Posted by William Charles on March 25, 2019
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Published on March 25th, 2019 | by William Charles

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[MD, VA, NY, NC, SC, DE, FL, TX, MI, WI, MO and DC.] GetUpside Gas App Review – Get Up To 50¢ Off Per Gallon (7¢ Promo Code Added)

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]

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.



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Jon
Jon

It looks to have normal gas stations near me, including Sunoco and Exxon. Discounts are usually less than 10 cents per gallon, but some stations also offer an additional 50 cents per gallon of “Upside Credit” which looks like it can be redeemed for in-station purchases such as snacks.

All in all, this seems like not a bad way to stack rewards.

Barbara
Barbara

I can’t get the app to go past the hold on tight page.

Ivan
Ivan

I have checked a few gas stations around me, and Upside is available at lower-priced places, such as Gulf, Sunoco, BP, Citgo, etc. so I’ll definitely give it a try. I wonder if they will honor gas purchases made by station gift cards?

bea
bea

NO they wont.

Ivan
Ivan

By the way, Groupon is currently running a deal in which an Upside $10 promo code can be purchased for just $6.

Gt5309a
Gt5309a

I tried it out. It has a fair number of name brand gas stations. The BP that I use near my house was on there offering 18 cents/gallon cash back. I don’t think I’d be a user of the upside credit as that’s only for in-store purchases.
I bought the groupon, filled up gas yestersday, sent in a pic, and had the money in my paypal account this morning. Pretty easy!
I used a regular credit card but will test out w a bp gas card (that I buy off eBay) to see if that triggers the credit. If so, I’ll keep the app. Easy work for another 5%+ back at the pump.

Volker
Volker

I got this week gas and paid at the pump and they accepted the receipt from the pump. There might be pumps that don’t print the address, these might not work with Upside since the address has to be shown.

I actually started to fill already the car before I locked the rate in Upside. 1min later I submitted the receipt and they accepted it. I think the time stamp on the receipt needs to be newer as the time you locked in the rate.

I compared prices with gasbuddy and outside of Costco and Sam’s Club the gas is the cheapest with the cash back from Upside. Definitely worth it.

bob
bob

has anyone successfully cashed out from upside? my friend and I still haven’t received cash outs which we initiated more than 9 days ago (app says it takes only 24-48 hrs)

LuvinCreditDoctor
LuvinCreditDoctor

Yeah, I’ve cashed out about ~$40 since I joined in mid-March in 3 separate PayPal requests. The app makes you type your paypal address in each time you cash out, and I fat fingered the 2nd cashout. When I used the ‘help’ in the app to log a ticket they said that happens more than you’d expect and they’re working on not having people re-enter a paypal address after the first time. Ask your friend if he ever got his money – I bet he just messed up his address.

David
David

Use promo code [removed. No sharing codes here] for an extra 20 cents a gallon savings!

F S
F S

David I used your code, someone please use mine to sign up [removed. No sharing codes here], this will give you an extra 20 cents a gallon savings.

Tikky
Tikky

Success with my first tank guys. Please use promo code [removed. No sharing codes here] for that extra 20 cents per gallon savings!

David
David

Please use promo code [removed. No sharing codes here] for extra 20 cents per gallon savings.

Joan
Joan

Promo code ” [removed. No sharing codes here]” gives an extra $0.25 off per gallon when you sign up on the Upside App.

Mike
Mike

Promo code “ [removed. No sharing codes here]” gives an extra $0.20 off per gallon when you sign up on the Upside App.

The $0.25 promo code above is really $0.20, like the rest of us.

Chris
Chris

I tried this app out after a coworker recommended it. I’m abit skeptical. The app needs to pay closer attention to the listed prices. The last one I used was about .30 off from the actual price. It also seems that the higher priced stations in my area are the only ones participating.

John Y.
John Y.

Same experience here.

Sam
Sam

Use [removed. No sharing codes here] and get 20 cents off per gallon. I made $3.34 so far.

Sam
Sam

I earn cash back on gas w/ Upside. Here’s an extra 20¢/gal cash back (on top of whatever great offer you find): [removed. No sharing codes here]

Promo code: [removed. No sharing codes here]

Nicholas Matyaszek
Nicholas Matyaszek

If you drive a lot and fill up your tank at least once a week, this app is a MUST! It’s a great app, it will even give you a small rebate when combined with larger rebates from Giant or other grocery storess. Use code [removed. No sharing codes here] for 20 cents/gallon off your first fill-up. Just be sure to claim the offer on the app BEFORE you fill up.

They recently expanded to New York/Long Island!

Nick M. in Woodbridge, VA

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