I first must give credit where credit is due. I like to think that I know everything there is to know about frugality, but let’s be real, I don’t. A friend of mine, Anna, actually referred me to this first program after redeeming her $20 gift card.
The way it works is based on your spend with participating restaurants. At first the list was pretty small and I did not find myself going often but recently they have added a lot of great restaurants that I frequent. So basically the amount you earn is directly related to how much you spend at any of their participating restaurants, bars, and clubs (including tax and tip, holla!) in a 1 year period.
– Members earn 5% back until they have spent $250.
– Members earn 10% back when they have spent more than $250 and less than $750.
– Members earn 15% back when they have spent more than $750.
Perfect! So far I am only at the 10% mark but with their growing list of participating restaurants I think I can get up to 15% soon!
Now, combine this program with Opentable‘s reward program and you may find yourself eating for free a lot more often than you think.
The way it works with OpenTable is that you earn points when you make and honor reservations made through their site or app.
I put this in bold because reservations made directly through a restaurant’s webiste or by calling them directly do not earn OpenTable points and if you do not honor your reservation (you skip out or don’t check in at the hostess stand), you do not get those points.
I can say with confidence that about 85% of the time I dine out, the restaurant I go to uses OpenTable. Even if it’s at a slow time (hello, I love a good 5:00pm dinner) or the place never gets crowded, use the app anyways so that you can earn points!
Here is how the points break down:
2,000 Dining Points = $20 Dining Rewards Gift
5,000 Dining Points = $50 Dining Rewards Gift
10,000 Dining Points = $100 Dining Rewards Gift
I use OpenTable for everything in terms of dining out, even work lunches etc. The more you use it the more you earn!
Between these two programs you can be getting rewards money on a monthly basis and that makes a huge difference in cutting into the dining-out-budget!