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For the duration of my nine-year Naval career as a logistics officer, I regularly had a government vehicle at my disposal. I had a government-issued credit card and would head to any gas station I saw to fill up the truck and simply turn the receipt in for a monthly report. Had the brand new Fuel Rewards Pro program from Shell existed, I would have saved a lot of money on my personal fuel costs over the course of nine years.
Similar to the way business travelers earn airline miles and hotel points on business travel, now fleet drivers can earn rewards for their work fill-ups paid for by their employer. The just-launched Fuel Rewards Pro loyalty program offers company drivers the ability to earn rewards so they can save on their next personal fill-up. The program aims to cover a gap in the loyalty program world for company drivers who currently have no incentives when it comes time to use the company fleet card or credit card to fill up the work vehicle.
Basics of Fuel Rewards Pro
Every time you fill up your work vehicle with at least 10 gallons of fuel at a participating Shell station, you'll earn savings good on your next personal fill-up. In order to use Fuel Rewards Pro you need be a member of the personal Fuel Rewards program. Make sure you read our comprehensive guide to the Fuel Rewards program in order to understand the logistics of earning and redeeming the savings you'll receive from Fuel Rewards Pro. You'll need a Fuel Rewards Pro ID which can either be created online or by downloading the Fuel Rewards Pro app. If you are not an existing Fuel Rewards member, you can save a step by completing the Rewards Pro form. Then, you’ll be good to go as a Pro and a regular Fuel Rewards member.
You'll need to use your Fuel Rewards Pro ID at the pump every time you fill up on the company dime. Enter your Pro ID into the pump before starting your fill-up of at least 10 gallons of fuel and you'll earn 5 cents/gallon savings to use on a future personal fill-up. When using your Pro ID to fill up, there is no limit to the amount of gas you can pump. If you have a 33-gallon Ford F-150 tank, you can fill it all the way up. If you fill up your fleet vehicle multiple times per week, you can earn multiple 5 cents/gallon rewards to use towards your next personal fill-up. That means two fill-ups give you 10 cents/gallon savings on your next personal trip to the station.
The 5 cents/gallon savings from each company fill-up is added to your personal Fuel Rewards program ID and is used like any other Fuel Rewards savings in your personal account. At your next personal fill-up, after you enter your personal ID or use your linked credit or debit card, you will be given the choice to use your savings earned from your fleet-vehicle fill-up. One aspect of the Fuel Rewards Pro app I really like is the detailed transaction ledger. You can see exactly when you earned and redeemed each Fuel Rewards savings. This is a large improvement over the personal Fuel Rewards app:
Your per-gallon savings are good on up to 20 gallons of gas for your personal vehicle fill-up. That means if you maximize the 20 gallons per fill-up, each time you use your Fuel Rewards Pro ID for a company paid fill-up you earn $1 off your next personal fill-up. Add in all the other avenues towards additional Fuel Rewards savings that stack with your Fuel Rewards Pro earnings, and it's easy to see the price of gas on your next personal fill-up drop significantly.
Here's an example: sign-up for the personal Fuel Rewards program and earn instant Gold Status good for 5 cents/gallon savings on every fill-up. Refer a friend or family member (25 cents/gallon savings), go to a $50 dinner at a participating restaurant (10 cents/gallon savings), and make your next Home Depot purchase online (5 cents/gallon savings). You'd earn 45 cents/gallon savings for your next fill-up of up to 20 gallons. Add in an additional 5 cents/gallon savings for each Fuel Rewards Pro fill-up you complete and your next personal fill-up could quickly be discounted at a rate of 50 cents or more per gallon.
What Is a Fleet Driver?
When I first heard of the program I wasn't too familiar with how all-encompassing a fleet driver could be defined. I imagined only large trucks with company-branded paint jobs. Here are three examples of qualifying fleet drivers which includes quite a few more people than what I initially envisioned:
- You drive a company vehicle
- You drive your personal vehicle but the company pays for the fuel (either with a company credit card or you're reimbursed)
- You drive rental cars for work, and the company pays for the car and fuel
I plan to use the program when I rent a car on my travels, and AwardWallet reimburses me for the rental car and gas. My father-in-law owns a courier business in my small Georgia hometown and plans to use Fuel Rewards Pro for his own work fill-ups so he can then save on fill-ups of the family truck.
In an effort to learn more about readers, I've created a survey for potential program users to complete. It will take approximately three minutes to complete and four (4) respondents will be chosen at random to win a $25 Starbucks gift card:
This is a pretty innovative creation by the folks at Shell to fill a void previously not even recognized in the loyalty world. By encouraging employees to fill up at a participating Shell station, business owners can give fleet drivers an extra perk at no expense to themselves. Sign up for Fuel Rewards Pro and download the Fuel Rewards Pro mobile app if you're an active fleet driver and earn savings towards your next personal fill-up.
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