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Fill up that tank and get those gas coupons, if you want to save some cash.

Gasoline prices at Army and Air Force Exchange Service fuel pumps will rise more than 10 cents a gallon next month due to gas prices in the United States increasing for the fifth week in a row, according to an AAFES news release.

Unleaded gas in Germany will go for between $2.46 and $2.67 a gallon. Diesel will go up only a penny to $2.64. In the United Kingdom, motorists will have to pay $2.51 for premium unleaded gas and $2.59 for diesel, according to the release.

The Navy operates the gasoline coupon program in Italy and Spain. Bart Di Muccio, administrator of the Tax-Free Gas Coupon Program for U.S. and NATO bases in Italy, said there will be no change in their prices. The price for 100 liters of regular unleaded will remain at $70; the price for 100 liters of diesel will remain at $78.

AAFES managers are bracing for a rush of customers hoping to fill their vehicle and stock up on gas coupons before the price jump.

“Typically, when it’s a 10-cent jump like that, people will make the effort to go buy gas coupons because they can buy next month’s gas at this month’s gas price,” said Debbie Byerly, an AAFES spokeswoman in Mainz-Kastel, Germany. “And in no other market can you do that.”

And here’s more bad news for gas-guzzling sport utility vehicles and large trucks: Don’t expect to get a relief from high prices any time soon.

An oil analyst predicts prices will rise 30 to 40 cents this spring and stay high until September.

Fred Rozell, the retail prices director for the Maryland-based Oil Price Information Service, predicted U.S. drivers later this year could be back to paying $3 gallon in some parts of the country. Gas prices traditionally spike in the spring and at the peak of summer.

Gas prices could skyrocket in August, when many Americans go on vacation and travel, he added. Throw in a hurricane and the price at the pump could take a high enough leap to make Hummer owners walk to work.

This August could be “very volatile,” Rozell said.

The price of gas in the United States is important for those who buy fuel at AAFES pumps. Gas prices in the States helps AAFES officials determine how much to charge their customers.

AAFES establishes the price of gas at its locations based on the U.S. Department of Energy’s monthly average for each grade of gasoline in the continental United States, according to AAFES. A “dispensing cost” is added to the price at the pump and the cost of the coupons.

Regular unleaded gas in the States costs an average of $2.34 per gallon.

Motorists eligible to purchase AAFES gas coupons can use them to buy fuel at designated stations around Europe and at AAFES stations. The coupons are for sale at AAFES gas stations, exchanges and shoppettes.

What you’ll pay in February

Army and Air Force Exchange Service overseas fuel prices per gallon for February:

Germany

Unleaded: $ 2.463Super unleaded: $2.559Super plus unleaded: $2.668Diesel: $2.639Turkey

Super unleaded: $2.673Diesel: $3.020Azores

Super unleaded: $2.652

Netherlands

Super unleaded: $2.738Super plus unleaded: $2.978Diesel: $2.718United Kingdom

Super unleaded: $2.506Diesel: $2.585Source: Army and Air Force Exchange Service


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