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    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!

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    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.

    Related articles:

    • The best gas apps for drivers who buy a lot of gas
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    • The best cash back apps that you can use to save money at hundreds of different stores

    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.

    1. Upside

    We’ve listed the best first.

    Upside is the best way to save on gas. Upside 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 Upside 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. And use the promo code RIDE35 for a 35¢/gal signup bonus on your first fill-up.

    Read more about Upside in our Upside app review.

    2. Albertsons for U Gas Rewards

    Enjoy free member perks with the Albertsons for U gas rewards program including a freebie on your birthday, personalized deals, discounts on groceries and gas, digital coupons, meal plans and more. 

    Every 100 points you earn gets you a reward. You earn 1 point for every $1 you spend on groceries and you earn 2 points for every $1 you spend on groceries. 

    3. Harris Teeter

    With the Harris Teeter rewards program you can save up to $1 a gallon on fuel. Earn points by purchasing participating items at Harris Teeter with your VIC card; $1 equals 1 fuel point. Purchasing eligible retailer gift cards at Harris Teeter earns points as well; $25 in gift cards equals 50 fuel points. You can even earn fuel points when you purchase non-federally funded prescriptions; 1 prescription equals 50 fuel points. 

    Even if you’re not ready to use your rewards points, you earn $0.03 off per gallon automatically when you use your VIC card at the pump.

    4. Hy-Vee Fuel Rewards

    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:

    5. Kroger Fuel Points Program

    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!

    6. Chevron + Safeway Gas Rewards

    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:


    7. Giant Eagle – Fuelperks+ 
    With Giant Eagle Fuelperks+ you’ll get exclusive pricing, offers and rewards on gas and groceries. Simply enroll online to start earning perks. 

    Earn perks on everything you buy at Giant Eagle, Market District, or GetGo to redeem on fuel savings or grocery discounts. Get 1 perk per $1 spent on groceries or gift cards, 2 perks per gallon purchased at GetGo, and 5 perks per prescription refill at their pharmacy. 

    When you’re ready to redeem, save $0.10 per gallon for every 50 perks, or you can save 2% off groceries for every 50 perks, up to 20% off one purchase. 

    8. Stop & Shop Go Rewards 
    You get 1 point for every dollar you spend with your Stop & Shop Card. Save 10¢ per gallon for every 100 points you receive (maximum of $1.50 off per gallon for up to 20 gallons). Points are valid for 30 days unless another expiration date is specified. 

    Earn 1 point per dollar spent on groceries at Stop & Shop® and earn additional points with purchases through your online account. 

    9. QFC 

    When you shop at QFC and use your Advantage Card, you’ll earn 1 fuel point for every $1 you spend. Earn 2X fuel points on gift cards. Also earn 25 fuel points on qualifying prescriptions. 

    Your points expire the last day of the month after you earned them. At Kroger Family of Stores Fuel Centers you can redeem up to 1,000 fuel points for $1 off per gallon. If you’re not ready to use your points or have no points to spend, you can still scan your shoppers card to earn $0.03/gallon.

    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.

    1. RaceTrac Rewards

    Simply scan your rewards card at the checkout or enter your phone number at the pump to earn points. You earn 4 points for every $1 you spend on qualifying products and 1 point for every gallon of fuel purchased. 

    Points are good for up to a year after obtaining them. Use them to redeem free items listed in their rewards catalog. 

    The benefits program has loyalty levels:

    2. QuickTrip QT Rewards

    With QT rewards, for every $2 in qualified merchandise purchased earn one rewards point. For every 2 gallons of qualified fuel purchased earn one rewards point. Each point earned is worth 1 cent off per gallon.

    Use your accumulated points to earn fuel rewards at the pump. Points expire a year after they are earned. You can purchase up to 20 gallons with the rewards discount you’ve earned. 

    3. Kroger Fuel Points Program

    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!

    4. Safeway Just For U Gas Rewards

    Enjoy free member perks with the Safeway Just for U gas rewards program including a freebie on your birthday, personalized deals, discounts on groceries and gas, digital coupons, meal plans and more. 

    Every 100 points you earn gives you a reward. You earn 1 point for every $1 you spend on groceries and 2 points for every $1 spent on gift cards. You can redeem your points for discounts on groceries and gas. 

    5. GasBuddy

    It’s free to get the GasBuddy card to save 5x as much as their app and more than either a debit or gas credit card. Fill-ups are deducted from your linked debit card and there’s no credit check required. No bills, no hassles.

    According to their website, GasBuddy works at 95% of the gas stations across the nation. Your discount is automatically applied, making it fast and simple to save at the pump. 

    6. Holiday Rewards

    Save on coffee, food and more with the Holiday Stationstore Rewards app. Plus, you get $0.05 off per gallon every day with no limits on how many gallons you can use that discount on. Included with the rewards is a Buy 10 get 1 free on coffee, fountain drinks and frozen drinks.

    7. Exxon Mobil Rewards+

    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!

    8. BPme

    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.

    9. Shell Rewards

    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.

    10. 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.

    As mentioned, you have to have membership at Sam’s Club or Costco to get their gas. You swipe your membership card first, then your credit card before you can fill your tank at their lower price. They even have longer hoses so you can reach your tank no matter which spot you end up at.

    11. 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. 

    12. Maverik Rewards

    Save 2 cents per gallon with your Adventure Club account and 6 cents per gallon with a Nitro account. You can also earn TrailPoints for every purchase and use them to enter sweepstakes and purchase your favorite in-store items. 

    As a thank you for signing up, they’ll give you a free fountain drink. 

    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!

    • Citi Premier Mastercard – earn 3x points at restaurants, supermarkets, gas stations and air travel/hotels; 1x points on all other purchases. 
    • Wells Fargo Propel American Express – offers cell phone protection, up to $600 of cell phone damage and theft protection.
    • Citi Rewards+ Double Reward Points for Gas Station Purchases – when you fulfill terms of your offer, you will earn 2 ThankYou Points for each $1 spent on purchases at supermarkets and gas stations, for the first $6,000 per calendar year and then 1 ThankYou Point for each $1 spent thereafter.
    • Blue Cash Preferred Card from American Express for 3% Cash Back on Gas Purchases – earn up to 6% cash back rewards on supermarket purchases and streaming services; earn 3% cash back for gas and transit purchases—excluding warehouse clubs and superstores.

    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!

    -Paula @ RSG

    Paula Lemar

    Paula Lemar

    Paula has been writing for the Rideshare Guy since the fall of 2018. The main focus of her articles has been breaking news, reviewing new apps, driver experiences and more. Prior to her time with the Rideshare Guy, Paula worked as a writer and editor for various publications including local newspapers, sporting goods catalogs, online merchandise and more. She currently has a full-time job editing for a top beauty company and enjoys reading, playing board games and participating in weekly trivia.