GetUpside: App To Save Money On Gas – 1,200 New Gas Stations Added In Georgia & Texas

Update 9/20/19: Another 1,200+ gas stations have been added in Georgia, Texas and elsewhere around the country.

Update 7/2/19: Another 1,000+ gas stations across the Midwest have been added to the app – see the end of the post for more details.

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The GetUpside app has recently added more than 2,000 BP gas stations nationwide at which you can save on fuel. That means it’s now available in even more cities and states nationwide, including Atlanta, Chicago and Michigan.

GetUpside new gas stations

I first heard about GetUpside (not to be confused with this Upside) back in January when Doctor of Credit updated their post about the app and shared that it was available in even more states. Now that we’re driving 25-30,000 miles a year, I’ll take fuel savings wherever I can get them, so I downloaded the app to check it out. We were in Kansas at the time which didn’t have any participating gas stations back then. We’re currently in Virginia which has several participating gas stations, but I’ve since been using up Kroger fuel points for $1 off per gallon, so still haven’t had an opportunity to save with GetUpside.

I’ve checked out the app a few times though to see how it works. When opening the app, it’ll search near you for participating gas stations and will list their prices:

GetUpside map

As you’ll see above, I could get 29c per gallon cash back at a local Shell station. Note though that 20c of that appears to be a bonus, presumably a new user bonus seeing as I haven’t saved with the app yet. As you can see from that image, savings near me currently range from 1c per gallon up to 10c per gallon.

Before filling up, you have to tap the ‘Claim’ button for the gas station you’ll be using and you have to fill up within four hours of doing that. Afterwards, be sure to get a receipt as you have to upload it in order to get your savings/rewards.

For those of you that have vehicle(s) with large tanks, one of the benefits of GetUpside is that the cash back you earn is good on up to 50 gallons of fuel. Many fuel point/discount schemes limit you to 20-30 gallons per fill up, so in theory 50 gallons is better. That said, you can often get larger per-gallon savings with other fuel reward schemes, so your mileage may vary quite literally. For example, you’d save more by getting 60c off per gallon on 25 gallons with another scheme than 29c off per gallon on 50 gallons with GetUpside.

Now that GetUpside has added more than 2,000 BP gas stations nationwide, it’s available in more cities and states than before. Here are some examples given by GetUpside:

GetUpside new locationsSavings from GetUpside can be stacked with other deals to save even more. For example, Discover is offering 5% cash back at gas stations this quarter, plus you can earn United miles at BP when connecting your MileagePlus account. (n.b. That deal is marked as expired, but that’s only for the additional bonus. You can still earn a 200 mile bonus when signing up and 1-3 miles per gallon when filling up.) (Edit 1: As per Vaibhav’s comment below, the United/BP partnership is ending on September 30, 2019.) (Edit 2: When this post was originally written, Discover was offering 5% cashback. That quarter has now ended, but Chase is offering 5% on the Freedom card from Jul-Sep, 2019.)

Some grocery store fuel schemes partner with larger gas stations like Shell and BP (e.g. Kroger and Harris Teeter) so that you can use your fuel points there. While those savings stack with GetUpside, they do reduce the cash back you earn from GetUpside to some extent. Their FAQs state that’s done to keep the gas stations on board so that they don’t withdraw from the app, but it’s not clear quite how much of the cash back is forfeited.

It’s often possible to pick up BP and Shell gift cards for 10-20% off with Amex Offers, Happy gift card deals, etc., so I’d been hoping that would also stack with GetUpside. That’s sadly not the case though – only credit and debit card transactions are included.

It’s therefore important to look at all your fuel saving opportunities to work out what your best deal will be. Seeing as we move somewhere new every week, I’ll be keeping GetUpside on my phone as I’m sure there’ll be times where the cash back I’d earn with the app would be greater than the savings I could make through other avenues.

One thing to bear in mind when evaluating your savings is that there’s a $1 fee if you cash out via PayPal for under $15. If you use GetUpside somewhat regularly, it shouldn’t be too hard to reach the $15 threshold, but it’s worth considering.

