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

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

Carl J
Carl J (@guest_1724571)
October 27, 2023 13:09

 William Charles Different deal now on Swagbucks (3000 points and Mypoints (5100 points). Downloaded the ap yesterday and made a small purchase at an Upside gas station, today had email from Swagbucks saying that points were now pending for 32 days.

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1724572)
October 27, 2023 13:15

Now that you got the small purchase out of the way, don’t forget to load up the app with promo codes. Typically then it would be a good idea to do a full tank, or even two tanks if you got a P2 right behind you in line.

Carl J
Carl J (@guest_1724609)
October 27, 2023 13:57

I live in Wisconsin and Upside isn’t available at our gas stations for gas, have no idea why. Have to go to Illinois and their gas is expensive compared to ours so that negates any savings using Upside. Will definitely use it on our travels though, seems a pretty simple and easy to use ap.

Jerome
Jerome (@guest_1728490)
November 2, 2023 03:55

Carl J
Link for the 3000 point offer>

Carl J
Carl J (@guest_1728850)
November 2, 2023 15:17

Jerome not seeing it anymore on either Swagbucks or mypoints

iu
iu (@guest_1698460)
September 20, 2023 11:23

Are all codes expired? Cannot get any of them to work

Mark
Mark (@guest_1760129)
December 17, 2023 14:37
  iu

I got GOPUFF35 to work just now. Others didn’t work incl the Amex and USHIP codes

John
John (@guest_1686458)
September 5, 2023 17:06

Are these codes still valid: SHOPPERS35
USHIP35
GOPUFF35
AMEX35
PERKSATWORK230

John
John (@guest_1686457)
September 5, 2023 17:06

Are these codes still valid: SHOPPERS35
USHIP35
GOPUFF35
AMEX35
PERKSATWORK230

BankBonusIsMyReligion
BankBonusIsMyReligion (@guest_1691323)
September 11, 2023 22:48

John GOPUFF35 worked me for the 35cent off

Shopper and Uship was no dice.

I’ll test Amex and Perksatwork after 2 fills. Don’t want anything to be over-ridden

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1691328)
September 11, 2023 22:59

The codes don’t overwrite. They will stack. If you wait there’s a chance by the time you go to use the code it’ll be expired.

BankBonusIsMyReligion
BankBonusIsMyReligion (@guest_1691344)
September 11, 2023 23:31

Gadget Good call!

Looks like the Amex35 was expired and the Perksatwork230 worked.

Looks like the codes doubly stacked.

so now I’m getting 77cent off per gallon for 2 uses as opposed to the 35c x 4

John
John (@guest_1686456)
September 5, 2023 17:05

Can anybody verify that these codes are still valid: SHOPPERS35
USHIP35
GOPUFF35
AMEX35
PERKSATWORK230

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1686460)
September 5, 2023 17:07

You would need someone with a brand-new account to test it. Someone below said USHIP35 is dead.

Mel
Mel (@guest_1682632)
August 29, 2023 22:51

1. Went the SB route.
2. Claimed offer and made purchase
3. No option in the Upside app to submit receipt. Only option is to submit credit card used for purchase.
4. Even while submitting CC, screen wouldn’t let me submit without clicking a photo of credit card
5. website is deceptive and does not mention about the CC upload. Even SB site says I have to submit receipt.

Deceptive deal, I say.

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1682635)
August 29, 2023 22:55

Their app has evolved over time. Receipt upload is only required at certain gas stations now.

They do have to be able to track your purchase in order to get the cashback, but you do you.

favo🔗
favo🔗 (@guest_1730176)
November 4, 2023 13:43

I recently registered on Upside, and this is the process that worked for me: First, I linked my credit card to my profile. Then, I claimed an offer and, after making the purchase with the card linked to my profile, I clicked “I’ve paid.” The system automatically retrieved transaction records from the gas station using the card, eliminating the need to upload a receipt.

Hattrick
Hattrick (@guest_1681350)
August 27, 2023 19:49

USHIP35 promo doesn’t seem to be working for me anymore. Bummer.

Ann kay
Ann kay (@guest_1665135)
August 2, 2023 22:20

Any new codes?

Ann kay
Ann kay (@guest_1665134)
August 2, 2023 22:19

Any new codes?

John
John (@guest_1640140)
June 23, 2023 00:17
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1640685)
June 23, 2023 20:46
John
John (@guest_1640744)
June 23, 2023 23:20

It looks like they have the same domain name though.

Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗
Gadget - Bank Bonus Geek 🔗 (@guest_1640754)
June 23, 2023 23:36

They bought it after…