How To Get Gas At Costco Without A Membership
One of the many perks of Costco membership is access to cheap gas at their gas stations. If you have ever been to a Costco gas station then you know people come from all over to save at the pump. It is not surprising to see 10-20 cars lined up, and for good reason. Costco often has the cheapest gas prices in the country, saving customers 20 cents or more per gallon versus the competition. The catch is you have to be a Costco member to partake in the discount, or do you? There is a way to get gas at Costco without a membership!
If you remember a few years ago I shared a way to shop at a Costco store without a membership. The theory on how to get gas at Costco without a membership has the same principles. The key is using a Costco cash card (their gift card).
Normally members have to swipe their Costco membership card before swiping their Visa credit card, like the Costco Anywhere Visa that earns 4% back on gas, but not if you have a Costco cash card.
Here are the terms from Costco’s site:
Q: Can anyone buy fuel at a Costco Gas Station?
A: The fuel station is open to Costco members only. There is an exception: Costco Shop Card customers do not need to be Costco members.
How Can You Get Costco Cash Cards?
So now we know how to get gas at Costco without a membership how do we get our hands on Costco cash cards to make it happen? They are sold on 3rd party reselling sites like Raise and Cardcash from time to time but they are sold out right now. People will also list them on Amazon and eBay but the markup usually outweighs the savings you would get.
So that leaves getting them directly from the source, Costco. The easiest way is to get with a friend who is a member and get them to buy some for you. If your membership is expiring soon and the gas prices are the only thing you will miss then load up on some cards before canceling your membership. Unfortunately, Costco does not offer free trial days like some other warehouse stores do which would otherwise be an option.
Saving money at the pump is one of the better perks of having a Costco membership. If that is the only perk you see in a Costco membership then it probably isn’t worth paying the $60 yearly fee. But now we know that there is a way to get gas at Costco without a membership. All it takes is a little planning, or networking, and you can save at the pump without paying for the full membership.
Most people find enough value from their membership to pay the $60 fee each year. But it is nice to know there are other options just in case the membership isn’t quite for you.