Higher Prices Fueled By a Combination of Factors

Phoenix, Jan. 30, 2013. For the third week, pump prices have edged higher. The statewide average rose almost 8 cents to $3.193 per gallon, while the national average also climbed almost 8 cents to $3.394 per gallon.

“Arizona’s average has drifted 14 cents higher through the first 30 days of 2013,” said Linda Gorman, director of communications and public affairs for AAA Arizona. “This is largely due to oil prices that have risen as a result of positive economic news and recent regional refinery issues. And unfortunately, it is a trend that will likely continue in the short-term.”

Tucson and Flagstaff hold the low and high state fuel averages at $3.019 and $3.319 per gallon, respectively. Wyoming and New York hold the lowest and highest average prices for the lower 48 states at $2.885 and $3.762 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)

$3.227

+9.5

+23.5

$3.408

Flagstaff

$3.319

+1.8

-3.9

$3.453

Glendale

$3.235

+9.8

+23.2

$3.399

Peoria

$3.213

+8.8

+21.5

$3.370

Phoenix (city)

$3.225

+9.1

+22.4

$3.405

Prescott
(Tri-Cities)

$3.134

+7.9

-1.0

$3.373

Scottsdale
(Scottsdale, Fountain Hills)

$3.299

+8.8

+18.4

$3.472

Tucson

$3.019

+6.9

+15.4

$3.233

Yuma

$3.194

+6.1

+2.9

$3.442

Statewide

$3.193

+7.6

+14.4

$3.385

National

$3.394

+7.8

+10.2

$3.443

 

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.