Fuel costs can be one of the biggest expenses for drivers and, unless you drive an electric vehicle, chances are you’re looking to save money at the pump. We had senior RSG contributor Paula Gibbins round up some of the best gas rewards programs out there from coast to coast. Let us know what gas reward program you use in the comments below!
Today, I’m going to go over the best fuel rewards programs to help you save money at the pump. If you’re looking to save even more, make sure to check out our article on the best gas apps for drivers.
Gas rewards come in all shapes and sizes, so I’m going to try to hit a good mix of all of them, that hopefully will resonate with you, no matter where in the U.S. you live. If these are not available to you, check your local gas stations and grocery stores for similar deals.
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Gas Rewards While Shopping for Groceries
Did you realize you can earn cents off per gallon when you shop for your groceries? There are several grocery stores all over the country that offer their version of a gas rewards program. Below, I’ll mention my favorite that I use weekly as well as others across the country.
We’ve listed the best first.
GetUpside is the best way to save on gas. GetUpside is an app that you can download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store. The app offers up to 25¢ off per gallon of gas, plus deals at restaurants and groceries, too.
Millions of people have used GetUpside to save millions of dollars of gas. Deals aren’t available in every location, so I recommend downloading the app to see what deals are available in your area.
Or read more about GetUpside in our GetUpside app review.
I LOVE Hy-Vee’s fuel rewards program. I save money without even thinking about it. Just this past weekend, I got everything I needed (nothing more than that) and I earned 25 cents off per gallon just for that. If I was really trying, I could have probably earned even more. They have everything in-store and online labeled with how much you can earn with their program before you buy, so you can choose if the extra 4 cents off per gallon is worth it to get a different brand item.
You can build up your earnings to make it even more worth your while. You have 30 days to use your fuel rewards at the pump before it’s gone. In Minneapolis/St. Paul, it works at Hy-Vee gas stations as well as select Shell stations. In southern Minnesota and Iowa, it works at Casey’s gas stations. Within the app, you can find the closest locations to you.
One thing to keep in mind is the gas rewards change weekly, so one week you may get 5 cents off for turkey sandwich meat and the next that fuel reward will be gone or different. So, you just have to keep your eye on what will earn you more each week. Here are samples of their gas rewards and what it can look like in the app:
Now, I haven’t used Kroger’s gas rewards program before and it looks like it works a bit different from Hy-Vee. For Kroger, you earn 1 point for every dollar spent at their stores with 2X fuel points when you purchase gift cards.
You can track your points on the app and save every time you shop at their gas stations. Find a participating gas station near you with their store locator.
With Kroger’s you can earn by more than just shopping in their store:
Another perk? You can get fuel rewards points for buying prescriptions!
If you buy your groceries at Safeway, you can earn gas rewards for Chevron gas stations. The Safeway/Chevron program is pretty straightforward: for ever $1 you spend at the grocery and pharmacy sections, you’ll receive one point. 100 points = 1 gas reward, and 1 gas reward = 10 cents off per gallon of gas!
In addition, you can save up to 47 cents off per gallon with the Techron Advantage® Visa® Credit Card or up to 27 cents per gallon with the Techron Advantage™ Credit Card. That seems like a pretty significant savings, but you’d have to sign up for their credit card and be approved before you start seeing these savings. It also outlined more savings you can earn by using this credit card:
Ralph’s has a very similar fuel rewards program to that of Safeway, with $1 of spending equating to 1 fuel point. You can earn up to $1 off per gallon of gas at Ralph’s fuel centers and participating Shell locations.
Gas Rewards at Your Gas Station
You can get gas rewards through your favorite gas stations. Many gas stations nationwide have fuel reward programs where you earn points for every dollar you spend to get discounts on fuel and in-store purchases. I’ll go over a few options here, but again, check your favorite gas station if it’s not mentioned here — chances are, they have a program, too.
With this program, you can earn up to 10 cents off per gallon in points. If you use premium gasoline, you can earn 2X points, but you first need to sign up for their premium gas rewards program.
This one sounds like it takes a while to earn your points, so you’ll have to have some patience. 100 points is equal to $1 in savings. All you have to do to start earning is enter your phone number as an alternate ID, or swipe your gas rewards card before buying gas, coffee, car washes and more.
