"Goodbye, BP"

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"Goodbye, BP"

Postby dragon452 » Tue Jun 21, 2016 7:54 pm

As most of you probably already know (at least here in the Southeast), most BP gas stations have converted to some other brand (mostly Marathon Oil Company). I've had an Amoco/BP credit card since the early 1990's. Here in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida, pretty much all of the BP stations are now gone. So, I called the BP Company customer service line to ask a simple question: "Are ALL the BP stations in Florida closing or converting to another brand"? Here is the answer from this kid who either doesn't know crap about anything, or was told not to say anything: "most of the stations are privately owned stations, and they can switch gasoline brands if they choose, but I don't know of any widespread closings"...so I answered: "so a couple hundred BP stations in Florida all decided to switch to Marathon or some other brand"??? He had no answer, nor would he try to find one for me. That's it folks, I simply called the Synchrony Bank, and cancelled my old BP/Amoco card. My family has been using Amoco gasoline since the 1930's...now it gone, like so many other things. Thanks for reading my story.


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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby Nixon » Tue Jun 21, 2016 9:43 pm

Congrats, thanks for sharing. :lift:
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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby augiedog » Thu Jun 23, 2016 5:38 pm

I've noticed all the bp stations are now Marathon. I'm in the same area as you, in Hallandale.
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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby dragon452 » Fri Jun 24, 2016 2:46 pm

Hi Augiedog! I'm just down the road in Sunny Isles Beach. You want to laugh? When I called the BP Credit Card Service number (for Synchrony Bank), the automated system wouldn't let me get to a live person for love or money...you can say "Agent", or "Operator", or keep hitting the "0"...nothing happens, the recording keeps blabbling away with messages and menu choices. Finally it asks me to tell it what I'd like, so I said two words: "CLOSE ACCOUNT". The recorded message tells me to make sure I want it closed, and once its closed, the account cannot be reopened, etc. When the recording finally shut up, I said: "YES", and that was it...the recording says "Your account is closed", and gives me a four digit confirmation number". Period, end of story.

Forgive me for digressing folks, but in the "old days", if you were a good customer who decided to close a credit account, a LIVE PERSON would have spoken to you, asked you WHY you want to close your account, ask if they can do anything for you to keep the account open...NOT ANYMORE! Simply tell the voice recognition computer at the other end, and your account is history! Short and sweet...Goodbye, BP, and goodbye beloved Synchrony Bank.

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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby augiedog » Fri Jun 24, 2016 3:27 pm

Wow, be glad you closed your account now before you ever got hit with a fraudulent charge. Imagine how frustrating that would be to resolve?

The representative on your first call was right that stations can change brand at will. But the widespread change is rather shocking, and there might be only one left in a 10 mile radius. Possibly they are increase the price of their brand royalty, unfavorable terms, or just decided to pull out of Florida altogether (and we might not see a single BP by the end of this year).

Really I don't find gas station cards giving exceptionally good discounts, and are rather lousy. Publix has ExxonMobil gift cards for $10 off $50 every so often, so you're getting 20% off plus the 2%-5% cashback you get from your credit card. Also, there's a very close gas station near us that is the cheapest overall in our area on Pembroke/Park Rd. Plus, if you use a Mobil gift card you get $0.06 off every gallon, which makes it well worth the drive. Not to mention it's one of the few ways to redeem Plenti points (beware that if you redeem Plenti points, you need to check your receipt to make sure the gift card has a $0 balance before throwing it away - or reinsert the card into the reader and cancel the sale).
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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby TXviking » Sun Jun 26, 2016 2:45 pm

dragon452 wrote:As most of you probably already know (at least here in the Southeast), most BP gas stations have converted to some other brand (mostly Marathon Oil Company). I've had an Amoco/BP credit card since the early 1990's. Here in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area of Florida, pretty much all of the BP stations are now gone. So, I called the BP Company customer service line to ask a simple question: "Are ALL the BP stations in Florida closing or converting to another brand"? Here is the answer from this kid who either doesn't know crap about anything, or was told not to say anything: "most of the stations are privately owned stations, and they can switch gasoline brands if they choose, but I don't know of any widespread closings"...so I answered: "so a couple hundred BP stations in Florida all decided to switch to Marathon or some other brand"??? He had no answer, nor would he try to find one for me. That's it folks, I simply called the Synchrony Bank, and cancelled my old BP/Amoco card. My family has been using Amoco gasoline since the 1930's...now it gone, like so many other things. Thanks for reading my story.


Bummer. I live in Southeast Florida as well (I work in Fort Lauderdale, but live in the Acreage outside West Palm Beach.) Lately, I've been using Costco for fuel, with Racetrac as my backup when I need gas and Costco is too far away or closed (Costco's hours are a bit of a limitation.)

One recent benefit of Racetrac: They have a rewards program now. It's not much, but it's gotten me a few free soft drinks and such which is a nice touch.

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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby dragon452 » Mon Jun 27, 2016 7:57 pm

Racetrac stations are good...they ALWAYS use fresh, name-brand gasoline in their pumps anyway (they sell so much of it, there's always a truck there making a delivery), and the price is always several cents under the cheapest price in the area. Also, they force the name brand stations around them to sell gas at a cheaper price, or nobody in the area would go to those stations. The difference between Racetrac (about five miles from my home), and the stations where I live (in Sunny Isles Beach): about 35 cents per gallon less at Racetrac. And yes, any perks you get from buying from them is icing on the cake.

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Re: "Goodbye, BP"

Postby TXviking » Tue Jun 28, 2016 12:45 am

dragon452 wrote:Racetrac stations are good...they ALWAYS use fresh, name-brand gasoline in their pumps anyway (they sell so much of it, there's always a truck there making a delivery), and the price is always several cents under the cheapest price in the area. Also, they force the name brand stations around them to sell gas at a cheaper price, or nobody in the area would go to those stations. The difference between Racetrac (about five miles from my home), and the stations where I live (in Sunny Isles Beach): about 35 cents per gallon less at Racetrac. And yes, any perks you get from buying from them is icing on the cake.


I live in the Acreage, so if I miss opportunities for gas elsewhere (read: Costco), I always stop at the Racetrac on Blue Heron Blvd. Super-convenient since it' on my way home anyway. Racetrac is still more expensive than Costco, but cheaper than basically any non-membership option.

Now if they would only start selling REC90 at that location..



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