22 cents of on gas with Shell Saver Card
The average gas price in the USA today is $3.58. $0.22 savings as 6.14% off. There are credit cards out there that give you 5% cash back for gas purchases (e.g. PenFed, Discover for July, August, September). Assuming your tank is 20 gallons, by switching from a 5% cash back credit card to the Shell Saver card, you effectively saved $0.80 for 20 gallons of fuel. Not sure if it's worth your time if you don't already have a Shell Saver card. Given that you're required to get Shell gasoline, not only is it less convenient, Shell typically charges a few cents more than other brands, which basically negates any possible savings.
Even if your credit card doesn't give any cash back for gas, you're only saving a total of $4.40 for 20 gallons. (If you're not using a credit card to get any cash back from gasoline purchases, I have no idea why you're even reading this thread. In essence, no one should be saving $4.40)
This argument makes no sense since people go out of their way to save 3 cents per gallon by finding the cheapest gas station. $4.40 is HUGE. (NOTE: This argument ALSO makes no sense...most people don't drive around HUNTING to save .03 per gallon. If they do, two wrongs don't make a right....unless you have time to fill out paperwork, link up your account(s), and hope to have a bone dry 20-gallon tank just waiting to be filled. Then what? Do you unlink the card? Most cards give better rewards than .02 per gallon -- after the .22 promo expires).
I'm not taking a stand one way or the other on this, but if you do not already use it, you may want to check out gasbuddy.com to find the lowest gas prices on your route (even more helpful if you have a smart phone and check localized pricing on the fly). Prices at the pump are reflected in real-time (as submitted by fellow gasbuddies). For the record though, I use cards that give up to 5% CB and check the pump prices via gasbuddy.
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