[Update] Upside Gas App Review – Get Up To $2 Off Per Gallon

Update 5/22/24:  SOFI35. 35 cents off next 2 fillups. Works for some existing users but not others.

Update 4/16/24: UBERPC20 – 20 cents/gallon on the next four fill-ups.

Update 4/30/23: Use the following promo codes to get up to $2 off per gallon, or up to $30 total savings. YMMV. (ht TJBDeals):

  1. SHOPPERS35
  2. USHIP35
  3. GOPUFF35
  4. AMEX35
  5. PERKSATWORK230

Update 2/6/23: New users can now get $15 via Swagbucks to sign up and also 25¢ off per gallon.

 

Update 1/2/23: AMEX35 works for 35¢ off next two fillups.

Update 10/23/22: GOPUFF35 $0.35/gal on next two gas purchase. Hat tip to reader Bockrr

Update 10/14/22: LUCKY7CASH works for 7¢ off your next order.

Update 4/26/22: Has rebranded from GetUpside to Upside (this is what it was previously called).

Update 3/4/22: SHOPPERS35 for 35 cents off 2 fill ups (ht dpaquett)

Update 7/12/21: New code COMEBACK6 works for 6¢

Update 6/2/21: New code 100mil for 10¢ off

Update 5/24/21: New code 7CENTBONUS, 7¢ off.

Update 4/30/21: new code Shopper20 – 20 cents on the next 4!

Update 2/29/21: New code: Now through 2/21/21, use promo code 21FOR21 to get a 21¢/gal bonus. That’s an extra 21¢ on top of whatever great offer you find. Hat tip to ieatdogfood

Update 12/31/20: Some extra promo codes (stackable):

  • UPSIDE7 7 cents extra
  • 20K20 20 cents extra
  • 20KSECOND. 5 cents extra
  • 20KPROMO. 5 cents extra
  • INSTACART20. 20 cents extra next 4
  • DOORDASH20. 20 cents extra next 4

Hat tip to reader Bill

Update 12/8/20: Looks like restaurants have been added as well. I’m sure this is powered by another back end, just not sure who powers it yet. Hat tip to reader Craig P

Update 9/24/20: Some extra promo codes (work for new and existing users, stacks with referral for new users):

  • 20K20 – 20 cents/gal off – expires 10/31
  • 20Kpromo – 5 cents/gal off – expires 10/31
  • Upside7 – 7 cents/gal off – no expiration

Hat tip to reader ieatdogfood

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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Zzcodi
Zzcodi (@guest_1467608)
October 17, 2022 19:51

Do referral codes stack with promo codes?

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek (@guest_1467636)
October 17, 2022 20:32

Yes. You can enter one referral code, and as many promo codes that come out (with some slight exceptions – some promo codes are new customers only). The app will tell you that the code is invalid if it is not allowed once you try to enter it.

Luke
Luke (@guest_1472643)
October 25, 2022 17:43

I tried posting it on the referral thread but it’s not showing. I posted the link only. When I try to resubmit it it says duplicate comment detected, so of course I cancelled that submission, yet my original comment isn’t showing, at least on my end. Can you (or anyone) confirm it’s there? Don’t want to repost and it show double. Thanks.

ieatdogfood
ieatdogfood (@guest_1472811)
October 25, 2022 22:18

Your comment is showing.

Luke
Luke (@guest_1473543)
October 26, 2022 19:59

ieatdogfood thank you

Paul K.
Paul K. (@guest_1848826)
May 23, 2024 06:42

Can I post an e-mail address for people to contact me for a referral code?

Frey
Frey (@guest_1848837)
May 23, 2024 07:04

wouldn’t this be simpler: Please do not share your referral codes in this post. Instead use this linked post.

naresh
naresh (@guest_1857002)
June 7, 2024 12:14

it is missing stride25 😀

Jason
Jason (@guest_1857071)
June 7, 2024 14:11

worked for me, thanks!

