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Shell Payment Methods

A Shell sign above the gas station's car wash.

Shell stations sell high-quality gasoline that contains additives that reduce your auto maintenance costs. These stations also have attached convenience stores called Food Marts. While you can pay for your gas at the register at a Food Mart, these businesses also sell snacks such as beef jerky and potato chips. They also sell soft drinks and energy drinks.

Like other convenience stores, Food Marts are often open 24 hours and some of them are located in remote locations where there aren’t any nearby grocery stores. Shell stations are often located near highway exits or truck stops and some of them are in small towns that aren’t large enough to support full-sized grocery stores. Here are the payment methods that Shell’s gas stations and convenience stores accept.

Does Shell Accept Major Credit Cards?

Shell accepts Visa, American Express, Mastercard, and Discover cards. It accepts both credit cards and debit cards and it also accepts cash.

Does Shell Accept Mobile Payment Methods?

Shell accepts Apple Pay, Google Pay, Samsung Pay, and other contactless payment methods for in-store purchases. The Shell station also had a sign that said it supported tap-to-pay, which is an alternative way to say contactless payments.

Shell also has rewards apps for the iPhone and Android phones. Both of these apps allow you to use PayPal as a payment method, so Shell accepts PayPal. Shell’s mobile apps also support Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Samsung Pay and they’ll also show you where the nearest Shell gas station is located.

A Shell Food Mart convenience store.
Photo: Eric Novinson/This Is Accounting Automation

Does Shell Accept International Payment Methods?

Shell accepts Discover cards, so it’s likely that it can accept JCB and UnionPay cards by processing them through the Discover network. It can also accept RuPay global cards by using the same process.

Does Shell Accept EBT?

Shell accepts EBT for in-store purchases of qualifying items at its Food Mart convenience stores. These stores stock a variety of packaged foods and beverages, but may also sell some prepared foods that you can’t buy with this payment method. You also can’t use EBT to pay for gas.

Shell doesn’t accept EBT for online purchases. Gas station convenience stores typically don’t accept this form of payment but there’s one exception. If you’re looking for an alternative, 7-Eleven accepts EBT for online purchases in Washington and may add support for this payment option in other states.

Does Shell Accept Buy Now, Pay Later?

Shell doesn’t accept Klarna, Afterpay, Affirm, Zip, or Sezzle. It does accept PayPal, though, so you can use PayPal’s BNPL service there.

Does Shell Have Its Own Payment Methods?

Shell has three types of fleet cards. One of these cards can be used at any gas station, while the other two can only be used at Shell stations and Jiffy Lube locations. Jiffy Lube is a chain of oil change shops that’s owned by Shell.

What’s Another Useful Fact About Shell?

Shell sells top-tier gas that’s comparable to the gas sold by other brand-name gas stations such as Chevron. There are independent gas stations in my area that sell gas for lower prices but their gas doesn’t include the additives that the brand-name gas stations use.

What Are Shell Alternatives That Accept Apple Pay?

7-Eleven is best known for operating 24-hour convenience stores and many of its stores are stand-alone stores. It also has gas stations with attached convenience stores.

Circle K also operates both stand-alone convenience stores and gas stations with attached convenience stores. They’re usually open 24 hours.

ampm is Arco’s convenience store chain, so you’ll see ampm stores at Arco gas stations. These stores also sell snacks and other products and are typically open 24 hours as well.

Valero operates gas stations and it has many locations in Southern California. Its gas stations typically have Circle K convenience stores attached to them.

76 is a chain of gas stations owned by Phillips. Its gas stations typically have attached convenience stores and these are frequently 24-hour stores as well.

Chevron gas stations have Extra Mile convenience stores attached to them and there are also lots of Chevron stations in Southern California.

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