Since I need to purchase gas on a regular basis I like to earn free gas rewards with a loyalty program like Esso Extra points. With Esso Extra you earn 1 or more points for every dollar you spend on eligible purchases at Esso stations.
I’m always a big fan of using rewards cards for necessity items like groceries and gas. I already use my PC MasterCard to earn PC points that I redeem for free groceries, and I collect Air Miles rewards to redeem them for products like free gas rewards.
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Earning Esso Extra Gas Rewards
The Esso Extra points program is a great way to earn gas rewards. Here’s how the Esso Extra program works:
Just swipe your Esso Extra card every time you make a purchase at an Esso station – at the pump or in the store. You can earn 1 or more points for every dollar you spend on eligible purchases at Esso stations. If you aren’t already a member you can sign-up to earn a bonus of 200 Esso Extra points
Put the Speedpass on your keychain and you can pay instantly for everything you need at Esso stations while automatically earning Esso Extra points every time.
- The Speedpass is free and accepted at thousands of Esso stations across the country
- No need to dig out your reward credit cards, cash or loyalty card. Just point your Speedpass at the reader when you’re ready to pay
Link your Speedpass to Esso Extra and you’ll earn 1 or more Esso Extra points for every eligible dollar you spend at Esso stations. For a limited time when you sign-up and use your Speedpass for the first time, you can receive 500 Esso Extra bonus points.
RBC Royal Bank Esso Visa Card
As with most loyalty programs, you can earn Esso Extra points faster by using an affiliated credit card. The RBC Royal Bank Esso Visa Card will earn you 2 or more Esso Extra points for every eligible dollar you spend at Esso stations. Earn 1 point per dollar everywhere else Visa is accepted. Esso Extra membership is automatic when you sign up, and there is no annual fee.
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You can earn 4,500 bonus Esso Extra points when you apply and make your first purchase. That is enough points for $25 in free gas rewards.
Redeeming Esso Extra points
You can redeem your Esso Extra points for free gas rewards, car washes, Esso gift cards, lottery tickets and other in-store rewards.
- 1,800 Esso Extra points will get you $10 in free gas rewards or Esso gift cards, and 8,500 Esso Extra points will get you $50 in free gas rewards or Esso gift cards.
- 499 Esso Extra points will get you one full car wash, and 599 Esso Extra points will get you one luxury car wash.
- 160 Esso Extra points will get you $1 lottery ticket, and 3,200 Esso Extra points will get you $20 in lottery tickets.
You can redeem your Esso Extra points easily in-store or online.
Fuel is a monthly expense that the majority of us have to deal with, and with rising gas prices it’s nice to be able to subsidize your fuel costs with free gas rewards from a loyalty program like Esso Extra. That being said, Esso Extra is not the most lucrative rewards program out there.
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If you are just earning 1 Esso Extra point for every dollar spent and it takes 1,800 Esso Extra points to earn enough to redeem for $10 in gas rewards, that’s less than 0.6% return on your money spent.
For serious rewards cards junkies, there are better options than the Esso Extra loyalty program. The good news is that you can also collect Aeroplan miles at Esso stations as an alternative to Esso Extra points.
PC Financial and Loblaws offer the PC points rewards program, which is designed to be very simple for customers to earn and redeem points. I have been using this loyalty program for over a year now and have earned well over $500 in free groceries.
There are a number of ways to earn PC points at Loblaws stores.
PC Financial MasterCard
The PC Financial MasterCard is one of the most straightforward and easy to use reward credit cards in Canada. You can earn 5,000 points just for applying online, and earn 10 points for every dollar you spend anywhere that MasterCard is accepted.
The PC MasterCard has no annual fee and PC points are automatically updated to your account every few days after making purchases.
Bonus PC Points Offers
Look for bonus offers that multiply the regular amount of points earned, or give you a lump sum of extra points with every purchase. You can find bonus offers at participating President’s Choice stores, emails from PC Financial services, and with your monthly PC Financial MasterCard statement.
No Fee Bank Account
PC Financial offers a no fee bank account where you can earn additional PC points:
- 5 points per dollar spent on your bank card at participating President’s Choice stores
- 10,000 points when you start-up direct deposit of your paycheque into your no fee bank account
- 250 points per month when you keep a monthly balance between $1,000 – $4,999
- 1,000 points per month when you keep a monthly balance of $5,000 or more
Once you have a PC Financial bank card you can earn even more points. Open a low-cost borrowing account and earn 5,000 points, and earn an additional 100 points per month whenever you make an online payment on your loan.
PC Financial Mortgages
You can collect points by opening a mortgage with PC Financial. Earn 2,000 points with the PC Points plus mortgage option for every $1,000 of your remaining mortgage balance on each mortgage anniversary.
Redeeming PC Points For Free Groceries
After earning 20,000 points you can redeem them for $20 in free rewards. Just go to the check-out at participating President’s Choice locations and tell the cashier that you’ll be using your PC points. They will swipe your PC Financial MasterCard and your points balance will display. You can redeem 20,000 points for $20 in free groceries, and redeem your points in increments of $10 thereafter.
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PC points is one of the best rewards programs in Canada. It’s easy to collect points and easy to redeem your points for free groceries. With the bonus of collecting additional points with PC Financial products, this rewards program is definitely something that every Canadian should consider joining.