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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 pointsThis 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 credit cards

How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (January 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:

British Airways American Express card

British Airways American Express

5,000 Avios for signing up, no annual fee and a companion voucher for spending £20,000 Read our full review

BA Premium Plus American Express card BAPP

British Airways American Express Premium Plus

25,000 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

30,000 points and an unbeatable set of travel benefits – for a fee 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.

If you have a small business, we especially recommend Capital On Cap’s Visa card which comes with a generous bonus worth 10,500 Avios:

Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa

The most generous Avios Visa or Mastercard for a limited company Read our full review

(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.)