LANDOVER, Md., Nov. 27, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- As the holiday season approaches, consumers are faced with increased spending on gifts, food and travel. To keep budgets under control during this high-spend season and beyond, shoppers can take advantage of savings opportunities that make their dollars work double-time, like the Giant Gas Rewards Program available at Giant Food®. With the Giant Gas Rewards Program, Baltimore area consumers can turn food shopping into significant savings at the pump. And Giant is celebrating the holidays with a special opportunity to save even more by offering shoppers 4 times the rewards on retailer gift card purchases at Giant now through December 5th (excluding Giant gift cards). "We are excited to help shoppers save even more this busy holiday season," says Lori Van Ryan, Shell Manager of Marketing Alliances North America. "We hope that the easy savings through the Giant Gas Rewards Program will put a little extra cushion in shoppers' holiday budgets and allow them to focus on enjoying the season with their loved ones." Over the past several years, the average cost of an American Christmas has steadily risen, with planned spending on gifts and travel continuing to increase. In 2012, U.S. shoppers planned to spend:
Approximately $854 on gifts, more than double the amount shoppers planned to spend on gifts in 2009 (American Research Group)
Approximately $759 per household on travel, up 5.7 percent from $718 in 2011 (AAA)
The Giant Gas Rewards Program in the Baltimore area is helping shoppers turn this increased spending into a way to save on fuel at Shell. By simply signing up for a Giant loyalty card consumers can turn that turkey dinner or those secret Santa gifts into big savings at the pump. The popular Giant Gas Rewards Program allows Baltimore area shoppers to earn one point for every dollar spent at Giant on purchases (some restrictions apply) when they use their Giant Card. For every 100 points earned, shoppers receive 10 cents off per gallon, up to $2.20 per gallon, at local participating Shell stations. Points must be redeemed within 30 days from the date of purchase. And, in celebration of the holidays, shoppers can earn 4 times gas rewards on retailer gift card purchases at Giant from now through December 5 (excluding Giant gift cards). Giant offers a wide range of gift cards that fit any holiday need including gifts for friends, treating yourself, or dining out with loved ones. "Members can make a substantial difference in their fuel costs with the Giant Gas Rewards Program," says Jamie Miller, manager, public and community relations, Giant Food of Landover, Md. "Allowing consumers to save up to $2.20 per gallon per transaction means they can really make the most of their purchases at Giant during the holidays and beyond." Baltimore area consumers can learn more about the Giant Gas Rewards Program and view a complete listing of participating Giant and Shell locations by visiting www.shell.us/giant. About ShellShell Oil Products US, a subsidiary of Shell Oil Company, is a leader in the refining, transportation and marketing of fuels, with a network of approximately 6,000 Shell-branded gasoline stations in the western United States. Another 8,300 Shell-branded stations in the eastern and southern regions are managed by Motiva Enterprises LLC, a 50/50 joint venture between Shell Oil Company and Saudi Refining, Inc.Shell Oil Company is an affiliate of the Royal Dutch Shell plc, a global group of energy and petrochemical companies with 93,000 employees in more than 90 countries. [(NYSE:RDS.A) and (NYSE:RDS.B)]About Giant Food of Landover, Md.Giant Food LLC, headquartered in Landover, Md., operates 170 supermarkets in Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, and the District of Columbia, and employs approximately 20,000 associates. Included within the 169 stores are 156 full-service pharmacies. Giant opened the first supermarket in the nation's capital on February 6, 1936. Giving back to the community is a cornerstone that was instilled by the founders more than 77 years ago. The company's core areas of giving include hunger, education, health and wellness, and supporting service members and military families. In 2012, Giant's monetary and in-kind contributions exceeded $12 million, and the nation's capital grocer helped partners provide 55.2 million meals. For more information on Giant, visit www.GiantFood.com. Cautionary NoteThe companies in which Royal Dutch Shell plc directly and indirectly owns investments are separate entities. In this press release "Shell", "Shell group" and "Royal Dutch Shell" are sometimes used for convenience where references are made to Royal Dutch Shell plc and its subsidiaries in general. Likewise, the words "we", "us" and "our" are also used to refer to subsidiaries in general or to those who work for them. These expressions are also used where no useful purpose is served by identifying the particular company or companies. ''Subsidiaries'', "Shell subsidiaries" and "Shell companies" as used in this press release refer to companies over which Royal Dutch Shell plc either directly or indirectly has control. 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