pay at the pump in puerto rico

pay at the pump in puerto rico

“Para llenar el tanque a la siete, por favor.”

This is one of the first full phrases of Spanish I learned when we moved to Puerto Rico.  The attendant at a gas station near our condo was very patient in teaching me how to properly ask for a fill up.  As proud as I have been of my newly acquired skill, I still missed the convenience of simply paying at the pump, as we did in Texas.

In our two years on the island, we have NEVER come across a gas station that offered this option. (though I’ve heard they exist on the military installations)  I think the rationale behind this is the belief that if customers are forced into the store to pay, they will be enticed to make additional purchases.  Of course, this line of reasoning fails to take into consideration the other potential customers who decide NOT to come into the store at all, because they don’t want to wait in a long line.

pay at the pump in puerto rico

Well you can probably imagine my excitement when I recently discovered an app that essentially makes pay at the pump available here in Puerto Rico: Gasolina Móvil.  I downloaded the app a couple of months ago to try it out and although I’ve encountered a few hiccups, overall I’m pretty happy with it.  There is one participating gas station in Rincón and apparently two in Aguada (though I’ve only been able to confirm one of them).

pay at the pump in puerto rico

the only station in Rincón that accepts Gasolina Móvil

When the app works, it’s great.  Using your location, it shows you the closest participating gas stations.  Once you arrive, click on “Pay” and then scan the QR code on the pump.  It asks you how much you want to buy and since I generally want to fill up, I select $30.  Any unused amount will be refunded back to your credit card.

I have had times when the app acts strange and won’t let me finalize my payment.  Since most of the participating stations are Pumas, it’s a good idea to go ahead and download the Puma FastPay app as well.  Sometimes, FastPay will work when Gasolina Móvil isn’t working.

conclusion

I love it when we find workarounds here in Puerto Rico to recreate the conveniences we enjoyed in the states.  It’s like having your cake and eating it too!

4 comments

  • Interesting, I will have to try out those apps, thanks for posting that! Ha, my husband loathes going inside. When we first got here we were told the lack of scanners was to prevent cc fraud with cc skimmers. It has become a problem in the US but I tend to believe it is to increase sales. In our area, gas stations open and close all the time, it’s gotta be tough competition out there.

    • I don’t know what the reasoning is for certain, but going inside isn’t completely safe either. I believe I had my card number swiped at a Wendy’s. A few days after I ate there, I started seeing charges at department stores in NY on my card! Thankfully, citi reversed all those charges and sent me a new card…

      • Hmm, that’s alarming. Did they swipe the card at Wendy’s for you or did you do it yourself?

        • They swiped it for me…

          That said, I use my card without hesitation where it is accepted and have only had this one incident in two years on the island.

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