Free Gift Card Offers

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Many restaurants and stores offer incentives to consumers that purchase their gift cards. These benefits include free gift card offers when consumers purchase over a specified amount in gift cards. Free gift cards are usually available in the form of a bonus gift card that may have restrictions that are different from those on regular gift cards. These bonus cards are often available in conjunction with the holidays, but may also be issued at other times of the year as a promotional deal. Free gift cards are also available through various credit card rewards programs where customers can redeem points for gift card freebies.


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Offered by Restaurants, retail stores, entertainment venues, etc.
Restaurants offering gift card incentives Olive Garden, IHOP, BJ's
Coupon required? No
Types of offers Free $5, $10 or $20 bonus gift cards with a minimum gift card purchase
Limitations Offers usually have an expiration date
Author Allison Hughes
 

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About Gift Cards

Gift cards are used for many occasions, including birthdays, graduation, anniversaries, Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day, and retirement. Most gift cards carry no expiration date, nor do they charge service fees. Gift cards are often available in $5 to $10 increments, with popular denominations being $20, $25, $50, $75, $100, and $250. Some stores and restaurants may even let the consumer choose an exact gift card amount.[1]

Gift cards can usually be purchased online or in person, and can be personalized by the purchaser. Gift cards that are purchased online usually cost a few dollars extra for standard shipping and handling, and may charge an additional fee for customized cards. These shipping fees may be waived for larger orders.[2]

Gift Card Free Offers

  • Gift card incentives are a way for stores and restaurants to encourage customers to make gift card purchases throughout the year. Sometimes these incentives are year round, but sometimes the restaurant or store will offer gift card promotions on a seasonal basis. These incentives are usually in the form of a bonus gift card when customers purchase a gift card over a certain amount.
  • Users who sign up for rewards points programs like "My Points" can earn points for reading e-mail advertisements each day. They can redeem their points for free gift card offers at restaurants, including Applebee's and Panera Bread, or for gasoline.[3]

Credit Card Rewards Program Gift Card Offers

Many credit cards offer a rewards program as well. Customers can earn points for every dollar they spend on the credit card, and these points can later be redeemed for free gift cards. This includes credit cards like Visa and American Express. For example, American Express allows customers to redeem rewards points for stores like Home Depot, Kohls, Bath and Body Works, Old Navy, and Gap Inc..[4]

