Citi Introduces Shop With Points at Select Shell, BP, and Amoco Gas Stations

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In the last few months, plenty of travelers have turned to road trips to get out of the house. I've seen this myself here in Southern California, with parking lots full of road-trippers sporting out-of-state license plates. Naturally, with that many people hitting the road, lots of people are buying a lot of gas.

With that in mind, Citi has introduced a new redemption opportunity for ThankYou Point collectors. Now, eligible customers can Shop with Points at the pump for discounted gas at select Shell, BP, and Amoco fuel stations.

Use Citi ThankYou Points for gas purchases through Shop With Points

Shell, BP, and Amoco Shop with Points Terms

  • Eligible Citi cardholders can ‘Shop with Points‘ at participating Shell, BP, and Amoco fuel stations.
  • Eligible cards include most Citi credit cards with available ThankYou Points (including Citi Prestige® Card, Citi Premier® Card, and Citi Rewards+ Card).
  • Citi® Double Cash Card cardholders who have converted cash rewards to ThankYou Points are also eligible to use Shop with Points.
  • Redeem your points for up to 50¢ off per gallon of gas, up to a maximum of 20 gallons total. This represents a maximum savings of $10 by redeeming 1,250 TYPs (0.8¢ per point).
  • You can see how many points you redeemed on your receipt or on the ThankYou website.
  • There is no enrollment or registration required.
  • Authorized users on eligible Citi cards can also redeem ThankYou points at participating fuel stations.

To Shop with Points at an eligible fuel station:

  1. Swipe your eligible card at the pump.
  2. When the gas pump screen prompts you with an offer to redeem ThankYou Points, select ‘Yes'.
  3. Pump your gas like normal, and check your redemption rate on the printed receipt or on the ThankYou website.

To see Citi's list of FAQs, check here (Shell) and here (BP/Amoco).

Quick Thoughts

It's great to see Citi attempting to re-align cardmember benefits with current spending trends. Moreover, it's a good thing when card-issuing banks add flexibility for redeeming points. However, I'm not sold on this new redemption option.

I typically value Citi ThankYou Points around 1.7¢ each. That's because they present several wonderful opportunities for sweet-spot award redemptions using unique transfer partners—including Turkish Airlines and Etihad. From that perspective, using them at a value of 0.8¢ per point is certainly less than ideal. However, if you're not planning to book any other kind of travel soon, perhaps this is worth it for you.

Ultimately, most ThankYou Point collectors will continue to get the best value when transferring points for partner redemptions. For more information on how to best use your Citi ThankYou Points, check out these posts:

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    I concur – it is always great to see banks introducing new ways to use points, but the value per point is just too low that it doesn’t make sense to use this option.

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    Nice for Citicard holders substituting road trips for other types of travel. I’d prefer having a choice of categories, like the AMEX SimplyCash and SimplyCash Plus cards offer.

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    A viable option for those who are looking for ways to use their points if this helps them cut their expenses.

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    Using points to buy gas discounts is wasting the points. You can get better value from points by using them for travel in my opinion.

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    Wouldn’t it have been easier to redeem in multiples of $10 instead of 50¢ off per gallon, and to value the points at 1¢ each? A more reasonable deal for us, and still a good deal for Citi and the participating gas stations getting more business,

    Personally, I’m going to take a pass,

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    Good for those with cars, not so much for us non car city dwellers!

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    At least this is an added use of points, they just need to give it a better value.

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    I do not find the feature personally useful even during these extraordinary times.

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    I agree with your conclusions wholeheartedly. Might be worthwhile for some, but not for me. I appreciate the creativity though.