Case Study: How Much Can You Save on Gas in One Year?

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Each time we cover fuel savings here at AwardWallet or in Award Travel 101, readers and followers make it clear there is a strong desire for more information. Paying at the pump is such a common transaction for the majority of us that over time, we're conditioned to accept the price of gas as displayed. I love the idea of challenging that conditioning with a simple way to save on personal fill-ups.

Today, I want to share a series of case studies on everyday drivers who plan to utilize the new Fuel Rewards PRO loyalty program. Hopefully, these personal examples will help clarify the potential savings from using both the personal and PRO version of Fuel Rewards. As a quick reminder, any employee who has their fuel paid for by their employer is a fleet driver and qualifies to use Fuel Rewards PRO. If you drive a company vehicle, drive a personal vehicle and receive reimbursement for gas, or drive a rental vehicle with fuel costs paid by your company, you are a fleet driver.

Here are five case studies of Award Travel 101 members who are varying types of fleet drivers. The savings they could earn are based on their individual work and personal fueling habits.

Name: Levi G.
Occupation: New Home Production Manager
What kind of vehicle do you drive for work? RAM Pick-up
How many times per month do you fill up for work? 10
How many gallons of fuel do you pump for each work fill-up? 28
How many gallons do you pump for each personal fill-up?  17

Monthly Fuel Rewards Savings Earned from Fuel Rewards PRO: 55 cents/gallon (10 fill-ups x 5 cents savings earned per fill-up plus 5 cents/gallon from Fuel Rewards Gold Status)
Monthly Savings on personal fill-ups: $9.35 (17 gallons x 55 cents savings per gallon)
Annual savings: $112.20

Name: Matthew D.
Occupation: Commercial Truck Driver
What kind of vehicle do you drive for work? Freightliner Truck
How many times per month do you fill up for work? 20
How many gallons of fuel do you pump for each work fill-up? 150
How many gallons do you pump for each personal fill-up?  15

Monthly Fuel Rewards Savings Earned from Fuel Rewards PRO: $1.05/gallon (20 fill-ups x 5 cents savings earned per fill-up plus Gold Status)
Monthly Savings on personal fill-ups: $15.75 (15 gallons x $1.05 savings per gallon)
Annual savings: $189

Name: Jason D.
Occupation: IT Consultant
What kind of vehicle do you drive for work? Rental cars
How many times per month do you fill up for work? 10
How many gallons of fuel do you pump for each work fill-up? 20
How many gallons do you pump for each personal fill-up?  20

Monthly Fuel Rewards Savings Earned from Fuel Rewards PRO: 55 cents/gallon (10 fill-ups x 5 cents savings earned per fill-up plus Gold Status)
Monthly Savings on personal fill-ups: $11 (20 gallons x 55 cents savings per gallon)
Annual savings: $132

Name: Julie W.
Occupation: Social Worker
What kind of vehicle do you drive for work? RAM Pick-up
How many times per month do you fill up for work? 8
How many gallons of fuel do you pump for each work fill-up? 12
How many gallons do you pump for each personal fill-up?  10

Monthly Fuel Rewards Savings Earned from Fuel Rewards PRO: 45 cents/gallon (8 fill-ups x 5 cents savings earned per fill-up plus Gold Status)
Monthly Savings on personal fill-ups: $4.50 (10 gallons x 45 cents savings per gallon)
Annual savings: $54

Name: Srinivasu S.
Occupation: Physical Therapist
What kind of vehicle do you drive for work? Subaru Outback
How many times per month do you fill up for work? 6
How many gallons of fuel do you pump for each work fill-up? 15
How many gallons do you pump for each personal fill-up?  25

Monthly Fuel Rewards Savings Earned from Fuel Rewards PRO: 35 cents/gallon (6 fill-ups x 5 cents savings earned per fill-up plus Gold Status)
Monthly Savings on personal fill-ups: $7* (20 gallons x 35 cents savings per gallon)
Annual savings: $84
* Remember savings for personal fill-ups are limited to 20 gallons. Even though Srinivasu uses 25 gallons per personal fill-up, he will cap out at $6 savings per fill-up with 30 cents/gallon savings on 20 gallons.

Maximize Your Savings

Remember, the savings demonstrated above require no more than 30 seconds of additional effort each time you head to the gas station. Simply fill up at a participating Shell station and enter your PRO ID into the pump before starting each work fill-up. In exchange for the amount of time it takes to enter the PRO ID you'll earn another 5 cents/gallon savings for your next personal fill-up and there are no limits on the amount of savings you can earn. If you really want to maximize your Fuel Rewards program savings, make sure you also follow these tips:

  • Try and fill up as close to 20 gallons as possible. Once you use your personal Fuel Rewards savings, they are gone whether you pump one gallon or 20 gallons. Need gas for the lawnmower or edger? Bring a gas can.
  • The savings earned from Fuel Rewards PRO stack with any savings you earn from the personal program. This means you should link a credit or debit card to the Fuel Rewards App and shop at participating local merchants to increase the savings on your next personal fill-up.
  • Make sure your friends, family, and co-workers sign up for the personal Fuel Rewards program with your invite link. This gives you 25 cents/gallon savings on your next fill-up every time someone uses your link.

If your employer pays for your fuel, make sure to sign-up for Fuel Rewards PRO and download the Fuel Rewards PRO mobile app to start earning savings with almost no additional effort.

Case Study: How Much Can You Save on Gas in One Year?
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