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Shell Fuel Rewards offering extended Gold status for Chase cardholders

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Chase Sapphire and Chase Freedom cardholders can enjoy automatic Gold status with Shell Fuel Rewards for the rest of the year.

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Shell Fuel Rewards recently announced a special deal for Chase Sapphire and Chase Freedom cardholders – automatic Gold status with the program for the rest of the year. Now, anyone with a Chase Sapphire Preferred®, Chase Sapphire Reserve®, Chase Freedom Unlimited® or Chase Freedom® card can enjoy at least 5 cents off of every gallon when filling up at a Shell pump.

This special promotion extends the deal usually available to new Shell Fuel Rewards members, who receive Gold status for the first six months. Plus, it is also offered to those already in the program, who can be boosted to Gold status for the rest of the year – even if they haven’t met the qualifications.

How does Shell Fuel Rewards work?

Shell Fuel Rewards awards automatic savings at the pump at Shell gas stations to all of its members. It also functions as a card-linked offer program, allowing members to link their credit and debit cards to unlock additional savings.

Membership in Shell Fuel Rewards comes in two tiers – Silver and Gold status. Silver status is the default membership tier for all members (who have completed the introductory offer) and earns a 3-cents-per-gallon discount. Gold status requires members to fill up at least six times every three months but boosts savings to 5 cents per gallon.

To stack even more rewards, Shell Fuel Rewards members can use their linked credit and debit cards to redeem deals with retailers on the Fuel Rewards Network online mall, participating Fuel Rewards Network restaurants and travel booked through Fuel Rewards Network travel. For example, every $50 spent at participating restaurants earns members 10 cents per gallon off of their next gas purchase.

Shell Fuel Rewards is part of the Rewards Network, a collection of card-linked offer programs for airline and hotel loyalty programs that awards automatic savings on dozens of dining purchases. Any card you have linked to another one of these programs cannot also earn rewards through Shell Fuel Rewards.

See related: Shell Fuel Rewards program guide

What sets the Shell Fuel Rewards Chase offer apart?

All new Shell Fuel Rewards program members receive automatic Gold status for the first six months, but now Chase Freedom and Sapphire cardholders can enjoy an extended offer. Without having to meet the normal qualifications (at least six fill-ups every three months), cardholders who qualify for the offer can receive 5 cents off per gallon for the rest of the year.

Once you sign up for the program with the special Chase offer, you can still link any of your credit and debit cards to earn rewards.

Tip

Tip: Whichever way you join the program, the last three months of your introductory Gold status period are a qualification period. You’ll need to fill up at least six times to maintain your status in the following months. 

Is the offer worth it?

If you visit Shell gas stations on a regular basis, the offer from Chase is superfluous. New members of the Shell Fuel Rewards program already earn six months of automatic Gold status, and you can maintain Gold status indefinitely by filling up at a Shell gas station at least twice a month.

That being said, Shell Fuel Rewards is a pretty valuable program. If you often fill up at a Shell gas station, you can rack up great savings. The program is free to participate in and rewards can be earned on all sorts of different purchases.

If you are a Chase Freedom or Chase Sapphire cardholder, now is a good time to join the program and enjoy a few extra months of Gold status, without needing to meet the qualifications. If you are already part of Shell Fuel Rewards and have trouble maintaining Gold status, you can also take advantage of the offer to get a bigger discount for the rest of the year.

Chase Freedom cardholders have the most to gain from signing up for Shell Fuel Rewards. For Q1 2019, the Chase Freedom 5 percent bonus category includes gas station purchases. That means you can earn a 5-cents-per-gallon discount at the pump as a Shell Fuel Rewards Gold member as well as 5 percent cash back for paying with your Freedom card. Even if you don’t stack offers from dining or travel purchases, you are earning incredible savings.

Final thoughts

If you are looking for a way to save on gas, Shell Fuel Rewards is a great opportunity to earn savings from your everyday spending, on purchases such as dining, travel and online shopping. With this new offer, Chase Freedom and Sapphire cardholders can enjoy at least 5 cents off for the rest of the year, without having to meet the normal Gold status qualifications. While it might not be the most exciting promotion, Chase cardholders – especially Chase Freedom cardholders – have a lot to gain from signing up.

See related: Chase launches its cash back category for Q2 2019

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