C-Stores Get Customers Ready for the Holiday Drive

Many retailers are offering fuel discounts and specials on in-store items.

December 23, 2022

ALEXANDRIA, Va.—Convenience stores are making sure their customers are ready for their holiday travels. 7-Eleven is offering 11 cents off per gallon of gasoline at 7-Eleven and Speedway stores from now through January 10.

GPM will also be offering all fas REWARDS members 40 cents off per gallon with the purchase of any gift card from now through December 25. 

Additionally, on New Year’s Day, 7Rewards customers can order a whole cheese or pepperoni pizza for $6 available through 7NOW, 7-Eleven’s delivery app, from participating 7-Eleven stores, with a limit of one per order.

GPM is also offering a “12 Days of fas REWARDS” special for members, featuring one special offer a day for enrolled fas REWARD members. Types of rewards range from free beverages to cents off gallons of fuel.

Earlier this week, Kum & Go announced it is offering all customers E15 grade fuel for $1.99 per gallon from December 23-26. Pilot Flying J also announced it is extending its 10-cent gas discount through December 31. Guests can save 10 cents on every gallon of gas by stopping at any participating Pilot or Flying J travel center and scanning or entering their myRewards Plus number at the pump.

AAA expects 112.7 million people to travel 50 miles or more away from home December 23 to January 2. Of that amount, nearly 102 million Americans will drive to their holiday destinations, which is two million more drivers than in 2021. Car travel is similar to 2018 numbers by slightly less than 2019 when 108 million Americans drove out of town for the holidays—the highest year on record.

Overall, 3.6 million more people are expected to travel this year than last year, and the amount is closing in on pre-pandemic numbers. The year is expected to be the third busiest for holiday travel since AAA began tracking in 2000.

“This year, travel time will be extended due to Christmas Day and New Year’s Day falling on Sundays,” says Paula Twidale, AAA’s senior vice president of travel. “With hybrid work schedules, we are seeing more people take long weekends to travel because they can work remotely at their destination and be more flexible with the days they depart and return.”

Road trips are embedded in American culture. In the December issue of NACS Magazine, read how the beginning of the U.S. highway system ultimately launched the convenience retailing landscape we know today in “The Worst Road Trip Ever.”