Earn double Avios or Virgin points at Esso petrol stations with a Tesco Express in August
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Esso is offering double Tesco Clubcard points on fuel purchases during August. As Tesco Clubcard points can be transferred directly into Avios or Virgin Flying Club points, this means double miles!
I thought you couldn’t earn Clubcard points at Esso any longer?
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 points, 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 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 with double points?
At Esso garages with a Tesco Express store, these are the standard earning rates:
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
During August, the points you earn on fuel are doubled. You receive:
2 Clubcard points (4.8 Avios) for every £3 spent on fuel, up to 100 litres per visit
For clarity, the only points you can collect at Esso garages which do not have a Tesco Express store are Nectar points. There is no double points offer with Nectar.
Is this a better deal than earning Clubcard points at Tesco garages?
Here’s the interesting thing.
Usually, it is more lucrative to collect Avios via Tesco Clubcard when you buy fuel at Tesco petrol stations.
At Tesco filling stations, you earn 1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) for every £2 spent. The Esso rate is 1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) for every £3 spent, so Tesco is 50% more lucrative.
However, during August, Esso garages are more lucrative than Tesco garages:
Tesco garages give you 1 Clubcard point (2.4 Avios) per £2 spent, so 1.2 Avios per £1
Esso garages give you 2 Clubcard points (4.8 Avios) per £3 spent, so 1.6 Avios per £1
You can find out more about this offer on the Esso website here.
How to earn Avios from UK credit cards (June 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 Mastercard
Get 25,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £10,000 Read our full review
Barclaycard Avios Mastercard
5,000 Avios for signing up and an upgrade voucher at £20,000 Read our full review
There are two official British Airways American Express cards with attractive sign-up bonuses:
British Airways American Express Premium Plus
25,000 Avios 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Until 13th June, the sign-up bonus on The Platinum Card is doubled to 60,000 Membership Rewards points – and you get £200 to spend at Amex Travel too! Apply here.
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
60,000 points AND a £200 Amex Travel voucher until 13th June! 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.
Capital On Tap Business Rewards Visa
Get a 10,000 points bonus plus an extra 500 points for our readers 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.
EDIT: Applications for this card are temporarily suspended due to IT issues with the British Airways On Business SME loyalty scheme.
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 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.