sign-up bonus to points worth 30,000 Avios if you apply by 4th February. This is exclusive to Head for Points readers. Click here to apply.

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

Get a 30,000 points bonus, worth 30,000 Avios, until 4th February 2023 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

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.

American Express Business Platinum

40,000 points sign-up bonus and a £200 Amex Travel credit every year 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.

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