Editor's Note: This story originally appeared on The Penny Hoarder.
Grocery store loyalty programs used to be the way to go to save money on gas. But now that gas stations are offering their own gas rewards programs, it’s time to rethink your fueling strategy.
And considering that we entered 2022 with prices $1 higher per gallon than at the start of 2021 (and some analysts predict a national average this year of $4 a gallon), you’ll want to save every penny you can while you’re filling up that tank at the gas station.
So if you’re on the hunt for cheap gas, check out this list of the best fuel rewards programs, plus some bonus tips for using free gas apps to save even more.
1. BPme Rewards
BPme Rewards replaced BP’s previous gas reward program (BP Driver Rewards) in June 2020. The previous program saved consumers up to 10 cents a gallon, but the most you’ll save under normal conditions with BPme Rewards is 5 cents a gallon at BP and Amoco gas stations.
To get started, download the BPme Rewards app and register for an account. Do this right before filling up at a nearby BP because the rewards kick in instantly. You’ll get 5 cents off at BP and Amoco gas stations nationwide for the month.
To keep the 5-cent discount going after that, you’ll need to spend at least $100 on fuel from BP each calendar month. Depending on your gas tank size and current gas prices, that’s roughly two to four fill-ups a month.
If you fail to hit the monthly $100 minimum, you will not qualify for a discount.
The BPme Rewards app does promise special bonus offers with additional savings from time to time.
Maybe the coolest feature of BPme Rewards, however, is Price Match. BP calls it a first-of-its-kind program. Subscribe for 99 cents a month, and the app will find prices at nearby competitor gas stations — within a 0.5-mile radius (up to 2 miles until competitors are found) — to earn you a discount.
If you want further savings, you can apply for a BP credit card. If you have a credit card with BP, you’ll save an additional 5 cents per gallon.
While this gas rewards program is free, the optional Price Match could cost you roughly $12 a year.
2. ExxonMobil Rewards+
This points-based system awards 3 cents in points per gallon on fuel purchases, plus 2 cents in points per dollar spent on things like car washes and convenience store items. Lottery tickets, cash back and gift cards are among the exclusions.
If you use ExxonMobil Synergy Supreme+ premium gas, you’ll earn an additional 3 cents in points per gallon. You’ve just got to pump 8 gallons of fuel three times a month to be eligible.
Members of AARP automatically earn an extra 1 cent per gallon of gas and 1 cent per dollar in the store. And if you pump more than 100 gallons a month, you are considered a Frequent Filler and will earn an additional 1 cent per gallon and 2 cents per dollar.
In total, this gas rewards program could earn you up to 8 cents in points per gallon pumped and 5 cents per store dollar spent
Members can redeem points on fuel, car washes and store items, with every 100 points equaling $1 off.
Let’s say you have a 10-gallon tank and are earning 3 points per gallon.
That means you’ll only have to fill up a little over three times at the gas station to earn enough points for $1 off fuel and other purchases — not too shabby. Combine that with any points you earn on car washes and in-store items, and you have an even better deal.
You can also keep track of your rewards in the Exxon Mobil Rewards+ app for Android and iPhone. You can even pay right at the pump with the app; no need to insert a credit card or step into the gas station.
Gas credit cards are a great way to save even more at the pump. The ExxonMobil Smart Card takes 30 cents off every gallon for the first two months after opening the credit card account. You can also earn $6 when you use the new credit card within the Exxon Mobil Rewards+ app three times within two months of the account opening date. After that, you’ll get 6 cents off every gallon when you fill up.
There is no annual fee for this gas station rewards program.
3. Maverik’s Adventure Club and Nitro Cards
Located in several states across the Northwest, Maverik is another convenience store offering its own fuel rewards program: Maverik’s Adventure Club. This program offers two rewards: the Adventure Club and the Nitro card.
The Adventure Club offers 2 cents off per gallon on fuel purchases. Cardholders can earn Trail Points through fuel and in-store purchases, excluding gift cards, cash back and age-restricted products.
You can use Trail Points to buy store items or win prizes in sweepstakes drawings.
The Nitro card offers all the same benefits and a little bit more, including 6 cents off per gallon of the posted credit price, double Trail Points from purchases, $1 daily hot beverages up to a large, and $1 fountain drinks and refills up to extra-large.
The main difference between the cards is the Nitro card must be linked to your checking account, and you must pay using the card to save on fuel and earn points.
Though you use the Nitro card to pay, it is not a credit card. It is more like a gas station ACH card since it is tied directly to your bank account.
Right now, Maverik is offering a bonus for signing up: a free fountain drink when you register for the Adventure Club and a free BonFire burrito when you sign up for a Nitro card.
4. Pilot Flying J Preferred Customer Rewards
While Pilot Flying J’s rewards program was built with professional and RV drivers in mind, all Pilot Flying J customers ages 18 and older are eligible to join the myRewards program with the Preferred Customer Rewards card.
