19 Restaurants Now Offering Gift Card Freebies

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Restaurant gift cards sometimes get a bad rap, but they can be the perfect present in many situations. They may seem impersonal, but they are usually welcomed and useful. And you never have to worry about them being the wrong size or color or whether the recipient already has one.

With graduation season and Father’s Day coming up, many restaurants are trying to tempt gift card buyers by offering a bonus card along with a purchase. So not only does your recipient receive a gift card, but you, as the buyer, get one of your own. Oh, sure, you can choose to give the recipient all of the cards, but why not treat yourself?

Here’s a list of restaurants offering bonus cards with a gift card purchase. Note that it’s always smart to check on the details of the offer you’re interested in. Some bonus cards have blackout dates, expire quickly or can’t be used for alcohol or other specific items.

1. Applebee’s

Applebee's
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The offer: Get a free $10 bonus card with the purchase of a $50 gift card.

Offer ends: June 26, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: Bonus card expires Aug. 7, 2022, and may not be redeemed on the day it’s issued.

2. Auntie Anne’s

Auntie Anne's
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The offer: Buy $25 in gift cards and receive $5 in Pretzel Perks rewards, which must be redeemed using the Auntie Anne’s app.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — Aug. 14, 2022

3. Benihana

Benihana
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The offer: Get a free $10 promotional card with the purchase of $50 in gift cards, or $60 in promotional cards with the purchase of $200 in gift cards.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — July 31, 2022

4. BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse

BJ's Brewhouse
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The offer: Buy $50 in eGift cards and get a $10 bonus card.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — July 10, 2022

5. Buffalo Wild Wings

Buffalo Wild Wings
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The offer: Buy $40 in eGift cards and receive a $10 eBonus card.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — July 31, 2022

6. Carvel

Carvel Ice Cream Parlor Store
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The offer: Buy $25 in gift cards, get $5 in Carvel Rewards.

Offer ends: June 26, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 27, 2022 — Sept. 7, 2022

7. Chuck E. Cheese

Chuck E. Cheese's
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The offer: Buy a $25 gift card online and receive a $5 bonus card.

Offer ends: May 31, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 1, 2022 — July 31, 2022

8. Cinnabon

Cinnabon Restaurant
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The offer: Buy a $25 gift card, get a $5 eReward.

Offer ends: June 17, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: Must unlock coupon code in the Cinnabon app and redeem by June 26, 2022.

9. The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf

The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
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The offer: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free $5 coupon.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — July 31, 2022

10. Fogo de Chao

Fogo de Chao
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The offer: For every $125 in online gift card purchase, receive a $25 eGift bonus card.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — Sept. 1, 2022

11. Houlihan’s

Houlihan's
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The offer: Buy $50 in gift cards and get a $10 dining certificate.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: Through July 7, 2022, excluding June 19.

12. IHOP

An IHOP restaurant sign in Nashville, Tennessee
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The offer: Get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 in gift cards.

Offer ends: July 17, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: Through Aug. 21, 2022

13. Jamba

Jamba Juice
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The offer: Buy $25 in gift cards or eGift Cards and get one $5 eReward Card, which must be redeemed using the Jamba app.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 20, 2022 — Sept. 1, 2022

14. Maggiano’s

Maggiano's Little Italy
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The offer: Buy $100 in gift cards online and receive a $20 eBonus card.

Offer ends: June 26, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: Through July 31, 2022

15. Old Chicago

Old Chicago
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The offer: Buy $50 in gift cards online, receive a $10 e-bonus card.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: Through July 31, 2022

16. Outback Steakhouse

Outback Steakhouse
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The offer: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card.

Offer ends: June 19, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 21, 2022 — Aug. 21, 2022

17. Panera Bread

Panera
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The offer: Buy $50 in gift cards, get a $10 bonus card.

Offer ends: May 31, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: June 1, 2022 — June 30, 2022

18. Subway

Subway restaurant
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The offer: Buy $25 in gift cards and get a free 6-inch sub.

Offer ends: June 30, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: July 1, 2022 — Aug. 31, 2022

19. TGI Fridays

TGI Fridays in Minneapolis
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The offer: Buy $50 in eGift cards and get a $15 eBonus Bites card.

Offer ends: June 27, 2022

Dates freebie is redeemable: July 1, 2022 — Aug. 31, 2022

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