Buying gas gift cards

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  1. andhoova

    andhoova Silver Member

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    I know a lot of us purchase gas gift cards at office supply stores to get 5x UR points. The only gas gift cards I can find are for Shell which is always one of the most expensive gas stations. Anyone have luck finding different gas cards and if so, where?
     
  2. theworldofmarye

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    Spin the Shell card and sign up for their program called FRN. At this time you also get more cents off if you use a Mastercard linked to the FRN card. You can use the FRN or add points to the shell card for shopping with grocery stores. https://www.fuelrewards.com/ Might not be as lucrative as other ways, but I am stuck too in a small town in TX and can't buy many of the items. Thank God there is CSV with candy here.
     
  3. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    I buy Arco gas gift cards (at my grocery store, 2x) since their gas is the cheapest and their stations don't take credit cards.
     
  4. NYBanker
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    Stations that don't take cards? Wow.
     
  5. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    They take debit cards. And charge around $0.35 per transaction for the privilege. No fee for their own gift cards.

    The gas at the Arco stations in my area is about 10-15 cents cheaper than other stations nearby. Not sure about Costco; the one with a gas Station in my area is 10 miles out of the way.
     
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    Costco gas stations do take credit cards.
     
  7. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    Thanks. I was more looking at it from the price-of-gas perspective.
     
  8. NYBanker
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    Add in the value of points (at 2x on many cards), coupled with the cost (in time and wear and tear) to drive to save a few dollars on fuel...it's important to check the math to see if you really are saving.
     
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    Arco is one of the four gas stations near my home. Driving there is no more costly than driving to the Shell station diagonally across the intersection. Today gas at Arco was 15 cents cheaper than at the Shell station. I get the Arco cards at my grocery store when I go shopping anyway, and I earn two miles/dollar on groceries or gas, so that's a wash.

    I don't drive to Costco for gas for the reasons you describe.
     
  10. daemon14

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    I buy Arco cards at my local grocery store. Currently getting 5x Thank You Points on top of has that's 20¢ cheaper than credit card stations.
     
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    Be aware that Costco gas stations don't give you bonus points with AMEX. $1 gives you only 1 point.
     
  12. satman40

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    Costco will take an Amex card any day, Amex AA, Amex Delta, Amex SPG,
    I like Lowes LAR Card and they sell BP Gas Cards.
    Pay your Lowe's :LAR with HIGC from OD at 5X with INK.
    Lowe's has tons of Gift Cards to select from,
     
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    Flex Perks with US Bank will get you 2X on Gas,
     
  14. flynow

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    American Express Hilton card is five times to one at the gas station!!!!
     
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    so roughly equivalent to a 1% card?
     
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  16. HaveMilesWillTravel
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    With a higher inflation rate.
     
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