#BearVsBear: Comparing Malaysia’s Petrol Stations
The Bear knows that you have a favourite petrol station when fueling up your car. Even though the price of petrol may be fixed by our government on a weekly basis, are you getting the best value for yourself?
We are not interested in comparing the performance of each fuel type – there are just too many differences and the Bear is no expert when it comes to the science. However, we can compare all the other important aspects every time you drive up to a petrol station.
Disclaimer: we are comparing this just fur fun; we are not lab scientists who can work out how much mileage you can gain from any specific brand!
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With a little research – and we always encourage our users to research first – here’s what we discovered by comparing Petron, Petronas and Shell petrol stations in Malaysia
1. Payment methods
Cash is king, but what if you didn’t get a chance to withdraw some moolah before your ATM shut down at midnight? Of course, you could rely on your trusty card. However, you may have heard of oh-so-many credit card fraud and skimming cases that would make you think twice before pulling it out of your wallet. And let’s not forget if you are old enough to be carrying a credit card (21 for principal cardholders, and 18 for supplementary cardholders).
So what other payment methods are accepted at these petrol stations?
You can use your WeChat Pay e-wallet at selected participating Petron stations in Malaysia when you fuel up your petrol tank. When WeChat Pay was first introduced at Petron stations in December 2017, users could redeem an instant rebate of up to RM20 when filling up RM40 worth of petrol. Unsurprisingly, the promotion was cut short due to overwhelming demand.
The folks at PETRONAS have clearly given user payment methods a good, hard look and provided plenty of great options. Not only can you fill up your tank with Samsung Pay, and buy your snacks using Touch ‘n Go e-wallet, PETRONAS’ own fuel payment solution app Setel is the most unique offering. Setel can control the fuel pump from the app directly, ensuring that the entire fuel-buying process can be completed without even interacting with the cashier.
At this time of writing, Shell Malaysia has yet to partner up with an e-wallet unlike Petron and Petronas. However, if you have a co-branded Shell Citibank Credit Card, you will be entitled to generous fuel rebates of up to 8%. Furthermore, Shell’s easiGO American Express Prepaid Card (issued by Maybank) allows its holders to refuel at Shell stations nationwide and at American Express merchants worldwide.
2. Nationwide network
Do the number of petrol stations matter to you when you need to fill up your petrol tank?
Petron entered the Malaysian market back in 2011. As of 2016, there are more than 570 petrol stations scattered across Malaysia.
PETRONAS owns the largest network of fuel stations in Malaysia and unofficial 2018 numbers stand at more than 1,000 and counting.
Did you know that Shell’s presence in Malaysia dates back to more than 125 years? It’s a household brand and as of 2018, there are more than 950 outlets nationwide.
3. Loyalty card
Essentially all petrol brands in Malaysia have some form of loyalty cards to encourage users to swipe and be rewarded. Points are easily accumulated with every spend but the Bear would like to train your focus exclusively on how much fuel you can redeem.
Petron Miles: 3,000 points = RM45 Petron Blaze
Earn two points for every litre of Blaze 95, Diesel Max, or Diesel Turbo; and three points when pumping Blaze 97 or 100.
Expiry: No expiry date as long as you make one purchase within a 12-month period.
Full details on Petron Miles can be found here.
PETRONAS Mesra: 3,000 Mesra points = RM30 petrol
Earn three points for every litre of PETRONAS fuel you buy.
Expiry: Mesra points will expire after three years.
Full details of PETRONAS Kad Mesra here.
BonusLink: 3,000 points = RM30 Shell voucher
Earn one BonusLink point with every litre of Shell fuel.
Expiry: BonusLink points have a validity period of three years before expiring.
Full details on BonusLink points here.
Now that you’ve seen and compared three petrol brands, are you loyal to the best petrol station that benefits you most? If you are looking for a petrol credit card that can generate top rewards for you, why shouldn’t you compare first?