So, I just filled up my car and shook my head at the gas prices when I noticed the banner declaring "Use your Military Star Card and get 5 cents a gallon off."

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service had a coupon recently offering a savings of 20 cents a gallon with your Star Card. AAFES says it is a way to reduce costs by calling a local number for credit card transactions, or something to that effect.

So, if AAFES wants to really lower its overhead cost, then why not make a special cash price and let me save 5-10 cents a gallon, since it won’t be dialing at all?

Obviously, it isn’t about operating costs; it seems to be a ploy to have soldiers use their credit cards and pay those finance charges to the Exchange Credit Program.

Sure, I have a Star Card, but I prefer to use my debit card to know exactly where my money goes and when, but I would be happy to pay cash for gas if it saved me some money. So AAFES, are you going to "Go where we go" and help me save a nickel or a dime?

Chief Warrant Officer 2 Dan SternbergMannheim, Germany

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