Convenient, and easy to purchase and use, fuel gift cards are perfect for anyone on the go. They can be bought for personal purposes or even as a thoughtful gift for family, friends, or acquaintances.
What is a fuel card?
Fuel gift cards are credit-card sized and can be purchased for any particular petrol station or company to buy fuel and, often, other petrol-station conveniences, like car washes or windshield washer fluid. These cards and vouchers are ideal for anyone who drives to help them save time while filling up, and are more convenient than paying with cash. These vouchers are also helpful to budget money spent on fuel weekly (or even monthly) as they can be purchased in varying denominations.
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How and where to purchase fuel cards and vouchers
As convenient to buy as they are to use, fuel cards and vouchers can be purchased directly from the petrol station or even from the supermarket upon check out. The best way to figure out which station to buy a gift card from should be based on your own personal preference or experiences with that particular station, or by researching the terms and conditions (including any expiration dates) attached to using the fuel card and vouchers. If you are looking for a last-minute gift and have decided to buy a fuel card from the supermarket, be sure to read the back of the card where the terms and conditions and any information about expiry will be listed. If it’s possible that the gift may have to be returned, ask the cashier about the store’s return policy. Sometimes, the cashier may not activate the card correctly and there may be a hiccup in using the card; ask the cashier what the store’s policy is on this, and what the steps would be to correct this situation should it happen. The best place to buy your fuel card is from the desired station or directly from the company as you can ask questions specific to the company that the supermarket’s cashiers may not be aware of.
How to look for gift cards and vouchers online
Many petrol retailers also offer gift cards and vouchers for purchase online. Think about the petrol company that you are most likely to buy from and why purchasing a gift card or voucher from that company would be the best investment. Then, simply visit your preferred company’s website and use the search bar (often located in the top right area of the site’s homepage) to look for “gift card”. The site should then direct you to the proper page displaying its gift card or voucher options. Once on the correct page, you can select the desired denomination for the gift card and can indicate which email you’d like it sent to. Before purchasing, ensure that you’ve read the terms and conditions for use of the gift card on the company’s website: these should be in plain view on the webpage. Note if there’s an expiry date attached to the card and, if there is, see if there’s an option to notify the recipient to remind them of this when the date draws near. If not, remember to keep that date in mind for personal use. After the email is received, the gift card or voucher can easily be printed and used at the selected petrol station.
Why buy a fuel card and voucher
If you’re buying a fuel card or voucher for personal use, it may be beneficial to look into a personal fuel credit card to receive points and rewards that can be redeemed for free fuel at many major stations, or for other rewards. There are a number of great fuel rewards credit cards, although some can charge more in interest than what you’ll earn in petrol points and rewards. Also note that some of these credit cards only award free petrol points when the credit card is used to purchase fuel, while others compile free petrol points on various, everyday purchases. The American Express Platinum Edge Credit Card offers a low starting interest rate and awards up to 3 Membership Reward Points per $1 spent. It also grants free petrol points for several major petrol stations. Fuel cards and vouchers allow you to purchase fuel without having to count out cash, worry about accumulating interest on a credit card, or having to punch in a PIN when you don’t have seconds to spare at the pump. They are readily available, easy to purchase, and are useful when trying to control the amount of money spent on filling up. They can also make a great gift, especially for a first-time car buyer.
Giving fuel cards and vouchers as presents
Buying a fuel card is a thoughtful gift, especially for teenagers with a driver’s license and new vehicle who don’t always have their own money to purchase petrol. Teens are often still dependent on allowances, but want the freedom of driving their own car, and will no doubt appreciate the freedom that the fuel card will give them. Fuel cards and vouchers are great for any student, especially for those of university age who maintain a strict budget, and still want to be able to drive home on weekends or holidays to visit yet don’t want to worry about dipping in their savings to pay for petrol. Some gift cards can also be used to purchase snacks essential for any road-trip from the station. Giving the gift of free petrol doesn’t have to be limited to recipients on a strict budget; parents who drive their children from one activity to the next often don’t have much time to spend at the pump and will appreciate the convenience of being cash-free while filling up. They’ll also no doubt appreciate not having to worry about accruing interest on a personal credit card. Fuel gift cards and vouchers are available in several denominations, from $10 and upwards depending on the petrol company, so they are quite versatile in regards to who the recipient is, and how much you don’t like to spend on a gift. For example, you could give your teenage niece a card with $50 or $100 on it for her birthday, and give a card with $10 on it as a “thank you” to a neighbour or friend. Fuel cards and vouchers are a cashless and stress free way to purchase fuel or any other driving essentials for drivers with somewhere to be. They’re convenient and easy to use, and may be used personally or gifted to a friend or family member who has a car they need to maintain.