Finding and paying for gas can consume time and money that could be better spent on hotels, food, and sightseeing. GasBuddy is a free app that helps travelers in the United States and Canada earn rewards and find the cheapest and closest gas stations so you can focus on your destination.
1. GasBuddy’s “Find Gas Near Me” tool—the easiest and most frequently used feature on its home page—automatically pulls up gas prices near your location. You can also search for specific areas along your travel route to help find the best time and place to look for gas.
2. Arrange the price list by nearest or cheapest gas options using the Distance and Price buttons on the bottom left. You can also filter the list by specific fuel types using the Regular, Midgrade, Premium, and Diesel tabs above the price list.
3. If you’re unfamiliar with the area, GasBuddy can also show where you are in relation to the listed stations. Switch from the List setting to the Map setting on the top tool bar to determine whether getting the cheapest gas is worth driving out of your way.
4. You don’t have to register for an account, but registering for one allows you to earn rewards points. For every 1,000 points, you’ll get one entry in a weekly prize drawing for pre-paid gas cards or other prizes. Simply updating or posting a gas price will help you become eligible for savings.
— Alison Moore Photo credits: Randolf Rautenberg, Screenshots courtesy of GasBuddy