When you’re ready to use the points, you can use them at checkout to save money on eligible purchases. Just swipe your Exxon Mobil Gas Rewards+ card at the pump or inside the station and choose how many points you want to use. You have to have at least 100 points earned before you can start spending them. Have more questions? Check out their FAQs page!
The BPme program saves you 5 cents per gallon every time you use it for the first month. After that, keep the 5 cents per gallon gas reward by spending $100 or more on fuel each calendar month. As a rideshare driver, I can attest that it’s very easy to spend $100 on fuel each month, so it would be easy enough to keep that 5 cent discount.
Through BPme, you’ll also receive special offers within the app offering additional fuel savings. This is available to use at BP or Amoco stations only. You can save an extra 5 cents per gallon by linking your BP credit card to your BPme fuel rewards program account.
Learn more about BPme on their FAQs page.
Shell has a similar fuel rewards program. You simply type in your alternate ID or swipe your card at the pump to instantly earn whatever cents off per gallon based on what level of gas rewards you’re at.
When I signed up for their gas rewards program, I instantly got Gold status, so I’d be able to earn the most off per gallon right away. Apparently, this is their standard. On their site, they state, “New Fuel Rewards members will receive instant Gold Status for the first 6 full calendar months of their membership. For example, if you join on January 1, 2018, you will receive Gold Status through July 31, 2018.”
To keep this Gold status, you just have to fill up at least 6 times during your 3-month qualification period. That’s only two times per month! Each fill-up must be at least 5 gallons or more to qualify. Otherwise, you’ll be demoted to the Silver status and earn those gas rewards instead. Learn more about how all of this works here.
Honorable Mention: Sam’s Club and Costco
If you have a membership at a Sam’s Club or Costco, you will save on fuel by filling up at their designated gas stations. They are typically 5 to 15 cents cheaper than other nearby stations, so you’re instantly saving money that way. They don’t have a fuel rewards program, but you’ve got cheaper gas right off the top.
Others to Check Out
- Stop & Shop – You get 1 point for every dollar you spend with your Stop & Shop Card. Save 10¢ per gallon for every 100 points you receive. Points are valid for 30 days.
- Giant Eagle – Fuelperks+ now also gives YOU the choice on how you want to redeem – on gas or groceries! You will still earn $0.10 in fuel discounts for every $50 spent but now also have the option to redeem that as 2% off groceries (up to 20% off any size order)! Plus, you now also earn perks at the pump to build up your gas rewards faster than ever.
- QFC – When you shop at QFC and use your Advantage Card, you’ll earn 1 fuel point for every $1 you spend.
- Circle K – Earn 10 points for every gallon of gas you buy, plus 20 points for every dollar spent on snacks, food and non-alcoholic beverages. For every 2,000 points you earn, you save $2.
- Maverik Rewards – Save 2 cents per gallon with your Adventure Club account and 6 cents per gallon with a Nitro account.
- QT Rewards – For ever $2 in qualified merchandise, earn 1 rewards point. Each point is worth 1 cent off per gallon.
- Pilot Flying J Rewards – As a myRewards member, you’ll receive points whenever you purchase certain fuel, products or services. Points can be redeemed for food, WiFi and showers. This is geared more to truckers or professional drivers but was worth mentioning!
Uber and Lyft Debit Cards
It can also be mentioned that both Uber and Lyft have debit cards that offer instant savings at the pump.
For the Lyft Direct Debit Card, you earn 2 cents off per gallon every time you fill up or 3 cents at certain participating gas stations.
The Uber Visa Debit Card is similar. With theirs, you get 3% cash back on gas when you use your PIN at the pump at Exxon/Mobil stations and 1.5% cash back at all other gas stations.
Typically, you should be able to combine your instant savings of the Uber and Lyft debit cards with any other gas rewards programs or methods you use. It’s all about saving more!
Let us know – which gas rewards program do you use to save money at the pump? Did you learn about a new gas rewards program you hadn’t heard of before?
Also, don’t forget to check out these recommendations below to save even more money at the pump!
- The best gas apps for drivers
- Never pay full price again for gas with the GetUpside app
- Best cash back apps for shoppers
-Paula @ RSG