Last Updated on 2024-01-05

How To Use DoorDash’s Gas Rewards Program in 2024

We worked with these active, experienced gig-workers to write this article and bring you first-hand knowledge.

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Phil Grossman

Experienced writer/researcher in the gig industry working alongside our gig-workers

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Michael Vaness

6 years of experience working across DoorDash, Instacart, and Spark

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Scott Jones

7 years of experience working across DoorDash, Lyft, Amazon Flex, and Instacart

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Noah Jorstad

Three years of experience working as a DoorDash Dasher

The cost of living has been rising, and people are feeling it at the pumps. For Dashers, that doesn’t only make living more expensive — it also cuts into their profit margins. 

In 2022, when gas prices were at a peak and there were some calls from the community for DoorDash to pay Dashers more as a result of rising gas prices, DoorDash launched its Gas Rewards program to help mitigate the negative impact on Dashers. As a Dasher, you’ve always been able to deduct gas costs as a business expense on your tax return (one of the many benefits of self-employment), but the Gas Rewards program aimed to help Dashers even more. 

Originally, the program offered 10% cashback on all gas purchases made with the DasherDirect card as well as a weekly bonus for the Dashers that drove the most. However, those initial benefits have been discontinued — the Gas Rewards program now offers 2% back as an incentive on gas purchases made with the DasherDirect card. 

How to take advantage of the DoorDash Gas Rewards program

Getting your 2% cash back on gas is simple — all you’ll need is a DasherDirect (subject to program approval) card and the DasherDirect app for iOS or Android. 

To do so, simply pay for your gas using your DasherDirect card. Your 2% cash back will be automatically added to your account. Then, use the DasherDirect mobile app to redeem your rewards — you’ll receive your cashback immediately in your debit account, and  you canspend it right away with your DasherDirect card. 

But be prepared to encounter some snags along the way. Scott Jones, who has been dashing since 2018, says that it took him 10 months for him to receive his card after signing up for DasherDirect. During that time, customer service promised him several times that the card would be arriving shortly, and even tried to charge him $7 for a replacement card (Scott was able to get this fee waived). 

Unfortunately, this is not an isolated occurrence — Dashers on Reddit have echoed Scott’s experience. That said, everyone’s experience is different, and there are many Dashers who are happy with their DasherDirect card and the benefits it provides. 

To maximize your gas savings, you may also want to look into other credit cards and gas rewards programs, like Upside and GasBuddy. These programs aren’t associated with DoorDash, but they can be used either in addition to or instead of the DasherDirect card for gas savings. But unlike DasherDirect, these can only be used for gas and don’t provide any of the other DasherDirect benefits, like instant payout. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do I need a DoorDash gas card?

A: You may have heard people talk about a “DoorDash gas card” — what they’re referring to is the DasherDirect card. This credit card is available to all Dashers and offers several other perks in addition to the 2% cash back rewards on gas. 

Q: Will I need to download a DoorDash gas discount app?

A: There is no app just for the DoorDash Gas Rewards program — it’s part of the DasherDirect app. You’ll need to have a DasherDirect credit card and use the DasherDirect app to get your cashback rewards. 

Q: How do I get the DoorDash gas cashback rewards? 

A: To get your cashback rewards, you’ll need to purchase gas using your DasherDirect card at any qualifying gas station. You can find gas stations that are part of the rewards program through your DasherDirect app — they’ll show up on the map. 

After you buy your gas, your rewards will show up in your DasherDirect app. Simply cash out your rewards, and they’ll be deposited immediately into your DasherDirect debit account. 

Q: Are there specific DoorDash-qualifying gas stations?

A: Yes, you can find gas stations that are participating in the rewards program by checking your DasherDirect app. Qualifying gas stations will appear on the map. 

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