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Old 08-08-2019, 09:06 PM   #1
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Gas deals for a long trip?

I often see these deals where you can get a gas credit card and then for 90 days or so (sometimes 30) get twenty cents or so off each gallon of gas. Seems like signing up for one just before a long trip would be a great saver. Has anyone tried that? And how fast did you get the card if you did?
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:31 AM   #2
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I haven't, and I wouldn't because I don't to deal with another credit card, but it might work for some people. I would wonder how much more one would pay for gas by being stuck with that one brand, and whether the card's discount would even make up for that, let alone actually save enough money to compensate for the inconvenience of having to stop at only that brand of station. There's also the issue of missing out on whatever incentive (cashback, reward points...) that you would get on your regular card.
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Old 08-09-2019, 06:07 AM   #3
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I contemplated this for my recent 7,000 mile sojourn to Chilliwack and Osoyoos and home. There were a lot of hoops to jump and you were limited to one type of gas. Instead I got a USAA credit card, with a fixed limit and no foreign fees. No interest and minimum payment for 18 months plus a $250 sign up bonus after 90 days of use and $1000 charges, Used it for gas, food, and motels and EZ-Pass prepaid. Also used it for my final payment at Escape and some last minute eye candy purchases made at Escape. My current balance is around $3200 and I'm sending them $250/month to pay it off within a year. I put the card in my desk upon return from the trip where it will sit until paid off. I also told them when I would be traveling and where so that there would not be any unpleasant "card rejected" events.
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I'd drive 8 miles out of my way just to find one of these...
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I'd drive 8 miles out of my way just to find one of these...
For the wee saving in fuel and the terrible wait times at the pumps, I have mostly skipped on going to Costco for fuel. Maybe it is my bad luck, but both in the US and Canada filling up there has been a big hassle.
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Old 08-09-2019, 11:08 AM   #6
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Costco gas stations are usually busy, especially when the price difference between them and other stations is high, but the savings are often comparable to the credit card incentive being discussed here. I don't go much out of my way to use Costco, but I do make a point of filling there if I need gas.

Costco in Canada also has its own version of a special credit card situation, as it only takes MasterCard. Of course, you can use debit if you don't have a MasterCard.
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The RAV4 has such a small gas tank that there is no incentive for me to fill up at any particular place.
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Old 08-09-2019, 12:19 PM   #8
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Costco does not sell diesel which rules it out for us. We have had good success filling up at Smith's Grocery & Safeway stores which provide discounts on diesel based on grocery purchases.
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We have found that Costco gas is usually 10-15 cents cheaper than our other choices. Wait times are about 4 minutes per car times # of cars in your line.

On trips, when Costco is not available, we have settled on Love's, Flying J, and Maverik truck/auto stops. These are typically 5 cents (or more) cheaper than other company or independent stations we pass.

At least in California, Valero stations have competitive prices.
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I haven't, and I wouldn't because I don't to deal with another credit card, but it might work for some people.
The opposite situation for us. While we could use our cards that we normally use in Canada we have separate US cards. Not only separate from our Canadian cards but each of us has a card in our own name, not one of being the second card on the other.

Paid off big time last year. First used in a fast food place. Half hour later it was declined at a gas station. Guess their algorithm figured out that I couldn't have gone from eating a burger in WA to buying high end stuff back East. Continued on with the other card without any problem.

We have Good Sam and while the discount isn't large we normally stop at Pilot, Flying J etc. as normally their prices are good and the facilities are also good.

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