Apart from the 3 years I lived in Fiji in the mid 70/s I have been an AA member since I bought my first car, a Hillman Imp in late 1965 or early 1966. My father made me join before he would let me buy the car. I have utilised their services a number of times over the years - mainly for flat batteries due to car lights being left on.
When AA introduced their rewards system I used to fill up at BP Service Stations and from time to time a $20 voucher would arrive in the post. Late last year they changed to:
Soon after I bowled into one of Hastings BP stations and filled up, I had already enjoyed their introductory 6c off offer at my nearby Caltex garage, cost was about $107.00 and I handed over my Smartfuel Card expecting at least 4c a litre off to be told when I asked what the discount was that there was none but, I could buy some sunglasses and get a discount.
My next experience was to visit my closest BP with my 5 litre can for lawnmower fuel and my 9kg gas cylinder - total cost about $45.00. Sorry your card doesn't apply for Gas and you have to spend $40 on fuel to get a discount.
Finally last week I filled my car at my nearby Caltex station at a cost of about $110.00. Armed with my Smartfuel Card and a New World 6c a litre off voucher - I went to Caltex because they were advertising 6c off with a Smartfuel Card - I asked the till operater (remember when they used to serve you at the pump) which would be best and he said the New World voucher because it would cover my whole purchase whereas the Smartfuel Card was limited to the first 50 litres.
I see BP are offering 2c a litre discount until the 28 January. How generous of them when I can get 4c a litre off just by spending $20 at a supermarket. Caltex at least has 6c a litre off until then. I can't wait to see what the February offers are.
In the meantime I think the AA Smartfuel Card is not as smart as the AA advertising suggests.