Graduation season is underway, and Father’s Day is a few days away — this Sunday, June 16.
Fortunately, some major dining establishments are offering bonus gift cards to patrons who purchase a card at the regular price, as we detail below.
Remember, there is no rule stating you must gift these cards to others. If you enjoy a particular restaurant, buy yourself a gift card to use at a later date — and pocket the bonus card, too. It’s a savvy savings trick we cite in “9 Easy Ways to Save up to 50% on Your Next Restaurant Meal.”
No matter who you buy a gift card for, though, don’t delay in taking advantage of these freebies. Many end shortly after Father’s Day.
1. Bahama Breeze Island Grille
Buy $50 worth of gift cards for Bahama Breeze, and you’ll get bonus cards worth $20. The special runs through June 30, and the bonus cards can be used as follows:
- First card: until July 31
- Second card: July 1 to Aug. 31
Buy $50 in Benihana gift cards, and you will receive a $10 promotional card. This offer is available until June 16, and the promotional card is valid from June 17 to July 21.
3. Bonefish Grill
Buy $50 worth of gift cards at Bonefish Grill, and you’ll get a bonus card worth $10. The special runs till June 16, and the bonus card can be used till July 19.
Buy a $25 Denny’s gift card, and you will receive a $5 coupon. This promotion ends June 30.
5. First Watch, the Daytime Cafe
Buy $100 in gift cards for First Watch, and you’ll get $20 in Bonus Bucks. First Watch’s website does not specify when this offer ends or when the Bonus Bucks are redeemable, so ask your local restaurant for details.
6. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
Buy $100 worth of gift cards at Fleming’s by June 16, and you can take home a $20 bonus card that’s valid from May 13 until July 19.
Buy $25 in IHOP gift cards, and you will receive a $5 coupon. This offer expires July 21.
8. Olive Garden
Buy $50 worth of gift cards at Olive Garden, and you’ll get a $10 bonus card. The special runs till June 23, and the bonus card is good from July 1 to July 31.
9. Outback Steakhouse
When you purchase $50 worth of gift cards at Outback Steakhouse, you’ll receive a bonus card worth $10. The special runs till June 16, and the bonus card can be used till July 19.
10. Red Robin
Buy a $25 Red Robin gift card and you will receive a $5 Bonus Buck Reward. Red Robin’s website does not specify when this offer ends, so ask your local restaurant. The Bonus Buck Reward is valid from July 1 to Aug. 31.
11. Red Lobster
Spend $75 on gift cards for Red Lobster and you will receive two coupons. The offer is available “while supplies last,” according to Red Lobster’s website. The coupons can be redeemed as follows:
- First coupon: July 1 till Aug. 3
- Second coupon: Aug. 4 till Sept. 7
12. Tony Roma’s
For every $50 you spend on Tony Roma’s e-gift cards, you’ll get a $15 bonus card. This offer is available until June 30, and the bonus card is redeemable from July 1 until Sept. 30.
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