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Fuel Card recommendations

Old 7th Jul 2020, 14:31
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Fuel Card recommendations

Can anyone please recommend the Fuel cards worth having for flying as a private pilot in Australia? I currently use an Air BP carnet but want to fly to locations not necessarily serviced by Air BP.

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Old 7th Jul 2020, 14:37
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I've been a little out of the loops for a couple of years now but it seemed like a lot of Bowsers were upgrading to be able to just use any Credit Card and slowly moving away from Carnet style cards?
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 00:57
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Standard credit card and Air BP as a backup should do it.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 01:53
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As above but some places in Queensland only use Viva
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 11:44
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Thank you for your responses. At certain aerodromes such as YGEL the Ersa specifies that World Fuel Services is the avgas provider. Are they likely to just accept a credit card and is this what is normally the case with other providers? I would naturally ring ahead for specific locations but just wondering what the norm is.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 11:48
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Yes they are.

As a matter of interest, you say you have an Air BP carnet card. Did BP require you to provide financial security for that card?
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 11:55
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I actually make use of a flying club members card, so it isn’t a card in my name.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 12:00
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Try Skyfuel. They’ll send you a skyfuel card, BP card and World fuel services card. Bring your credit along on the trip and you’re pretty much covered for anywhere you’d go.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 12:01
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Check out SkyFuel's Carnet scheme. They issue you 3 x carnet cards, BP/Mobil/Their Own for your use, they pay the invoice from BP and then invoice you so you don't need to provide a $50,000 surety on top of your first-born, to Air BP just to put 83L in your Jodel at Upper Bumphuck.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 12:07
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If anyone’s got a BP card out of Skyfuel in the last few years, please let me know.
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Old 8th Jul 2020, 12:17
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Originally Posted by Clinton McKenzie View Post
If anyone’s got a BP card out of Skyfuel in the last few years, please let me know.
We got a Air BP and World Fuels for ours in Jan 2019 but they wouldn't send us a Skyfuel one as we weren't in NSW so "wouldn't use it and didn't need it" according to them. We did have to provide a $500 deposit and a credit card as back up though.
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Old 9th Jul 2020, 08:07
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Originally Posted by gav_20022002 View Post
We got a Air BP and World Fuels for ours in Jan 2019 but they wouldn't send us a Skyfuel one as we weren't in NSW so "wouldn't use it and didn't need it" according to them. We did have to provide a $500 deposit and a credit card as back up though.
Did you apply for your cards as a private aircraft owner or as a club or similar organisation? I wrote directly to Air BP about three years ago asking for a card and offered to allow them to lock up $10,000 on my credit card. They have yet to reply.
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Old 9th Jul 2020, 11:45
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Skyfuel are the only company really looking after GA in Australia.
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Old 13th Jul 2020, 04:40
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Originally Posted by gerry111 View Post
Did you apply for your cards as a private aircraft owner or as a club or similar organisation? I wrote directly to Air BP about three years ago asking for a card and offered to allow them to lock up $10,000 on my credit card. They have yet to reply.
Applied as a Pty Ltd company which was a small syndicate
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Old 13th Jul 2020, 08:13
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Skyfuel is not the only player looking after GA.
IOR has quite a few sites now and growing.
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Old 13th Jul 2020, 09:29
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Originally Posted by gav_20022002 View Post
Applied as a Pty Ltd company which was a small syndicate
Thanks for your response, gav_20022002.
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Old 13th Jul 2020, 11:37
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I’m finding it difficult to make sense of Air BP’s differing approaches, GIII. It’s possible we’ve been dealing with different managers with different expertise across different parts of the Air BP organisation. If a $1 Pty Ltd company and a credit card is all that’s required, even I could manage to arrange that.
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Old 14th Jul 2020, 04:06
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Originally Posted by Clinton McKenzie View Post
I’m finding it difficult to make sense of Air BP’s differing approaches, GIII. It’s possible we’ve been dealing with different managers with different expertise across different parts of the Air BP organisation. If a $1 Pty Ltd company and a credit card is all that’s required, even I could manage to arrange that.
Clinton, I got a BP card late last year. ACN and direct debit, no CC o deposit needed. Sounds like it varies PatrickF
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Old 14th Jul 2020, 06:09
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Oi Patrick, how long did it take to come through? I applied a while back, waiting.
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Old 14th Jul 2020, 10:37
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Thanks Patrick. I’ll give it another go.

And the final mystery: I am baffled why Air BP bowsers don’t accept credit cards, like all of the other AVGAS bowsers of which I’m aware.
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