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Fuel Savings Card Tips and Tricks

“Here in northern California, we have Safeway supermarkets, some of which have their own gas stations.  Their prices are cheap to begin with but, by using their Club Card and spending $50 to $100 on groceries, they offer 10 cents per gallon discount at the pump and often have multiple bonus rewards associated with their Jus-4-U savings.

Depending on how much you spend on groceries, this can amount to as much as a 50 cents per gallon discount from the pump price.  They have the same 10 cent per gallon deal with Chevron stations as well.  Rotten Robbie stations also have their own savings card which gives 10 cents per gallon discount.

The Costco Citi cash-back credit card gives 4% on fuel at any station, and the Chase Freedom card usually has an annual quarterly 5% cash-back on fuel as well.  So, since we Californians are already paying the highest fuel prices in the United States, it pays to take advantage of every discount that’s offered.” – Alan Keith, 1993 Ford F250, 1997 Lance Squire 165

“BP Visa gives us hundreds of dollars in fuel discounts per year.  To cover non-BP fuel purchases, we use PenFed Cash Rewards Visa, but the rewards (5% credited on the statement) are only on fuel purchases.  The BP card has 3% and 1% on travel, etc.

There are good security programs on both and no foreign transaction fees.” – Dwight Olson, 2012 GMC, Airstream Classic

“I have the Safeway, Fred Meyers, and Pilot/Flying J cards.  Safeway and Freddies are okay in the Pacific Northwest area when loaded with credit.  However, they are not reliable locations because they do not always have a fuel station.

Pilot/Flying J I’m still trying to figure out.  I have the card.  But one location said the card wasn’t the right one.  They advised me that I’m not a trucker and the discounts don’t apply.

I’ve pretty much stopped using Pilot/Flying J as their diesel nozzle is a little too big, only goes in a short way, and the pour rate is too fast as I have to hold it in, and the back pressure keeps turning it off.  So it’s either hand hold at a slow fill rate or go somewhere else, which is what I’m doing now until I find a better way.  I will use it for the DEF fills if I’m empty, but that’s about it.

I noticed also that, with Flying J, I’m not getting the cheaper price as rates across the street are lower.  I’m missing something here.

I tried Travel Centers once and, it was more expensive.  I asked about discounts at the kiosk and they said the discounts are only for truckers, so I avoid them.

As I said, I’m missing something here and look forward to the replies from the more experienced truck campers.  Thanks, good topic.” – Frank Poole, 2016 Ram 5500 HD, 2016 Arctic Fox 990

“We use a Pilot/Flying J discount card, a Kroger grocery store discount card, and we occasionally purchase a Walmart gift card which gives a 3 cent discount.” – Buzz and Sherri Merchlewitz, 1998 Dodge Ram 2500, 2015 Hallmark Ute

“I use a Costco Visa that gives 4% on gas.” – Richard Osborne, 2014 Toyota Tacoma, 2010 All Terrain Camper

“I usually try to fill up on diesel at Costco stations when I am near one.  I also use one of two Visa cards and a Costco card that give me one and a half cents back on my diesel purchases.  I only use Pilot or Flying J in a pinch because they are convenient when I’m traveling the super slabs.” – Bill Gahafer, 2008 Ford F450, 2013 Lance 1181

“I have a RV plus card from Pilot/Flying J.” – Robert Hubbs, 2002 Dodge 2500, 2010 Palomino Maverick M8801

“We use our Good Sam’s card.  It saves us 3 cents per gallon at Flying J and Loves.  Our local grocery store, HyVee, has a gas card which is good in the midwest.” – Matt Wiegand, 2014 Ford F150, 2015 Palomino SS-1251

“For Canadian residents, a Canadian Tire Gas Advantage MasterCard will give you a discount of up to 10¢ per liter (equivalent to about US $0.29 per gallon) on gas and diesel at Canadian Tire gas bars.  Ten cents per liter kicks in if you make $2,000 purchases anywhere in the previous month.  It’s 8¢ for at least $1,000 charged.

In the United States, we save by buying fuel at Sam’s Club or using Kroger points.  You could also consider our passports to be a discount card because just buying fuel across the border generally saves us about 10-15% on gas and 5-10% on diesel.” – Grant Davidson, 2005 Ford F350, 1965 Avion

“I use Majier and Flying J cards.” – Robert Mayton, 2014 Ford F450, 2015 Lance 1172

“I have used the Flying J Good Sam discount for years.  Also in Arizona, Fry’s (Kroger) and Safeway have a discount program for gas.  My Visa card also gives me points every time I use it that are redeemed for cash.” – Floyd Tucker, 2003 GMC 2500HD, 2005 Lance 821

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