It doesn’t matter if you regularly commute to work or just drive occasionally. Spending money at the pump is never enjoyable. And when you consider the rising cost of gas, it’s clear the cost of car ownership isn’t going to decrease.
But the good news is you probably don’t have to pay full price the next time you refuel. With the GetUpside gas rewards app, you can save up to $0.25 per gallon and find the cheapest gas stations in your area. Plus, you can even snag dining and grocery rewards to save even more.
If you’re tired of painfully high gas prices, GetUpside could save you a lot of money. But how does it stack up to the competition?
Features of GetUpside
GetUpside is one of the most popular apps for finding cheap gas. It’s mostly a gas rewards app. But the platform is growing into a robust cash-back app that lets you save on gas, groceries, and fast food.
Ease of Use
The app is free on the Google Play Store and Apple App Store. To create an account, download GetUpside and sign up with your email address or Google, Apple, or Facebook account.
GetUpside is currently available in thousands of participating gas stations, restaurants, and grocery stores in the United States. Granted, the company is expanding, so some states have more GetUpside partners than others. Some of the most popular GetUpside states include:
- North Carolina
- South Carolina
- Washington, DC
But even in states with slightly less coverage, GetUpside does a good job at partnering with stations in larger cities, so there’s still a decent chance GetUpside works in your area.
Cheap Gas Finder
GetUpside’s most basic feature is its gas finder map. This search tool lets you compare local gas prices to find the cheapest gas station in your area. Enter your zip code to find nearby gas stations, and GetUpside displays the regular fuel price and the price after your savings with GetUpside for eligible stations.
Once you find a gas station with the best price, you can tap a directions button to open your phone’s default navigation app to guide you to that station.
GetUpside lets you do more than just compare gas prices. It also rewards you for using its partner stations, such as:
- Circle K
- Phillips 66
It’s not common to see $0.25-per-gallon savings, especially if gas prices are low and margins are tight for stations. But even if you save $0.05 to $0.10 per gallon on 10 gallons twice per week, that’s up to $8 in monthly savings, or $96 annually, just for using a free app.
GetUpside’s app highlights nearby gas offers that show how much cash back you can earn. However, there are two types of gas offers, each requiring different steps.
- Receipt Offers. Tap the Claim Offer button next to receipt offers on the in-app map. You then have up to four hours to fill up and 24 hours after that to upload a receipt showing the location, date, time, and total. These process in up to 10 days.
- Check-In Offers. If you attach a credit or debit card to your account, you can click the Check In button next to offers with blue badges on the in-app map. Select the card you wish to pay with, then fill up within 20 minutes. These typically process in two to four days but can take a week.
GetUpside can’t guarantee its offers indefinitely, so taking too long to refuel voids your cash back. No matter which offer type you choose, you have to pay with a debit or credit card for cash back to credit. All other forms of payment, including gift cards, are ineligible.
You can use other saving tricks, like gas station rewards or a station-branded gas rewards credit card, with GetUpside’s cash-back offer. But doing so can reduce your GetUpside cash back to keep you from double-dipping.
For example, if you’re using a high-paying gas rewards card like the BP Visa credit card, which pays $0.10 per gallon at participating BP and Amoco stations, GetUpside might not pay anything at all.
Also note that GetUpside offers are valid for up to 50 gallons of gas. However, you can claim as many receipt and check-in offers as you want per month.
With GetUpside, you can save on more than just gas. And it’s expanding its grocery partners. Currently, it works with partners like:
- Cardenas Markets
- Carlie C’s IGA
- Gelson’s Markets
- Lunds & Byerlys
- Piggly Wiggly
- Vicente Foods
- Woodman’s Market
Granted, these are lesser-known partners than you find with apps like Ibotta. Additionally, GetUpside is extremely regional. For example, GetUpside users can only get rewards at Cardenas Markets in Los Angeles, Phoenix, San Francisco, and Las Vegas.
To claim an offer, go to the Groceries tab to claim the offer, shop in-store for any products or brands, and upload a picture of your receipt to get paid. You have up to 24 hours to shop for groceries after claiming an offer.
You can claim up to two grocery offers per week. Like gas offers, you must shop with a debit or credit card to be eligible for cash back, and uploading the receipt to another rewards app may make it ineligible for rewards.
Offers vary, but you can expect around 3% to 5% or even higher depending on your location. Offers also state a minimum spend amount and maximum cash-back amount. For example, a retailer may offer 5% cash back, up to a maximum of $10, if you spend at least $20.
GetUpside’s grocery partner network and coverage still need to grow to compete with more popular grocery reward apps like Ibotta and Fetch Rewards. But GetUpside is more flexible since you can buy anything to earn, whereas other apps often require you to buy sponsored products and brands.
Fast Food Savings
As with its grocery offers, GetUpside is expanding its network of restaurant partners. You can earn cash back at chains like:
- Burger King
- Papa John’s
However, restaurant offers are also location-specific, so you can’t necessarily earn cash back by eating at Burger King in every city. On the plus side, GetUpside also has many non-chain partners, so you might find your favorite mom-and-pop restaurant using the app.
