Today I’d like to review a new app called GetUpside. The GetUpside App pays you cash back on gas, grocery shopping, and dining out. You can find more information about this app at GetUpside.com.
Before we go any further, this app is available in most of the US, but it’s location-based so there might not be in gas stations participating in your area.
If you live in the area, you can save money on Gas, Groceries, and when dining out!
If you don’t live in this area, I recommend checking out Dosh, Ibotta, and Drop!
In this GetUpside Review, I’ll cover how it works, how you get paid, and if it’s a scam.
GetUpside App Review
In this GetUpside review, I marked them legitimate. It’s a pretty cool new app; the catch is it’s only available in a small part of the US. If you live in the area, you’ve probably already heard about this app, but at least at this time, the app is not worth joining if you live outside the available states.
As long as you can take advantage of the offers, I recommend joining this app and saving a bit of money on gas!
How Does GetUpside Work?
1) Sign-Up For Free
The GetUpside app is available to download anywhere in the US in the Apple or Google Play Store. Although you can download the app, there are only participating stores in the
District of Columbia, Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida, and Houston, Texas. Update 4/30/20 GetUpSide is now available in most of the US. If you live in this area, visit GetUpSide.com to sign up for free. You can join with your email, Google Plus, or Facebook within a few seconds.
Here’s a screenshot of the areas offers are currently available:
2) Find Participating Gas Stations, Grocery Stores, and Restaurants
If you let the app see your location. You’ll see all of the available Gas Stations, Grocery Stores and Resturants in your area. If you click on a participating store, you’ll see how much cash back they’ll pay per gallon or a percentage of the total purchase price at a grocery store/restaurant. You can see an example below of a BP gas station. You can see that the normal price per gallon is $2.59 and they’ll pay you $.17 cashback per gallon.
When it comes to participating gas stations, it looks like most of the major brands are participating such as Shell, BP, Mobile, Exxon. So there’s no shortage of gas stations participating in the area.
When it comes to grocery stores and restaurants, that’s a different story. On their site, they mention Street’s Market and Moti’s Market for grocery stores and Angelico, Botanero, and little Dipper Hot Pot for restaurants.
Hopefully, more grocery and restaurant offers will be added soon.
3) Claim Offers
Before you make your purchase, make sure to claim the offer. Once you claim the offer, go ahead and make the gas purchase. You’ll have 4 hours to upload the receipt once you redeem the offer. They recommend you claiming the offer before you make the purchase because gas station offers change all the time, so the gas station’s offer you’re about to buy at might not pays as much if you wait to claim it later.
Grocery and Restaurant offers work the same way. It will show the percentage cashback they will pay you. Make sure to claim offer before making the purchase.
4) Make Purchase
Once you have claimed an offer, you can make your purchase. Again, make sure to claim the offer before making the purchase or you might not get credit.
Also, you must pay with a credit or debit card to be eligible for cashback. Cash and gift card payments are not available (more on this in complaint section.)
5) Upload Receipts
Once you’ve claimed your offer and have made the purchase, you’ll need to upload the receipt. Make sure the receipt has the address of the gas station, date & time, items purchased, and the last four of your credit card number showing. As long as you take a picture of the full receipt you should be able to provide all of this information easily.
6) Cash Out
Once you upload your receipt, Upside will approve it within 24-48 hours. If your receipt is approved, you can cash out via PayPal or Check!
7) Refer Friends And Earn More
GetUpside does have a referral program that can help you earn more! When a friend joins and uses GetUpside for the first time, you’ll get a $.20 per gallon bonus on the next receipt you upload. Additionally, you’ll earn $.02 for every gallon of gas your referred friends buy and redeem in the app.
Just to be clear, when your friend joins you’ll get a bonus to earn more on your next purchase and every time your friend redeems an offer you’ll earn $.02 per gallon into your account balance!
At this time there are no referral bonuses for Grocery and Restuarant offers.
How Does GetUpside Pay?
