Gas is one of the most common expenses for many people and businesses. It is needed for ground transportation and driving. Plus, many people like to go on road trips throughout the year, which requires gas. That is why having a high-earning card is one of the easiest ways to quickly earn points and miles. This post highlights some of the best credit cards for gas purchases.

 

Transferrable Points

American Express Business Gold Card

Sign-Up Bonus: 35,000 Membership Rewards (MR) points for $5,000 spend in the first three months

Earning: 4x MR points on two categories of choice (including Gas); 2x MR points from the categories that are not chosen; one point for non-bonus category spend

Perks: QuickBooks membership, Hotel Collection access, Baggage Insurance, Extended Warranty

Annual Fee: $295 (NOT waived the first year)

American Express does not have many cards that offer high multipliers for gas stations. But the Business Gold Card can earn you up to 4x MR points for the category. You can still earn 2x points if you choose one of the other categories.

The categories to choose from are:

  • Advertising (TV, radio, and online only)
  • Airfare (booked directly with the airline)
  • Select Computing Merchants
  • US Gas Stations
  • Restaurants
  • Shipping

The Business Gold Card also comes with a decent number of perks for a card with a nearly $300 annual fee. But its true strength lies in its earning potential. For those with heavy gas expenses, this card is one of the best out there.

 

Citi Premier

Sign-Up Bonus: 60,000 Thank You (TY) points for $4,000 spend in in the first three months

Earning: 3x TY points on General Travel (including Gas); 2x TY points on Entertainment and Dining; one point on all other purchases

Perks: Car Rental Insurance, Citi Private Pass, and Citi Concierge

Annual Fee: $95 (NOT waived the first year)

The Citi Premier earns 3x Thank You (TY) points on general travel and 2x points on entertainment and dining. Citi includes gas stations, airfare, hotels, travel agencies, tolls, railways, and public transportation in their general travel category. The Premier’s 3x earning ratio makes it one of the best personal cards for earning points and miles.

Furthermore, the Citi Premier’s sign-up bonus is worth 60,000 TY points. New cardholders must spend at least $4,000 within the first three months to earn the bonus.

 

Chase Ink Business Cash

Sign-Up Bonus: 50,000 Ultimate Rewards (UR) points for $3,000 spend in the first three months

Earning: 5x UR points on Office Supplies, Phone, TV, Internet, Bills; 2x UR points on Gas and Restaurants; one point on all other purchases

Perks: None

Annual Fee: $0

The Chase Ink Business Cash is the card that I normally use for my gas station purchases. It consistently earns more UR points per dollar at the pump than any other Chase card. The exception is when the Chase Freedom has Gas Stations as its 5x category.

The Ink Business Cash isn’t just good for gas. It also earns 5x points all year round on various utility expenses like cell phone bills. This is very impressive for a no annual fee card, let alone one that earns transferrable points.

 

American Express Blue Business Plus

Sign-Up Bonus: None

Earning: 2x MR points for the first $50,000 in annual expenses; one point for all expenses thereafter

Perks: Extended Warranty

Annual Fee: $0

American Express does not check the category boxes very well with just one card. However, the Blue Business Plus offers 2x points on everything up to the $50,000 annual limit. This can include gas station purchases, which is a common expense for businesses and individual consumers alike.

 

Chase Freedom

Sign-Up Bonus: 15,000 UR points for $500 spend in the first three months

Earning: 5x UR points on Quarterly Rotating Categories; one point on all other purchases

Perks: None

Annual Fee: $0

Gas Stations is one of the most common 5x categories featured on the Chase Freedom card. It was most recently the category for the third quarter of 2019. This is huge because it makes the Freedom into a dominant card for gas purchases. The catch is that the points bonanza lasts for only three months.

The Chase Freedom is a versatile rotating card when you can use the category. Fortunately, Chase knows its customers well enough to select categories that will work for many of them without altering spend habits. Your mileage may vary.

 

Cash Back

Cash back is a great alternative for those with unconventional travel expenses or non-travelers. It can be used to cover anything you need or even to invest. Check out one of these options if that’s what you like.

 

Bank of America Cash Rewards

Sign-Up Bonus: $200 for $500 spend in the first three months

Earning: 3% on a category of choice (including Gas); 2% at Grocery Stores and Wholesale Clubs; 1% on non-bonus spend (percentages are higher with Preferred Rewards Program membership)

Annual Fee: $0

The Bank of America Cash Rewards Card is the most practical cash back card for gas purchases. That’s because you can earn 3% back on a category of your choice, including gas stations. Furthermore, you can earn 2% cash back for Wholesale Club and Grocery Store expenses as well as 1% for non-bonus spend.

The Bank of America Cash Rewards card becomes even more lucrative if you’re a Preferred Rewards Program member. Bank of America or Merrill Lynch account holders automatically become members. Basic membership earns cardholders 10% more cash back bonus for all purchases. That means that gas station purchases will earn 3.3% cash back. The percentage increases if you have more money in your bank account(s).

 

American Express Blue Cash Preferred

Sign-Up Bonus: $250 for $1,000 spend in the first three months

Earning: 6% at US Grocery Stores and on US Streaming Services; 3% on Gas and Local Commuter Transit

Annual Fee: $95 (NOT waived the first year)

Cash back lovers who spend heavily at both Gas Stations and Grocery Stores will like the American Express Blue Cash Preferred Card. In May 2019, the Blue Cash Preferred was revamped to better reflect the needs of the card’s customer base. 3% cash back on gas stations is very nice, but grocery stores and streaming services are where this card shines brightest.

 

Final Draw

The cards in this post are some of the best for gas. Gas is a common expense for many people and businesses, especially during the summer. Road trips, day trips, and local commuting are just three of the reasons why gas is so important for many.

Beware of network acceptance and merchant coding if you get gas from a warehouse club. Different clubs code differently and don’t accept all networks. For example, Costco only accepts Visa cards and their gas station codes as a gas station. Out of this list, only the Chase Freedom and Chase Ink Business Cash are accepted at Costco. But you can use any Visa there without being declined.

 

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