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edited 10 June 2010 at 3:00PM in Credit Cards
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edited 10 June 2010 at 3:00PM in Credit Cards
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  • SomebodySomebody Forumite
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    Why isn't the Citi Shell card on the list?

    In my view it's the best card after the Amex Platinum 1st year as you get 1% cash back on everything (credit to your account) the month after (as long as you've fuelled up at Shell petrol stations, on which you get 3% cash back. That's £1.50 on £50 of fuel).

    This does tie your refuels to Shell but I'm all for it as I've also got the Shell Drivers card which gives me fuel money off vouchers every quarter as well.
  • Former_MSE_DanFormer_MSE_Dan
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    Hi Somebody,

    Thanks for your suggestions. Citi Shell card isn't currently available to new customers though; only those cards are included in the comparison, as it is impossible to keep up to date on what all old cashback/rewards cards pay. Hopefully this from the article will explain

    • Only includes currently available card incarnations.
      This research was published in June 2009, and included all major rewards cards open to new customers at that point. Yet it's possible you may have an older, now unavailable card which pays better rewards, so always check.

      If you spot a card that you think merits inclusion, please email [EMAIL="rewardschecker@moneysavingexpert.com"][email protected][/EMAIL].

    Cheers

    Dan
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  • SomebodySomebody Forumite
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    Apologies. I didn't realise that it was no longer available. I only got mine last September.
  • edited 29 June 2009 at 3:15PM
    Muay_2Muay_2 Forumite
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    edited 29 June 2009 at 3:15PM
    I was wondering which of these 2 cards was actually the best one :rolleyes:
      With BMI Amex you get a 'huge introductory bonus of 20,000 miles when you spend £250 in the first 90 days'
      With Lloyds Airmile Amex you get 'a 1,500 Airmiles voucher when you sign up by 31 July 2009 and spend £10 on it by 30 Sept. 2009, and book at least one hotel night via Airmiles too.'

    Ok then, you get 1 return flight to zone 2 in both cases or 2 return flights to zone 1 when you join.
    With Lloyds you would fly with BA and all taxes are included.
    With BMI you would fly with any company in the StarAlliance List but you'd have to pay the taxes (if i'm correct).

    Thinking about the future now... Let's say I've already used my 'free' flights and I'm earning new miles now.

    BMI (1 mile each £1.5 spent):
    ZONE 1 (return) -> 9,000 miles = £6,000
    ZONE 2 (return) -> 20,000 miles = £13,333

    Lloyds Airmiles (1 mile each £10 spent):
    ZONE 1 (return) -> 750 miles = 7,500
    ZONE 2 (return) -> 1,500 miles = £15,000

    So in this case BMI looks better then Lloyds Airmiles since I would need to spend less miles to get a new free flight.
    Am I correct in this? Or am I missing anything?

    Any comments will be really appreciated ;)
  • Yep i'd definitely agree with that Muay, on the long term value - that's the order the article puts them in too.

    The intro freebie is more of a judgment call, due to the taxes issue, however the BMI one does enable you to go business class, which might be tempting for some :)
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  • This 'major new research' needs alot more work as it is incomplete and misleading with regard to 'free' flights. For a start, fees and charges can make a free flight more expensive than a low cost flight anyway, e.g. a 'free' European flight with BA miles typically costs about £80 in fees and charges. (The major exception is Airmiles which are now all inclusive).

    Also, the only sensible way to work out the benefits is to calculate "how much would I need to spend to get a flight?" Taking London to New York as an example, the top of the table Miles & More Amex you would have to spend £30,000 to get the necessary 60,000 points & then pay fees as well.

    With my Tesco Clubcard credit card spending in Tesco's I get 80 airmiles per £200 spent (I have retained the old rate - new customers 60 per £200). NY is 5,000 miles including all fees, i.e. a spend of £12,500, less than half M&M and no fees.
  • Hi Savvysaver,

    The valuations of points are an average, which smoothes out the fluctuations in how good an individual reward actually is. For instance, buying Airmiles with Tesco points was one of the reward redemptions used to value Tesco, but not the only one. We have a full article on boosting the return you get with the big points schemes: http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/shopping/loyalty-scheme-tricks

    Also with flights, for Airmiles cards, the flight value included taxes, but with the other ones it isn't. The point here is that, if you fly certain ways or routes, some cards will work out better than others for you, but it varies per person. We have listed the cards with the best return on average.

    Dan
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  • stphnsteveystphnstevey Forumite
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    Why has Shell Credit Card not featured?
  • Terry_DTerry_D Forumite
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    Somebody wrote: »
    Apologies. I didn't realise that it was no longer available. I only got mine last September.

    Got ours in October and so far received £124 in cash back on petrol on a credit limit of £2k. We both run our own car so no problem in using up the credit every month. Pity it's no longer available.
  • Former_MSE_DanFormer_MSE_Dan
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    Hi stphnstevey

    Thanks for your suggestions. Citi Shell card isn't currently available to new customers though; only those cards are included in the comparison, as it is impossible to keep up to date on what all old cashback/rewards cards pay. Hopefully this from the article will explain

    • Only includes currently available card incarnations.
      This research was published in June 2009, and included all major rewards cards open to new customers at that point. Yet it's possible you may have an older, now unavailable card which pays better rewards, so always check.

      If you spot a card that you think merits inclusion, please email [EMAIL="rewardschecker@moneysavingexpert.com"][email protected][/EMAIL].

    Cheers

    Dan
    MSE Web Editor, mainly responsible for looking after, and keeping up-to-date, ‘hard-core’ financial articles such as credit cards, savings and loans.

    If you spot a rate change that we haven't already mentioned or added into articles or tips, Please send me a PM about it




    Don't miss urgent MoneySaving, hear first by getting Martin's Money Tips Free E-mail at www.moneysavingexpert.com/tips
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