GetUpside pays via PayPal or check. I can not find any information on the cashout amount. In their FAQs, it seems that you can cash out with any amount, but there’s a fee of $1 for every PayPal payment under $15 or mailed check under $50.
However, if you refer a friend that uses the app at least once, there is no fee for cashing out.
They say that PayPal payments will show up in your account with 24-48 hours. Obviously, check payments will take longer.
UPDATE 9/1/2018: GetUpSide Now pays via gift cards as well as other payment options starting at $10
GetUpSide Payment Proof
Below is a payment I received from GetUpside, I referred a friend so there was no fee for me cashing out via PayPal once I earned $1!
The app is still not in my area and most likely won’t be for awhile but I’ve continued to earn through referrals and have been getting paid via PayPal. Here’s my latest payment:
GetUpside App Complaints
Cash Won’t Work
If you want to earn cashback when buying gas, you’ll need to use a credit or debit card to ensure your identity. Cash and gift cards do not work! Here’s their reasoning why:
“When paying at the gas station, make sure to use a credit or debit card to make your purchase. Cash payments and gift cards are not an eligible form of payment for GetUpside offers.
Using a credit or debit card allows us to make sure the person who claimed the offer is the one making the purchase. This way we can show gas stations working with GetUpside that their offers for you are driving more business for them.” – GetUpside FAQ’s
To a lot of us that’s not a huge deal, but if you regularly use cash, this will be a bummer.
Few Other Restrictions To Note
- Limit of two grocery cash back receipts per week
- Cashback is calculated on the pre-tax and pre-tip total
- Upside has the right to remove the referral program but says they will pay $1 for every referral you have if they decide to do so.
Is GetUpSide A Scam?
GetUpSide is not a scam, it seems to be a legitimate way to earn cash back when you purchase gas, but at this time the grocery and restaurant sections are limited. Again, this is only available in a few select parts of
Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, North & South Carolina, Florida, and Houston, Texas. GetUpSide App is now available in most of the United States, but even if you can download the app does not mean you’ll have offers near you.
If you live in an area where offers are available, I’d recommend using this app, to get started visit GetUpSide.com and you’ll earn a $.20 bonus on your first gas purchase!
If you don’t live in the area that they currently have offers you can visit their website and enter your email to be notified if they ever have offers in your area, or you can check out these apps that I recommend that are available everywhere: Ibotta, Dosh, Drop.
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Do you think GetUpSide is a scam? I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this review in the comments below!
50 thoughts on “GetUpside Review: Is the GetUpSide App A Scam?”
I’ve earned $572 in 11 months using GetUpside. Use code K5BC6 on sign up and get us both $0.15/gallon on the next fill up. Refer your friends and get bonuses of your own going forward.
I love this app for saving on gas. I’ve gotten $114 so far. My code MDCX5 gets us both a 20¢/gal bonus: https://upside.app.link/MDCX5
I really wanted to like GetUpside, but it appears to be a waste of time for me. The first use was great because you get the bonus money added. Ever since then, I have only seen 2-3 cents off per gallon and always at gas stations that are charging more so I rarely bother any more. When I do use it, there is a 50/50 chance the app won’t take the receipt. Now, all of a sudden you have to submit before purchasing or it will reject. Too much time and energy. In 4 months I have a balance of $3.01 – just not worth it.
I like the app a lot, have been using it a few months and just cashed out $40.00. If anyone wants to use my code its 5WNZ2. We will both get extra money back when you use the code, so I appreciate anyone who uses it!
I’ve used it for awhile, it is legit, however it seems pretty limited meaning only Bp and Shell stations mostly all I’ve seen in Va and NC. The most you ever get back is your first purchase. If you look around other stations you can usually get gas for the same price with that discount. With gas prices rising the amount per gal has gone to 1-3 cent which really isn’t worth the trouble. Just my 2, wanted to share it’s not the windfall they depict.
Legit for sure. Successfully cashed out many times via PayPal. I don’t recommend gift card redeems as there is no incentive. Same value whether cashing out via PayPal or buying gift cards. Why limit your $$$?
