One major complaint of Uber and Lyft drivers is just how expensive gas is. Luckily, more companies are helping drivers save money and earn cash back for filling up, and one of those apps is GetUpside. We had RSG contributor Paula Gibbins write up a GetUpside app review to determine how this app can help drivers save more at the gas station.
Savings and cash-back is something I’m always on the lookout for, especially if I don’t have to do anything different from what I usually do on a day to day basis. Today I’m going to review GetUpside, one of the best cash back apps that helps me do just that.
GetUpside is an app that helps you save up to 25¢/gal of gas, 35% at restaurants, and 15% at grocery stores near you. I’ll discuss the app’s features, how it can save you money, and what I like and dislike about this app.
GetUpside is a cash back app that anyone can install and use to save money at the gas pump. GetUpside is a US based company that partners with some of the biggest gas, grocery, and restaurant brands in the nation, making it easy to earn cash back.
The premise behind the cash back offer is to help businesses attract more customers, while customers get a discount on the things they buy, making the partnership a win for everyone involved.
I’ll review the process of signing up for the Getupside app as well as some tips and tricks that will help you stack up some extra savings. The app is free to use and available in most states across the U.S. You can search available locations in the app or on their website.
GetUpside is currently in more than 10,000 locations. You can find a full list of all the states GetUpside is available in here. So even if the app is not available in your area right now, it will be soon, and when you download the app and sign up you’ll be notified once they’re in your location.
In my state of Minnesota, there are a total of 72 participating locations to choose from around me. Unfortunately for me though, the only gas station I can save money at is BP, which tends to be one of the higher priced gas stations in my city when compared to other gas stations.
However, you can still earn cash back by using GetUpside at a BP, just make sure to find one that has a lower price per gallon and a higher cash back offer (which I’ll explain more in a bit).
In addition to saving money at the pump with GetUpside, you can also earn cash back by eating at certain participating restaurants. Again, the opportunities depend on your market – here in Minneapolis, the only restaurant I can earn cash back at is Burger King. However, in other cities like DC for example, you can earn cash back at restaurants like Qdoba and Papa John’s pizza.
Like most apps these days, GetUpside is super easy to download, sign up, and free to use.
GetUpside is a legitimate, U.S. based company with office locations in Austin, TX and Washington D.C. The app is completely safe, and you won’t have to worry about any scams or hidden fees.
Just use the app and start earning cash back for doing something you already do anyways.
GetUpside makes money by helping brick-and-mortar shops like gas stations and grocery stores get more business. They’re transparent about their business practices and even took the time to explain everything on the about page of their website.
The GetUpside app is available in the Google Play store or Apple App store, just like the Fetch Rewards app and the Freebird app. Use our referral link to download the app and get an extra 15¢/gal bonus.
If you’ve already downloaded the GetUpside app, enter our GetUpside promo code WQ8JR to get the 15¢/gal bonus.
After you’ve downloaded and opened the app, all you have to do to register as a new user is sign in with Facebook, Google, or create a new account with an email address.
Be sure to allow access to your location when the prompt comes up and you’ll be ready to go.
15¢/gal bonus offer included.
Using GetUpside is easy and straightforward. Here’s an overview of what it’s like.
You’ll be greeted by a screen that looks like this:
From there, you can find the gas station you want to go to. As I mentioned before, in my area BP is the only gas station available through GetUpside, but GetUpside says there’s going to be more options in the future. I was already planning on going to Woodbury to run errands, so I decided to head there to fill up as well.
The app shows me up front that I’ll be receiving cash back in the amount of 27¢/gallon at the BP I chose. This includes the 15¢/gallon bonus that I got after entering the code WQ8JR.
Without the code, I would have only received 12¢/gallon cash back. So, it definitely pays to use a referral link like this one. The “More info” button has some fine print that says that my offer is good for up to 50 gallons of gas, which is a pretty good deal.
As you can see in the above image, there’s a big orange “Claim” button. You need to click on this button to claim the offer. Make sure you click claim for the correct gas station, and make sure you’re at the correct gas station when you go to fill up.
If you make a mistake you’ll be able to cancel by clicking “Unclaim”, and you’ll be able to use the bonus again. After clicking claim, you must complete the cash-back offer by submitting a receipt in the app within 4 hours of claiming it.
I claimed the offer as I was headed to the gas station to make sure I would be within the time limit. Once you’re at the gas pump, use your normal credit or debit card and fill up your vehicle.
After you’re done filling up, make sure to get your receipt so you can submit it through the app in order to receive the cash back bonus.
TIP: If you have trouble scanning your receipt automatically, tap on the screen and it will allow you to manually take the photo instead of waiting for the auto focus.
After uploading your receipt you’ll receive a message like this:
After submitting the receipt, I received an email from GetUpside that said my cash-back will be processed within 4-24 hours and that, once completed, the cash back will show up in my account where I can cash it out as a gift card, to my Paypal, or receive a check.
Once my cash back was approved, it showed up in my app like this:
It showed me exactly how much I had available to cash out as well as the options I had for receiving the cash. I like that I have options.
I do have a PayPal account, so it would be convenient for me to just transfer it there. I hate the idea of them mailing a check — that’s just very old school. I do LOVE that I can choose gift cards for things I enjoy doing such as dining out or going to the movies or shopping online.
If you ever want to look at the breakdown of how GetUpside determines your earnings, you don’t need to import API into Google Sheets, you can just view your earnings right within the app. Just click “History” under the main menu and choose the date of service you’d like to know more about:
You might’ve noticed there are two different sets of screenshots jumbled together in my Getupside app review, and that’s because I forgot to take screenshots when I went the first time to claim my offer. I was concentrating too hard on what I was doing, I wanted to make sure I did everything correctly. So, what you see is the culmination of two different gas station visits, one by me and one by my husband.
The $2 cash back is when my husband filled his Camry with about 20 gallons of gas and the $4.51 is when I filled my Grand Caravan with about 16.7 gallons of gas. The difference between the two is that I was able to find a better priced gas station with a deeper discount than my husband was, so I was able to earn more with less gas.
So, for two fill ups, we earned a total of $6.51, which may not seem like much, but when you’re an Uber or Lyft driver who fills up daily, you’ll enjoy seeing a little bit of that cash coming back to you.
Plus, I was able to get even more cash back by using my Uber GoBank card at the pump to earn their cash back bonus at the same time. So stacking rewards is an option, but check the terms and fine print.
Overall I enjoyed reviewing GetUpside. The app works smoothly and is easy to use, just like the Ibotta app. It takes a little getting used to, having to claim the gas station and upload the receipt, but if you’re serious about saving money then you’ll get used to it fast enough.
Plus the GetUpside team is always adding new features and they want to get rid of receipts in the future. They said that in the future, your credit or debit card will be linked in the app and there will be no need for uploading receipts.
I mentioned earlier that I’m a little disappointed that BP is my only option out here, but you can bet that I’ll be keeping my eye on the app to see if more stations are added down the line.
Plus, I usually use GetUpside in conjunction with the Gasbuddy app to get the most savings and find the best deals. You can read my GetUpside vs Gasbuddy review to learn more about the two.
As GetUpside gets more popular and more gas stations and restaurants participate, I’ll be back to update this review.
There’s many other stations available in other parts of the country, so download the app to see if your go-to gas station is a part of this app!
Readers, have you heard of GetUpside? Would this help you save more money at the pump?
-Paula @ RSG
15¢/gal bonus offer included.