Fuel Rewards is a program that provides discounts at Shell gas stations. It’s free to sign up and everyone who joins automatically gets some type of savings. You can save more by taking certain actions (i.e. using a shopping portal or dining program) or by having a card belonging to one of their partners.
Let’s first talk about signing up for Fuel Rewards.
If you’re not already a member, you can get 25 cents off per gallon on your first fill up after joining. We have a referral link where we’ll also get a credit for for new signups. You want to support YMMV, don’t you?
Once a member, you have automatic gold status for 6 months. The ongoing membership process is a little more difficult to follow:
New Fuel Rewards members will receive instant Gold Status for the first 6 full calendar months of their membership. For example, if you join on January 1, 2018, you will receive Gold Status through July 31, 2018.
- The first 3 full months of your membership is your introductory period. You can try out Gold Status, no strings attached. (Ex: January 1 – April 30)
- The second 3 months is your qualification period (Ex: May 1-July 31). You must fill up 6 times during this 3-month period to maintain your Gold Status for the next 3 months. (Ex: August 1-October 1)
If you fail to make 6 fill-ups of at least 5 gallons during your second three month period, your membership will be downgraded to Silver. Silver members get three cents off per gallon instead of five. You will be returned to Gold status once you make 6 fill-ups in the three month period and retain the status for the remainder of the period and the rest of the next three month period.
That’s a little more complicated than it really should be, isn’t it?
Luckily, there are plenty of other ways to get and keep gold status that don’t rely on how many times you fill-up at a Shell station over a three month period. If you’re a new Fuel Rewards member, we’d appreciate if you sign up using our link first. Then you can go an add these offers to your account:
- AAA members get automatic Gold status until the end of 2019
- Chase Sapphire, Freedom and even Chase Debit cardholders get free Gold status until the end of 2019
With Gold status, you automatically get 5 cents off per gallon (up to a 20 gallon limit per fill-up) but it’s possible to save even more. Here’s how:
Fuel Rewards has a dining program that runs almost identically to the programs offered by airlines and hotels. With the Fuel Rewards program, when you spend $50 at a select restaurant, you’ll receive 10 cents off of a single fill-up. That’s a max value of $2 if you get the full 20 gallons allowed. Compare that to the Delta SkyMiles Dining program where you get 3 miles per dollar (if you allow them to send you emails). $50 in spending would get you 150 miles, which should be worth more than $2 if you use it properly. With the airline programs, you get miles for each dine, even if the cost is under $50. Dine rewards will tally your purchases and only adds rewards once you’ve accumulated over $50 in spending across all participating restaurants.
From the Fuel Rewards home page, there are offers to earn extra savings when clicking through to online merchants. If you’re going to use a shopping portal, you should look at a site like Cashback Monitor first to make sure you’re maximizing that purchase for the most points possible.
There’s also a Fuel Rewards MasterCard co-brand card issued by Citi. I’m only mentioning it to show that it exists. Since you’re reading a blog that tells about points, miles, travel and stuff like that, there’s ABSOLUTELY no reason you should even consider applying. In fact, do me a favor, forget that I even mentioned it immediately after you finish reading this paragraph. Thanks!
I have a Fuel Rewards membership and get automatic Gold thru my AAA membership. The Shell station by my house has comparable prices to the other stations so by getting gas there, I’m saving 5 cents a gallon. Let’s be realistic – at most I’m saving ONE DOLLAR. Not enough for me to change my habits or even drive across the street if I’m running short on time.
Even if you don’t use Shell stations often, it makes sense to sign up. It doesn’t cost anything and there might be a time where you’re in a location where the only station is a Shell. If you’re a captive customer, might as well save some money. I’m not going out of my way to earn any additional Fuel Rewards savings since all of the offers through the program earn less than other options I have available to me.
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