5 Best Gas Rewards Credit Cards

By Jason Steele. Last updated 23 May 2016. 6 comments

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Gas prices are again approaching (or exceeding) $4.00 a gallon. It's really cramping our summer road trip plans. Using credit cards with good gas rewards can save a bundle this summer as gas prices climb ever higher.

How to Pick the Best Gas Card

First, you want to consider the savings you will realize from each card. Some products offer a percentage off your total purchase, while others grant a fixed amount of savings per gallon.

Next, think about where you buy gas and which stations in your area have the lowest price. Some cards are specific to a brand, while others allow you to choose most stations except for warehouse stores.

Finally, consider the other benefits of each card. Several of the cards on this list offer excellent rates of cash back for purchases beyond gas, while others do not. This is important if you plan on using this card for more than just fuel purchases.

Our Top 5 Gas Rewards Cards

Here are my top picks for gas rewards credit cards.

BankAmericard Cash Rewards Credit Card

The BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card offers 3% cash back on gas, 2% at grocery stores, and 1% for other purchases. (Grocery store and gas bonus rewards apply to the first $1500 in combined purchases each quarter.) Cardholders get a 10% customer bonus when redeeming cash back into a Bank of America® checking or savings account. There is currently an online-exclusive offer to get $100 cash rewards bonus after spending $500 or more in purchases within the first 90 days of account opening. There is no annual fee. See terms.

Click here to learn more and apply for the BankAmericard Cash Rewards™ Credit Card today!

Citi Double Cash Card

The Citi® Double Cash Card from our partner Citi rewards you twice. You get 1% cash back when you buy, plus 1% cash back when you pay. There are no category restrictions and no caps. It's a simple and straightforward cash back credit card for those who don't want to engage in signing up for rotating categories or carrying different cards for different purchases, making this a good pick to take with you wherever you drive. As a sign up offer, you can get 0% APR on balance transfers for 18 months. There is a balance transfer fee of 3%. This card has no annual fee.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Citi® Double Cash Card today!

Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Card

credit cardThe Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Card will get you unlimited 1.5% cash back on all purchases, including gas purchases. There is no cap on the amount of cash you can earn, and no minimums to redeem the cash back. The cash back doesn't expire, either! You can get cash back in the form of an account credit, check, or gift card. There is currently a one-time bonus of $100 cash after you spend $500 on purchases within the first 3 months. There is also a 0% intro APR on purchases and balance transfers until February 2017. (After the promotional period, there is a 13.24%-23.24% variable APR; a 3% fee applies to each balance transferred.) There is no annual fee.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Capital One® Quicksilver® Cash Rewards Card today!

Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express

The Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express offers a great 3% cash back at U.S. gas stations. Other rewards include 6% back at U.S. supermarkets (up to $6,000 in purchases per year) and 3% at select U.S. department stores. Cash back is received in the form of Reward Dollars that can be redeemed as a statement credit. It does have an annual fee of $75, but the extra generous cash rewards can make up for the cost if you spend a lot at the pump each year. It also comes with a special offer of $350 back after meeting purchase requirements (offer ends June 15, 2016). Terms and limitations apply.

Click here to learn more and apply for the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express today!

Discover it® Cashback Match™ with No annual fee

credit cardThe Discover it® Cashback Match™ with No annual fee offers 5% cash back on select categories of purchases that change each quarter up to $1500 per quarter (you'll need to sign up), plus 1% cash back on all other purchases. With Cashback Match™, all the cash back that a new cardmember earns is automatically matched by Discover at the end of your first year. Another outstanding feature of this card is the 0% promotional financing on both new purchases and balance transfers for 12 months. (After that, a variable purchase APR applies, currently 11.24% - 23.24%. A 3% fee applies to each transferred balance.) There is no annual fee.

Click here to learn more and apply for Discover it® Cashback Match™ with No annual fee today!

The Downsides of Gas Cards

Now that you know about all the great deals out there, pause for a second and consider if one of them is really right for you. As with all reward cards, you are not saving any money unless you are paying each statement in full and on time. To do otherwise ensures that you will owe more in interest that you ever earn in cash back. Also remember that you are not saving much money if you have to pay a higher initial price or drive further to take advantage of credit card rewards. Finally, consider how much money your household can save with one of these cards over the course of the year. That amount has to easily exceed the cost of any annual fees, or the point is moot.

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Guest's picture

I'm surprised you didn't the fort knox visa rewards card. It has a 5% cashback gas rebate as well.

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I really like the American Express Blue Card. I use it exclusively for my gas purchases, but have recently debated getting the Costco TrueEarnings card mentioned. I love Costco and go quite often, so it might be more beneficial to me to pay for membership and get the credit card too.

What concerns me lately is that I'm seeing more and more gas stations have two sets of prices. One for cash paying customers and one for credit card/debit card users. I try to only put Chevron gas in my car so it kind of forces me to pay cash or even consider their corporate branded card (they charge the cash price if you use their branded card).

Guest's picture

Decisions, decisions. I'm always ready to switch gears but it starts to make my head spin.

Guest's picture

Wow, thanks for the heads up! We have the Costco card but honestly don't even use it anywhere else. From now on, we'll be using that card any time we get gas off base. We use our Military Star Rewards from Chase on base, since it gives 2% cash back on gas purchases on base; those prices are already lower than typical off-base prices.

Thanks again!

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Has anyone had good luck with a travel rewards card?
Looking for a way to save money on family vacations.
Thanks for the article.

Guest's picture

Some other cards worth looking at:

Chase Freedom (5% on cash two quarters per year the last two years, you can also get a 10% bonus if you have a chase checking account open)
Fort knox visa rewards straight 5% cash back on all gas purchases