How to use Shell rewards

If you’re looking for a good fuel card for your business, there are many things to think about. As well as the savings you expect to achieve on petrol and diesel and the convenience of the network, another factor may be the extra goodies and discounts that are available.

The UK’s major fuel brands all offer some form of loyalty scheme. And for Shell rewards, this is called Go+. This provides a range of benefits to fuel buyers across the brand’s network. As Shell’s range of fuel cards offer access to one of the UK’s biggest fuel networks – with the cards being accepted at almost half of the UK’s filling stations – this is something many firms should consider.

What are Shell rewards?

Shell’s Go+ scheme provides benefits every time you fill up at a Shell forecourt, or spend money at an attached shop. It’s been around since 2019 and is available on the Shell mobile app or with a physical card or key fob.

The rewards programme also offers you discounts on fuel after a certain number of visits, as well as a range of exclusive freebies to say thanks for being a customer.

You can earn Shell rewards every time you make a purchase at participating Shell stations, whether you’re using a fuel card or not. Drivers simply need to sign up via the Shell Android or iOS app, or register online to receive a Go+ card or key fob.

Michael Hominick, Shell’s UK marketing manager, described the Go+ scheme as a “pioneering and leading rewards programme” that gives back to drivers no matter how much they spend.

He said: “The more you spend as a customer, the more you save. And because the two things are so nicely linked together, the value exchange grows. If customers buy into both the fuel and the shop, they really see the maximum potential of the savings in the programme.”

How does the loyalty scheme work?

Unlike many other reward schemes you might be familiar with, you don’t earn points with Shell Go+. Instead, each time you complete a Shell transaction, you’ll earn a ‘visit’. Collect ten visits and you’ll get a discount voucher to spend on fuel.

To count as a visit, you’ll need to spend a minimum of £10 on petrol or diesel, or at least £2 inside the shop. However, the more you spend, the bigger the discount you could receive once you’ve completed ten visits.

The rewards aren’t just limited to once every ten visits. You can also enjoy discounts on a range of items in-store every time you fill up, as well as savings on Shell’s premium V-Power fuel.

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What’s more, you can enjoy a range of surprise freebies. Mr Hominick said: “Shell Go+ is not just a transactional relationship, but a fun and engaging relationship with the content we send out about what we’re up to and getting customers to get access to movie premieres or money can’t buy prizes.”

What benefits are available?

In addition to vouchers to be earned every ten visits, the Go+ fuel card reward scheme offers a range of discounts on items at Shell stations such as food, drink and car care products. You can take advantage of these every time you fill up.

These benefits include ten per cent discounts on the following items:

  • Hot drinks, including those from Costa Express
  • Deli2go food
  • Jamie Oliver Deli by Shell food
  • Shell Helix motor oil
  • Shell car or jet washes

What’s more, if you’re filling your vehicle with premium fuel, you can enjoy even more discounts. Users of Go+ reward cards can also get an extra £3 fuel reward for every 300 litres of Shell V-Power they buy. Of course, premium fuel won’t be useful for every driver, but if it benefits your car, this can offer another advantage.

You can also get additional benefits if you’re a Shell Energy customer. If you get your energy or broadband through the firm, you can also enjoy an additional three per cent off fuel at participating forecourts, up to a maximum of 60 litres per month. This is in addition to all the other Shell Go+ rewards, which are all still available.

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How to use Shell rewards

The easiest way to take advantage of these rewards is to use the Shell app. All you have to do is load up the app and scan the barcode with it when you pay, and your discounts will be applied and your visit added.

Within the app, you can also gain access to your exclusive rewards.

However, if you’d prefer not to use a smartphone, there are alternatives available. By registering on the website, you can request a Shell Go+ card or key fob, which will be delivered to your home, usually within two weeks. You can also still access freebies and other officers through the brand’s website.