For example, let’s say your car takes 20 gallons each time you fill up and that GetUpside saves you 5c per gallon each time. It could be more or less than 5c, but that seems like a reasonable estimate based on the 1-9c savings currently available near me. You’d save 20c on your first fill up (15c bonus (see referral below) + 5c standard) which comes to $4. You’d then only need to fill up another 11 times with 5c per gallon savings in order to reach the $15 payment threshold.

If you’re new to GetUpside, you can get an extra 15c off per gallon when signing up using my referral link. I’ll also earn 15c off per gallon after you use the app.

Update 7/2/19 – More Stations Added & My Experience Using The App

GetUpside has added more than 1,000 gas stations across the Midwest. St Louis, Kansas City, Indianapolis and Detroit are now well-represented within the app, while it’s also available in other areas throughout the Midwest.

GetUpside in St Louis

GetUpside in St Louis

GetUpside in Kansas City

GetUpside in Kansas City

Since I wrote the above post about GetUpside, I’ve finally gotten a chance to use it to save on gas. The process was straightforward and the cashback was credited to my account very quickly.

As mentioned earlier, the first step was claiming the offer in the app. Our gas light had come on and our route was taking us directly past a participating Citgo. I claimed the offer and immediately received an email advising what to do next.

GetUpside Step 1

GetUpside Step 1

After filling up, I made sure I got the receipt from the pump and took a photo of it within the app. As when claiming the offer, I instantly received an email to confirm the receipt had been received.

GetUpside Step 2

GetUpside Step 2

That email advised that processing the receipt would take anything from 4-24 hours. It didn’t even take that long, as 3.5 hours later they sent an email confirming the cashback was credited to my account.

GetUpside cashback received

GetUpside cashback received

One of the nice features of GetUpside that I hadn’t appreciated before is that you receive cashback after filling up, rather than it giving you an instant discount like most fuel reward schemes do. That means if you pay with a credit card that earns more at gas stations, you’ll earn bonus points on the full gas cost, rather than on a discounted amount.

That’s especially helpful right now seeing as gas stations are one of the 5% categories on the Chase Freedom card from July-September 2019.

About Stephen Pepper

Stephen Pepper is on a 5 year, 50 state road trip with his wife Shae and their dog Truffles. Finding opportunities to earn miles and points is one of the ways they can afford to do this, so he'll try to help you do the same for your own travels.

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CaveDweller
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CaveDweller

Fixing cars today is a huge amount of money use ” Top Tier Gas ” or nothing . Costco is great then get their CC .
CHEERs

JustSaying
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JustSaying

What about Tesla Superchargers?

tro
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tro

I wonder if they continue to reward you for gas stations that you visit regularly.

I’m unlikely to do this regardless, because $2-3 off a tank of gas, 2x a month – my typical usage – is not enough to get me to use an app that requires uploading receipts.

Appreciate the detailed review though.

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veeRob

@Stephen Pepper Did I miss a post that details your massive road trip? Sounds super interesting.

Vaibhav Shetge
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Vaibhav Shetge

As for United Miles with BP. I went to sign up and saw this
“If you’re currently earning or using United MileagePlus® miles at BP and Amoco, that program is also ending on September 30. But don’t worry, any miles you’ve earned are yours to keep.”

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Belinda

I actually saw an ad for this while playing Candy Crush…I received a free boost for watching. I was wondering if it was a good deal or not and available in my area. The BP deal with United was great but there are no BP near me in Houston area and I only found one in Orlando that was a complete cf to get to on International Drive. Anyway there are some Shell near me..so I’ll try Getupside. I signed up under your referral.

James
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James

Ever since the Deepwater Horizon, I have avoided BP.

Jo Anne
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Jo Anne

I’m with you, James. And, let’s add a reminder about BP and the Exxon Valdez

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Been looking around with this app in the metro Detroit area. Yes, it gives you cheaper than BP normal prices, but Circle K gas stations seem to pretty much always have cheaper regular prices than BP w/GetUpSide discounts!

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Discover is NOT offering 5% this quarter. Freedom does.