9:49 AM EST, February 20, 2012
Drivers saw a big jump on Monday morning's commute. Prices at some gas stations saw as much as a 30 to 40 cents increase.
Gas stations like the Kroger station at 71st Street and Georgetown Road are becoming very popular these days, because they are offering loyalty programs that mean discounts on gas.
Many people are taking advantage of it, especially when prices spike as they have in the past few days here in Central Indiana.
Right now, the national average sits at $3.52 a gallon. A month ago, the price was $3.35 a gallon and a year ago it was $3.16 a gallon.
In Indiana, the average price Monday is $3.46 a gallon. A month ago, $3.30 a gallon and a year ago it was $3.12 a gallon.
According to IndyGasPrices.com, the highest price in Indianapolis is $3.69 at a station on the near east side. The lowest is $3.09 a gallon at the Sam’s Club on the north side, but you have to be a member to get that price.
That is something more and more driver are taking advantage of to reduce the pain at the pump. Petroleum analysts said people are signing up for loyalty programs.
Some gas stations are selling gift cards that take a few dollars off payments, and grocery store chains like Kroger offer rewards to customers, selling them gas at a discounted rate and giving them a point for every dollar spent at the store. Kroger said customers can save up to a dollar a gallon on fuel.
Even some websites are allowing drivers to pre-purchase gas at a "locked-in" price. This is something airlines and school districts have been doing for some time. Now, people are taking advantage of the same thing.
To find out more about "locking in" gas prices online, click here.