GetUpside Gas App Review – Get Up To 50¢ Off Per Gallon (No Receipt Needed For Some Stations)

Update 5/17/20: Seems to be available in most states now, but not Wisconsin.

Update 5/16/20: You can get a $10 bonus when signing up through a referral. Person referring doesn’t get anything. You can find a referral by clicking here. Hat tip to Onsale

 

Upside Review

Using the app is fairly easy:

  • Open the app
  • Select an offer (the screen shows you both the price per gallon and the discount)
  • Pay with your regular credit card and take a picture of your receipt
  • Upload picture to Upside

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Within a day or so of uploading the receipt, you’ll see the cash back available in your Upside account. You can cash out via check or Paypal. Check payments have a $5 minimum while Paypal cash out has no minimum. I was able to cash out a small ~$1 balance without a hitch.

Upside Credit

Aside from cash back on gas purchases at these gas stations, Upside also gives you a credit toward future purchases at the gas station location. These Upside Credits are more generous than the actual cash back discount, BUT they are much more restrictive in use and can be used only for specific items or services at the gas station. You might be able to use the credit for an oil change, for example.

The app will dictate on which goods or services the Credit can be used. After purchasing the specific item, you’ll upload a receipt of that purchase and then the Upside Credit will turn into real cash back via Paypal or a check.

A recent purchase of mine at a Sunoco gas station got me 8¢ cash back per gallon on around 6-gallon purchase for a total of $.48 back, plus I got 25¢ per gallon in Upside Credit for a total Credit of $1.50. The app gives me two options for using up the $1.50 credit: 1) get the $1.50 back as a rebate on an oil change, 2) purchase goods at the gas station convenience store and get 20% off the purchase by submitting the receipt. (Tobacco and gift cards are excluded.)

Pay careful attention to the cash back numbers you see in the app: the standard earnings are literally cash back, but the Upside Credit earnings have much more limited use, as noted.

Final Thoughts

Uploading receipts is always a pain. In this case, if you use a lot of gas and have a big tank, it could be worthwhile to use the app and get a couple dollars off each fill up. If you are able to easily use up the Upside Credit too (e.g. you regularly buy food items or do oil changes at your local gas station), the value proposal is much more.

They also have a business facing website that’s quite interesting if you’re into reading about their business model.

If you live in one of the participating states, I’d love to hear your feedback about the app in the comments. Is it worth the download or is it mostly just overpriced stations offering non competitive discounts?

Please do not share your referral codes in this post. Instead use this linked post.

Hat tip to Maximizing Money for making me aware of this app.

Post history:

Update 1/12/20: Some stations no longer require you to upload a receipt. They are identified by a blue lightning bolt next to them. Hat tip to FM

Update 12/30/19: All gas offers are at least 10¢/gal until 11:59 pm EST 12/31. Hat tip to reader Gadget

Update 12/16/19: Referral bonus has been increased to $7

Update 9/20/19: Another 1,200 stations have been added to TX & GA. Georgia is a new state as far as I’m aware. Hat tip to FM

Update 7/2/19: Another 1,000 stations have been added to the Midwest. Hat tip to FM

Update 3/25/19: Existing users can get an additional 7¢ off per gallon with promo code UPSIDE7. Looks like it only works for users that have used the app successfully/submitted receipt before it can be applied. Details on applying it can be found in this comment. Thanks to reader Gadget.

Update 1/6/19: Now available in more states, they have also expanded the number of gas stations they partner with. Hat tip to reader Gadget.

Upside is an app that allows you to get cash back on gas you purchase at select stations. They currently only have stations in the following locations: MD, VA, NY, NC, SC, DE, FL, TX, MI, WI, MO and DC.

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[Updated 4/20/17]

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jonflow

Worth it to note that the new user must buy at least $10 worth of gas to get the referral/signup bonus.

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek

… at a participating gas station.

ieatdogfood
ieatdogfood

Where did you find the terms and conditions? I’m annoyed they aren’t transparent.

jonflow
ieatdogfood
ieatdogfood

Thanks.

ieatdogfood
ieatdogfood

My account has $7 for both the Referer and Referral. I put a disclaimer on my referral link post on the referral page thread so it doesn’t mislead people. Seems many people have different offers.

I had this limited $7 offer come around last Thanksgiving/Christmas. For me, it has been the highest offer I have been given, other than the standard 20 cents per gallon. I’m not sure how folks got the $10 or $14 offer, though those don’t seem to pay out both parties, only one.

I’m not sure if it’s because I’m on mobile or already have the app downloaded, but I can’t click on links to see what the referral pages are offering (including my own). I hate referral programs that don’t disclose/confirm what they are offering to the referee.

Robin Banks
Robin Banks

Available in AZ. May need to update the article title to remove states in general as I assume this is almost nationwide.

Onsale
Onsale

They are running a new promotion that gives $10 for signing up through a referral. The referrer doesn’t get anything unfortunately.

Go Bucky
Go Bucky

Consider updating the headline of the article – GetUpside website does not list any locations in Wisconsin.

Christoph Roesch
Christoph Roesch

Oh its legit and real awesome. No it’s not just overpriced stations. It works and pays real money. The best is the referrals as well.

Junior
Junior

I don’t see IL as a listed state, but it’s definitely here and I use it all the time. Just a heads up!

Matthew
Matthew

Same MN

Nick
Nick

Not sure if the 10 cent minimum is supposed to show or if they just credit that on the back end. I still see stations offering 1 cent per gallon.

Curmudgeon
Curmudgeon

I’m in Minneapolis this week and I’m seeing offers at Holiday gas stations, so you can add MN to the list

blue9
blue9

The number of gas stations supported is still really small.