I Saved Three Cents Per Gallon At Speedway And I Have No Idea Why!!!!

I went to fill up at Speedway the other day.  The local Speedway is right on the way home, they typically have the best prices in the area, and we participate in the Speedy Rewards program where we currently have enough points for around $20-25 worth of Speedway ‘bucks’ that we can cash in.

The price on the roadside sign as well as the pump indicated that I’d be paying $3.429 per gallon.  I swiped my Speedway rewards card, and it processed the card as normal and I was them prompted for my credit card.

I pulled out my Citi Dividends Master Card, which is how we pay for all of our gas, and was ready to swipe, when I remembered that I had my new linked Citi Dividends American Express card.  I thought, “Hey, I might as well get an extra 0.2% cash back.”  Which probably would work out to $0.07 but I figured, better in my pocket than the credit card company!

I wasn’t sure if I could swipe the American Express card or not.  The pumps didn’t have stickers (that I could see) with what cards they took.  I began to panic because, if you don’t swipe a card within a certain period of time, it will assume you’re paying in the station.  For some reason, I hate going in to the station to pay, so I figured ‘Here goes nothing’ and swiped the American Express card.

I waited and it worked.

Then I looked down and I saw that the price was now $3.399 per gallon. Three cents cheaper.

As I pumped the gas, I looked around to see if there was any promotion that would explain this unexpected windfall.  In the past, Speedway has had periods where they offer a few pennies per gallon off if you use your Rewards card, but they would have this information displayed on the marquee sign next to the entrance as well as around the pumps.  There was nothing.

I thought ‘Ah, maybe the station is lowering their prices’, but as soon as I finished pumping and completed the transaction, the price returned to $3.429.

The next day I went to the website and looked around.  No information about any discount for rewards member or for using a particular credit card (the only possibility I thought of was because I was using AmEx versus MasterCard).  I even Googled it to see if anything would come up on the Gas Buddy forums or somewhere else.

Zilch.

I’m not complaining that I saved money.  I think it worked out to an extra $0.37 or so, so it’s not a life changing amount, but it’s still kind of cool.

It just drives me crazy that I don’t know why!

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6 thoughts on “I Saved Three Cents Per Gallon At Speedway And I Have No Idea Why!!!!

  1. Congrats on the savings. I have had occasion where the price was being marked down but didn't show on the street sign yet, but never a total surprise like that.

  2. Yes, ditto. Congrats on the savings. You may never find out how you saved the money but that's ok. Embrace that you did.

  3. Two weekends ago we stopped to fill up our diesel car. We use B99 biodiesel, so always expect to pay a bit more. Not that day. our biodiesel was down $0.50 from the last time we bought and was also $0.20 cheaper than regular diesel. Because we buy from a small local station, our best guess is that somebody made a typo when entering the bio-d price, or at least mixed up the d and the bio-d, but it was kind of nice to pay so little (and by this I mean, still $4/gallon)

  4. Your so fortunate to have competition in your fuel prices… it seems every station in my area all conspire to have the same prices… no 3 cent savings!

  5. In the southeast, our Bi-Lo grocery stores have a :fuel perks" rewards program. For every $50 you spend at the grocery store, you receive 5cents off of a gallon of gas at a Spinx gas station. You just swipe your member card at the pump and it automatically drops the price. We dont shop at that grocery often, but many folks who do routinely save 30 -40 cents per gallon on one or two tanks of gas per month. The savings can definitely add up!

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