Arizona’s 10-Week Pump Price Decline Ends

Phoenix, May 16, 2013. After ten consecutive weeks of falling, the statewide average has reversed course, albeit slightly. This week, Arizona’s average gained a little more than a penny to $3.442 per gallon, while national prices rose just over a nickel to $3.601 per gallon.

According to AAA’s Weekly Fuel Gauge Report, tight supplies, planned and unplanned refinery maintenance and a spike in wholesale prices caused 20 cent price surge for drivers in six states this week including Ore., Minn, Wash, Neb. and Iowa. Thirteen states experienced a price jump of at least a dime.   

“Higher crude oil prices drove pump prices upward across the country this week,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “Despite the price spike in several parts of the country, Arizona drivers have experienced just a slight uptick at the pump, and we do not anticipate any major increases as we move into Memorial Day.”

Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.179 and $3.684 per gallon, respectively. South Carolina and California hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $3.242 and $4.061 per gallon, respectively.

City

Today’s price

Change from last week

Change from last month

Last year’s price

East Valley
(Mesa, Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, Ahwatukee, Apache Junction, Queen Creek)

$3.444

+3.5

-13.2

$3.781

Flagstaff

$3.684

+0.3

-10.5

$3.907

Glendale

$3.446

+2.5

-13.3

$3.783

Peoria

$3.452

+3.7

-14.8

$3.789

Phoenix (city)

$3.442

+2.8

-12.4

$3.781

Prescott
(Tri-Cities)

$3.551

-2.5

-13.8

$3.795

Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

$3.531

-0.5

-17.8

$3.888

Tucson

$3.179

-1.8

-16.3

$3.660

Yuma

$3.459

-4.7

-18.5

$3.851

Statewide

$3.442

+1.3

-13.5

$3.795

National

$3.601

+5.2

+7.9

$3.728

 

As an advocacy organization representing the motoring public, AAA offers a variety of free resources to help motorists keep fuel budgets in check, including: 

  • Fuel Price Finder (AAA.com/fuelfinder) locates the lowest fuel price in your area.
     
  • AAA Gas Price Alerts (AAA.com/gasalerts) offers users weekly fuel price text alerts.
     
  • AAA Mobile (AAA.com/mobile) provides directions and plots fuel prices along your travel route.
     
  • AAA’s Member Rewards Visa® Credit Card (AAA.com/financial/AAAvisa.htm) accumulates double points on fuel purchases.

AAA’s Fuel Gauge Report includes data from gasoline stations in every Arizona community. Local prices in some communities might be higher or lower than the averages shown here. This service is updated daily by the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS) with average national, state and local prices for gasoline, diesel and E-85. Every day, more than 100,000 stations are surveyed in cooperation with Wright Express for unmatched statistical reliability.