BOSTON (WHDH) — With gas prices in Massachusetts north of $5 a gallon, drivers said they are looking at other transportation options.
Soaring prices have prompted some people to consider saving through often-overlooked strategies like fuel points, loyalty and rewards programs.
“A lot of people are joining wholesale clubs right now because wholesale clubs that sell gas, like Costco and BJs, often have really compelling prices at the pump,” said AAA spokesman Mark Schieldrop.
According to Schilddrop, now is the time to be strategic and creative with these programs.
“If you pair these rewards with a specific credit card, you can earn an additional percentage reward back,” he explained. “Some credit cards offer a three to five percent rebate on all gas purchases. So you might want to strategically use this card specifically for purchasing gas.”
Shopping for a graduation or Father’s Day? Schieldrop suggested stocking up on the gas stations at the grocery store before hitting the pump.
“Push yourself to fill up the tank to get the big rewards you get at the store for the party you’re going to shop for,” he said. “Actually get those points credited to your account before you redeem and top up.”
Motorists can also save by changing their habits, according to the AAA. People should consolidate errands whenever possible and keep up to date with the maintenance of their car. Aggressive drivers can also throw cash out the window.
Nothing wastes more fuel than aggressive driving. You know? that hard acceleration that brakes so hard,” Schilddrop said.
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