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Old 08-12-2019, 02:17 PM   #29
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This program sounds interesting. Do they supply a list of stations that can be used along with the discounts?
We just signed up for the program and I get fuel prices emailed to me every day for every Pilot/Flying J in the US.
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We just signed up for the program and I get fuel prices emailed to me every day for every Pilot/Flying J in the US.
The also email prices for Loves and TA.
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Old 08-12-2019, 02:31 PM   #31
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We just signed up for the program and I get fuel prices emailed to me every day for every Pilot/Flying J in the US.
The PFJ discount is always .05 (.045 after TSD fee) which can be beat with PFJ/GoodSam discounts.

The ones you really want to watch are Loves and T/A as they have substantial savings.
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Thanks to everyone with all the varying points of view. And a special thanks for the discussion on the TSD program. I'm definitely looking into that one as the savings sound huge. I would set up a separate account at my bank for that use only so in case anything happened, it would be limited to the funds in that account. That's a great idea too.

On my recent trip I would peg the average difference from what I paid vs the big travel stops at 30 cents per gallon off the CREDIT price, which is generally 6 cents or so higher than that cash price at the big guys....so perhaps 24 or 25 cents off the cash price AND I could still use a credit card to pay it, which then pays me back even more. The over 50 cent difference was in Wisconsin where the big guys were over $3 credit price and Kwik Trip truck stops, which have everything the others do, were $2.57 credit. A Petro Pumper west of Madison was $3.23 a gallon and it was $2.79 a gallon literally next door at a Mobil where I could just pull right through easy peezy. But the Mobil didn't have all the bells and whistles. We stayed overnight in the lot at Petro in the RV spaces away from the truckers and ate breakfast in their Iron Skillet diner, then left and filled up next door at the Mobil station saving $37.
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I've applied for a card, but to be fair, the best discounts seem to be at Love's and TA. Maybe I'm imagining it, but Love's seems to be very highly priced in the first place. The real savings compared to stopping elsewhere are going to be less. I'm heading out on Thursday for about a 4k trip and won't have my card in time, but will definitely give it a 'real world' trial on next year's trips. I'd like to see them add Petro as their stops are usually quite nice and they have good grub.
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I've applied for a card, but to be fair, the best discounts seem to be at Love's and TA. Maybe I'm imagining it, but Love's seems to be very highly priced in the first place. The real savings compared to stopping elsewhere are going to be less. I'm heading out on Thursday for about a 4k trip and won't have my card in time, but will definitely give it a 'real world' trial on next year's trips. I'd like to see them add Petro as their stops are usually quite nice and they have good grub.
Petro is part of TA and gets TSD discounts. The Petro mentioned in the post above yours in Madison today had a cash price of 2.99 and it's price with TSD card is 2.45.
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Got bad diesel @ Mom/Pop store...

We run off the top-half of our tank and got a 1/2 tank of bad diesel at a mom/pop store which caused $13,000 repair to our truck in January 2015 (had to replace the entire fuel system). Since we had filled-up twice after the suspected bad diesel, we couldn't pin it on anyone (although I'm pretty sure which one it was).

We won't be making that mistake again -- especially now that we've upgraded to a motorhome, it's not worth the risk.
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Thanks to everyone with all the varying points of view. And a special thanks for the discussion on the TSD program. I'm definitely looking into that one as the savings sound huge. I would set up a separate account at my bank for that use only so in case anything happened, it would be limited to the funds in that account. That's a great idea too.

On my recent trip I would peg the average difference from what I paid vs the big travel stops at 30 cents per gallon off the CREDIT price, which is generally 6 cents or so higher than that cash price at the big guys....so perhaps 24 or 25 cents off the cash price AND I could still use a credit card to pay it, which then pays me back even more. The over 50 cent difference was in Wisconsin where the big guys were over $3 credit price and Kwik Trip truck stops, which have everything the others do, were $2.57 credit. A Petro Pumper west of Madison was $3.23 a gallon and it was $2.79 a gallon literally next door at a Mobil where I could just pull right through easy peezy. But the Mobil didn't have all the bells and whistles. We stayed overnight in the lot at Petro in the RV spaces away from the truckers and ate breakfast in their Iron Skillet diner, then left and filled up next door at the Mobil station saving $37.

That says a lot; you will not buy their fuel, but will take advantage of Petro for free overnight parking anyway.
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I paid 2.49 a gallon yesterday at Buc-ee's on I-10 in Alabama. There are not that many but if you ever get a chance to stop at one the fuel is always cheap and good quality.
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I paid 2.49 a gallon yesterday at Buc-ee's on I-10 in Alabama. There are not that many but if you ever get a chance to stop at one the fuel is always cheap and good quality.
Just as a point of reference, as several of us have brought up TSD. The Loves just up the road from this Buc-ee's in Loxley has diesel at 2.37 with the TSD card, or including the TSD fee is 2.42 a gallon.

The cash price at this Loves is 2.94.
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That says a lot; you will not buy their fuel, but will take advantage of Petro for free overnight parking anyway.
We bought things from their store when we pulled in around 11:30 PM because the restaurant was closed, and then ate breakfast in their restaurant early morning, so they got business from us. I personally never stay overnight anywhere without giving them some kind of business. But I'm not going to pay $37 bucks extra for fuel for a few hours of sleep in a parking lot...no. And I don't feel bad about it at all. And in this particular case, we drive past several times a year and almost always stop for a meal or other sundries, and when their fuel prices were reasonable for the market conditions, filled up there many, many times. It's always best to understand all the facts before making judgements on someone's character, isn't it?
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Look for independent truck stops and large gas stations. Saves me $10-20 every fill up. Saved me many hundreds in last 6 years. Loves only gives useless points. Even with discounted pricing at the retail truck stops it's still more than independents.
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Look for independent truck stops and large gas stations. Saves me $10-20 every fill up. Saved me many hundreds in last 6 years. Loves only gives useless points. Even with discounted pricing at the retail truck stops it's still more than independents.
Pretty much what I do

I really don't like all the cards and gimmicks

When you are talking 50 bucks savings or so it is worth some effort to make the savings
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Guess $50 dollar savings would be very difficult with an small diesel truck pulling a 5th wheel or trailer.. my MH takes 170gal to fill.. now your talking $50 in savings.. so perspective would be in play..
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