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Well, of course you have to factor in time and convenience. Also, cleanliness (no construction debris to damage your tires, etc) and pump equipment that works well.
Those were problems with one station near the local Costco. It closed pretty quickly when Costco added gas. Good riddance!
I divide my gas purchases between a Mobil and Costco. The reason I don't get exclusively Costco gas is that they don't have equipment to check my tire pressure there. I will always be giving Mobil some business every few weeks for that reason.
Purely on the basis of the 'price at the pump' as well as cash back, the Costco/TE combo does give the cheapest price in most of its markets. Maybe not 100%, but if you're a member and you're going to a Costco that has gas anyway, there is fairly high probability that it is the best place to fill up in the area. Having a Sallie Mae is a great backup when you go to any other station.
Also, the rebate check is different from the TrueEarnings card, and there is no rebate on gas - just warehouse purchases (and some special things you can buy through Costco). I am letting my pulls cool off before getting the TE, but I expect the cash back is earned and redeemed just like any other Amex cash back. The rebate check just applies to warehouse purchases, and is a feature of a higher-priced Costco membership.
Keeping indefinitely: IHG, SchwabPlat, CSP, Discover, Freedom, ED, BCE, Hyatt
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AA Platinum converting into Costco
Might add: Proper business card, CSR, Ritz, Delta Gold, First Tech
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