AAFES gas prices in Japan to drop 25 cents a gallon

Petty Officer 2nd Class William Solley, from Patrol and Reconnaissance Force 7th Fleet Detachment Kadena, fills up his van on Camp Foster on Tuesday. Solley said hearing AAFES is going to do away with coupons and drop gas prices was nice, but he suggested that AAFES go further by adjusting its gas prices daily instead of monthly.


Coupons for $2 off eight gallons of fuel will be eliminated


CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — The Army and Air Force Exchange Service announced Tuesday it will take 25 cents off its per-gallon price of fuel in mainland Japan and on Okinawa each month beginning June 1.

The same policy does away with AAFES’ coupon for $2 off the total purchase price of at least eight gallons of fuel, according to Army Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Glenn, AAFES spokeswoman.

“The new policy of 25 cents off every gallon will benefit our entire customer base — not just those who remembered to cut out the coupon,” Glenn said. “Customers aren’t limited to saving on just 8 gallons; they will save money no matter how many or how few gallons they pump. More importantly, customers will now be able to use the pay at the pump option, where available, and still receive the discount.”

Glenn said on average, just 40 percent of customers used the gas coupon.

AAFES officials have said the service sets its monthly gas price by averaging Department of Energy fuel price averages across the United States for the previous four weeks.

Beginning June 1, AAFES will take that average, plus incremental dispensing costs, and instantly subtract 25 cents. For example, if the average is $2.25 per gallon, AAFES will charge $2 at the pump.

AAFES buys gas for Okinawa and Japan through an annual contract that locked in a wholesale price of $1.38 on Oct. 1, 2004, officials have said. May gas prices at the pump were set at $2.38.

AAFES purchases its gas for U.S. bases in South Korea on the local economy from SK Corp.; the price there fluctuates monthly.

In South Korea, Glenn said, AAFES paid $1.58 per gallon of unleaded and $1.69 per gallon of premium unleaded in May.

As military spouse Erika Watt filled up her car Tuesday on Camp Foster, she said she was thrilled to hear about the new policy. “That will benefit me more because I never just put eight gallons in,” she said. “I usually put in 13 or 14 gallons.”

With the new policy, Watt would save $3.50 on 14 gallons, not just the $2 from the coupon. “I think everyone will be happy with this new policy,” she said.

AAFES shows all coupons the door

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Starting next month, the gas coupon won’t be the only one kicked to the curb by AAFES: All coupons are going away, said Army Sgt. 1st Class Amanda Glenn, AAFES Pacific spokeswoman.

The sheets of coupons no longer will be available but the savings will be offered automatically, she said.

“We are committed to offering discounts at our most popular facilities, like the barber and beauty shops, laundry and dry cleaning, alterations and gas,” Glenn said. “Facilities that offer the discounts will have the amount posted in the stores.

“By automating this process, we save our customers time from having to find and clip the coupons. We save AAFES money by not having to print and distribute the coupon sheets. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

— Fred Zimmerman