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Comparing gas station credit cards to see what they offer

July 13 2022
12 min read
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It's no secret that people are looking for ways to save money at the pump given how expensive gas is lately. According to AAA, the national average for a gallon of unleaded fuel was $4.655 as of July 12, 2022. Thankfully, there are some credit cards that are great for your gas purchases, helping you earn cash back or extra points on each purchase.

But what about cards from the gas station brands? Are these worth considering as part of your credit card strategy? Do they merit a place in your plan to save at the pump?

Today, let's compare the credit cards offered by gas station brands to see what they offer to consumers and what you should consider before applying.

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Gas station credit cards

BPme Rewards Visa Credit Card

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Sign-up bonus: Get 30 cents off per gallon of gas purchased at BP and Amoco gas stations in the first 60 days from account opening.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: 15 cents per gallon after the introductory period ends.

Earning structure: Cardholders earn 5% cash back on non-fuel purchases at BP and Amoco stores (including convenience store and car wash purchases), 3% back on grocery and dining purchases, and 1% back on all other purchases. (There are no rewards earned on fuel purchases at BP or Amoco, because of the discount received.)

Other cardmember perks: Cardmembers can enjoy benefits like free access to their FICO credit score, zero liability for fraud on the account, roadside dispatch through Visa and multiple ways in which to redeem rewards. Options include cash back, statement credits, gift cards from major retailers and travel experiences. There are no limits to rewards earning and the card has no annual fee.

However, there is a 3% foreign transaction fee for purchases made outside the U.S.

Issuing bank: First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO).

Apply here: BPme Rewards Visa Credit Card

The information for the BPme Visa card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

CITGO Rewards® Card

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Sign-up bonus: Receive a discount of 10 cents per gallon in fuel statement credits during the first three months of cardmembership.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: 5 cents per gallon in fuel statement credits.

Earning structure: The fuel discount is the only earning benefit.

Other cardmember perks: Enjoy $0 fraud liability, free authorized user cards and six months of promotional financing on purchases of $199 or more at auto merchants (other than gas purchases). However, this is not a credit card and can't be used anywhere other than Citgo stations.

Issuing bank: Synchrony.

Apply here: CITGO Rewards® Card

The information for the CITGO card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Exxon Mobil Smart Card+™

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Sign-up bonus: Get a discount of 30 cents per gallon on fuel purchases during your first two months of cardmembership, which can be combined with the 10 cents per gallon on regular gas and 12 cents per gallon on supreme fuel purchases for a total of up to 42 cents per gallon in discounts during the introductory period.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: Save 12 cents per gallon on Supreme+ premium gas and 10 cents per gallon on other fuel types at Exxon and Mobil gas stations.

Earning structure: Get 5% back on in-store purchases (except for lottery tickets, money orders and gift cards) and car washes for the first $1,200 in non-fuel purchases each year.

Other cardmember perks: $0 fraud liability. Also, note that cardmember perks and spending cannot be combined with the Exxon Mobil Rewards+™ program. Moreover, this is not a credit card and can't be used anywhere other than Exxon and Mobil stations.

Issuing bank: Citi.

Apply here: Exxon Mobil Smart Card+™

The information for the Exxon Mobil card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Related: Save 10 cents per gallon at Mobil and Exxon with Walmart+, included with the Amex Platinum

Shell Fuel Rewards® Mastercard®

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Sign-up bonus: Save 30 cents per gallon (up to 35 gallons) on your first five Shell fuel purchases made by June 30, 2023.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: Save 10 cents per gallon (up to 35 gallons) on purchases of fuel at Shell stations. This comes as a combined discount of 5 cents per gallon for paying with your card and 5 cents per gallon for being a Shell Fuel Rewards Gold member (automatic with cardmembership).

Earning structure: 10% Shell rebates from your first $1,200 in non-fuel purchases each year, 2% Shell rebates on your first $10,000 in dining and grocery purchases per year and 1% Shell rebates on all other purchases.

