Posted by Chuck on July 29, 2015
Fuel Points

Published on July 29th, 2015 | by Chuck

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4x Fuel Points at Kroger-chain Stores (expires 8/11)

The Offer

  • Receive 4x fuel points on the purchase of gift cards at Kroger and the other stores in that chain.

Typically, these stores offer 2x fuel points on gift card purchases, and they’ll occasionally release offers like this one to get 4x fuel points.

The Fine Print

  • Expires 8/11/15
  • Be sure to use you Kroger Plus card when making the purchase.
  • Verify that your local store has this offer up as we haven’t yet found a public link for it
  • In the past, there have been mixed reports on whether fixed-denomination Visa/MC/Amex gift cards worked to trigger the bonus fuel points.

Deal Scenario

Each of the Kroger-owned stores (Kroger, Fry’s, Ralphs, etc.) have different details on the exact structure of the gas rewards program.

Here’s one example:

For each 1000 points, you get $1 off each gallon of gas, up to 35 gallons. Under the 4x gift card promo, you can buy $250 of gift cards to earn 1000 points, and then get a total of $35 off your fill-up if you max out on the 35 gallons. And this can be repeated again and again for additional fill-ups.

In this case, you’ll be getting a whopping 14% rebate on the $250 of gift cards, by saving $35 on the gas. At lower amounts of gas, it can still be a great deal. If you can get the deal to work on Visa/Mastercard gift cards in fixed denominations the deal could be even better.

Our Verdict

This can be a nice way of saving money on gas if you can find gift cards to purchase at Kroger. We also wrote about a bunch of awesome gift card deals going on which expire on 8/1. You can’t save those offers anymore, but if you have them saved this would be the time to take advantage of them and rack up 4x fuel points along the way. Check to see if you have any targeted gift card offers in your Kroger account. Otherwise, see if there’s any brand (e.g. Amazon) which you can stock up on to take advantage of this fuel offer.

One other interesting thing to note is that readers noted that fuel points are awarded based on the face value of the card, not the actual cost. So if you get a $50 card for $40, you’ll get 200 points (4 x 50).

HT: FrequentMiler and wowktv



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Parkerthon
Parkerthon

I love how they just sort of casually start offering 4x fuel points and there’s no public announcement whatsoever. I’ll have to do a test purchase I guess. Thanks very much for timely heads up!

JB
JB

I really like this kind of deal but unfortunately for us in SoCal it’s useless. The maximum you can redeem per fill-up is 200 points/20¢ per gallon @ Shell and 100p/10¢ @ the Kroger fuel center. Going to a Shell station makes no sense though as they are usually the most expensive ones around. I’ve seen Shell prices being up to $1 higher than Arco stations a few blocks away…

Parkerthon
Parkerthon

That’s too bad. In Ohio I fill up $1/off and use every gallon of the 35 gallon max, 3 or 4 times a month. I’ll trade you my fuel savings for SoCal weather though. 🙂 Wonder why Kroger fuel centers there only allow 10 cents a gallon max?

JB
JB

Dunno ’bout the fuel prices in Ohio but I bet they’re $1 cheaper than here to begin with…

thehawk75
thehawk75

Agreed, the Kroger Points are worse than useless in SoCal. I’ve watched thousands of them expire into the nether.

Safeway points on the other hand are ‘near useless’ in SoCal: If you live near a Vons/Safeway/Pavillions with a fuel pump, then there’s good value, if not… well… then ‘useless’ as well.

Wonder why there’s such punitive restrictions in the fuel points redemption (regardless of which program) in states like California, vs for example Arizona.

EL
EL

Check with your local store. Bought Gap GC from Ralphs in LA and only got 2x

Mike
Mike

Ohio: Bought Gap GC and got 4x on face value.

Acslater
Acslater

Can I just buy a $250 visa debit card and load it on to redbird?

Jan B
Jan B

Can anyone verify some of the regions involved with this promotions? All districts don’t participate sometimes.

Specifically, I would be interested in the Mid-South and Delta regions? I am in TX right now so can’t experiment in person (’cause I’m in HEB country!!!). Thanks in advance 🙂

Jan B
Jan B

PS. Some states have more than one region affiliate.

MilesCollector
MilesCollector

i racked up 2700 points by buying various GCs that I had previously loaded them onto my kroger card. Now, when I went to redeem these points at the kroger fuel stations, it is limiting me to $1 off gallon and not letting me use more points. The regular price at the pump is $2.55 / gallon. So, I should expect to see at least $2 taken off. Does anyone know how to get full value of points? or is it limited to $1 / gallon per fill-up?

JB
JB

I want to have your problems man! I’m paying $4.10 for premium right now at the cheapest station and they limit us to 10¢ off per gallon when redeemed at the Kroger fuel center. Quit whining and get your gas for $1.55 already.

Gerald
Gerald

For those of you who live near a Turkey Hill Minit Market, I believe you can get in on this deal since it’s a Kroger affiliate. You can also get 5X points on your Chase Freedom card since it’s most likely coded as a gas station. That’s a pretty sweet deal.

Scott
Scott

FYI, the 4x does not work at the King Sooper brands for these GCs.

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