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Over the last six months, my family's driving has picked up noticeably with two kids now in pre-school along with many Spring and Summer trips to the airport. Since May, the average national gas price has flirted with $3 per gallon according to AAA. More driving and higher gas prices meant my finances needed a little reprieve from my monthly fuel expenditures.
In March, I discovered the Fuel Rewards® program, and by utilizing some of the many ways the program offers the ability to earn savings on fuel at Shell, I saw an instant and now sustainable impact, reducing what we spend at the pump by over 50%. Realistically, I think anyone can save on average 20% at the pump without too much effort (keep reading).
After spending the last four months having great success with the program, we reached out to Shell and are proud to announce an exclusive offer for AwardWallet and Award Travel 101 (our Facebook community).
Through August 31, 2018, if you sign up with Fuel Rewards, you'll receive 25¢/gallon in savings good towards your first fill-up at participating Shell stations, up to 20 gallons. Promotion open only to U.S. Residents.
In addition to those savings, you'll receive instant Gold Status, which provides an additional savings of 5¢/gallon for a total of 30¢/gallon savings on your first fill-up. The offer is good for new members only, so if you're already a member be sure to tell your significant other, parents, friends and co-workers of our exclusive offer which is 5x that of the public offer.*
The Fuel Rewards® program is not a credit card or credit program; it is a free loyalty program that provides real, immediate savings on something you use all the time — gas. If you aren't familiar with it, let's cover the basics of how you can earn additional savings which stack with the introductory offer to drive down the price you pay at the pump.
It's important to remember any savings shown on FuelRewards.com or in the Fuel Rewards mobile app is on a per gallon basis. If you have a rewards balance of $.56, that means you save $.56 on the price per gallon on your next fill-up at a participating Shell station, up to 20 gallons (Up to a total of $11.20).
You can earn Fuel Rewards savings in a variety of ways, but the simplest is to link a debit or credit card to your account (our favorite credit cards for fuel purchases) and then shop at participating grocers, retailers, restaurants and more. This is the ultimate double-dip; you set your card and earn without having to give up rewards you receive on your favorite credit card. Typically for every $50 you spend at a participating merchant, you'll earn at least 5¢/gal in Fuel Rewards savings. Other ways to earn include:
- Shopping online with brands you love and earning rewards for every $50 you spend
- Booking flights, hotels, and rental cars through fuelrewards.com and earning 5¢/gallon for every $50 you spend
- Shopping inside participating Shell convenience stores and earning 5¢/gallon for every $25 you spend in-store
- Keeping an eye out for limited-time and card-linked offers at participating merchants
Here's an easy way to increase your savings:
If you sign up today, you'll save 25¢ per gallon on your first fill-up plus an additional 5¢/gallon with instant Gold Status. If you then link your Fuel Rewards account to a Giant account (grocery store rewards) and do your grocery shopping at a participating Giant store, you'll earn an additional 10¢/gallon for every 100 points you receive from Giant. That means after signing up today and heading to the grocery store, you could already have 40¢/gallon in savings good towards your first fill-up at a participating Shell station. If you maxed out the 20 gallons, that'd be a total savings of $8 off fuel.
Redeeming rewards happens at the pump at a participating Shell station.
- Select ‘Rewards' on the pump screen
- Either swipe your Fuel Rewards card or enter your Alt ID. The pump will roll back and reflect your price per gallon
- Swipe your payment card as you would at any gas station and pay the discounted price per gallon based on your Fuel Rewards savings balance
To make it super easy, you can redeem your rewards and pay for fuel with just a single swipe of your linked credit or debit card. Link your favorite card for use at the pump and opt-into Link & Save™. When ready to redeem, skip the prompts at the pump. Just swipe your linked card, and your rewards are automatically applied.
Here are my current strategies to maximize my Fuel Rewards savings and pay significantly less at the pump:
- My wife has been doing the majority of our online shopping through FuelRewards.com which is where the bulk of our rewards originate
- A new pizza restaurant in our neighborhood is participating in the Fuel Rewards dining program as well as two other local restaurants
- I check the locations map on FuelRewards.com before heading to Atlanta for the day; it's rather dense:
We're thrilled to be able to bring this sign up offer to our readers after we've benefited significantly from the program. This is a paid partnership between Shell and AwardWallet, one I'm happy to present as since March I've saved $284.94 on gas; that's two weeks of groceries for my family.
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