If you are one of the many travelers that are going somewhere over this holiday weekend or over spring break, you might want to look into Fred Meyer's fuel program. Summer Joy looked into the details to find out how it works.
A year ago, Idahoans were paying $3.74 a gallon for self-serve unleaded gasoline, which is 31 more cents than today's average price. Even though gas prices are lower than they have been, partly due to the plentiful and less expansive oil from Canada and North Dakota; Fred Meyers and Shell are teaming up and Fred Meyers is expanding their fuel points program in Idaho, Oregon, and Washington.
"I think first of all, gas is one of things we spend the most money on; so it's going to help our customer stretch their dollar a little bit. We also have great prices in the store and they are going to be able to fill up. It's a clean gas station and we are really proud of it," said Brian O'Tool, the Store Director.
Previously, customers could only redeem 100 fuel points each time they filled up, that means 10 cents off per gallon per fill up. Now you can use up to 1,000 fuel points per fill up, which adds up to a dollar off per gallon.
"We have great gas and we are competitively priced and then on top of that they will be able to use rewards from the store and they are still going to get that rewards rebate every 13 weeks which is pretty exciting," add O'Tool.
It's free to sign up and customers earn one fuel point for every dollar spent on qualifying items at Fred Meyers.
"I'm just really excited about it and I know all of my employees are excited about it. It's an opportunity for us to save money too and this is our favorite store," said O'Tool.
For more information you can go online to www.fredmeyer.com/fuel
or just stop by at your local Fred Meyers store. Dave carlson, AAA spokesperson says it's hard to say if retail gas prices have peaked this spring.
There is still refinery maintenance that needs to be completed and much of the country has yet to transition to summer-blend gasoline.
But good news for idaho falls and pocatello, they are two of the cities in Idaho that have some of the lowest gas prices; Averaging $3.38 compared to some of the higher cities, like boise, which is at an average of $3.45.