Charging at the Pump

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

October 3, 2005
According to the U.S. Department of Energy, nearly 70 percent of gasoline is bought with a credit card. That’s compared to 54 percent last year. And with soaring gas prices and no end in sight, plastic is becoming the popular choice to pay for gas.

It’s becoming the popular payment of choice at the gas pump.

“Paying with a debit or credit card, either one,” said Rebecca Wall.

Gas prices continue to cripple the pocket so now some people are resorting to charge now, pay later.

“I don’t think there’s a credit card we don’t take,” said Kim Glisson, Greg’s Gas Plus Manager.

Dorothy Barnett used to pay for gas with cash all of the time. But with a fixed income, she’s forced to charge.

“That’s one of the reasons I do it on the credit card so I can have a whole month’s grace because it is so high and I am on a fixed income,” Barnett said.

Jodie Galloway charges gas in order to rack up points on his Delta Sky Miles credit card. It’s a win win for him.

“It does make it easier to get it on a credit card and pay when you get ready,” Galloway said.

Kim Glisson, manager at Greg’s Gas Plus in North Augusta, says she’s seen an increase in people charging gas.

“People use to come in and say give me a lottery ticket, buy me this, they are not doing that because they are having to put that money in the gas tank,” Glisson said.

“I have never seen it quite this high before,” Galloway said.

Many credit card companies are offering cash back awards for gas charge purchases.


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