Friday, December 19, 2008

Restaurant Gift Cards That Reward You

Man with credit card shopping online for Christmas gifts

My husband and I have a love hate relationship with gift cards. We’ve both know people who have held on to their gift cards too long and had the card expire. We also hate that some cards don’t have an expiration date but DO charge a monthly fee after a year which eventually makes them useless. This is why we generally avoid giving gift cards as gifts.

We do however love this time of year when it comes to restaurants and gift cards. That is because many restaurants are trying to encourage the purchase of gift cards with bonus programs. If you still have gifts to buy, you might want to consider buying a restaurant gift card and keeping the bonus for yourself. If we are dining at a restaurant that offers these bonus gift cards, we will often purchase the required gift card to pay for the meal we planned to eat and then keep the bonus card for a future visit.

So who’s offering these great deals?

Buca di Beppo (Hubby and I LOVE this place) you can earn a $25 Reward card with every $100 purchase. One card , per visit, per table. Present this card at the time of purchase to receive $25 off your total food purchase. Not valid with any other offers or discounts. No cash value. Tax, gift cards, and alcoholic beverages are excluded.

Applebee’s…It’s a Whole New Neighborhood!! BUY $50 IN APPLEBEE’S GIFT CARDS, AND GET A $10 BONUS –FREE!! From November 3rd through New Year’s Day, for every $50 in Gift Cards you buy in one of our restaurants, you’ll get a bonus certificate for $10 more.

TGIFridays From November 5, 2008 through January 4, 2009, for every $25 spent on Friday’s® Gift Cards guests will receive a $5 Bonus Bites card while having all Gift Card purchases valid for “Give Me More Stripes” guest recognition program points. T.G.I. Friday’s Gift Cards are available in $10, $25 and $50. The Friday’s Gift Cards have no expiration date and no hidden charges. Friday’s Bonus Bites cards are redeemable between January 1, 2009 and June 30, 2009. The gift cards can be purchased at all participating T.G.I. Friday’s restaurants or online at

Click here for a coupon that will give you $5 off your food purchase at Bertuccis. It is not valid with any other discount or coupon. Tax and gratuity not included. Alcoholic beverages are excluded. One offer per party.

Brusters Real Ice Cream (this ice cream is super yummy) - buy $25 GC get $5 GC free - buy $50 GC get $10 GC free - buy $100 GC get $20 GC free (offer through 12/31/08)

The Ralph Brennon Restaurant Group is offering a $25 bonus card for you when you buy $100 in Ralph Brennon Restaurant Group holiday gift cards.

The California Pizza Kitchen Gift Card offers a $20 CPK Rewards card when you purchase $100 in CPK Gift Cards during the holidays. While supplies last

Tony Roma's - buy $50 gift card, get $10 certificate to use starting January

Timberlodge Steakhouse - buy $100 Gift Cards get $10 Gift Certificates

Red Robin (YUM). When you buy a $25 GC you get $5 GC free instantly - through 12/31/08.

Outback Steakhouse. Purchase $100 in Outback Gift Cards from November through December 31, 2008 and get a $20 bonus card. *$20 Bonus card must be redeemed January 1 through February 10, 2009. $20 Bonus card cannot be used for alcohol, tax or gratuity. Food and beverage only. Cannot be sold, reproduced or exchanged. Internet distribution or resale is strictly prohibited. $20 Bonus card must be present for redemption and relinquished at time of redemption. Not valid with any other discount offer. Limit of one $20 Bonus card per visit, one card per table and one use per card. This $20 Bonus card will not carry a future balance. No cash value. Lost or stolen cards will not be replaced. No photocopy, facsimile or reproductions of this card will be accepted.

Moes Southwest Grill. (I can’t eat a whole burrito by myself) Get a $5 Moe Buck back when you buy $20 GC through 12/31/08

Ruth Chris is offering a bonus gift card which is available online and at participating locations from November 1-December 31, 2008. Bonus Gift Cards are valid January 1-March 31, 2009. Bonus Cards cannot be redeemed on the same day of purchase. Not valid on prior purchases. To receive bonus Gift Cards, all $250 must be purchased in a single transaction. Bonus Cards will be shipped to billing address via first class mail 7-10 days from the date of qualifying gift card purchase.

So be generous this Christmas and don’t forget to get rewarded for doing so.

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