There is an endless amount of gas cards on the market, and practically every major gas station, including Shell, has options to choose from. In fact, Shell offers two options for gas cards for consumers. And to convert you from an everyday customer to a cardholder, they plaster colorful advertisements all over the gas pumps detailing how much you’ll save. But are Shell gas cards really worth it? The answer depends on a number of key factors, including your monthly consumption.
This is a store-branded charge card that can only be used at participating Shell gas stations.
- APR: 26.74%8
- Annual Fee: None8
- Late-Payment: Up to $388
- Returned Payment: See terms
As a cardholder, you’ll receive five cents off every gallon of Shell Fuel, including Shell Nitrogen Enriched Gasolines, issued in the form of a statement credit. There is no minimum purchase requirement and no cap on the amount you can save.
You will be able to view transactions, pay your bill, request additional cards, review unbilled charges and current statements through online account access.
The Shell Drive for Five Card enables you to withdraw cash from your local ATM, but a fee equivalent to the higher of $108 or 5%8 of the amount advanced applies. You will also have to pay a higher APR of 29.99%8 percent for the transaction. However, this is a major plus as most store branded cards don’t offer access to ATM cash withdrawals.
Beyond the standard discount of five cents per gallon, there’s no real incentive to apply for this card. And it doesn’t help that it can only be used at Shell stations.
Any money saved is better than no money saved, but the discount of five cents per gallon isn’t all that impressive. Case in point: if you purchase 60 gallons of gas each month at $2.00 per gallon, you will save $3 each month. You may be better off signing up for the rewards program at your local gas station to derive a comparable benefit.
The Shell Platinum Select Mastercard can be used anywhere around the world where Mastercard is accepted.
Cardholders will not be assessed an annual fee, but the APR is a whopping 24.99 percent. A late payment and returned payment fee of up to $37 also applies. And if you use the card while traveling abroad, a foreign transaction fee of 3%8 will be applied to all purchases.
Cardholders can save up to 20 cents per gallon via the tiered discount system. Here’s how it works:
- 10 cents off when you spend between $500 and $999.99
- 15 cents off when you spend between $1,000 and $2,499.99
- 20 cents off when you spend over $2,499.99
The discount is limited to the first 100 gallons of Shell gasoline or diesel purchases each billing cycle, and the savings are issued as a statement credit the following cycle.
No Rewards System
The tiered discounts are much better than what you get with the Shell Drive for Five charge card, but there aren’t any other real incentives for account holders who are also loyal customers.
While both cards enable you to save money on your gasoline purchases, there are no other impressive benefits if you’re looking for something more in a credit card. However, Shell gas cards may be ideal if you have less than perfect credit since they sometimes extend lower credit limits to risky borrowers.