Truck Stop Rewards Program
Chain truck stops in the USA have their own branded rewards program through which professional truck drivers can earn points good toward selected products or services.
We have researched the programs and provided the links so you can see the details of each one.
We have also provided some information and asked some questions so that you know what to look for before and when using them.
|The photo here shows a
professional driver for
Schneider placing an order at a Subway restaurant at a truck stop.
If he has a driver rewards card, he can use his points toward his purchase.
The most common form of driver reward issued by truck stops is receiving a "point" -- equivalent to a penny, but not redeemable for cash -- for each gallon of fuel purchased, that can be redeemed for products and services.
Loyalty programs would seem to be like getting "free stuff" except if you're earning points by buying fuel (even getting company-paid fuel), you're really paying for it with your sweat equity (driving your truck miles, using up fuel, requiring you to get more). So whatever you've earned in rewards, enjoy them to the full!
How many points can you earn?
Let's take a hypothetical scenario.
You drive an average of 2400 miles per week commercially and your truck's fuel consumption is 6 miles per gallon. That comes to 400 gallons of fuel used per week.
Your company routes you through one of its own terminals -- or you stop there to take care of business -- 40% of the time that you need to get fuel, meaning that you get 60% of your fuel at truck stops.
And having calculated that, how long would it take you to get, say, a sub sandwich for free with rewards program points?
Professional driver Mike Simons waits his turn to order a meal for him and Vicki at a Subway fast food restaurant at a truck stop with rewards program points.
In order to get two $5.00 subs plus tax "for free," Mike has to get over 1,000 gallons of fuel to get over 1,000 rewards points.
2400 miles per week
/ 6 miles per gallon
= 400 gallons per week
* 0.60 fuel obtained at truck stops 60% of time
= 240 gallons per week
= 240 points per week
= $2.40 in purchasing power per week
$5.35 to buy a $5 sub plus 7% tax
/ $2.40 in purchasing power per week
= 2.23 weeks to buy a sub for $5.35
The following is a list of links to the driver rewards program information offered by chain truck stops (listed alphabetically):
We have personally used Mike's rewards program points to buy a shower, merchandise from a truck stop travel store, but most often food from either a truck stop restaurant or fast food restaurant in the truck stop.
|The six driver rewards
program cards that Mike used as an OTR driver were from
As we mentioned on our truck stop page:
"In recent years, numerous truckstops have brought in fast food offerings such as Arby's, Chester's, Dairy Queen, McDonald's, Pizza Hut, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy's. Depending on the location, drivers may be able to use their rewards program points to buy this kind of food."
Please note that we do not include info on this page about:
Those are subjects for other pages.
Money saving tip: You will need to read the fine print to understand what each specific rewards program offers, such as:
Vicki Simons is pleased to
be part of this initiative:
(Click the image to go
to the Facebook page.)
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