Choosing the right fuel card for your needs

In order to take full advantage of the rewards on offer, it also pays to use a Shell fuel card. We have a few options available from this brand, depending on your usage needs. These are:

  • Shell One – This offers fixed weekly prices for diesel and petrol, with access to nearly 50 per cent of UK forecourts. You can also enjoy up to 10p per litre discounts on diesel at motorway sites.
  • Shell Multifuel – For fleets needing the widest coverage, this pump-price diesel and petrol fuel card is accepted at more than 3,800 sites nationwide.
  • Shell CRT – Ideal for fleets running HGVs and LCVs, this fixed weekly price diesel-only card offers even bigger savings at hundreds of HGV-friendly core sites.

If you’re unsure about which fuel card is best for your business, get in touch with our team today. They’ll be happy to help with friendly, impartial advice on what options will be best for your business’ unique needs.

 

 

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Where can I use my fuel card?

With so many fuel card locations and options out there, it’s common that the question is asked, ‘where can I use my fuel card?’.

Where you can use your fuel card depends on the type of vehicles your fleet drives and where. You might just need localised cover, or national access, depending on where your business operates. You might already know what kind of coverage your fleet needs, but we would recommend requesting an audit from your current fuel card provider to make sure you have the correct coverage for your needs.

Supermarkets and inner city

If your fleet is mostly cars or vans and completes inner-city journeys, a fuel card that can be used at supermarket fuel stations could be the ideal solution. Some providers also allow you to collect supermarket points with your fuel card, which can be a handy bonus. For inner-city fuel stations that aren’t part of supermarkets, you can also choose a fuel card that allows you to use independent fuel stations based on networks.

Motorways

If your fleet or drivers mostly travel via motorway or A-roads, a supermarket fuel card probably isn’t suitable for your fleet. You can instead choose a fuel card that includes motorway sites or A-road locations, so your drivers needn’t leave the motorway to purchase fuel and can conveniently continue their journeys between filling up.

HGV sites

For fleets that specialise in haulage relying on HGV sites, a fuel card with access to HGV fuel stations is probably the optimal solution if you’re looking for the best option for saving time, especially when there’s a delivery deadline to meet. HGV sites are usually strategically placed on major trunk roads like A-roads and motorways for convenience when it comes to your fleet.

Which fuel networks are available to me?

Of course, which locations you can use with your fuel card depends entirely on the networks that are activated on your card. The main fuel networks are:

  • BP
  • Esso
  • Shell
  • Keyfuels
  • Texaco
  • UK Fuels

However; certain cards may give you access to a combination of specific networks on one card, or even all of them if you depend on independent or motorway fuel stations to fill up your fleet. These are sometimes known as flexi fuel cards and give you much more control over where your drivers can use their fuel cards.

How can I find out where my nearest fuel station is?

If you do decide on a specific network, your drivers might not automatically know where the next fuel station is, especially if they are travelling in unfamiliar parts of the country. Check out our pump locator to locate the nearest fuel station compatible with your fuel card.

If you want out find out more about how a fuel card can save your business up to 10p per litre, contact us today and join the 10,000+ customers who have joined Fuel Card Services.

 

Bunker Fuel Vs. Fuel cards

Keeping company vehicles fuelled and on the road throughout the year is a crucial part of running an efficient business fleet and there are many different options available to a fleet manager. The two most popular and effective methods are either fuel cards or fuel bunkering. However, every company is different, so which option is best for your business? We’ve compared the benefits of both options to help you make the decision that will benefit your business the most.

Bunker Fuel

When we use the term bunker fuel, we are referring to bulk fuel that has been purchased by a company to be used by their fleet. Generally, the company in question will store and dispense fuel themselves and have access to refills from varying commercial sites, depending on the supplier.

Each type of bunker fuel that can be provided is completely different from each fuel supplier. Diesel is the most popular as it’s used by most fleets for larger vehicles, however, other specialist fuels can also be made available such as GasOil Plus for diesel tractors and many other varying types

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The benefits of bunker fuel

First of all, there is only a one-off initial setup cost for your fuelling system, however, this would be a costly outlay. Bunker fuel prices can also be very reasonable as bunker fuel is purchased at fixed commercial rates, avoiding any surprises due to fluctuating fuel prices.