Use promo code ZWVWP4 for a sweet 20¢/gal bonus on first purchase
GetUpside is legit – definitely not a scam. I’ve saved $35 on gas in the last few months. Use promo code Jason3393 for an extra 20 cents of your first fill-up
I did alright on my first fill up, but today the discount is only $.01. While watching the stations one went from $.12 a gallon down to $.05. For a penny or two I wouldn’t bother using this apt. These “PROMO” codes listed in these messages are individuals trying to get you to use their codes to make more money. Use your own!
Wondering if this is a SCAM! Made over $60.00 in 2 months. Went to cash out with a gift card. Never got it. They said they sent it by e-mail. Now they say it is complicated and need to wait another 5 days. Seems real fishy to me!
I’ve never cashed out a gift card, so I can’t comment on how long it takes to get gift card payments. I’d say it’s a really good sign that they responded to your support message and that they will get it resolved.
I’ve had no problems with PayPal payments and you can see proof of them paying me each month on my Extra Income Reports.
It’s not a scam, so hopefully they get the issue resolved quickly.
Thanks for reading and sharing your experience,
Tampa fl area ‘KANE ‘ IS CODE but my time is too valuable forvall this clerical work; obviously they makeva fortune tracking yout information
Used for the first time. Said I was going to get gas for 2.19. Cash price was 2.49 and Credit price was 2.69. We have to use a credit card so we paid an extra .20 per gallon. Luckily this was my first purchase and I did not have to find another station otherwise we would have lost money. We paid 2.39 with our bonus, if we did not have the bonus it would have been 2.59 and we could get it across the street for 2.55. Right now I’m not a fan. BEWARE: watch for the cost between cash and credit!!!!!
I can vouch for the Getupside App as I have now made $123 and change by referring people and filling up at places that have good deals through the app. I’ve used it now for 2 months so it isn’t a get rich quick kind of deal but that’s $123 I wouldn’t have had otherwise. If you know a lot of people that drive a lot for work as I do, referrals are easy to get. If you’re interested in trying it out, get started using K5BC6 and get us both an additional $0.15/gal back on our next fill up.
Thanks for sharing your experience with GetUpSide Billy.
I agree it’s legitimate and it’s easy money, nothing that’s going to make you rich though.
As you said should be easy to get referrals because pretty much everyone is buying gas.
I have to say the referral program is very good too. Was paid $48 per gallon last time I filled up!
I did not have good luck with this app. I was so excited to cash my first 15.00 to PayPal and this was 3 weeks ago. I left my paypal Info and waited (app stated it can take up to 48 hours to appear in paypal). About a week later, no money. I sent a message to support and received a response stating they had my email address as correct except for the .com part they had .con. I advised of this error and a week went by…no money. I have since contacted support twice with zero response! I’m disappointed to say the least, especially since I have recommended the app to numerous friends. I can say until I do receive a response, I won’t be using the app or recommending to any other friends.
Thanks for sharing and the error in the email address would for sure keep the payment from going through.
Please keep us informed on this. How long has it been since you contact support?
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I love this app! I’ve made $54 so far not including the money I have saved on gas I purchased. Use promo code 9CCMF to save an additional 20 cents per gallon on your first purchase! So far it’s operational in DC, DE, FL, MD, VA, NC, NY, SC and they just opened in Houston.
Glad you’re enjoying the app George. I’ve been using it for a while now and it works great!
I heard about GetUpside on my way home. It is now in some parts of North Carolina. The radio station is out of Charlotte.
Thank you for doing the research on GetUpside. It was very helpful!
Thank you for letting me know! Just checked the app and you’re correct looks like it’s expanded to North and South Carolina. Thanks for reading, glad you enjoyed!
