A lot has been written about DoorDash in recent days due to their new partnership with Chase. Seeing as my wife has a Chase Sapphire Reserve card, I’ll be testing them out in the coming weeks if for no other reason than to use up this year’s $60 credit as I’m not one to pass up free meals (as my stomach would attest).
DoorDash isn’t the only food delivery service out there though. We’ve become fairly familiar with Grubhub over the past year as we’ve used our $10 dining credits from our Amex Gold cards on Grubhub orders most months.
That $10 per month credit isn’t the only way that you can save with Grubhub though, so here’s a list of ways you can earn cashback, hotel points, free food, airline miles and more when placing orders. The rates listed below were correct at the time of writing, but they’re all subject to change in the future.
There are probably other ways to save/earn out there, so please let us know in the comments below if there’s anything missing from this list.
Rewards For New Users
If you’ve not used Grubhub before, you can get rewarded on your very first order. The best option that I’m aware of is to use someone’s referral link as you’ll get $12 off a $15+ order. That discount seems to vary, as in the past the discount has been $7 and $10, so I think $12 is as high as it’s been.
If you need a referral link, here are ours. We’ll also get $12 off a future order if you use our link.
If you’ll be placing an expensive first order, you might be better off going through a shopping portal. For example, Rakuten (formerly Ebates) is currently offering 7% back on your first order. If you spend $171.43 or more, you’d earn more cashback than the $12 discount from being referred. For those of us earning Membership Rewards with Rakuten rather than cashback, you’d need to spend less to be better off if you value Membership Rewards at greater than 1cpp.
You can find a list of portals offering cashback here. You’ll need to check each portal individually though as the headline rates listed on Cashback Monitor don’t give the true picture. For example, TopCashback is listed as 2%, but the new user bonus is $8.50.
There are all kinds of card-linked apps out there and at least one of them – Dosh – offers cashback for new users. At the time of writing this post, they were offering 10% cashback which is a decent rate when compared to the shopping portals listed above.
If you’re new to Dosh, feel free to sign up using one of our referral links. You’ll earn $5 cashback when linking your first card, as will we.
MileagePlus X (MPX)
Most people who use United’s MileagePlus X app do so in order to earn rewards when buying gift cards. While buying Grubhub gift cards in the app is one option, you can also earn 10x United MileagePlus miles when clicking through to the Grubhub app from MPX and placing your first order.
To do that, open the MPX app and scroll down to the bottom of the home page where you’ll see a section for ‘Featured Apps’.
Tap on that, then select Grubhub.
IHG Rewards Club
Alternatively, you can earn 500 bonus IHG Rewards Club points when placing your first order via this site. Please don’t do that though as earning 500 IHG Rewards Club points is very poor value compared to the options listed above.
That’s not to say that you should completely ignore the IHG/Grubhub partnership though as it can be a good option for existing users for future orders. There’s also a trick for how to use it, so check out that section later on for more details.
One thing to note is that the 500 bonus points might be awarded the first time you use the IHG portal rather than your first Grubhub order overall. Both my wife and I earned 500 points the first time we used the IHG portal, but I don’t think that was either of our first times using Grubhub. It’s therefore best to do your very first Grubhub order through a different portal or via a referral link, then use the IHG portal for subsequent orders if you want. See the ‘Existing Users’ section below for other options for existing users though, as you might see more rewarding options.
Grubhub launched their Perks program in September 2019 and I think Shae and I have taken advantage of it every month since then as it provides good value. It’s only available in the app at the moment and I’m not sure if it’ll ever be rolled out to desktop users.
The Perks offers vary based on your location as it depends on which restaurants are participating locally. For example, here are some of the options in Corpus Christi, TX…
…while here are some options in Roanoke, VA.
As you can see, many of the offers give you $5 off your order. One thing to note is that the terms usually state that this is available on your first offer with that restaurant. That suits me fine as we move every week and so we have a different…
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