BP confirms it is leaving Nectar on 31st May – and Esso leaving Clubcard very soon

There is a big shift underway in petrol station loyalty at the moment.  By Summer the whole landscape will have changed.

BP confirmed yesterday that it is leaving Nectar on 31st May.  This ends a partnership going back 16 years.

Weirdly, Esso will be leaving Tesco Clubcard shortly afterwards and joining Nectar later in the Summer.  I genuinely have no idea why Esso thinks this is a good idea.

31st May is both the last day to earn and redeem Nectar points at BP.

Shell Drivers Club is also closing

Shell has announced a new loyalty scheme called Shell Go+.  We don’t know the exact details but it will NOT be a points-based scheme.

This means that the last day to convert Shell Drivers Club points to Avios or redeem them for shopping vouchers is 30th June.

Shell Go+ will offer benefits such as:

  • 10% off hot drinks
  • 10% off Jamie Oliver purchases from the Shell deli
  • A fuel discount after 10 visits (a visit = £10 of fuel bought or £2 spent in the shop)
  • £3 discount when you buy 300 litres of Shell V-Power fuel

….. which is not hugely exciting.

From the Autumn, your options will be:

To earn Nectar points – you will need to visit Esso, not BP

To earn Clubcard points – you can only visit Tesco petrol stations, not Esso ones

To earn Avios – you can only visit Tesco petrol stations (and convert the Clubcard points), not Shell ones (via Shell Drivers Club) or Esso (via Clubcard)

To earn Virgin Flying Club miles – you can only visit Tesco petrol stations (and convert the Clubcard points), not Esso (via Clubcard) or Texaco (they stopped being a Virgin Atlantic partner in 2018)

We won’t know for a while whether the replacement Shell and BP loyalty schemes are worth bothering with.  We’ll let you know when they launch.

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Comments

  1. Esso say Tesco was very restrictive with clubcards. Sites couldn’t even issue cards to non card holders. There was no redemption on-site with club card. There will eventually be with nectar once sites IT upgraded. There will be promotions individually targeting customers – I believe no more paper vouchers and much, much more. Watch this space.

  2. Esso say Tesco was very restrictive with clubcard. Sites couldn’t even issue clubcards. They will be able to issue nectar cards. There was no onsite redemption with clubcard. There eventually will be with nectar. There will be targeted promotions – no more paper vouchers and much much more to come. Watch this space.

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