Other cardmember perks: Benefits can be combined with Shell Fuel Rewards program to add additional savings per gallon, but rewards discounts applied above your cardmember perks are limited to 20 gallons of fuel per purchase.

Issuing bank: Citi.

Apply here: Shell Fuel Rewards® Mastercard®

The information for the Shell card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Speedy Rewards® Mastercard®

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Sign-up bonus: Earn 25,000 bonus points when you spend at least $500 in the first three billing cycles from account opening.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: None.

Earning structure: Earn 50 points per dollar spent on fuel and in-store purchases at Speedway gas stations. Earn 10 points per dollar on all other purchases. Redeem rewards in-store or online for items like food, discounts or gift cards.

Other cardmember perks: Earn additional rewards as a Speedy Rewards member, on top of what you earn with your card, and access your FICO credit score for free.

Issuing bank: First National Bank of Omaha (FNBO).

Apply here: Speedy Rewards® Mastercard®

The information for the Speedy Rewards® Mastercard® has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Sunoco Rewards Credit Card

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Sign-up bonus: Save 25 cents per gallon in the first 60 days after account opening, issued as a statement credit of 20 cents per gallon and a 5-cent discount at the pump when paying with your card.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: 5 cents per gallon. Earn an additional 3 cents per gallon in discounts by purchasing at least five gallons of fuel on two separate occasions each month.

Earning structure: The fuel discount is the only earning benefit.

Other cardmember perks: $0 fraud liability and free authorized user cards. Note that this is not a credit card and cannot be used at any merchants other than Sunoco.

Issuing bank: Citi.

Apply here: Sunoco Rewards Credit Card

The information for the Sunoco Rewards card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Techron Advantage® Visa® Credit Card

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Sign-up bonus: Earn up to 37 cents per gallon in fuel credits for Chevron and Texaco gas purchases during the first 90 days of account membership.

Annual fee: $0.

Gas discount for cardmembers: 3 cents per gallon on regular or diesel gas, 6 cents per gallon on plus fuel and 8 cents per gallon on supreme or premium fuel. Earn up to 10 cents per gallon in additional fuel credits through qualifying purchases at other merchants each month, up to $300 in fuel discounts per year. This is valid through March 31, 2023; then, the earning structure will default to 3 cents per gallon on all fuel types.

Earning structure: Earn an additional 2 cents per gallon in fuel credits each month for each $100 spent at non-gas station merchants. The maximum monthly earning is 10 cents per gallon in fuel credits, with a maximum of $300 in fuel credits per calendar year.

Other cardmember perks: Enjoy $0 fraud liability, cellphone protection of $300 per claim and six months of promotional financing on purchases of $199 or more at auto merchants (other than gas purchases).

Issuing bank: Synchrony.

Apply here: Techron Advantage® Visa® Credit Card

The information for the Techron Visa card has been collected independently by The Points Guy. The card details on this page have not been reviewed or provided by the card issuer.

Things to consider before you apply

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Before you apply for a gas station credit card, there are a few important things to consider. First, remember that any fuel discounts will only apply on fuel purchases from that specific brand. Thus, you will not receive your gas discounts at every gas station, which can be inconvenient if you're out of town or hunting for a gas station in an unfamiliar area.

Second, consider whether you might earn rewards that are worth more than the discount a gas station credit card can offer. Let's look at the math.

Imagine you purchase 20 gallons of gas, and the price of a gallon is $5. If you use a gas station card that provides a discount of 10 cents per gallon, you would pay $98 for your fuel — a savings of $2 total. However, that discount only applies at the gas stations affiliated with your card.

Related: Gas prices continue to surge as summer travel begins: 5 ways to save at the pump

Alternatively, you could pay with the Citi Premier® Card, which earns 3 ThankYou Points per dollar on fuel purchases worldwide. You wouldn't receive the "per gallon" discount, but you would earn 300 points on this purchase of 20 gallons at $5 per gallon. TPG values these points at 1.8 cents apiece, meaning you would earn $5.40 worth of rewards on the purchase.