With the Preferred Customer Rewards membership, you can save 3 cents for every gallon of fuel purchased and earn points for in-store purchases (typical exclusions are lotto tickets, cash back and gift cards). You’ll also get a 10% discount coupon for participating Denny’s restaurants and enjoy special rewards during your birthday month.
You can manage your rewards using the myPilot app. And if you’re an active-duty military member, veteran or immediate family member of either, you qualify for a 10% food and beverage discount with your ID.me number.
The app also allows you to track your receipts and find fuel prices; plus, it gives you exclusive offers.
There is no annual fee for this gas station savings program.
5. Shell Fuel Rewards
You’ll instantly receive Gold Status for the first six full calendar months of membership. To maintain Gold Status, you only need to fill up six times with at least 5 gallons every three months. If you can maintain Gold Status, you’ll find this is one of the top gas rewards programs out there.
Shell Fuel Rewards offers additional savings that can be stacked onto your status, including 5 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend shopping online, 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend on live event tickets and 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend on dining at participating restaurants. You can earn additional savings for booking rental cars (25% off base rates for rental cars and earn 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend).
So let’s say you earn Gold status, then another 25 cents off per gallon for shopping online and another 10 cents off for dining out. That means you’ll get a total of 40 cents off per gallon on your next fill-up of up to 20 gallons.
You can also earn more through featured offers.
You must opt in to the Link & Save feature to link Fuel Rewards with your Gold Status or Silver Status savings.
To save more each time you head to the fuel pump, you can apply for the Shell | Fuel Rewards Credit Card. This is one of the best gas station credit cards on offer.
The credit card earns you 30 cents off per gallon (up to 35 gallons) on your first five Shell fuel purchases made by June 30, 2023, but the rewards keep going after: You’ll continue to earn 10 cents off for every gas fill-up at Shell. You can also earn Shell rebates (ranging from 1% to 10%) on qualifying purchases.
While the gas station credit card is a nice add-on to the fuel rewards program, credit card power users will likely find they earn more with traditional cash-back credit cards.
Another hallmark of Shell is its partnership with grocery stores. Earn fuel points by shopping at your favorite grocery chain, and use them for discounts at Shell gas stations.
Shell’s grocery store rewards represent supermarket chains from all across the country. Here’s the complete list:
- Food for Less
- Fred Meyer
- Jay C
- King Soopers and City Market
- QFC – Quality Food Centers
- Stop & Shop
There is no annual fee for this gas rewards program.
6. Speedway Speedy Rewards
Just like Shell’s program, Speedway Speedy Rewards is packed with a ton of ways to save, and it comes with a free mobile app to keep track of it all. It might possibly be the best of the best gas rewards programs on our list.
With Speedy Rewards, you’ll earn 10 points per gallon at the pump and 20 points per dollar spent in-store, plus bonus points on select items. You can also earn reward points for shopping online through the Speedy Rewards Mall.
And if you want to use points for free stuff, a minimum of 1,000 points gets you free drinks and snacks, while 5,500 points can get you a whole large pizza (or 1,350 for a single hot slice). You can even buy gift cards.
Want to use points on fuel discounts? It takes 1,750 points to earn 10 cents off per gallon.
You can earn even more free stuff when you become part of the Speedy Club. All you have to do is purchase one item from the club, and you’re in!
With the Speedy Club, if you frequent the car wash, you can earn a free wash for every six you purchase. And if you’re all about the coffee, fountain drinks and Speedy Freezes, you can be part of the Beverage Club — which allows you to choose a reward for every six beverages you buy. This could be a free beverage, 1,000 bonus points or 10 cents off fuel.
There is a whole list of other clubs, from donuts to gaming cards, all with similar offers of receiving a reward when you buy six.
As an added perk for using the Speedy Rewards Pay Card, you’ll earn extra benefits that vary by state:
- In Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, you’ll save an extra 5 cents per gallon every day.
- In Delaware, New Hampshire and New York, you’ll save 10 cents per gallon every day (plus save 15 cents a gallon for the first 60 days).
- In Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, Ohio, South Dakota, Texas and Utah, you’ll earn double fuel points every day (plus save 5 cents a gallon for your first 90 days).
- In Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, you’ll earn double fuel points every day (plus 70 points per gallon for your first 90 days).
- In select Indiana markets (including Fort Wayne, Anderson, Lafayette and Kokomo), you’ll save 10 cents per gallon every day (plus save 15 cents a gallon for your first 90 days).
- In Hilton Head, South Carolina, you’ll save 5 cents per gallon every day (plus save 10 cents a gallon for your first 90 days).
Speedway also offers the Speedy Rewards Mastercard. When you swipe it at Speedway stores, you’ll earn 50 points per dollar spent. You’ll earn 10 points per dollar spent everywhere else Mastercard is accepted.
There is no annual fee for this gas station rewards program.
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