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Old 06-27-2002, 20:06   #1 (permalink)
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Shell axes petrol Fly Buys

From the Daily Telegraph

THOUSANDS of Shell card holders will lose the power to earn Fly Buys points when buying petrol from next month.

The oil giant will strip users of the shopping rewards points from July 1 amid complaints the system has been abused.
The corporate card is mainly used by business and government car fleets and bulk fuel buyers.

About 20,000 Shell card holders have been earning Fly Buys points in exchange for buying fuel for company cars for about four years.

The Herald Sun understands the benefit will be scrapped because some firms have complained employees have driven out of their way to find Shell outlets offering Fly Buys points.

About 650 of the nation's 1500 Shell stations accept Fly Buys.

Letters sent to users said any points stockpiled by Shell card holders before July 1 would be honoured.

Shell spokesman Vincent Cosgrove said Fly Buys points could still be awarded on other types of transactions at participating service stations.

Shell was a founding partner of the Fly Buys scheme, which was launched in 1994.

The scheme has about 5.3 million members.

Shell card holders have received one point for every $5 spent.

The latest points crackdown follows a shake-up of several loyalty programs in recent months.

National Australia Bank's plans to cut frequent flyer points value for 150,000 Gold Rewards credit card users sparked outrage last month.
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its fair enough tho, people getting personal fly buys on a company shell card - i can see why shell would crack.

I know that fly buys got me started on shell fuel, so they are doing something right, as long as they dont can the scheme altogether!
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It is a scam...

Say you have a large company of 500 reps with 500 cars
each car uses $50 a week in fuel
10 points per car for the fuel
5,000 points a week!!
260,000 a year!
Thats a lot of tax free stuff you can buy..

Once someone else finds out about it tho, then THEY want those points..
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