Here’s my experience. The first couple of times was great. That referral code is great for your first fill up and somewhere along the way I used the Upside7 and sorry3 bonus codes. I was excited that my usual gas station just down the street which was 95% of the time cheaper than most other stations in the area already was participating. Unfortunately, now that station: 1) only gives you a 1 cent rebate; and 2) more importantly, has increased it’s regular price about 10-15 cents per gallon higher than all the other gas stations around here now so that 1 cent cashback still obviously is way more than offset by the rebate. On top of that, the cheapest price (including rebate) on the app is still more expensive than the cheapest gas station in the area. Once you’ve exhausted the codes, the rebates aren’t worth the effort (unless you spam your referral code to the world I suppose). It’s easier to go to the cheaper gas station and not deal with scanning your receipt and then having to cash out. Also, sad that my local station is now one of the more expensive stations in the area now. I’m back to using GasBuddy to find the best local price and I’m considering joining their program where you can get lower prices at virtually any station without scanning a receipt or spamming everyone I know with a referral code. BTW, I’m in South Florida.
Thank you for sharing Kayte.
I know at first they seemed to target corners with a few gas stations on it and the one that partnered with GetUpSide usually ended up being the same price as the others and you could get the cashback.
Unfortunate to hear that’s not always the case anymore.
Thanks again for sharing.
The problem with the ap is that from what I see, it’s the gas stations that want your business because they charge too much.
Example. Premium gas at 3.94, I get back 6 cents. Where 2 blocks away, I get premium for 3.49. So I’m losing money.
In my area, pay with cash is 3.15 for premium.
It’s a no brainer not to use it.
7H2RD is a promo code !
I used the app for the first time this past weekend. I found a gas station with the discounted price of $1.45 per gallon. I claimed the deal and filled my tank. When I finally saw how much Upside reimbursed me, they only reimbursed me 0.10 for each gallon…. when the offer said 0.25 per gallon…. I would’ve been better off going to Wawa for gas at $1.56 per gallon (not a participating gas station since they are already low). I was so enthusiastic about this app and now I am not sure. I even had a promo code from a local radio station to get a better deal. Disappointed.
I would contact support about it immediately.
It’s a scam. I didn’t get credit for anyone that I referred even though they used my link.
Did they purchase gas? You don’t earn anything until they redeem their first rebate. At that time you’ll earn the $.02 per gallon and a $.20 per gallon multiplier.
I’ve earned over $300 referring friends so I know the refer a friend program works. If they did purchase gas I’d contact their support team.
I’ve used the app for quite some time now with NO problems at all. To the person that found fraudulent activities on their card, I don’t think its the app itself, it could be the gas station. I don’t know what area you’re in but skimmers are found in many stations. Be sure to use the pumps closest to the station attendants, not the back side of the pump
Thanks for sharing Shayne and I agree that it really didn’t have to do with the app and that it can happen anywhere.
Glad to hear you’re enjoying the app though!
It may not be a scam as you do get some type of rebate. That being said be real sure you notice how the stated price per gallon listed in the app is usually far higher than at the station though I believe you get the full rebate, it may be cheaper if you get less of a rebate when the price is cheaper to begin with. That and the negligible rebate when using grocery store fuel perks are my only qualms thus far. Their reasoning is BS. Either they don’t understand how fuel perks work or they assume nobody else does. But since most of us have to get gas anyway, during peak times the rebate is usually only 2-4 cents so plan accordingly as you have a 4 hour window you can claim it much earlier to lock in the better rate. For the stations I frequent, it’s usually 9:30-11:30am and 2-4pm.
Thanks for sharing your experiences, Jeff.
This is the first time I am using the app. I am trying to upload the receipt and it just keeps spinning.
If you’re struggling to get it to work you may need to either wait until you’re connected to wifi or turn wifi and allow the app to use data.
Should work fine as long as you have a good connection.