Just head to the Restaurants tab to see what’s available near you. If you see an offer you like, tap the Claim button. You have up to four hours to dine, pay, and upload your receipt.
In addition to requiring you to pay with a debit or credit card, you can’t use any coupons. GetUpside also doesn’t pay you for food delivered from companies like DoorDash or Uber Eats. You have to dine in or pick up the food yourself.
Restaurant cash-back offers vary in terms of how much they pay. You can save up to 35%, but don’t expect that much at every chain. That said, even if you save 5% to 10% on a $40 meal, that’s up to $4 in free money.
GetUpside is more flexible. It lets you redeem your cash back for:
Gift card rewards are redeemable at $10 and include companies like Amazon, Best Buy, Dunkin’, Kohl’s, Lowe’s, Starbucks, and Target. Other methods don’t have a minimum withdrawal amount.
But there’s a $1 fee for PayPal redemptions under $15 and bank account withdrawals under $10. That makes gift cards or direct deposit payments of at least $10 the fastest and most cost-effective methods to enjoy your cash back.
GetUpside Referral Program
Another notable GetUpside feature is its two-tier referral program.
You can find your GetUpside promo code under the Free Gas tab. You share your code with others through text, social media, or email. When your referral signs up, there are two tiers of rewards:
- First-Purchase Bonuses. If your referral claims an offer and spends $10 or more at the pump, you both receive a referral bonus. Bonuses vary by market and current cash-back rates, but you often find $0.10 to $0.20 per gallon. They stack with regular rewards, so you can score $0.35 to $0.45 per gallon.
- Per-Gallon Earnings. You also earn extra cash back for every gallon your referrals purchase. Plus, you earn smaller cash-back bonuses for their referrals — typically $0.02 per gallon for your referral’s purchases and $0.01 per gallon for their referrals.
Plus, if you refer someone and they redeem an offer, you don’t pay the $1 fee for low direct deposit or PayPal redemptions, so you can cash out whenever you want.
Advantages of GetUpside App
GetUpside has quickly become one of the most popular gas rewards apps out there. Its expansion into groceries and fast food are also promising signs for the future. Overall, there are several advantages to using GetUpside.
- Multiple Ways to Save. Gas is where GetUpside shines, but with grocery, food, and referrals, there are numerous ways to earn cash back.
- Extensive Gas Station Partners. GetUpside partners with some of the largest gas stations in the U.S. If it has decent coverage in your city, you can likely find a major gas station on the list.
- Reward Variety. Enjoy free gift cards or real cash to spend your cash back however you prefer.
- Redemption Minimums. Many reward apps require $20 or $25 to redeem rewards. GetUpside isn’t the lowest in the business (that honor belongs to Swagbucks, which lets you redeem at just $1), but $10 is still quite low.
- Referral Program. The two-tier referral system helps everyone save money on initial gas purchases and keeps paying you bonus cash for active members you refer.
Disadvantages of GetUpside App
GetUpside has only been operating since 2016, and features like grocery and restaurant cash back are newer. That means that while GetUpside is becoming a more robust app, there’s still a long way to go. Related and unrelated disadvantages include:
- Weak Coverage in Some States. It has extensive gas station coverage in several states and decent coverage in about a dozen. But some have under 100 partners. For example, North Dakota has under 30 partners, and Utah only has around 10.
- Grocery and Restaurant Partners Need Work. If you do your grocery shopping at chains like Kroger or Walmart, you’re better off with other apps. Similarly, restaurant offers are still expanding, so you might live in an area that’s sparse on food offers.
- Stacking Issues. You can use a gas rewards credit card with GetUpside, but doing so usually lowers your GetUpside earnings. Plus, GetUpside doesn’t usually work if you also upload receipts to other receipt-scanning apps.
How GetUpside Stacks Up
GetUpside’s biggest competitor is GasBuddy. While both apps offer savings, you may find that one is better for you than the other.
|Cost||Free||Free or paid|
|Coverage||Still spotty in some areas||95% of U.S. gas stations|
|Savings Per Gallon||Up to $0.25||$0.05 (free version)|
|Referral Program||Yes, and you get cash back for your referrals’ referrals||Yes, but not as generous as GetUpside|
|Cashing Out||Gift cards, PayPal cash, or direct deposit||Save directly at the pump with special card|
GetUpside has quickly become one of the most popular gas rewards apps. Considering its network of partners, reward variety, low redemption minimums, and lucrative referral program, that’s unsurprising. But GetUpside is just one tool you should use to save money on gas.
Other habits are likely more impactful. Think regularly servicing your vehicle or taking on DIY repairs to keep your car running smoothly. You can also use apps like Waze to avoid traffic congestion that forces you to idle, wasting time and money.
Finally, don’t rely on GetUpside for grocery and restaurant savings if it has few partners in your area. Instead, turn to grocery reward apps and the right cash-back credit card to save on food. GetUpside still deserves a spot on your smartphone, but it’s only one piece of the puzzle.