PayPal is a convenient way to pay for gas. If you hope to use PayPal to make purchases at local gas stations, make sure you know the gas stations that accept PayPal. Continue reading to learn which gas stations are PayPal-friendly.
How to Use PayPal for Gas
There are various ways you can access your PayPal account to pay for gas. One of the easiest methods is to use a mobile wallet with your smartphone. This app will link different payment methods like credit cards, debit cards, and your PayPal account. If you shop at gas stations that accept this app, you’ll be able to pay using your mobile wallet.
Never used a mobile wallet app before? This tech-savvy solution makes paying for gas and other items easier than ever. Gas stations that accept Paypal and these mobile wallets simply require customers to tap their phones against the terminal to pay. Using Near Field Communication or NFC technology, these terminals will automatically detect your phone and charge your account.
Mobile wallets use the following apps:
- Samsung Pay
Samsung Pay is compatible with Samsung devices and works as a downloaded app or built-in functionality. This app accepts PayPal.
- Google Pay
Google Pay is compatible with Android mobile devices and Apple devices with iOS 7.0 or higher. Google Pay accepts PayPal.
- Apple Pay
Apple Pay is compatible with Apple Watch and iPhone. Most Apple devices have built-in functionality for Apple Pay. This mobile wallet doesn't accept PayPal.
Using PayPal Debit Cards, Cash Cards, and Prepaid Cards
In addition to using your mobile wallet, you can easily access your account with a PayPal business debit card or a cash card. Both of these cards work like typical debit cards and draw from the money that is already in your PayPal account. As these cards are just like any other debit card, you will be able to easily use them to pay for gas at gas stations that already accept debit and credit cards.
If you aren't eligible to receive a cash card or a debit card, you may consider using a prepaid PayPal card. This card works like a gift card and can be used at most gas stations that accept debit and credit cards.
Which Gas Stations Accept PayPal?
Most gas stations aren’t able to accept PayPal directly through the PayPal app itself, but several do accept Samsung Pay and Android Pay. If you plan to use a mobile wallet to make payments at the gas station with PayPal, make sure these apps are linked with your PayPal account.
Gas stations like BP, Accro, Cumberland Farms, CITGO, Delta Sonic, Kwik Fill, Meijer, RaceTrac, QuikTrip, Shell, Speedway, Texaco, and Valero accept mobile wallets and PayPal if customers pay in-store. Gas stations like Hy-Vee, Marathon, Kum & Go, Pilot, and Costco don’t accept mobile wallets or PayPal.
If you’re hoping to pay for gas and other items with PayPal, make sure you’re using the best method to do so. If you have a PayPal debit card, cash card, or prepaid card, you’ll be able to pay as you would with a normal debit card. If you plan to use the PayPal app itself or a mobile wallet, your options will be a bit more limited, so be sure to check with the gas station ahead of time.