The rewards of road tripping
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Shell, in which I was compensated. The opinions and text are all mine.
There is something inherently rewarding about a good old fashioned road trip. I’ve lost count of the number of road trips that Chris and I have taken together. We chased the sunset on trips across Washington state, battled the wind and rain on our motorcycle rides through South Korea, got lost on the back country roads of Costa Brava, and even fought through a sand and ash storm in Iceland. I’m absolutely enamored with road trips. From blasting the oldies on the radio to fueling up on sugary doughnuts and cheap gas station coffee, some of my favorite memories are from moments together in the car.
As a storyteller, road trips are like an unwritten book. You are at the helm of your adventure and the destination is up to you. The best part is filling up the pages with unplanned stops, tales of exploration, and even stories of misfortune and danger.
Now that we have a baby, Chris and I find ourselves leaning into road trips instead of plane travel. Driving to a destination allows us to travel at our own pace and pack more than we would if we were flying. We also have the added bonus of not having to worry about bothering other passengers if our little guy gets fussy. In fact, we have multiple road trips planned this summer and we can’t wait to show Holden the ins and outs of road tripping (like the mandatory doughnuts).
As perpetual travelers, we are enrolled in numerous travel rewards programs. When it comes to booking flights, airfare, and car rentals, we are more than covered, however we had yet to find a rewards program that worked for gas. That is, until now. We’d like to introduce you to Shell and the *Fuel Rewards® Program.
What is the Fuel Rewards program?
We’re glad you asked. We recently teamed up with Shell in order to bring more savings to you, our readers, and any other avid road trippers out there.
In brief, the Fuel Rewards program allows you to save more at the pump so that you can go farther on your trip. That means more adventures, more road trips, and more doughnuts! In essence, we get to do even more of what we love. And Shell is showing its loyal customers love by rewarding us with extra savings at the pump.
Fuel Rewards savings stacks up fast. You’ll be able to earn Fuel Rewards savings on everyday purchases like groceries, dining out, and even when shopping online. For example, you can earn an extra 10¢/gallon for every fifty dollars spent at participating restaurants.
Instant Gold Status
But wait. There’s more.
As with most rewards program, the Fuel Rewards program is composed of a tier system. Typically, consumers will need to spend a certain amount of money or book a certain amount of hotels/cars/flights to raise their status. And the higher the status, the better the savings. The Fuel Rewards program offers its gold status members 5¢ off every gallon (up to 20 gallons/visit). And to show their appreciation to their loyal customers, anyone who signs up for the Fuel Rewards program before the end of the year is upgraded to Instant Gold Status. That means that immediately upon signing up for the Fuel Rewards program, you will start saving 5¢ per gallon. You basically “level up” for free!
And maintaining gold status is easy. Simply fill your tank at a participating Shell station at least six times during your first three months. That’s only twice a month!
Save big with Fuel Rewards
Fuel rewards savings can add up quickly, especially for those that travel as often as we do. Let’s do a quick break down.
For signing up before the end of the year, you’ll immediately earn 5¢/ gallon. Then, if you dine out at participating restaurants you’ll add an additional 10¢ off on your next fill up. Combine that with 15¢ off for qualifying online purchases and another 20¢/gallon for booking a family vacation. That leaves you with a whopping 50¢ off your next visit to the pump.
Just think about all of the Fuel Rewards savings you’ll acquire by booking travel alone. If you book your entire trip (flight, hotel, rental car) through the Fuel Rewards booking page. Before you know it, trips to your local Shell station will basically pay for themselves. And the money saved will literally allow you to travel farther. Your savings on gas can go towards nice meals, extra days at theme parks, or extending your trip all together. The possibilities are endless.
Signing up is easy
To sign up for the Fuel Rewards program, simply click here and fill out your information. You can even link a card to earn more savings on your everyday purchases. Watch your Fuel Rewards savings add up. It’s now our personal goal to see how much we can save at the pump. If we can get our total down to 50¢ a gallon, we might treat ourselves to a date night (grandparents, you’re on baby duty).
Where will your Fuel Rewards take you? Let us know in the comment section below.
*Restrictions apply. To qualify for the Gold/Silver Status offers, you must be a Fuel Rewards® member and swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID when you fuel at a participating Shell station. With Gold Status, you will receive 5¢/gal in Fuel Rewards® savings on every fill-up. The 5¢/gal reward for Gold Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account. If you are an existing Fuel Rewards® member, you will receive Gold Status from 6/5/2017 through 12/31/17, the “Existing Member Introductory Period”. If you are a new Fuel Rewards® member, you will receive Gold Status for the initial month you join through the last day of the month, 6 full calendar months later, the “New Member Introductory Period”. The last 3 months of the Existing Member Introductory Period or the New Member Introductory Period (collectively the “Introductory Period”) is the “Qualification Period”. You will retain your Gold Status during the Qualification Period, but you must make 6 qualifying fuel purchases to qualify for Gold Status for the next 3 months, the “Benefit Period”. During the Benefit Period, you must continue to make 6 qualifying fuel purchases to maintain your Gold Status for the next 3-month Benefit Period. A qualifying fuel purchase is any fuel purchase at a participating Shell station in which you swipe your Fuel Rewards® card or enter your Alt ID and fill up with at least 5-gallons of any grade of fuel. For example, if you are a new Fuel Rewards® member and register on 6/15/2017, you will receive Gold Status through the New Member Introductory Period (i.e., 12/31/2017). You will need to fill up with at least 5 gallons of fuel at least 6 times during the Qualification Period (i.e., 10/1/2017 and 12/31/2017) to maintain Gold Status during the Benefit Period (i.e., from 1/1/2018 to 3/31/2018). Thereafter, if you continue to fill up with at least 5 gallons of fuel at least 6 times during the successive 3 consecutive month Benefit Periods, you will retain your Gold Status. If you do not maintain your Gold Status, you will receive Silver Status. With Silver Status, you will receive 3¢/gal in Fuel Rewards® savings. The 3¢/gal reward for Silver Status will be combined with other rewards in your Fuel Rewards® account. Redeem Fuel Rewards® savings with your Fuel Rewards® card or Alt ID at participating Shell stations. Fuel Rewards® savings are limited to 20 gallons of fuel per purchase, per vehicle, or fraud limits placed by Shell and/or limits placed on your financial card by your financial institution, each of which may be lower. Fuel Rewards® savings must be redeemed in a single transaction. Once you begin to dispense fuel using your Fuel Rewards® savings, you must dispense to the 20-gallon limit or you forfeit any remaining discounted gallons of fuel. For example, if you only pump fifteen (15) gallons of fuel, you would abandon the remaining five (5) gallons of discounted fuel. If you have a rewards balance greater than the current per-gallon price of fuel, the price will roll down to the maximum capability of the fuel equipment, and your remaining rewards will be saved for a future fuel purchase. Dispenser may require a price of up to 10.9¢/gal. It may not be possible to combine multiple discounts and/or rewards in a single transaction. For purchases of $75 or more, please go inside to pay. Unbranded diesel and alternative fuels may not be eligible. The Fuel Rewards® program is owned and operated by Excentus Corporation. Offer may be modified or discontinued at any time without notice. Not valid where prohibited by law. Please see fuelrewards.com for complete Fuel Rewards® program details and Terms and Conditions. Other restrictions may apply. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. To learn more, visit fuelrewards.com/gold or call (888) 603-0473.