9 Summer Offers That Will Give You Gas

By Linsey Knerl on 21 May 2008 (Updated 6 June 2013) 7 comments
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The price at the pump isn’t going down soon, but if you’re looking to do some shopping, there just might be some free gas in it for you. Here are some special promotions from 9 companies looking to give you gas.

Callaway Golf Clubs is offering $50 - $100 in American Express Fill It Up Cards with qualifying driver purchases. These aren’t cheap clubs (starting at $299 for the Hyper X Driver), but it’s not a bad deal. The offer involves mailing in your original receipt, the UPC bar code, and a rebate form. You have until July 15th to make your purchase (online orders are eligible.) See the full details at Callaway’s website.

 

The price at the pump isn’t going down soon, but if you’re looking to do some shopping, there just might be some free gas in it for you. Here are some special promotions from 9 companies looking to give you gas.

Callaway Golf Clubs is offering $50 - $100 in American Express Fill It Up Cards with qualifying driver purchases. These aren’t cheap clubs (starting at $299 for the Hyper X Driver), but it’s not a bad deal. The offer involves mailing in your original receipt, the UPC bar code, and a rebate form. You have until July 15th to make your purchase (online orders are eligible.) See the full details at Callaway’s website.

State and local carpooling programs are giving between $60 and $80 in gas cards to commuters who pledge to share a ride. New Jersey’s Carpooling Makes Sense Program will give $100 in gas to new carpools committing to 24 days in a two-month period. San Mateo County in California is giving $60 for standard carpools and $80 for hybrid or clean-air certified carpools (incentive is per member) and only requires a 2-day per week commitment! Ask about local carpooling incentives at your state or local level to see about offers in your area.

Choice hotels (Comfort Inn and Suite, Clarion, Sleep Inn, etc.) will give guests a $50 gas card after only 3 separate stays between now and August 14, 2008. You must register for their points program, but this is still a pretty good deal! Details are available at their website.

If you’re not particular about where you stay, maybe a similar deal at Hotels.com is for you: With any 3-night hotel booking before July 6, 2008 (for travel before September 1, 2008) you will get a $50 gas card! Use code GAS50 to receive offer. Full details are at the hotels.com website.

State Tourism boards across the country are looking to lure your vacation business. Several destinations, including Traverse City (Michigan), Aspen (Colorado), Lancaster County (Pennsylvania), and certain areas of Florida are pitching $25 to $50 at guests who book stays with their hospitality businesses. Contact your local travel board or your destination of choice to see what good things they have going on!

Hasbro is offering a $10 gas card when you buy 3 participating board games. If you’re a big fan of Scrabble, Monopoly, or The Game of Life, this could be an OK deal to get in on. The form can be found at the Hasbro website, and you have until July 31, 2008 to participate.

Donato’s pizza is giving a little bit back. Reports of free gas with purchase at Donato’s pizza are coming in from the Cleveland-Akron area. Details seem to be that the pizza chain “reduces the price of a large pizza by the cost of a gallon of gas when customers bring in a receipt. The discount runs through Memorial Day.”

Toyota owners can get gas simply by buying tires from a participating dealer. A minimum of $150 in matched tires is required for the $50 gas card, and you have until June 30, 2008 to make your purchase. See the website for a list of retailers.

Hertz rental cars booked through Expedia.com now come with a free full tank of gas! Fill up that 3-day rental for nothing, when you rent before June 30, 2008. See Expedia’s offer for full details.

A free gas card is a small consolation to keep people buying, but it's one I don't turn down.  Look around for gas incentives where you shop, and you could score a gallon or two without even trying!

 

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Fred Lee's picture

Thanks for the heads-up, Linsey. It's great advice. As we become more aware of the gas we use, it only makes sense that retailers would give us more opportunities to save on the stuff.

And I'm all for encouraging people to carpool. Having grown up in Los Angeles, I'm all too familiar with the image of an ocean of commuters with only a single driver in each car. It's ridiculous. In all fairness, it is like that everywhere, even up here in the Upper Valley.

 

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Tony

Great advice,I will certainly use a few of these offers.

Thank you kindly.

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P3ngu1n

None of these are helpful to me, and really if you look at the big picture you actually waste more money and gas by trying to get these deals

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Guest

damnit!! I just rented a Hertz car this last weekend and I didn't know about this! DAMN!!

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Thanks for the list. You can also check this for a permanent solution for saving gas.

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Thanks for the great tips! Gas is up $4.13 and rising in my area!

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I work in midtown Atlanta and the Midtown Alliance offers some carpooling incentives. The problem we have (I carpool with two co-workers) is getting everybody together on enough days to get the $50 gas cards they'll give us if we have 15 days a month with all three of us in the car. That said, they also have a monthly drawing for all participants and each of the people in my carpool have won a $25 gift card a couple times.