Fuel up with your eBucks

2009-12-14 12:23

EBUCKS is probably one of the best reward cards anyone could have

in their wallets along with their Clicks or Edgars Club card, and now you can

even use it to get free fuel.


FNB finally found the answer with their rewards programme and have

collaborated with over 600 Engen garages to utilise the eBucks card as a

currency to pay for fuel after many companies have been trying to make fuel more

accessible to consumers.


These bucks are earned by banking with FNB and shopping at the

programme’s retail partners.

eBucks has come as a handy resort for the

recession, helping customers get discounted rates on flights and movie tickets,

and to purchase items when money is tight.


It has been very difficult to make fuel more accessible because of

all the legislations in the fuel industry as government is very strict about

giving away “free” fuel.


eBucks CEO Lezanne Human said this new benefit to the rewards

programme works so well because the non-expiring rewards currency is pegged to

the rand.


“In this new, initiative we succeeded in having eBucks accepted as

an alternative currency for fuel payments at

Engen thereby making “free” fuel

accessible to customers without discounting or incentivising, which is

prohibited by legislation,” said Human.


Engen’s retail marketing manager Pierr Roodt said Engen was a

forerunner in putting technological systems in place a few months ago to quickly

allow wide-spread usage of debit and credit card nationally.


“The successful roll-out of these systems has enabled us to venture

unto other payment method like eBucks and this allows FNB to quickly implement

the eBucks payment method at Engen service stations,” said Roodt.


Purchasing fuel with your eBucks works just like a debit

card.


Customers need to hand the petrol attendant their card after

filling up, he or she will then swipe your eBucks card.

Customers then enter

their secret four-digit pin and sign for the transaction when approved.


If you arte not sure how many eBucks you have left on your card,

you can send a sms requesting your balance.

The eBucks points can therefore be

used as a part payment in case you do not have enough points or cash for that

matter.


According to FNB, customers will also be charged an eBucks

administration fee of Eb100 for every fuel purchase.

This translates to R10

automatically being debited from the customer’s eBucks account.


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