A free tank of gas at Kroger? It's possible

Posted at 6:11 PM, Feb 16, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-16 18:15:00-05

A Kroger Plus Card can mean $1 off per gallon of gas.

But what if gas prices fall to a dollar in the coming weeks? What if they fall below a dollar?

Will you get your gas free? Could they have to pay you to fill up?

Big Savings at Kroger Right Now

 Will Reece has been filling up for below $1 a gallon lately at the Newport, KY Kroger.

"Here it's 99 cents," he told us.    
Kroger's Plus Card gives customers as much as a dollar off a gallon, if you build up 1,000 fuel points.  Even 500 fuel points, a more common amount, gives you 50 cents off.

That's bringing pump prices down to 1980's levels.

"I'm paying 70 cents today for a gallon today, with my fuel points" said another driver.

What if.....

So what happens if gas prices keep falling?

Sure, it appears the big price drops are over for now, but it is possible. This past weekend, a price war in Toledo dropped prices as low as 17 cents a gallon.

So let's dream: If gas falls to $1 a gallon, would Kroger give you free gas?

Not exactly.

Kroger spokeswoman Patty Leeseman says in that case you would pay a penny a gallon.

"Our technology doesn't permit a sale below a penny a gallon," she explained.  "But it's still a great deal no matter how you look at it."

What if gas goes below a dollar, such as to 89 cents a gallon, hypothetically? Would the store actually pay you to fill up?
Sorry, for the same reason, you would still pay a penny per gallon. In those cases, the store would deduct only 800 or 900 points from your card, not a thousand, so you would not lose any points.

So while Kroger wont pay you to fill up, one driver told us it would still be "awesome, of course!"

Not This Week

Unfortunately, this scenario wont be happening this week. As we speak many Cincinnati-area gas stations are moving up to $1.79 a gallon, because of oil's recent price surge.

But a dollar off would still be 79 cents a gallon at Kroger, which is nothing to complain about.

As always, don't waste your money.


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