Loyalty rewards and special membership perks are some of the most common low-cost, high-impact marketing ploys restaurants use to gain repeat customers. They’re very common that even if you don’t know about it, your favorite chains may be running some at this very moment.
Not all of them are worth getting spammed about updates and new offers but there are many that you might not want to miss. Here are 10 that you should definitely check out:
Starting off with a classic, Applebee’s e-club will give you a free appetizer upon signing up. Once you’re a member, you’ll receive updates on their latest offers and exclusive perks.
Jimmy John’s first customer loyalty program known as the Freaky Fast Rewards offers one of the best sign up incentives ever. They will give you a free 8” sandwich after you make your very first order. So all you have to do is to sign up and head to the nearest Jimmy John’s to make a purchase and you’ll get an extra 8” sandwich free of charge – it’s that easy.
The program will also let members earn free sides and drinks. It will also give members the exclusive chance to be the first to sample new menu items.
Signing up for email subscriptions can also be an easy way to get some free stuff if you don’t mind the influx of emails every now and then. If you’re also a fan of Benihana, then make sure to subscribe to The Chef’s Table. In exchange, you’ll get a $30 gift certificate that you can use on a weekday dinner.
This popular Tex-Mex chain uses a point system to incentivize their loyal following’s continuous patronage. For every $1 spent in their stores, their Chipotle Rewards members get 10 points. Once they get 1250, they can use it to get a free entree.
You won’t necessarily get a freebie upon signing up but you get 50% off on your meal on your every 4th visit. It might not seem like much but since Bonefish Grill is owned by Bloomin’ Brands, the deal is extended to its other restaurants. This means that you don’t have to keep eating at Bonefish Grill all the time because your meals at the Outback Steakhouse, Carabba’s Italian Grill, and Fleming’s are also counted. So if you eat in these restaurants a lot, then you will benefit from signing up for their Dine Rewards.
If you love Chili’s then you should make sure to be a Chili’s Rewards member. By signing up, you’ll get free chips & salsa or a non-alcoholic drink on your every visit (limited to once every sixty days). The membership itself will also give you more free stuff that is personalized just for you.
Signing up for their Email Club will get you lots of free stuff. For starters, subscribing will earn you a free regular sub and a 22 oz fountain drink. Every email sent also contains a coupon, so if you eat there a lot anyway, you should keep checking out those newsletters.
The inner workings of how MyPanera works can be a bit obscure, but it doesn’t mean that it’s not worth signing up for. It will get you a free sweet treat or a pastry from the bakery just for joining and the app will do the countdown for your next reward. If you frequently eat and shop for baked goods there, it’s best to join in on their rewards program.
There’s a lot of freebies from Del Taco that are waiting for you. For one, signing up for their Raving Fan Club will get 2 Del Tacos for free. If you choose to download the app, you’ll get another pair for free tacos and you’ll receive coupons. You can also get to sample new menu items before others can and you’ll be rewarded a free shake on your birthday.
This one’s a bit generous as they’ll give you a free entree just for signing up for their Real Deal Club. After which, keep an eye on the emails they sent you as they might just contain some great deals.
If you’re a loyal fan of this sandwich chain, you should join their Vibe Club Rewards. Signing up will get you a free drink. After accumulating 75 points, you can get a free regular size sandwich. You’ll also get a free one on your birthday and you’ll receive special deals through email.
The rewards program for this chain will not give you anything for free upon signing up but it will give you a nice BOGO deal on your birthday. You can also earn points for every dollar you spend in the store which you can then turn into grub later on.