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Buying food at gas station?

Postby Taalar » Sun Feb 26, 2017 12:19 pm

If I walk into a gas station and purchase an energy drink, am I getting the gas station rebate? How do they know?
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Sun Feb 26, 2017 4:54 pm

Taalar wrote:If I walk into a gas station and purchase an energy drink, am I getting the gas station rebate? How do they know?

There's no "one size fits all" answer. It will depend on how the card defines the gas bonus category, and whether the merchant has the indoor terminal set up under a different merchant category code (such as convenience store) than the gas pumps.

You'll just have to try it and see, or find someone with the same card who uses the same station. Don't expect all locations of a gas chain to be consistent, either.
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby kdm31091 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 7:35 pm

Taalar wrote:If I walk into a gas station and purchase an energy drink, am I getting the gas station rebate? How do they know?


With some cards yes, this works, but YMMV.

That said, you'd be saving more money almost certainly by buying your energy drink elsewhere and foregoing the bonus rewards

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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby kcm7 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 10:07 am

As others have said, YMMV.

But as a data point, I used my Chase IHG card (which gives 2X at gas stations) to buy food at an EXXON Mobile gas station this weekend, and I did get the bonus points (coded as gas station).
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby Taalar » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:04 pm

thanks. I travel and sometimes by snacks or energy drinks and was wondering. :)
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Postby CarefulBuilder14 » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:18 pm

Taalar wrote:thanks. I travel and sometimes by snacks or energy drinks and was wondering. :)

Does your favored brand require refrigeration? Does your car get very hot or very cold? If those aren't problems, buying in bulk may make sense.

If those are problems, then I certainly see the value of convenience.

Portion control can also be a factor. I like trail mix, but would run into problems if I had several pounds of it on hand constantly.
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby augiedog » Tue Feb 28, 2017 1:54 pm

I have seen 7-11 stores post as gas stations on my Discover card, even when one did not have any gas. I have yet to see a gas station convenience store not post as anything but a gas station, but it could depend on the store and how they identify themselves.

I do believe the convenience store would have to identify as a gas station in the case you pay for your gas in the store instead of at the pump. Amex is the only one who I have seen make a distinction about paying at the pump vs inside the store. Occasionally they have Amex Offers on gas, and require the purchase be made at the pump, in which case the purchase is labelled as an "Automated Fuel Dispenser." However, I have not seen any such labelling with other issuers distinguishing between the two.

Sometimes the only way you would know is by checking the merchant category once the transaction posts.
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby Taalar » Tue Feb 28, 2017 6:38 pm

CarefulBuilder14 wrote:
Taalar wrote:thanks. I travel and sometimes by snacks or energy drinks and was wondering. :)

Does your favored brand require refrigeration? Does your car get very hot or very cold? If those aren't problems, buying in bulk may make sense.

If those are problems, then I certainly see the value of convenience.

Portion control can also be a factor. I like trail mix, but would run into problems if I had several pounds of it on hand constantly.


I do 1-2000 mile road trips. I plan some, but when with the family, sometimes we do munchies. Also sometimes I just need that 4 hour shot and I ran out. :)
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby Darrvao777 » Thu Mar 02, 2017 4:00 pm

kdm31091 wrote:That said, you'd be saving more money almost certainly by buying your energy drink elsewhere and foregoing the bonus rewards


Haha, very true
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Re: Buying food at gas station?

Postby TXviking » Tue May 02, 2017 2:40 am

Given that even at gas station prices, these drinks are only a few bucks, unless you're buying thousands of them every year this won't matter significantly on your cashback anyway. Most will code the same as gas, some might not, and life is too short to worry about it.



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