Most of us have or are aware of credit cards that earn bonus miles/points for purchases at gas stations. For example, during this first quarter of 2018, the Chase Freedom card has gas stations as one of its bonus categories and you can earn 5 Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent. The IHG card will earn 2 points per dollar. The Hilton card will give you 5 points per dollar. And now you can double up those bonuses when you link your card to your BP Driver Rewards account.
You can sign up at this website or if you’re like me and already have a BP Driver Reward account, just log into your account, click on the BP Driver Rewards tab at the top and scroll down just a little until you see the photo of the United Airlines plane.
When you click on the Learn More button you see that you can earn 1, 2 or 3 miles per gallon:
Even better, you’ll earn 200 bonus miles for your first purchase after linking a debit or credit card to your BP Driver Rewards account and paying with that card.
The downside to this is that you can’t earn both cash back and airline miles for the same purchase. If you already have a BPDR account and you want to earn miles, you’ll need to log into your account to change your rewards type. You can do that on the My Account tab.
NOTE: This promotion is not available to California residents.
If you don’t have other ways of earning United miles, this is a great way to extend the life of the miles you do have, since every addition of miles extends the life of your entire pool of miles for 18 months.
What if BP gas is not the cheapest in your area? United miles are worth approximately 1.4-1.5 cents apiece. So if BP gas is more than about 2 cents per gallon more expensive than your usual gas station it might not be worth more than an occasional visit to help extend your UA miles. I’ve recently stocked up on Kroger fuel points thanks to a 4x fuel points on gift cards promotion this weekend so it may be a month or two before I take advantage of this BP promotion.
But for those of you who spend a lot at the pump, this could be a nice way to bump up your UA stash of points.
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