Marathon Gas Stations recently rolled out its MakeItCount loyalty program, which is a snap to join and offers you the choice of earning Marathon's CentsOff fuel points, Southwest Rapid Rewards miles, La Quinta Returns hotel reward points or the Sustain Tree Planning Sustainability Program.
At the end of every car rental, there's always one stop right before return. You should always be thinking of how to minimize the cost of your fuel, since prepaying for a tank of fuel is never a good deal for the renter, and returning with less than a full tank is an even worse decision.
When we come across good promotions that help you save money on gas, we like to share them. For example, we thought GasBuddy teaming up with Sears/KMart's ShopYourWay Rewards was worth a shout-out. That program offering is great because the WEX-based program is available everywhere and can be paired with other discounts available at fuel retailers.
We are huge fans of the GasBuddy app to tell us where to find cheap gas.
Where to Find Marathon Gas Stations
There are approximately 5,500 Marathon locations in 20 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, sweeping from Florida through the Southeast and up to western New York and into Minnesota.
At this time, however, not every Marathon location is participating in the MakeItCount program, though thousands are. Be sure to check for participating locations.
How to Join Marathon's MakeItCount Loyalty Program
It's so quick and easy to sign up for this program that there's really no excuse not to become a member. There are three ways to sign up: 1. Text "JOIN" to 40244 2. Go to MakeItCount.com 3. Download the MakeItCount™ app
How Marathon's MakeItCount Loyalty Program Works
Marathon's My CentsOff
My CentsOff is a loyalty program where members can earn points at thousands of participating Marathon gas stations. Members earn 20 points for every gallon of fuel purchased, plus earn additional points on select in-store purchases. My CentsOff members can also redeem points for CentsOff fuel discounts.
Southwest Rapid Rewards
Southwest Rapid Rewards members can earn points at Marathon gas stations. Members earn one point for every gallon of fuel purchased, plus earn additional points on select in-store purchases.
LaQuinta Returns members earn two points for every gallon of fuel purchased, plus earn additional points on select in-store purchases. They can also redeem points for CentsOff fuel discounts.
Sustain Tree Planting Sustainability Program is a proud partner of the Arbor Day Foundation. If you choose Sustain as your preferred program, you can earn 20 "leaves" at Marathon gas stations for every gallon of fuel purchased, plus earn additional leaves on select in-store purchases. You can then redeem leaves for planting of trees through the Arbor Day Foundation.
How to Maximize Marathon's MakeItCount Benefits
Marathon often offers an option to purchase gift cards with embedded fuel discounts, so consider opting for the Southwest Rapid Rewards benefit. Southwest points eventually expire just like the benefits awarded by a rental car company, but you can keep your points from expiring simply by stopping at Marathon once every two years. (Similarly, intermittent stops at BP using the Driver Rewards program extends the usage of United Airlines miles.) These programs provide a relatively small benefit, but any price cut on a fuel purchase is a good idea.