Gas prices in Europe are not going up Wednesday, and will remain at September prices, according to officials from the Army and Air Force Exchange service.

The public will be given advance notice of any increases in the future, said AAFES spokeswoman Lt. Col. Debra Pressley.

If gas prices are going to fluctuate, the price change typically is made at the beginning of each month, with AAFES announcing new gas prices on the last Friday of the preceding month.

For example, when gas prices increased by 9 cents a gallon in September, AAFES told consumers on Aug. 29, three days before the price change.

The “advance warning” can be advantageous for military members and Department of Defense employees because they can buy gas coupons at the lower price, thus saving a few bucks before the price goes up.

Last week, AAFES announced that fuel prices in Japan and Okinawa would climb more than 20 cents per gallon, but officials froze the increase until they could review the overseas pricing policy.

When reached by telephone earlier this week, gas attendants at AAFES stations in Darmstadt, Heidelberg and Wiesbaden in Germany said they were not told what the new price would be.

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