Army & Air Force Exchange Service Provides Relief at the Pump

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Army & Air Force Exchange Service Provides Relief at the Pump

DALLAS -- United States Service personnel holding a Military Star Card will save three cents a gallon when they fill up at Army & Air Force Exchange Service (AAFES) gas stations in the Continental United States (CONUS), Alaska and Puerto Rico.

"Anytime a customer uses a bank issued debit or credit card, the retailer pays a portion of the transaction to a third party financial institution," AAFES’ Chief of Corporate Communications Lt. Col. Dean Thurmond said in a released statement. "Because the Military Star Card is administered by the Exchange Credit Program, AAFES is not subject to the additional fees incurred through other 'pay-at-the-pump' options. As a result, we’re able to pass savings on to authorized exchange shoppers."

To date, the three-cent discount is applied at 13 AAFES locations: Minneapolis-St. Paul, Columbus Air Force Base, Redstone Arsenal, Ft. Indiantown Gap, Fort Gordon, Patrick Air Force Base, Robins Air Force Base, USMA, Laughlin Air Force Base, Yuma Proving Ground, Mountain Home Air Force Base and Nellis Air Force Base, MacDill, Scott, JRB Carswell.

Thurmond explained the remaining 177 facilities in CONUS, Alaska and Puerto Rico are expected to begin applying the three-cent discount this week.

"I encourage drivers during the first week or so of this new effort, to touch base with the attendant at their local gas station to ensure the software upgrades have taken effect before fueling up," Thurmond said in a released statement. "As is the case with anything technical, we expect a few glitches could occur during the first few weeks of the program."