If you’re buying gifts & gift vouchers for family & friends, or shopping for yourself, lots of restaurants & other businesses offer enticing holiday deals & bonus extras.
Many deals are offered online for easy shopping.
Bonus cards usually include restrictions, including designated dates for use.
The extra savings make gift cards an efficient, convenient, and frugal way to check off your holiday shopping list.
Who says gift cards have to be gifts? If you have a favorite restaurant or retailer offering a gift card bonus, pre-pay for goods and services now…and gift yourself the bonus.
It’s important to note that most, if not all, of the “bonus cards” are not gift cards. They have completely different terms and conditions. For example, unlike a gift card, the restaurant bonus cards may have minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions, or menu exclusions. For many bonus offers, you will have to wait until Jan. 1, 2021, to redeem them. Review the fine print for limitations before you purchase.
Tips for getting the best holiday gift card deals
Here are some more things to look for as you review the best gift card bonus offers:
The gift card bonuses are available at participating locations, while supplies last.
Most of the gift card bonus offers are available through Dec. 31. However, some of the promotions end earlier, so check first.
Most bonus offers are either available online or in-store only. However, some may be available both online and in-store. If you’re ordering online, be sure it qualifies for the bonus offer. Once you click “buy,” you may be out of luck as most gift card sales are final. (For maximum savings, purchase gift cards in person, so as to avoid any potential online shipping charges.)
National and regional chains aren’t the only businesses in the gift-giving mood. You may find local restaurants or businesses in your neighborhood with bonus gift card offers, so stop by your favorite spots for more potential savings. Gift card purchases are a great way to support local businesses.
As with any promotion, bonus card offers may have limits or restrictions. Therefore, do the math first. You may get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus. However, many businesses give you a bonus for each gift card purchased at a specified amount (usually $25 or $50.) As a result, there may be no need for multiple transactions.
Finally, review our tips on how to maximize the value of your gift cards.
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Restaurant gift card deals for 2020
Here’s a round-up of restaurant gift card bonus offers from popular national chains:
Restaurant: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer
Applebee’s: $50 = $10 bonus card
Arby’s: $25 = FREE sandwich
Benihana: $50 = $10 promo card / $200 = $60 / $400 = $120
Bonefish Grill: $50 = $10 bonus card
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. – $50 = $10 reward card
Buca di Beppo: $50 = $10 reward card
Buffalo Wild Wings – $25 = $5 eBonus
Carrabba’s Italian Grill – $50 = $10 bonus card
Chili’s: $50 = $10 eBonus
Cheesecake Factory $25 = 2 free slices of cheesecake, valid to December 25
Chompie’s: $50 = $10 gift card
Dickey’s Barbecue Pit: $25 = $5 bonus card / $50 = $10 bonus card
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: $100 = $20 bonus card
Logan’s Roadhouse: $50 = $10 bonus card
Maggiano’s Little Italy: $100 = $20 bonus card
Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt: $25 = $5 bonus card
Metro Diner: $50 = $10 Bonus Bucks
Morton’s The Steakhouse: $250 = $50 reward card
Outback Steakhouse: $50 = $10 off
Panera Bread: $50 = $10 bonus card
Pieology in Plantation $25 = 1 free Original Thin Pizza, up to $100 worth of purchases
Pollo Tropical $25= $5 bonus or $10 bonus if ordered 12-28
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: $250 or more = 10% bonus card
Subway: $25 = FREE 6″ sub
Seasons 52: $500 = 10% additional in gift cards
STK Steakhouse: $50 = $10 Dining Dollars / $100 = $25 Dining Dollars
Taco Bell: Online – $10 = $2 eGift Card / In-store – $10 = Two (2) FREE seasoned beef crunchy tacos
TooJays $25 = $5 bonus
Retail gift card deals for 2020
These popular retail establishments are offering extra savings on gift card purchases:
Business: Minimum Gift Card Purchase = Bonus Offer
Bowlero $50 gift card offers $10 bonus, $100 gift card offers $25 bonus
The Children’s Place: $50 = $10 bonus card / $75 = $15 bonus card / $100 = $20 bonus card
DSW (Designer Shoe Warehouse): $50 = $10 bonus card / $100 = $25 bonus card
Massage Envy: Buy one 60-minute service at the non-member rate and receive one FREE 60-minute service voucher / $80 = $20 voucher / $150 = $50 voucher
Gift card fine print
Remember, price and participation may vary by location. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions, or exclusions first. Also, many businesses don’t allow you to combine multiple bonus cards in a single transaction. Most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2021.
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