I THOUGHT GETUPSIDE WAS GOING TO BE A GREAT TOOL ONCE I SEEN IT ACTUALLY WORKED… UNTIL AFTER MY 3RD TIME USING IT, I NOW HAD TO REPLACE MY DEBIT CARD DUE TO FRAUDULENT ACTIVITY. PEOPLE HACKED MY INFORMATION THROUGH WIFI BECAUSE WE CANNOT PREPAY FOR GAS, WE HAVE TO USE THE PUMPS DESIGNATED ‘CREDIT CARD AREA’ RATHER THAN THE WIRED AND SAFE CONNECTION THAT’S OFFERED IN STORE. THIS NOW SEEMS WAY TOO SKETCHY FOR ME TO USE THE APP ANYMORE, I OBVIOUSLY DON’T WANT MY INFORMATION STOLEN AGAIN AND MY BANK HIGHLY RECOMMENDED/ADVISED ME TO ALWAYS PAY INSIDE FOR GAS, AS THIS HAPPENS A LOT MORE OFTEN THAN PEOPLE REALIZE. SORRY GET UPSIDE, BUT UNTIL YOU CAN FIX THIS HUGE FAULT IN YOUR SYSTEM, YOU HAVE LOST MY BUSINESS. I’LL TAKE MY $8.00 I’VE EARNED FROM YOU AND WALK AWAY KNOWING I WONT HAVE ANYONE STEALING FROM ME AGAIN. BUMMER.
Sorry to hear your card information was stolen but I don’t think that has anything to do with using this app, more of a problem at that gas station. With that being said, GetUpSide is legitimate and your credit card info can get stolen at any time with any transaction. If you’re not comfortable using the app I completely understand it’s just extra cash so just skip it if it’s a concern.
Thanks for sharing!
Sorry that happened to you. But you can go inside to pay! This app’s only requirement is you get a copy of the receipt, which you can get from paying inside!
It is easy. Find a gas station. Claim it before you pump, and upload receipt. Use code SMM3V to save an extra 20¢ off per gallon.
Thanks for sharing Jennifer!
Here is my experience with upside. Sometimes when I’m searching for a gas station on the app it will show a gas staion on the map but when u get there all of a sudden the claim option is gone. Now I’m. Either stuck with having. TO use that gas or find another. At first I thought I was nuts but after it happen 3 other times then I knew it wasn’t me. Also twice they have found reasons not to pay on approved gas stations that I had been payed for in the past. Another thing is that the gas stations are small little rundown gas stations in questionable neighborhoods. These have burned me in the past a few times.. Love the idea but the risk are too high for me.
Thank you for sharing your experiences with the app. Do you mind sharing what area of the US you live in?
If you want to make some money check this out: Gas prices are always going to fluctuate. I just use my gas app called Getupside and save up to 20 plus cent per gal. You can find the app at the App Store or Google Play depending on your phone. Here are some promo codes you can use to get up to 30 cents per gal. (Put this one in first) Promo Code: SAM423 good for 20 cents per gal. Upside7 good for 7 cents and Sorry3 good for 3 cents that’s 30 cents total on top of what the gas station offering you usually between 10 -20 cents so you can get up to 50 cents per gal on your first fill up. This is a good way to save money and ease that pain at the pump.
My question is, if your savinfs each time are below $15, and you cash out, then the APP takes $1. Do u have to cash out after each purchase ? Or can you compile savings to get over the $15, then redeem your savings.
My point is…if I save $2 by using the app, but have to cash out after each purchase …and I’m giving $1 to the app ….I’m now only saying $1. Every time …. what’s the point ? Other than giving the app a dollar every time I use it …
Everytime you earn cashback it gets put into your account which is a running balance so you can have as many transactions as needed to reach the $15.
Meaning you only pay the $1 fee if you cash out with less than $15, again you can avoid the fee forever if you refer one friend.
I want to join and work .l can not understand how should start.
Go to my getting started page. There you can figure out what you’re looking for and where to go to see my recommendations.
Unfortunately, I don’t live in the areas where this service is currently active, though it sounds interesting.
Do you have to actually live there or can you take advantage of the service while visiting there?
If you visit there frequently, it could be worth it, what do you think? Please advise. Thanks for your post!
As long as you’re in the area you can use the app, residency in the area is not required.
If you visit the area frequently I’d 100% take advantage of the app!