In this example, the rewards are worth more than the discount from a fuel card.

Not only that, but the Citi Premier Card is currently offering a sign-up bonus of 80,000 ThankYou points after you spend $4,000 on purchases within the first three months of account opening. This is notably higher than any of the welcome offers detailed above.

Additionally, if you have The Platinum Card® from American Express, you can enroll for a Walmart+ membership. From this, you can receive a 10-cents-per-gallon discount at Exxon, Mobil and Murphy's gas stations. You could pay with your Platinum Card and earn 1 Membership Rewards point per dollar, but you can link any card to your Walmart+ app, meaning you could pay with a card with high earning rates on gas purchases while still receiving a discount — the best of both worlds.

You should also consider what gas station loyalty programs can do for you, along with considering the merits of GasBuddy or using Amex Offers, Chase Offers, Citi Merchant Offers and Capital One Offers to provide discounts or statement credits on your credit card. Using your preferred credit card and earning loyalty perks may be a better combination for you in the long. Do the math to see what works for your situation.

Related: Feeling the pain of record-high gas prices? Here’s how to save money and earn rewards on gas purchases

Of course, you should also review the application rules of the issuing bank before you apply for any new credit card.

Bottom line

Drivers are feeling the pinch of high gas prices, but there are many approaches to lessen the hit on your wallet. Opening a credit card from your preferred gas station can provide a discount at the pump or statement credits from fuel purchases. Depending on how much gas you buy, these savings can certainly add up.

However, it's important to consider other factors when choosing the right way to pay at the pump. Remember that these cards will only work with a particular fuel company. Additionally, you may be able to earn rewards or cash back at a higher rate by forgoing the discount and using other credit cards instead.

No two people have the same circumstances, so evaluate all of the available options and then choose the path that is best for you.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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TPG Editor‘s Rating
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3 / 5
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Rewards

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Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

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  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
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  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
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Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
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  • Terms apply.
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Best Marriott card for Business Owners
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
3 / 5
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Rewards Rate

6X6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
4X4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
2X2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Intro Offer
    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.

    Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 points
    75,000 points
  • Annual Fee

    $125
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

The Marriott Bonvoy Business Amex is a stacked card with a rewards rate that will help you earn bonus points on everyday and business-related purchases. You'll earn 15 elite night credits each calendar year, and receive automatic Gold elite status. Finally, the free night award certificate with a redemption level of 35,000 points or less can get you hundreds of dollars in potential value each year.

Pros

  • 6x points on eligible purchases at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy program
  • 4x points at restaurants worldwide, U.S. gas stations, wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and U.S. shipping
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases
  • Earn a free-night award each card renewal month (up to 35,000 points)
  • Receive 15 elite night credits to jump-start status
  • Transfer Marriott points to 40+ airlines

Cons

  • Airline points transfer ratios are poor
  • Must spend $60,000 in a year for second free-night award
  • Limited Time Offer: Earn 100,000 Bonus Marriott Bonvoy Points after spending $4,000 in purchases on your new Card in your first 3 months of Card Membership. Offer expires 11/2/22.
  • 6x points at hotels participating in the Marriott Bonvoy® program.
  • 4x points for purchases made at restaurants worldwide, at U.S. gas stations, on wireless telephone services purchased directly from U.S. service providers and on U.S. purchases for shipping.
  • 2x points on all other eligible purchases.
  • Receive a 7% discount off standard rates for reservations of standard guest rooms at hotels that participate in the Marriott Bonvoy program when you book directly. Terms and Conditions Apply.
  • Receive 1 Free Night Award every year after your Card renewal month. Plus, earn an additional Free Night Award after you spend $60K in purchases on your Card in a calendar year. Awards can be used for one night (redemption level at or under 35,000 Marriott Bonvoy® points) at hotels participating in Marriott Bonvoy®. Certain hotels have resort fees.
  • Enjoy Complimentary Marriott Bonvoy Gold Elite Status with your Card.
  • Terms apply.
  • See Rates & Fees