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 fuel rewards programs, times are changing.
And considering AAA’s report of gas prices rising to nearly $3 per gallon nationwide, you’ll want to save every penny you can while you’re filling up that tank.
6 of the Best Fuel Rewards Programs
So if you’re on the hunt for cheap gas, check out this list of the best gas station rewards programs, plus some bonus tips for using free gas apps to save even more.
1. BP Driver Rewards
BP Driver Rewards offers 10 cents off per gallon for every $100 you spend on fuel purchases of up to 20 gallons.
If you’re a frequent flyer, you can earn 2 MileagePlus miles per gallon if you purchase regular or midgrade fuel, or 3 miles per gallon if you use premium-grade fuel.
You’ll also receive 200 bonus miles after you link a debit or credit card and make your first transaction. If you don’t use your miles, you can use them toward fuel purchases — 60 MileagePlus miles equals 50 cents off per gallon on up to 20 gallons, for a maximum of $10 off per fill-up.
To find participating stations, search your ZIP code in the station finder and filter by “BP Driver Rewards,” or download the BPme app for Android and iPhone.
To pay using the app, simply open the app and select your pump number — the app should automatically recognize your location as long as you have enabled location settings for the app.
2. Exxon Mobil Rewards+
After parting ways with Plenti, Exxon Mobil launched its own rewards program — Exxon Mobil Rewards+.
This points-based system awards 3 points per gallon on fuel purchases, plus 2 points for every $1 you spend on car washes and convenience store items. The program also offers a sign-up bonus of 15 points per gallon for your first fill-up.
Members can redeem points on fuel, car washes and store items, with every 100 points equaling up to $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 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 Speedpass+ app for Android and iPhone. You’ll need to register for an account for the app that is separate from your Exxon Mobil Rewards+ account. You can then link your rewards account via your rewards card or phone number.
The Speedpass+ app also allows you to search for nearby Exxon and Mobil stations and pay for gas right from your phone using Samsung Pay, Apple Pay or your preferred pay method.
3. Maverik’s Adventure Club
Located in several states across the Northwest, Maverik is another gas station offering its own fuel rewards program: Maverik’s Adventure Club. This program offers two rewards cards: the Adventure Club card and the Adventure Club Nitro card.
The Adventure Club card offers 2 cents off per gallon on fuel purchases. Card holders can earn Trail Points through fuel and in-store purchases, excluding gift cards, lotto tickets, tobacco products and alcohol. You can use Trail Points to buy store items or win prizes in weekly drawings. And if you stop by Maverik on a Tuesday, you’ll earn triple points for Triple Trail Point Tuesday.
The Adventure Clubs also let card holders accumulate virtual punches to earn free merchandise as part of the Punch-It! Program, which is based on paper punch cards that used to track purchases.
The Adventure Club Nitro card offers all of the same benefits and a little bit more, including 6 cents off per gallon, double Trail Points from purchases, price matching and $1 fountain drinks and refills — that includes the 64-ounce drinks.
The main difference between the cards is the Adventure Club Nitro card must be linked to your checking account, and you must pay using the card to save on fuel and earn points.
Track your Adventure Club rewards by logging in to the website or through the free app for Android and iPhone.
4. Pilot Flying J
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. You’ll also get a 10% discount coupon to participating Denny’s restaurants and enjoy free rewards during your birthday month.
You can manage your rewards using the myPilot app — you get a free fountain drink or cup of coffee just for signing up. And you can start the pump and pay right through the app.
The app also allows you to track your receipts and find fuel prices, plus, it gives you exclusive offers.
5. Shell Fuel Rewards
Shell Fuel Rewards has two tiers: Silver Status, which saves 3 cents per gallon on fuel purchases, and Gold Status, which saves you 5 cents per gallon.
You’ll instantly receive Gold Status for the first six months of membership. To maintain Gold Status, you only need to fill up six times with at least 5 gallons every three months.
Shell Fuel Rewards offers additional savings that can be stacked on to your status, including 5 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend shopping online and 10 cents off per gallon for every $50 you spend on dining. You can earn additional savings for booking flights, hotels and rental cars through Fuel Rewards offers.
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-and-save feature. Just be warned that card-linked and featured offers can take up to seven business days to process.
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.
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.
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 are 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 double points each time you purchase fuel, plus you’ll save 5 cents per gallon on all fuel purchases for the first 90 days. In certain states, you’ll earn 70 bonus points per gallon of fuel purchased for the first 90 days instead of 5 cents.
Jessica Gray is a former editorial assistant at The Penny Hoarder.
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