Petrol Credit Cards
Earn points for your fuel spending and save on petrol costs with one of these rewards credit cards – here’s how it works.
As an everyday expense, you can earn points per $1 on petrol when you pay with a rewards credit card. Most of these cards also give you a way to save on fuel spending, thanks to rewards including gift cards and cashback. So, let's take a look at your options.
Credit cards that offer rewards points
for spending on petrol
What credit cards offer more rewards for petrol and fuel spending?
Most rewards credit cards earn points per $1 on your everyday spending, including petrol. But some credit cards offer a higher amount of points per $1 on petrol spending. For example, the American Express Platinum Edge offers 3 points per $1 at major petrol stations and supermarkets, compared to 1 point per $1 on most other spending in Australia.
There are also credit cards linked to rewards programs that already offer petrol benefits. For example, Coles Mastercard credit cards give you a way to earn and redeem points at Coles Express service stations.
Pros and cons of petrol credit card offers
- Earn points per $1 on fuel. A credit card that offers more points on fuel spending can help fast-track your rewards.
- Fuel rewards. You can usually redeem points for cashback, fuel gift cards or even when you're paying for petrol at a service station.
- Extra perks. These credit cards often come with perks like complimentary insurance, concierge services and airport lounge passes.
- Annual fees. Most of these credit cards have an annual fee, which typically ranges from $58 to $700 or more.
- High interest rates. Rewards credit cards typically have higher interest rates than most other cards. Unless you pay your balance in full and get interest-free days, interest charges could quickly add up.
- Service station restrictions. If you get a credit card that's only partnered with select service stations, you'll need to make sure you only get petrol with that particular brand to make the most of it.
Rewards programs with petrol partnerships in Australia
A handful of rewards programs in Australia have direct partnerships with service stations. This gives you a way to get value from your petrol spending without a credit card – or earn even more points with one.
|Rewards program||Petrol or service station partner||Earning points||Redeeming points|
|BP Rewards||BP service stations||Join BP Rewards, link it to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and you'll earn between 1 and 2 BP Points per litre of fuel and 1 point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products.||Fuel rewards: Redeem 500 BP Points for $5 off your next eligible purchase|
Other rewards: Redeem 1,000 points for a $10 David Jones eGift card
|Qantas Frequent Flyer||BP service stations (BP Rewards)||Join BP Rewards, link it to your Qantas Frequent Flyer account and you'll earn up to 2 Qantas Points per litre of fuel and 1 Qantas Point per $1 spent on eligible in-store products.||Fuel rewards: Redeem your Qantas Points to pay for fuel, with a minimum 1,900 points giving you $10 off (up to $100 per transaction)|
Other rewards: Redeem a minimum of 8,000 points for Qantas flights, or use points for thousands of other options through the Qantas Frequent Flyer website.
|Flybuys||Shell Coles Express||Scan your Flybuys card to earn 1 point per $2 spent on fuel and eligible in-store spending.||Fuel rewards: Redeem 2,000 Flybuys points for $10 off your spending at Shell Coles Express.|
Other rewards: Get $10 off your shop at Coles and other participating Flybuys partners, transfer points to Velocity Frequent Flyer or shop for rewards on the Flybuys store.
|Everyday Rewards||Scan your Everyday rewards card to earn a minimum of 1 point per $1 spent at participating service stations.|
Petrol discounts: Scan your Everyday Rewards card at participating Ampol or EG Ampol service stations to get 4 cents per litre off your fuel.
|Fuel rewards: Choose money off your shop and you can get $10 off at participating EG Ampol petrol stations for every 2,000 points earned.|
Other rewards: Get $10 off your shop at Woolworths and other partner stores. Or transfer your points to Qantas Frequent Flyer.
|Velocity Frequent Flyer (My 7-Eleven app)||7-Eleven||Get the My 7-Eleven app, link your Velocity Frequent Flyer account and scan your Velocity card through the app to earn 1-2 points per litre of fuel and 2 points per $1 spent at participating service stations.|
Petrol discounts: Exclusive offers through the My 7-Eleven app, plus a "fuel price lock" feature to help you get the best local price.
|Fuel rewards: Velocity Frequent Flyer doesn't offer specific fuel rewards.|
Other rewards: Flights, accommodation, gift cards and more through Velocity. Plus a My 7-Eleven surprise reward after every 7th visit.
Example: How much value can I get from paying for petrol with a credit card?
To give you an idea of how much value you can get with a card that has a higher earn rate for petrol spending, let's take a look at the Coles No Annual Fee Mastercard.
It earns an equivalent to 0.5 Flybuys points per $1 on all your eligible spending, including petrol. In this scenario, we'll assume you can get all your petrol at a Shell Coles Express service station, which also offers 1 Flybuys point per $2 spent.
|Weekly petrol spend||Points per year||Petrol rewards example|
|$100||$20 off your spending at Shell Coles Express service stations (or for spending at other Flybuys partner stores)|
|$200||$50 off your spending at Shell Coles Express service stations (or for spending at other Flybuys partner stores)|
|$300||$70 off your spending at Shell Coles Express service stations (or for spending at other Flybuys partner stores)|
In this example, you could save between $20 and $70 off your petrol in a year just by paying for petrol with the Coles No Annual Fee credit card and scanning your Flybuys card.
If you earned Flybuys points with other partners, or through bonus points offers, you could get even more money off your petrol and other spending.
With data from the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) showing that petrol prices reached an 8-year high in February 2022 and have risen since then, rewards are one way you could save on costs – or at least get more value out of what you spend.
Buying petrol for your business or a fleet of cars? Check out fuel cards that offer savings per litre.
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