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2014 Gift Card Offers

  • Sullivan's Steakhouse offers free $10 bonus cards for every $100 or $75 for every $500 in gift cards purchased through May 31. Bonus cards are valid from June 1 through September 1.
  • Del Frisco's offers free $10 bonus cards for every $100 or $75 for every $500 in gift cards purchased through May 31. Bonus cards are valid from June 1 through September 1.
  • Free Godzilla movie ticket with purchase of a $25 limited edition gift card at Red Robin through June 1
  • Purchase two $50 gift cards and get a $25 gift card free on June 2 at Smokey Bones.
  • Receive a free men's lotion or body wash with in store purchase of $50 or more on gift cards through June 15 at Banana Republic.
  • Receive $10 more in value for every $40 gift card purchase or receive $5 more in value for every $20 gift card purchase through June 15 at Black Eyed Pea.
  • Free $10 Reward Card with every $50 purchase of gift cards through June 15 at Claim Jumper. Reward Card can be redeemed from June 1 to September 30.
  • Free $10 bonus gift card with purchase of $50 in gift cards at Kona Grill through June 15.
  • Receive two free $10 rewards card with purchase of $100 in gift cards at Pappadeaux through June 15.
  • Receive two free $10 rewards card with purchase of $100 in gift cards at Pappasito's through June 15.
  • Free $10 Bonus Card with purchase of $50 in gift cards at Bonefish Grill through June 15. Bonus Card is valid from May 12 through July 15.
  • Free $10 bonus card with $50 purchase in gift cards at P.F. Chang's through June 15.
  • Free $5 Bonus promotional coupon with $30 gift card purchase through June 15. The Bonus coupon is redeemable June 16-July 31, 2014 toward the purchase of food or non-alcoholic beverages at participating Buffalo Wild Wings locations in the U.S.
  • Receive a $10 bonus card for every $50 gift card purchase at Flat Top through June 15
  • Free $10 eBonus Bucks with online purchase of $50 gift card at Black Angus through June 15. $10 eBonus Bucks are valid June 16 through July 31.
  • Free $10 Bonus Card with purchase of $50 in gift cards at Bonefish Grill through June 15. Bonus Card is valid from May 12 through July 15.
  • Get a $5 bonus with purchase of $25 in gift cards at Uno Chicago Grill through June 15.
  • Receive two free $10 rewards card with purchase of $100 in gift cards at Pappadeaux through June 15.
  • Customers receive $20 bonus cards for every $100 spent on gift cards at Fleming's through June 15.
  • $5 Bonus Card with every purchase of $25 in Gift Cards at Ninety Nine through June 15. The bonus card can't be used on the same visit as the Gift Card purchased, and expires September 28, 2014.
  • For each $50 purchase of gift cards, customers will receive $10 bonus card at Outback Steakhouse through June 15. Bonus card is valid from May 12 through July 15.
  • Get a free $10 bonus card with purchase of $50 or more in gift cards at Pei Wei through June 22.
  • Free $5 promotional dining card with every $25 gift card purchase at Elephant Bar through June 23.
  • Receive an extra $10 bonus card with purchase of a $50 gift card at Olive Garden through June 29. Bonus card is valid from June 30 through August 10.
  • Free $5 Grazie Mille coupon for every $25 in gift card purchase at Bertucci's through June 30
  • Purchase of $20 gift card through June 30 at Hardees and receive a free coupon for a 1/3lb Original Thickburger. Coupon for free 1/3lb. Original Thickburger is redeemable through December 31, 2015.
  • Free $25 bonus card with each $100 gift card purchase or $10 bonus card with each $50 gift card purchase through July 25 at Margaritas
  • Free $10 bonus card with purchase of a $50 gift card for dad at Longhorn Steakhouse through July 28.
  • Free $5 bonus bites with purchase of a $25 gift card or $10 bonus bites with purchase of a $50 gift card at TGI Fridays through June 30. Bonus bites cards are redeemable from July 1 through August 31.
  • Free $5 bonus bucks for every $25 spent in gift cards at Joe's Crab Shack through July 27. Bonus bucks are redeemable from June 16 through July 27.
  • Get $20 for every $100 in gift card purchased at HuHot through July 31.
  • Receive a free $25 gift card with purchase of $150 to $249 or $50 with purchase of $250 to $499 or $125 with purchase of $500 or more at Ralph Lauren with promo code through August 24.

Free $100 gift card with $500 purchase or $200 gift card with &750 purchase or $300 with $1,000 purchase at Neiman Marcus with promo code through August 26.

  • Get a free shared plate coupon with purchase of $25 in gift cards or free entree coupon with purchase of $75 in gift cards at Texas Land and Cattle through August 17. Coupons are valid through September 7.
  • Get a free shared plate coupon with purchase of $25 in gift cards or free entree coupon with purchase of $75 in gift cards at Lone Star Steakhouse through August 17. Coupons are valid through September 7.

2014 Graduation Gift Card Bonus Offers

During the 2014 graduation season, several restaurants and stores are offering bonus offers for gift cards. These include the following:

  • At Applebee's, customers who buy $50 in gift cards for graduates receive a $10 digital bonus card.
  • Ruby Tuesday is offering a $5 bonus coupon when customers buy a $25 gift card or a $15 bonus coupon when customers buy a $50 gift card.
  • Smith & Wollensky features a $25 bonus gift card for every $100 gift card purchase. This offer is valid through June 30. The bonus card is valid from July 1 through September 1.[5]
  • At Taco Bell, customers who buy $20 in gift cards can receive any single menu item free. Eligible items must have a value equal to or less than $5.

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Also See: December Freebies, Birthday Freebies, Facebook Freebies, Football Freebies, Free Appetizer Coupons, Free Dessert Coupons, Free Happy Hour, Free IHOP Coupons, Free Olive Garden Coupons

References

  1. https://gift.olivegarden.com/GiftCard/
  2. http://www.olivegarden.com/marketplace/gift_card/
  3. http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/SavingandDebt/FindDealsOnline/free-gift-cards-yes-really.aspx
  4. http://www.membershiprewards.com/catalog/search/?N=11700000&mrnavlink=topnav%3aShoppingGiftCards&ResetBreadcrumb=true
  5. http://www.smithandwollensky.com/summer-gift-card-bonus-card-offer/