Asheville’s homegrown grocery store chain, Ingles, has expanded its rewards program to allow holders of its Advantage card to redeem discounts on gasoline sales. The new fuel rewards program kicked off Sept. 1.
Ingles has used gasoline discounts to draw in customers for several years now. Until this month, Ingles customers could buy a gift card and use that to get discounted gasoline. The new system allows all holders of its Advantage card to get the discount. Every $100 a customer spends in an Ingles grocery store gets that customer 5 cents off per gallon bought at one of its gas stations.
Ingles’ gasoline station give it a distinct edge in the local grocery store wars as competition heats up. A new Harris Teeter store just opened on Merrimon Avenue. Trader Joe’s will open next door to Harris Teeter later this month. There’s a new Whole Foods coming to Tunnel Road. And there’s a new Publix coming to Hendersonville Road.
As usual, there are a ton of rules and regs. Click here for all of them. Below, find a few Qs and As:
How does the Fuel Reward program work?
The fuel program allows you to receive savings of up to $1 off per gallon on fuel purchases at Ingles. You may redeem up to 1,000 fuel points in a single fill-up at participating stores for up to $1 off per gallon. For each increment of 100 fuel points redeemed at Ingles, 10¢ off per gallon will be awarded. Program discount is good for one purchase of fuel, up to 20 gallons. Offer cannot be combined with any other discounts.
Every 100 points gets you a 5¢ per gallon Reward for a single fill-up at participating Ingles Gas Express Stations. You can use your points in increments of 100.
• 100 points = 5¢ per gallon Reward
• 200 points = 10¢ per gallon Reward
• 500 points = 25¢ per gallon Reward
• And More
The Fuel Rewards discount cannot exceed the price of gasoline. Limit 20 gallons per transaction when redeeming your Fuel Reward points. Please note that depending on the type of fuel equipment, there may be a minimum price per gallon of $0.001 per gallon.
You may only fill up ONE vehicle per redemption, even if you are purchasing less than the 20 gallon limit.
This program is only available at participating Ingles stores.
How do I earn fuel points?
There are 2 easy ways to earn fuel points in Ingles NC stores every day:
1. Spending on Groceries (normal exclusions apply):
$1 in Groceries = 1 fuel point.
2. 1 Prescription = 25 fuel points.
• Applies to new, transferred, or refilled prescriptions.
• Excludes federally funded prescriptions and $3 generic prescription plan
• See Pharmacist for details.
Fuel Points are not earned on Alcohol, Tobacco, Fuel, the purchase of Gift Cards, Money Orders, Postage Stamps, Lottery, Western Union, Advantage Card Discounts, Manufacturer Discounts and Coupons, and items prohibited by law.
How do I use my fuel points at an Ingles Gas Express?
Go to a participating Ingles Gas Express, simply scan your Ingles Advantage Card under the card scanner. You will be prompted if you would like your discount applied. The oldest points will be awarded first.
1. If paying inside, see cashier BEFORE scanning your Ingles Advantage Card.
2. Select YES to redeem your available discount.
3. The price per gallon will be reduced based on your available points.
4. Select your form of payment and fuel grade to begin fueling.
Since I scan my Advantage Card at Ingles stores in NC without a Gas Express, do I still earn Fuel Rewards?
Yes. Fuel Points can be earned at any Ingles Market in NC, and redeemed at any Ingles Gas Express in NC.
Can I choose to use part of my discount instead of my full discount at the fuel pump?
No, if you choose to redeem your fuel points, the pump will redeem all available points in 100 point increments up to the price of fuel.
How long do I have to use my fuel points?
Fuel points earned in a given month are available for use through the end of the following calendar month. Points do not combine across months. When filling up at Ingles participating NC stores you’ll always be offered the oldest discount available, based on each month’s fuel point totals available in your account. For example, if you have 200 unredeemed fuel points from December and 300 fuel points in January, the 10¢ per gallon discount from December will be redeemed on that fill-up. The 15¢ per gallon discount from January will be available through the end of February.
Do my Fuel Reward Points expire?
Yes, Rewards expire at the end of the following month in which they were earned. For example, Rewards earned in January can be used through February 28th. Points earn Rewards in increments of 100 (100 points = a 5¢ per gallon Reward). At the end of each month, any points balances that are less than 100 expire.
Are there limits to how many points can be earned?
No, you can earn an unlimited number of points during each month and your points can be used through the end of the following month. Each month is a separate earning period; previous and current month’s points do not combine. Fuel points are redeemed in 5 cent increments.