Posted by Chuck on July 13, 2017
Fuel Points

Published on July 13th, 2017 | by Chuck

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3x Fuel Points on Visa Gift Cards at Giant, Stop&Shop, Martin’s [7/14-7/20]

The Offer

Stop&Shop, Giant, Martin’s

  • Get 3x fuel points on the purchase of Visa gift cards at Giant, Stop&shop, and Martin’s

Gift cards generally don’t earn fuel points at all at Giant/S&S/Martin’s, but occasionally they release offers like this to get points on gift card purchases.

The Fine Print

  • Valid 7/14 through 7/20 (starts Friday, 7/20)
  • Must use store card to get and use the points
  • Be sure to double check that your local store is running this offer before buying
  • “We now accept credit cards for the purchase of Visa, Mastercard, and American Express gift cards”

Gas Points Details

Every 100 points gets you 10¢ off per gallon at Shell, up to 20 gallons. If you have 1000 points, you’ll get $1 off. If you have 1500 points, you’ll get $1.50 off per gallon. 

  • Max discount in some areas is $1.50. In other areas, there might not be any max.
  • You have 30 days to use the points. The day of purchase is Day #1. (Giant PA and Martins might expire at the end of the following month.)
  • Points can only be used at partner Shell stations. You can redeem the points in a different area from where you got the points, but only if that Shell station is a partner. Check out the gas locator for Stop & Shop and for Giant for exact listings of which Shell stations are included. (Giant PA and Martins might only be valid at their own gas stations.)
  • See the FAQ for more details. Some of the details vary by area and store.
  • Points usually are available immediately, but I’ve had on occasion where it took a day until they showed up and were usable.
  • Pro tip: Use a Shell gift card and you’ll usually get the cash price; it’s especially worthwhile to get the lower cash price when using fuel points.

Our Verdict

Nice that they are offering 3x this time; deals are usually for 2x.

For each tank of gas you’ll need over the next month, buy a $500 Visa gift card to get $1.50 off the tank. If you’ll need 4 tanks, buy $2,000 worth. You might still have some gas points for the next week or two from the previous Mastercard promo, so factor that in.

Max of $5,000 can be purchased in a day. They’ll copy your driver license number for purchases of $2,000 or more. Time to pull out those grocery credit cards.

Hat tip to reader scott



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NBG
NBG

I am on 3rd month straight of free gas. At this rate, I should set up a mini private gas station :).

Deb
Deb

Yeah, it’s been great!

Jon
Jon

Havn’t been following closely because I’ve been laying low for a few months. Is Wally World the only place to liquidate these GCs nowadays?

Joe
Joe

Some of us are still on BB. Those of us who are of course go to WM.

WM is good for MO, but isn’t the PO good as well? Some people have grocery stores they go to for purchasing MOs. If I was doing MOs I’d try to find some local places to do everything. When things get too popular and go nationwide they get shut down quicker.

Jon
Jon

I don’t think MOs can be bought at PO with the GCs that they sell in Giant/SS anymore.

MarcoPolo
MarcoPolo

Can’t buy MOs with these GCs.

Joe
Joe

Does WM billpay work? These GCs are gold for me with BB but I know it probably won’t last.

Frank
Frank

I buy WU MOs at other grocery chains with the VGCs purchased at Giant.
For the Mastercard GCs, I have to go to USPS to get MOs.

What is a BB? thanks

Joe
Joe

BB is the WM/Amex “poor man’s bank account”. They’ve had a lot of shut down waves. The reason my account wasn’t shut down was probably because we took a couple of years off from this game, but we were also loading it with a (now cancelled) Skymiles Debit card and paying off normal bills with it. Once you’re shut down you’re probably done with them for life. We still have my wife’s account to use once mine is done.

In the past people were able to get numerous BB accounts. That also appears to be no more.

BB is still there for a few, but only while it lasts. Definitely not something a heavy hitter could rely on but someone who uses MS to hit a few category bonuses and signup bonuses can use … while it lasts.

scott
scott

among other ideas for vgc: loading prepaid debit cards like accountnow (which I used to do via Kroger) …. or buying mo’s at certain grocery outlets (like Kroger)

NBG
NBG

Hey Chuck, The shell thingy works on in Giant of Maryland. Not the Giant of PA (giantfoodstores). I am not sure if the points can be shared across these 2 Giants. Im in PA. at least the app doesn’t show points in Maryland giant.
Anyone in PA tried the Shell?.

scott
scott

Have similar question about Martin’s — and if their fuel points can be used at “participating Shell stations.” (Obviously they CAN be used at Martin’s fuel centers, and at 25 gallons at a time — just hoping to find other outlets)

Just called the # off the Martin’s web site — and a chipper rep. based in Maryland thought the answer was yes….. However, after asking her for confirmation and info off the Martin’s web site, we hit an impasse …. She conceded she was reading off a Giant foods web site — and I still can’t find Shell confirmation and/or locator off the Martin’s web site. Confusing.

Any fellow Martin’s customers here with insight on this? (That is, can we really use Martin’s fuel points at “participating Shell stations?”

dood
dood

Time to add another couple jerry cans of gas to my collection in my basement. Sounds safe.

Frank
Frank

I still haven’t bought gas from the last promotion where I earned $1.50 off per gallon. Have a week or so left to buy the gas before the points expire.
If I earn more points using this promotion, before I have purchased the gas using the last promotion….will it be a waste, because all spend will get lumped into the same max $1.50 per gallon discount?

Deb
Deb

The points you earn are kept track of by when you earned them. And they expire at the end of the month, in the month AFTER you bought them. So points earned today would expire at the end of August. Points you got in June will expire at the end of July. So you can earn more points now before you redeem the ones that are set to expire at the end of July and it won’t interfere with your expiring points. Those will be used first as long as they don’t expire before you use them. Then-it will move on to the next set of points that expire soonest.

Frank
Frank

Thank you Deb

Frank
Frank

I have some data that may or may not be helpful, depending on where you buy gas.

I’m in Northern Virginia, but last week drove to Scranton PA and did some testing along the way.

I shop at the Giant here, so already am a Giant rewards member with the Giant card and get my gas here at the Shell nearby, using the Giant gas program, limited to $1.50 max discount.

I stopped at a Giant close to Harrisburg, PA. I noticed the store had a different logo, etc – when I entered, everything else looked the same or similar – sale flyer, store set up, etc. I picked up a couple items, including a Google Play GC (last week’s promo) and went to make my purchase.
I handed my Giant card to the cashier – she immediately commented that that my hometown Giant and that Giant in PA, have the same parent company, but they are different companies, with different reward programs. I then went to the CS counter where they issued me a rewards card for that other Giant chain – so now I have two Giant reward memberships identified with the same phone number but for two different chains belonging to the same parent company (following along 🙂 )
I didn’t see any mention of Shell in the fuel rewards program there and noticed that Giant has its own gas stations – separate from the Giant store. I purchased gas at a Giant gas station there as there are too few Shell stations in the area and I did not want to drive far to find one. I got a $1 off, I might have gotten a bigger discount but I didn’t want to buy another Google Play card to test that out….
I drive from Northern VA to PA quite often, so depending on where I am at the time – that will depend which Giant rewards card I whip out to use.

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