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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 4586 times:

I have good credit but as a student there isn't much that sits on my credit (mortgage, etc) but because of some identity theft issues, my credit card was closed. Now that everything is squared away, I'm being given the option of getting my Chase credit card again.

Doing a little research to see what I put on the card the most, I was only charging gas.

So, I know that Shell and Chevron offer credit cards in their name, but are there any cards offered by gas stations that are for gas only. A house card I guess you could say. I know there are fleet cards and my dad has in addition to his Amex from work, an M&E card from MasterCard, but I'm just a student who charges a couple hundred dollars worth of gas.

Chevron, Shell, and 76 are the primary stations here in the Bay Area.

Thanks!!


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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4565 times:

You can get the Shell personal card which I have. Aside from just using it for gas, you could also use it in the Shell station to buy anything else. (except lottery ofcourse).

I find it very convenient.

Their online account system is freaking amazing as well.



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4562 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 1):
Their online account system is freaking amazing as well.

Please expand if you will.

Again, it's ONLY for gas and merch. inside of Shell stations? Only accepted at Shell?



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4557 times:

Other than people with Fleet vehicles I often wonder why people have these cards since they have to restrict themselves to one gas chain. Unless that particular chain is always the cheapest and you fill up at it only I would just get a regular credit card with cash back.

I dont understand why for example you would not get a Discover Open Road card where in the first $250 spent on gas in a month youd get around 5c discount (figure 2.59 gas) and around 2.5-3c on past $250. Plus you are not restricted to shell gas stations...

The Shell Gas Saver card according to the website is only 2c per gallon...not only is it restrictive it gives less bonus than a Discover card. Doesnt make any sense.


User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 4557 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 2):
Please expand if you will.

Again, it's ONLY for gas and merch. inside of Shell stations? Only accepted at Shell?

Online account management is very simple and easy to use. It should be a model for every other company. Thats all i was getting at.

And yes, as far as I know the card is only for shell stations. I have never tried it at any other, so i could be wrong.



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4539 times:

Quoting flanker (Reply 4):
And yes, as far as I know the card is only for shell stations. I have never tried it at any other, so i could be wrong.

Does it carry a major logo like MasterCard or Visa?



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 4537 times:

Wouldnt it just be easier if you looked here:

http://www.shell.us/home/content/usa...ard/nonflash_shell_saver_card.html

Use google, it takes 2 seconds at most.


User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 7, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 4518 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 6):
Wouldnt it just be easier if you looked here:

http://www.shell.us/home/content/usa...ard/nonflash_shell_saver_card.html

Use google, it takes 2 seconds at most.

The link you put up is for a debt-like card from Shell. If you click on the same site for their credit cards, it does not say if it is exclusive to their stations or if it's accepted everywhere.

I'm aware of the wonders of google and normally do ample research before posting here.

Oh and .02/gal is a joke. Big savings of $00.23.

Thanks anyways.



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User currently offlinePHLBOS From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 7533 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 4488 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Thread starter):
So, I know that Shell and Chevron offer credit cards in their name, but are there any cards offered by gas stations that are for gas only.

Not sure any of these stations are in the Bay area but here are some others (which I have):

Exxon-Mobil
BP-Amoco
Sunoco


Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 3):
Other than people with Fleet vehicles I often wonder why people have these cards since they have to restrict themselves to one gas chain.

It's usually easier to get approved for a gas-only card than for a conventional credit card; of course the main caveat being that the gas-only card tends to have higher interest rates.

There was actually a running gag on this in an old (1st Season) Married With Children episode where Peg would taunt Al saying that he couldn't even get approved for a gas card (after being rejected for other credit cards). It was the episode where their dog, Buck, actually gets a credit card.

Worth noting: gas cards w/a VISA or Master Card logo (which can be used anywhere that accepts VISA or Master Card) have only been around for about 15 to 18 years. Prior to that ALL gas station cards were of the gas-company-only variety.

[Edited 2010-02-10 06:22:41]


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User currently offlineflanker From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 1641 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4414 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 3):
Other than people with Fleet vehicles I often wonder why people have these cards since they have to restrict themselves to one gas chain. Unless that particular chain is always the cheapest and you fill up at it only I would just get a regular credit card with cash back.

I got mine when i still owned the A4. Since it was tuned, the software required 93. I have always used V power when i had that car. Never once filled it with any thing less.

BTW, Shell stations are so abundant in Chicago and the surrounding area that you will literally never run out of gas.

So thats why i used it, and i love shell.



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User currently offlineA346Dude From Canada, joined Nov 2004, 1287 posts, RR: 7
Reply 10, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4385 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 7):
The link you put up is for a debt-like card from Shell. If you click on the same site for their credit cards, it does not say if it is exclusive to their stations or if it's accepted everywhere.

If it's a credit card, it's accepted everywhere...

I also don't see what the advantage of a gas-only card would be. Why restrict yourself to one station?



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User currently offlineUA777222 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 3348 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 4374 times:

Quoting A346Dude (Reply 10):
I also don't see what the advantage of a gas-only card would be. Why restrict yourself to one station?

I just don't charge anything else. Why have it if you don't need it? Temptations like these are what have gotten many people in trouble these days.

I like the look of the Shell card. I've always gone to Chevron but there are almost just as many Shell stations here in California. Gas is notoriously expensive around here, if you find cheap gas it's going to be 5-15miles away and maybe 5-10 cents less. The time it would take to get there and get gas isn't worth the savings. However, cash operations in the city are drastically cheaper than those that take credit.



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User currently offlineLOT767-300ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 7):
The link you put up is for a debt-like card from Shell. If you click on the same site for their credit cards, it does not say if it is exclusive to their stations or if it's accepted everywhere.

How can it be accepted everywhere if its not a Visa/MasterCard logo?

Probably works somewhere else like some car repair shop at best + Shell. Hence why I believe them to be worthless.

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 11):
I just don't charge anything else. Why have it if you don't need it? Temptations like these are what have gotten many people in trouble these days.

Because you get 2x of a discount vs using the Shell card?


User currently offlineTugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5675 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 4340 times:

Quoting UA777222 (Reply 11):
Gas is notoriously expensive around here, if you find cheap gas it's going to be 5-15miles away and maybe 5-10 cents less.

I use the Costco Amex which gives 3% cash back and I try to fill up at the Costo gas station which is usually 15-20 cents cheaper than any other gas stations (and you still get the additional 3% cashback). On average I save $3-$5 per fill up at Costco without the cashback.

Tugg



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User currently offlineBill142 From Australia, joined Aug 2004, 8459 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (4 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4271 times:

Inquire with the bank if you can have a restriction placed on your card to limit the types of purchases you make. We do it at work on our corporate cards, so theoretically it should be possible for a personal card.

User currently offlinelincoln From United States of America, joined Nov 2004, 3887 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (4 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 4186 times:

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 3):
Other than people with Fleet vehicles I often wonder why people have these cards since they have to restrict themselves to one gas chain.

Not necessarially. Well... I don't know if any of them are open to single users (aka a fleet of one) but there are several "Fleet" cards that are reasonably widely accepted... Voyager and FuelMan being the two that come to mind. When I worked for the University, we could use the Voyager cards in every gas station I ever came across. (There are some limitations that can be configured, e.g. fuel only, fuel and oil only, etc.)

I'm not trying to sound preachy, but why not get a regular credit card and just not use it for anything else?

Lincoln



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