On 1st June 2019, Esso dropped its relationship with Tesco Clubcard and signed up with Nectar. Most people thought that this was the end of earning Tesco Clubcard points, and therefore Avios or Virgin Flying Club miles, at Esso petrol stations.
This isn’t true. You can still earn Avios at Esso. Tesco and Esso have not done a good job of promoting this, however, which is why you might not know about it.
Can you still earn Avios via Tesco Clubcard points at Esso?
YES – but only if you shop at an Esso station which include a Tesco Express store. The Esso website confirms this.
For clarity, this applies to purchases of fuel as well as shop purchases.
How do I find a participating Esso garage?
There are almost 200 participating garages across the UK. The easiest way to find them is via the Esso Fuel Finder website here.
Esso Fuel Finder has an option for ‘Clubcard Points on Fuel and Shop’. Select this box and it will only highlight participating garages near you.
How many Avios do I earn?
At Esso garages with a Tesco Express store, you will earn:
1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) for every £3 spent on fuel, up to 100 litres per visit
1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) for every £1 spent in the Tesco Express shop
1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) for every £1 spent on car washes
For clarity, the only points you can collect at Esso garages which do not have a Tesco Express store are Nectar points.
Can I spend Clubcard vouchers at Esso garages?
You can spend Clubcard vouchers on fuel or store purchases at Esso garages with a Tesco Express onsite.
This is a VERY bad idea, however, and you should never use Clubcard vouchers at face value to pay for shopping if you can help it. You should know that already as a HFP reader!
How else can I earn Avios on fuel?
You can also collect Avios via Tesco Clubcard when you buy fuel at Tesco petrol stations. This is 50% more lucrative, at one Clubcard point for every £2 spent.
You can no longer earn Avios via Shell Drivers Club, as this scheme has been closed.
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:
You can also get generous sign-up bonuses by applying for American Express cards which earn Membership Rewards points, such as:
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:
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