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Over the past 18 months I've avoided paying retail price for gas by continuously earning and using Fuel Rewards savings. If you're unfamiliar with the Fuel Rewards program, it is a third-party program that allows you to earn cents-per-gallon discounts on gas at participating Shell branded stations nationwide, ensuring you never pay full price for gas again. I've actually been so successful with the Fuel Rewards program that I just surpassed over $1,000 in lifetime savings, which the Fuel Rewards program mobile app conveniently tracks.
The Fuel Rewards program has just launched the “Never Pay Full Price Again!” campaign which is offering new members instant Gold Status for six months after registration. Gold status earns you 5 cents/gallon savings on every fill-up, up to 20 gallons per fill-up. In order to maintain Gold Status after the first six months, you must complete six fill-ups of at least five gallons during the fourth, fifth, and sixth months of your membership. If you do not complete six fill-ups, you'll maintain Silver Status which gives you 3 cents/gallon savings on every fill-up.
Earn Maximum Savings
Saving 5 cents/gallon from Gold Status every time you fill-up is enjoyable, but the true greatness in the Fuel Rewards program lies in the ability to earn additional savings and drop the price of gas even further for your next fill-up. Let's look at the different ways you can earn additional savings:
Card-Linked Offers — Link a credit or debit card to your Fuel Rewards program account and shop at participating merchants to earn additional savings—typically 5-10 cents/gallon for every $50 spent. Your card-linked offers stack with online shopping, dining, and travel offers as the Fuel Rewards program recognizes whenever your linked card is used at a participating merchants.
Online Shopping — The Fuel Rewards program online shopping portal has hundreds of merchants for almost anything you need to buy. Shop through the portal and earn as much as 40 cents/gallon in savings from shopping through hundreds of online retailers.
Dining — Earn 10 cents/gallon savings for every $50 you spend at participating restaurants. Find participating local restaurants in the Fuel Rewards program mobile app.
Travel — Book flights, hotels and travel packages through the Fuel Rewards program travel engine, powered by Priceline, and you'll earn 5 cents/gallon savings for every $50 you spend.
Featured Offers —From time to time the Fuel Rewards program offers a large amount of savings through a specific partner. I've taken advantage of the Winc wine offer to earn $1 in savings/gallon after trialing Winc's wine mailing service.
Refer-a-Friend — Use your unique invite link to have friends and family sign up for the program. After your friend uses their Fuel Rewards program card to fill up for the first time at a participating Shell station, you'll earn 25 cents/gallon savings for your next fill-up. There is no limit to the number of friends and family who can use your link.
Shop at Shell — The final way I earn savings is by keeping an eye on the Shell specific offers in my Fuel Rewards mobile app. From time to time there are deals too good to be true by offering you 5-10 cents/gallon savings for buying a single snack or drink product in a participating Shell station convenience store.
Utilize Your Savings
Now that you've done your homework, linked a card, and earned Fuel Rewards savings from a variety of avenues and partners, it is time to save on your next fill-up. Here's a great video from the Fuel Rewards program showing you the different ways you have to use your savings at the pump:
A few things to keep in mind when you head to the pump: I always carry my physical Fuel Rewards card as, depending on the type of pump you are going to use, the ALT ID, not often, but sometimes does not work and I need to have my physical card to swipe at the pump. The easiest way to avoid this is by paying for gas with your linked credit card which you have selected as using your savings. As soon as you swipe that credit card, the pump will offer you the chance to use your Fuel Rewards savings.
Here's how you could save big on your next fill-up: register for the program and receive instant Gold Status (5 cents/gallon), refer a friend or family member (25 cents/gallon), go to a $50 dinner at a participating restaurant (10 cents/gallon), and make your next Home Depot purchase online (5 cents/gallon). You'd quickly earn 45 cents/gallon savings for your next fill-up of up to 20 gallons. After linking a card and making a few clicks—and without spending anything extra than you typically would—you'll save $9 on your next fill-up.
The Fuel Rewards program is free to utilize and typically takes me under five minutes of effort in order to cultivate noticeable savings at the pump. Make sure you use the Fuel Rewards program mobile app to find all dining, shopping, and Shell participating locations so you can maximize your daily spending and accrue Fuel Rewards savings. Sign up today to earn instant Gold Status and 5 cents/gallon on every fill-up over the next six months.
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