Many retailers offer gas-rewards programs, and smart shoppers use these to fuel up for less — sometimes a lot less. Keep your eye out for good programs. Gas stations and grocery stores typically brag up their rewards deals on prominent signs.
A little planning before you pull up to the pump helps you take advantage of fuel-rewards savings: The gas station you use must participate in the rewards program you’ve chosen. If you’re unsure, ask.
This means you may need to be flexible. I shop at two grocery chains offering gas rewards programs, but one partners with a gas chain whose stations are nowhere near me. So, I try seeking those stations when I’m on a road trip so I can use my accumulated points.
Read on to find some stellar gas-rewards programs to fuel your summer, chosen based on their rewards and availability. Members typically view their program details and monitor rewards using a program’s website or mobile app.
Kroger, one of the largest supermarket chains in the world, has many store brands, including Fred Meyer, Food 4 Less, QFC and King Soopers.
Signing up for Kroger Fuel Points Program saves you 10 cents per gallon for every $100 you spend.
BP and Shell are among the participating fuel chains. Pump locations will depend on where you live.
Watch for deals on Kroger’s website to earn extra points for certain purchases.
Safeway rewards shoppers with 10 cents per gallon in fuel points for every $100 spent on eligible purchases at a Safeway store.
At least once, I’ve let my points build up and found myself saving 90 cents a gallon at a Chevron pump with Safeway rewards. Other participating gas stations include Texaco and Sunoco.
Want more points? Double your savings by purchasing gift cards at Safeway. That earns you two (instead of one) gas-rewards points per dollar spent.
I’ve seen Safeway offer extra points under certain circumstances — for example, an offer of double points for spending $50 in one grocery trip. (To take advantage of that offer, I had to select it in Safeway’s reward program online.)
3. BP Driver Rewards
This popular gas-rewards program lets you save at BP and Amoco gas stations.
Changes to the program are coming, however. BP says:
- Changes to BP Driver Rewards will be announced soon.
- In the meantime, you can continue earning fuel points by shopping at Mariano’s, Fresh Perks or Harris Teeter.
- You’ll need to use your cents-off per-gallon rewards by Sept. 30, 2019.
Although details of the new program aren’t yet clear, BP’s past record of deals makes this program worth keeping an eye on.
4. Exxon Mobil Rewards+
If you gas up at Exxon or Mobil, sign up for this program. While many gas-rewards programs only let you save on fuel, Exxon Mobil Rewards+ branches out:
- Use accumulated points for gas discounts, carwashes, snacks, drinks and more.
- Want to double your points? Fill up with Synergy Supreme+ premium gas three times (buying at least 8 gallons each time over 30 days) to qualify for Rewards+ Premium (double points) status.
5. Shell Fuel Rewards
The Shell Fuel Rewards program has two tiers of savings:
- Silver status saves you 3 cents per gallon.
- Gold status awards you 5 cents per gallon in rewards. New members are given Gold status for their first full six months of membership. After that, they have silver status or qualify for gold by making qualifying purchases in a three-month period.
Earn additional rewards by shopping, dining and traveling at participating partners.
Speedway gas stations and convenience stores are found in the Midwest and East.
If Speedway stations are a familiar sight where you live, signing up for the Speedy Rewards plan is a no-brainer. You’ll earn 10 points per gallon of fuel purchased and 20 points per dollar spent on most merchandise. Use those points for free or discounted purchases.
Speedway also has savings clubs that let you save on everything from Starbucks drinks to Krispy Kreme doughnuts.
Link your rewards card with your checking account in what’s called the Speedy Rewards Pay Card feature and you can earn still more.
7. Cub Foods
For every $100 spent at Cub stores, you get 10 cents off per gallon of fuel purchased at participating Holiday Stationstores. But, where most programs limit you to redeeming $1 per gallon, Cub rewards let you save you up to $1.50 a gallon, depending on how much you spend.
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