I get free gas, do you?

With the price of gas expected to climb higher this summer, I’ve been thinking more and more:  how on earth can I save money at the pumps?

One solution is to drive less.  While this is good in principle this is not realistic.   I need to get to work afterall.

Another way is theft.  That doesn’t sound like a very good option either although an option nonetheless 😉

I think a better way is cashing-in my Air Miles which I did last month.

For many years, I’ve been a dedicated Air Miles collector.  I shop at the LCBO, get gas at Shell and through my insurance company I receive one Air Mile for every $20 spent per month in premiums paid.  (I don’t use
this insurance company just for the Air Miles perks but it’s nice all the same.)

If you’re like me, you use your blue Air Miles card just enough to earn points but not frequently enough to take advantage of any flight rewards.  With gas prices consistently over $1.20/L here in Ottawa (sometimes $0.10 higher in major cities like Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver) I thought it would be a good time to cash-in my Air Miles reward miles for Shell gas certificates.

After a few clicks of a mouse and two weeks later, I received five (5) $20 Shell gas certificates in my mailbox for redeeming 875 Air Miles online.  This pretty much liquidated my Air Miles account but at least it was free gas last month for me.

While I sometimes feel it’s not worth the effort to flash that plastic blue Air Miles at participating businesses now and again, I certainly didn’t feel that way when I recently drove away from a Shell station with my full tank of free

Actually, it almost felt like stealing! 🙂

Do you cash-in your Air Miles for gas certificates?

If not, what are you saving your Air Miles for?

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12 Responses to "I get free gas, do you?"

  1. This is a great idea! I have now idea how many points are on my AIR MILES card… in fact, I don’t even really know where to look. But for a month of free gas (or any free gas!), I think it is worth the effort.

    I recently joined Costco and I’m so excited that the closest location has a pump. Gas prices are $0.05 less than the retail so at least I’m seeing some savings. On my way out of the parking lot last time, I noticed a sign for Costco’s American Express credit card that would give back 2% on gas. While I love Costco, everything is cash or debit so I am missing out on the credit card perks and I’m going to look into this on my next shopping trip.


  2. MOA, you bring up a good point about utilizing reward points 🙂 For example a wile ago I used my MasterCard Points to lower the cost significantly on airline tickets. I also think that there are a few credit cards that give you 2% cash back (like the Costco card Rosie mentioned above) and then you can use that 2% for gas etc. The key is to use your reward points wisely instead of spending them on useless trinkets. Well done!

    Since my employer provides me a discounted bus-pass through payroll, and I live so close to work, the cost of driving would be ridiculous 😉 I travel at virtually $1 per day 🙂


  3. Buying gas hurts. I’m glad I am now carless. I do have a credit card that offers 1% cashback on all purchases. When it gets high enough I’ll probably use it for groceries or something else mundane. Great job on the free gas!

  4. Good job on earning the points in trade for a free tank of gas! Buying gas is painful and becomes more so each time the prices rise. I’m ready to just get a bicycle and be done with it all. It would certainly help to save a ton of money in gas prices and wouldn’t stretch my budget beyond my means. I don’t fly enough to earn the points for a free tank of gas, but kudos for you for doing it!

  5. Hey Ninja!

    Totally agree, key is to use your reward points wisely. I thought getting gas was pretty good. I mean really, instead of gas, how many blenders or flashlights does one man need?


  6. I suppose I could bike to work, but it’s 20-km one-way with lots of cars and trucks along the road. Not only is the distance a fair bit but I’m worried I’ll get plucked off during my travels. For now, a car it is. Thanks for checking in!

  7. Hmmm, I don’t have this air miles card you speak of. I do have though assorted thousands of miles spread over American Airlines, Delta and United. Maybe I’ll need to check their website and see if they offer this option. Nice post, and love the picture.

    1. Thanks 101 Centavos! Yeah, I use my Air Miles card whenever I can and with enough points, it is definitely nice to get some free petro!


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