Venka
Venka (@guest_1856358)
June 6, 2024 01:57

How do I signup using referral, in the referral page I only see code no hyperlinks. And when I download upside app I don’t see anywhere to enter referral code. On the signup using email it only asks email and password to create new account

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1856366)
June 6, 2024 02:30

You just signup, and then when you see the promo code field in your profile, enter your friend’s code into the app. You can only use one referral code, so if you get an error that says “Code cannot be applied”, you already used one. Venka

You can also add all the other codes, one at a time, and hit the “Done” button after each.

Matt F
Matt F (@guest_1854473)
June 3, 2024 18:58

Here is all the active codes currently working. I’m able to get $2.50/gal back from a new acc when all are stacked.
upside_25cpg_test_04242024
SHOPPERS35
GOPUFF35
GOPUFF15
AMEX35
PERKSATWORK230
UBERPC20
CASHBACK25
DA44WU
shsbpo
sofi35
Nblionspto
shsvball
 William Charles

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1854500)
June 3, 2024 19:55

There are some good ones in there for well-established accounts like mine…  William Charles

upside_25cpg_test_04242024
shsbpo
Nblionspto
shsvball

Venka
Venka (@guest_1853942)
June 2, 2024 12:43

Does visa gift cards works if I link them instead of credit or debit card

Gd
Gd (@guest_1859547)
June 13, 2024 21:06

You may be able to link them, but the gift cards won’t work when you try to pay at the pump.

Justin Kase 🔗
Justin Kase 🔗 (@guest_1850787)
May 27, 2024 14:46

SHSVBALL
NBLionsPTO

theindianderp
theindianderp (@guest_1849094)
May 23, 2024 13:08

SOFI35 did not work but UBERPC20 did.
I am going to stack that with Circle K $0.40 OFF per gallon between 4:00 to 7:00 PM today.
Plus stack the Circle K $0.25 OFF New User Signup.
Plus 5% CB on Discover.

It’s raining GAS!

NotJosh
NotJosh (@guest_1849357)
May 23, 2024 22:17

Can also stack with Easypay card

Jack
Jack (@guest_1848877)
May 23, 2024 08:46

“code already applied” message on my account for SOFI35. Was able to add a couple others to stack up to $0.76/gal back. Used to be able to stack up way more and was able to get like $40+ back on a fill up before. Planning on buying around 40-50 gallons in the next couple weeks in bulk. Planning on stacking with 5% back on gas with the Discover IT to get around $0.90/gal back total with Upside and Discover.

Sam W.C.
Sam W.C. (@guest_1848876)
May 23, 2024 08:46

SOFI35

Tried but failed:

“Code does not exist”

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1849075)
May 23, 2024 12:41

Sounds like a typo. Should either accept it (no message) or “code already applied”. Sam W.C.

Declan
Declan (@guest_1848865)
May 23, 2024 08:21

“code already applied” message on my account for SOFI35

Roy
Roy (@guest_1848861)
May 23, 2024 08:08

I once used both fuel rewards of the gas station and an upside offer but got denied by upside due to my use of the gas station rewards. Other than that it’s been always good.

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1849072)
May 23, 2024 12:39

What’s supposed to happen is that Upside will still process the receipt, but they “adjust” for the cost of using the other program. I have seen different amounts of adjustment in their terms. 3.5 – 5 cents per gallon is what I recall seeing. Roy I never tried arguing the adjustment amount because they are going to do what they are going to do, but yours I would argue.

I have a recent DP of using 7-11 fuel rewards (whatever the program is called) and it DID NOT count against me though.

The biggest problem I have is some (all?) of those other gas station programs have a cap of 20-25 gallons. When that is done, I miss out on 10-15 gallons and not being able to fill my tank. Whereas Upside, I think the cap is 50 gallons.

Another pet peeve is gas stations that cap the transaction at $100 or $125.