Maybe you think of Kroger as a great place to save money on groceries. But it turns out Kroger is a great place to save money on gas, too!
Here’s how to save on Kroger gas
Kroger owns nearly 2,800 stores across two dozen supermarket chains in 35 states and Washington, D.C.
Are you familiar with names like Foods Co., Ralphs, Dillons, Smith’s, King Soopers, Fry’s, QFC, City Market, Owen’s, Jay C, Pay Less, Baker’s, Gerbes, Harris Teeter, Pick N’ Save, Copps, Metro Market or Mariano’s? They’re all under common ownership, with Kroger as the parent company.
Fortunately, there are a lot of entry points to save money on Kroger gas at any of the chain’s banners. Here’s how to get started…
Table of contents
- Join the Kroger Plus shopper’s program
- Buy select gift cards
- Receive Kroger Fuel Points at the pharmacy
- Use the Kroger Rewards World Mastercard
- Join the Kroger Fuel VIP pilot program
1. Join the Kroger Plus shopper’s program
The easiest way to start saving money on Kroger fuel is simply to sign up for the Kroger Plus card. Just complete the free registration for this loyalty card and you’re up and running collecting fuel points.
The basic idea here is that you earn one fuel point for every $1 you spend. Certain items like alcohol and tobacco are not eligible to earn fuel points. Then for every 100 points you accumulate in a month, you get 10 cents off per gallon at Kroger Fuel Centers. You must use those points by the end of the month following the one in which you earn them, and points don’t combine across months.
But Kroger Plus is about more than just fuel savings. Your free membership also gives you access to:
- Digital coupons
- Personalized offers
- Special promotions
- The weekly circular
- The monthly newsletter and more
(Editor’s note: Some Shell stations also participate in the program. Call 1-888-GO-SHELL for more information.)
2. Buy select gift cards
Once you’re a Kroger Plus member, you can earn double points on select gift cards every day. So, for example, if you purchase a $25 participating gift card, you get 50 fuel points.
In addition, Kroger often runs special promotions where you can get up to four times the fuel points on select gift card purchases. So if you manage to catch one of these sales, that same $25 gift card purchase would get you 100 fuel points!
However, the following gift cards are always ineligible for any points offers:
- Kroger and Kroger Family of Stores gift cards
- Green Dot prepaid reloadable products
- American Express variable load gift cards
- Visa variable load gift cards
- Mastercard variable load gift cards
3. Receive Kroger Fuel points at the pharmacy
You can earn 50 points for qualifying prescriptions that you pick up at the Kroger pharmacy.
However, certain restrictions do apply. For example, there’s a different point system if your prescriptions are paid for, either in whole or in part, by a federal healthcare program such as Medicare, Medicaid or Tricare.
In that case, you receive Pharmacy Fuel Points based on how much you spend out of pocket in a 1:1 ratio. So, $1 spent equals one fuel point, in this example.
Have additional questions? Your best bet is to ask your Kroger pharmacist about how the fuel points work at their store.
4. Use the Kroger Rewards World Mastercard
As a welcome bonus to new account holders, Kroger offers an additional 25 cents off per gallon for the first year each time you redeem 100 fuel points. You just need to use your Kroger Rewards World Mastercard to get the extra savings.
After 12 months, the additional payout rate drops down from 25 cents off per gallon to 5 cents off. Learn more here.
5. Join the Kroger Fuel VIP pilot program
Kroger is currently doing a pilot test of a new paid program called Fuel VIP.
With this subscription loyalty program, you pay $40 a year and get to earn one extra fuel point for every dollar you spend. So it effectively doubles your baseline Kroger fuel points accumulation rate. It also offers you bigger savings at the pump, among other things.
|Feature||With Fuel VIP||Without Fuel VIP|
|Fuel points accumulation||200 fuel points||100 fuel points|
|Savings at the pump||20 cents off per gallon||10 cents off per gallon|
|Savings during 2x fuel point promotion||Earn 3x fuel points||Earn 2x fuel points|
|Savings during 3x fuel point promotion||Earn 4x fuel points||Earn 3x fuel points|
You can see full details of the Fuel VIP program and sign up for the pilot here.
Kroger offers many ways to save money on gas. Best of all, it’s easy to mix and match among the strategies we’ve outlined here.
Meanwhile, while we’re on the topic of gas, did you know that there’s a special kind of detergent gas that’s actually better to use for your car?
It’s called Top Tier detergent gasoline and it has deposit control additives to clean your engine and help it run more efficiently. We’ve got a full write-up on Top Tier gas and a list of retailers that sell it here.