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Few Rewards With Gas Credit Cards

Wall Street Journal -- Don't waste your wallet space with gas credit cards.

They tend to be costly with few rewards and don't have the flexibility of a general-purpose credit card, experts say.

"If you give your loyalty to a gas company, you would expect they will give you something back," says Anisha Sekar, vice president of credit and debit products at NerdWallet.com, a financial-services information website. "Unfortunately, that's not always the case."

Like department-store cards, gas cards typically carry low credit limits and interest rates that hover at about 25%. In some cases, the interest rate can be higher than the default rate on other credit cards. But department-store cards come with discounts and regular cardholder-only deals. That's not true with gas cards.


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Submitted Sep 16, 2012 By: BurntOrange
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honda0105
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Message Posted: Sep 19, 2012 11:15:59 PM

just gimmicks. Helps CC companies, not consumers.
shstew
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 10:02:21 AM

Too many cards in my wallet.
BEGTWO
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 9:20:47 AM

Pay it off in full every month.
tomok
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 5:12:22 AM

I have never had a Gas Credit Card and have American Express for Costco and Visa for the others. No annual fee, cash back and paid off every month! Buy the cheapest gas in your area OR use a grocery chain store Rewards Card for their gas station that offers up to 10 cents off per gallon with a $100 purchase per month in the store.
Whatever the size or shape of the vehicle, Produce and ‘Drive’ vehicles with high MPG, are very reliable, have a ‘reasonable’ cost and a good ‘value’ for the money.
The price of fuel at the pump is too high!
12/22/2012!
12766
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Message Posted: Sep 17, 2012 12:07:44 AM

OK
Prodaddy
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:27:08 PM

Credit card companies like American Express, Visa & Mastercard want to give you credit and just wait for something unexpected to happen to you and then slam you to the wall with late charges, interest, etc. I think it is best to pay in cash and leave these vultures alone
Dodge_Me
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:24:45 PM

Hmm
Focus2
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:20:49 PM

Always pay them off each month in full!
ilderton
All-Star Author London

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:20:20 PM

spend $1000 on my card & get $0.10cL off gas.

so i pay my bills with the card & then immediately pay the card back online. one extra step paying my bills online but very simple to save me a few bucks.
lesndave
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:20:10 PM

Wow
us4usa
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:19:50 PM

Everyone knows gas cards are for suckers... But some still think they can bet Shell at the Shell game...
Number43
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:19:08 PM

Don't use them. There are cards out there that give you cash back for useing them to buy gas.( Bank of America Visa for example.)
rtw777
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:17:05 PM

Simply not true. Chevron/Texaco give .10 per gallon.
rahcat
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:16:56 PM

Limit the use of gas credit cards to emergencies only.
CocoPaz
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:16:46 PM

intéressant (interesting)
CivicMA
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:14:58 PM

I don't have any store/brand affiliated cards and don't want them.
Hi1
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:14:28 PM

10 percent off om my. Credit card.
10k
Champion Author North Carolina

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:14:09 PM

never used one..i use cash, but i have a bank debit card, if necessary..
crreed1
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:14:01 PM

they suck you right in
Bigwaynef
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:12:46 PM

Owebama says thank you...
LilRedWagonIN
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:11:43 PM

To use a gas card for gasoline purchases is not worth the cost of the postage I would have to pay for the few gallons purchased. Maybe for someone driving hundreds of miles a day.
tpguess
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:10:59 PM

Scam... Scam... Scam...
7SPEEDY7
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:10:48 PM

Interesting!!
tedjm1
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:10:42 PM

Agree.
fastfreddy38
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:10:34 PM

I use VISA dividend card.
WGW1
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:09:36 PM

food for thought
boatfloyd
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:09:31 PM

I started using a Visa Card, instead of Chevron card.
cupboy
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:09:16 PM

I tried using a Shell card at a Jiffy Lube today and it was not accepted, even though there is a Jiffy Lube logo on the back of the card. It works fine at Shell stations.
Rooster922
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:08:59 PM

CREDIT CARD, i have several.
regout
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:08:19 PM

Cash.
cupboy
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:07:58 PM

re: Credit card companies cost us plenty in fees that merchants pay, that we don't see, but we certainly end up paying for.

This is a good reason to use a card. You're paying for the privilege anyway.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:06:58 PM

Don't use it anymore.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:06:37 PM

NOW they make you buy $500 a month and stagger your reward for a month.
jetskijerry
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:06:02 PM

I used to use a Shell Card when it paid 5% discount on gas purchases
ItsMorph
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:05:10 PM

I don't use credit cards at all, so no biggie to me.
Blue_Cruzer
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:04:35 PM

Good information.
ManOfLeisureII
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:04:34 PM

Hey...no one holds a gun to your head to get a credit card. Pay cash if you don't like the terms.
pgerassi
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:04:25 PM

DON'T GET THEM.
Jmac2008
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:04:17 PM

mine pays me 5% on every dollar spent on gas with no yearly fee.
PrinceLH
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:02:05 PM

Another bill to forget!
bluegrasser1
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 11:00:56 PM

ok
Barfood
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:56:57 PM

Credit card companies cost us plenty in fees that merchants pay, that we don't see, but we certainly end up paying for.
joeschmo12
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:54:31 PM

It's a pyramid scheme
muquee
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:52:39 PM

Don't use one.
5kvdave
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:49:52 PM

Whatever!!!!!!
mrbee
Champion Author Little Rock

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:46:49 PM

Getting rid of the one I have.
RNCII
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:46:41 PM

If you can't pay them off every month the rewards are only bait to rake the money out of your pocket.
abcdMA
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:44:54 PM

no need to carry a gas card since the major cards are all accepted
chen94539
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:42:00 PM

ok
mstearno
Champion Author Dayton

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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:38:55 PM

BP I saved $13.00 on 20 gallons yesterday...
every little bit helps
Titan_62
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Message Posted: Sep 16, 2012 10:38:19 PM

It also gives a new meaning to the term "costing a arm & leg"
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