I thought it would be funny to link a video from one of my favorite films, Some Like It Hot, starring Tony Curtis and Marilyn Monroe. If you're familiar with the film you'll understand why I linked this scene and get a laugh. If not, watch it and get a laugh!
I first learned about Shell's Fuel Rewards Network™ Program through Influenster. The program looked great! With it you automatically save 3¢ per gallon but can end up earning up to 75¢ off per gallon by shopping online, at participating retailers, and dining out. If you're wondering how it works click this link, or watch the video below!
When I got my reward card in the mail I was excited. I don't drive a lot but my boyfriend does so I was going to check it out and let him primarily use it for the savings, while I racked up the cents per gallon savings by shopping. With my card I also got an additional 25¢per gallon sign up bonus, which would be rewarded after purchasing at least 8 gallons of gas at a shell station (limited to the first 1 million FRN members).
I went online to search for the nearest places I could shop and also the nearest Shell station so I could start using my rewards. The site is extremely easy to navigate but, to my surprise, there are absolutely NO Shell gas stations in WNY! I found places I could use my card to shop at to rack up savings, but no where to actually get my gas savings! With a gas station on almost every corner here, and Shell being a huge name, I was disappointed.
|Not one Shell station. None.|
|This is what it looks like if there are locations in your area.|
As you can see in the pictures above, off to the left you can change the map to see participating locations, dining, and e-coupons that can be used in your area under the Fuel & Save tab to help you get more savings. You can also look under the Shop & Earn tab to help you find more savings.
I could have sworn there were Shell locations by me! Apparently not, and the closest ones I did find were in Canada, where the program is unavailable. Even if it was available, I wouldn't be driving to Canada just to use it. Maybe if I traveled a lot more and out of town I could use this, but right now, it's just not for me.
Overall, the concept is pretty awesome. So I give this...