Fuel Cards

Fuel cards are a quick a convenient way for businesses to pay for fuel bought at roadside filling stations. A fuel card is uses similarly to a credit/debit card and they enable your drivers to refuel their vehicles whilst on the road, allow you to monitor the spending details and pay for fuel in one payment.

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The benefits of a fuel card

Fuel cards offer a tremendous range of benefits. They allow you to monitor the amount you are spending on fuel with handy monthly reports, helping you to better manage your fuel consumption.

Fuel cards offer you more control over purchases. You can decide, manage and adapt your fuel cards to be used for specific fuels or other purchases, depending on the needs of your business.

Fuel cards also offer a massive saving in administration time. Fuel Card Services for example will send you a single HMRC compliant invoice, reducing the time spent on collecting receipts, sorting through invoices and collating your business mileage.

Bunker fuel vs. fuel card prices

The fluctuating cost of petrol, diesel and other fuels is a common occurrence which can have an impact on your business fuel expenditure. A range of factors can affect the price you pay for your fuel, such as the price of crude oil, gas shortages or alternative fuel sources and new types of vehicles (such as electric vehicles) becoming available on the market.

Choosing the right fuelling option based on the number of vehicles your business operates, the geography your business covers and your monthly fuel expenditure could lead to saving your business time and, most importantly, money. Therefore, your fuelling decisions should be based on the benefits that align with your company needs the most.

If you’re interested in finding out more about how fuel cards can save your business money and the specific benefits they offer for businesses and employees a lot, contact us and one of our friendly fuel card experts today.

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Do you need full UK coverage on your fuel card?

Different fuel card companies in the UK offer different coverage. It’s therefore an important consideration when choosing the best fuel card to meet your needs. That said, do you actually need a product that offers extensive coverage? Really, it’s all about where you’re planning to use it.

What routes do you normally take?

When assessing the extent of coverage you need, the first thing to do is to take a close look at your business’ activities. Consider where your drivers will be regularly travelling to and from and factor this into your choice of fuel card.

Do you have staff making local deliveries or meeting clients nearby? Are you transporting goods the length of the country? Is it a mix of local and regional travel? Whether it’s long or short-haul travel you have planned, assess your most common transport routes and go from there.

This means taking an overview of your fleet activities. You should work out the average distance of journeys made by staff, as well as where in the country they take place. If you notice a pattern emerging, then tailor your card choice accordingly.

For example, a business based in Bristol that sees 95% of journeys within a 20-mile radius has no need for a fuel card that has great coverage in London but not near them.

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Get the most suitable business fuel card

Not every fuel card is created equal. In fact, every product we offer has its own unique package of benefits – including where it can be used. An important consideration is therefore the breadth of the network available.

With thousands of UK fuel card sites across the country, it’s important to know which ones you have access to. This means doing your homework and knowing not just where you’ll want to use a fuel card, but also how.

Some products offer access to cheaper fuel at motorway services, while others will be more suited to rural locations. It all depends on the type of travel you regularly undertake.

Fuel cards offer great flexibility, but you need to get the one that has lots of options in the places you visit. It’s also important to make a decision based on the best prices in your area.

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Save money with more efficient journeys

Meanwhile, making the most of your fuel card expenditure means maximising the efficiency of your journeys. Diversions to pick up extra fuel or drivers getting lost can have a big impact on expenses.

Every year, countless hours can be lost by drivers not knowing where to fill up. However, our Drivers Club app can take the guesswork out of travel planning. It tells you where the nearest fuel stations can be found. This allows you to reduce wasted mileage, as well as offering a range of premium services and extra benefits.

Get in touch with us today to find out about the options that are right for you. You can fill in our quick and simple application to get access to the best fuel cards today.

 

 

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How to choose the right fuel card for your fleet

Fuel is one of the biggest costs for any business managing vehicles. Whether it’s a few cars or light vans for local deliveries or a large national HGV fleet, petrol and diesel expenses will usually be your biggest outgoing.

That’s why it pays to have a fuel card to reduce these costs. However, there are a wide range of options available, so how do you know if you’re getting the best fuel card for your business?

There’s much more to think about than how much you’ll pay for your fuel. In fact, there are many factors that should go into your decision. If you’re looking at fuel cards for the first time, it can seem like a complex process.

However, it doesn’t have to be. Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to choose the best fuel card for your firm, whether you’re a small business or a large enterprise.

Why you need a fuel card

The first step should be to determine whether you need a fuel card, and understand the benefits you can expect to see. For instance, if you’re a microbusiness running just one vehicle in your local area, you may not see many benefits from these services unless you spend a lot of time on the road.

However, as soon as you start adding more vehicles to your fleet, the benefits become clear. You don’t need to run dozens of cars and vans to save time and money. Even if you’ve only got a handful of vehicles, a fuel card is likely to offer savings if they’re in use frequently.

Therefore, the vast majority of firms will be able to enjoy benefits such as lower costs, better control over their vehicles and reduced admin.

But if you don’t select the right card, you may miss out on some of these advantages.

Fixed-price or pump price

Fuel station with prices on display board

A big decision is whether to opt for a fixed-price or pump price fuel card. As the name suggests, a fixed-price card will ensure you pay the same price for your fuel, no matter where you fill up. This is usually set on a weekly basis and gives you a clear idea of how much you’ll expect to pay.

Pump price, meanwhile, sees you pay the cost advertised at the pump. They may not offer as much savings as fixed-price cards, but they are convenient and easy to use. The downside is you may be more exposed to price fluctuations and premiums at motorway filling stations, for example.

If you buy large amounts of fuel or send vehicles up and down the country, fixed-price offers more certainty and the potential for savings. However, pump price cards tend to offer greater flexibility and let you fill up in a wider variety of locations.

Location matters

The next question is about location. You need to do some research to see what services are available in your area.

This will determine which brand would be best for you. There’s no point in opting for a branded fuel card that promises the biggest saving if the supplier doesn’t have any filling stations in close proximity.

If you’re only able to fill up at one or two locations or have to make a large diversion in order to get the benefit of lower prices, this will negate many of the benefits and harm overall productivity.

What routes do you use?

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It’s not only fuel stations near your base you may need to consider, but the routes you take. If you have a clearly-defined schedule and routes, choosing a fuel card with locations that align closely to this will be more useful.

If you’re running a national business with lots of motorway driving, or a more unpredictable schedule where drivers won’t know where they’ll be needed on any given day, a more widely-accepted card could be essential.

This is also a key factor to consider when deciding whether to choose a branded or non-branded card. A branded card from the likes of BP or Shell might be less useful if your fleet remains local, but the wide range of national locations they offer could be invaluable for other firms.

Consider fuel and vehicle types

The type of vehicles you have and the fuel they use will also be important. If you’re only running a small number of diesel vans, for instance, a diesel-only card makes sense.

However, it might mean you have more limitations if you’re looking to expand your fleet in the future. If this is the case, a mixed card that works for both petrol and diesel can give you more flexibility when it comes to choosing new vehicles.

If you’re running HGVs, you should also look carefully to find the best fuel card for trucking companies. These vehicles will have unique needs, such as requirements for high-canopy stations with more space to manoeuvre. Therefore, you may benefit from fuel cards that are tailored specifically to these demands.

Don’t overlook other benefits

Aside from these key factors, there are many other benefits you may be able to enjoy with the right fuel card.

For example, one major advantage will be reduced admin and paperwork. Some cards offer easy reporting and analytics for receipts and expenses to reduce the burden on fleet managers. You may also be able to set spending restrictions or allowances to avoid the need for separate expense forms for employees to fill out.

Cracking down on fraud is another important consideration. Look for a business fuel card that can closely monitor transactions and flag up anything that may be suspicious. For example, they may be able to spot unusual activity or vehicles that appear to be using more fuel than they should.

As you can see, there’s a lot that goes into choosing the right fuel card. If you’re confused or want more information, we’re here to help. Get in touch with our expert team today and we’ll help you find the right fuel card for your business.