It’s time for holiday shopping and gift ideas, and gift cards are at the top of many people’s wish list this season. This list of gift card promos can get you lots of bang for your buck. Its always nice to get bonus gift cards for spending money you would spend anyway. I’ll update as I find more, but be sure to subscribe for more holiday deals and events to come.
Most of the gift cards must be purchased by December 31, in order to receive the bonus — some promos end earlier, so check first.
In addition, some bonuses are available online or in-store only, while others are available either way. (For true savings, it’s better to buy the gift cards in-store, rather than pay any potential shipping charges.) However, always check first, especially if you’re ordering gift cards online. Once you hit the “buy” button, you may be out of luck.
Applebee’s– Buy $50 gift card, receive $10 bonus card. Bonus card valid until 3/3/19.
Barnes & Noble – Earn a Free $10.00 Promotional Barnes & Noble Gift Card with purchase of $75.00 worth of Barnes & Noble Gift Cards in a single transaction. This offer can be redeemed only once per customer. You will receive the $10.00 promotional Barnes & Noble Gift Card after making your purchase.
Benihana– $50 = $10 Promo Card, 11/13-12/31, GC valid 1/2/19- 3/31/19.
BJ’s Restaurant– Give a $50 BJ’s Restaurant gift card and get a $10 bonus gift card and 20% off VIP card. Give $100 BJ’s Restaurant gift card and get $25 bonus card plus a 20% off VIP card. GC valid 1/1/19- 2/13/19.
Bonefish Grill- $50 = $10 off coupon. GC valid 1/1/19- 2/10/19.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.– $50 = $10 Reward Card, GC valid through 5/31/19.
Buca di Beppo– Buy a $50 Gift Card between November 1st and December 31st and receive a $10 reward card. Reward Card Valid 1/1/19 – 2/28/19.
Buffalo Wild Wings – $25 = $5 Blazin’ eBonus.
California Pizza Kitchen – Purchase $100 in gift cards and receive a $20 promotional gift card
Carraba’s– Buy $50 in Carrabba’s gift cards between November 1st and December 31st and get a FREE $10 bonus card card. Promotional card valid through 2/10/19.
Children’s Place: $50 = $10 Bonus Card / $75 = $15 Bonus Card / $100 = $20 Bonus Card. Bonus Card valid through 2/2/19.
Chili’s: $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Claim Jumper– Restaurant Gift Card BOGO. Buy a $50 Claim Jumper gift card and receive a $10 Reward Card that is valid January 1 thru May 31, 2019 (excluding Valentine’s & Mother’s Days). Promotional gift cards valid for redemption at any participating Landry’s Inc. restaurant in the US
Del Taco – Online: $30 = FREE small combo meal / $100 = Four FREE small combo meals; In-Store: $15 = Two FREE grilled chicken tacos / $25 = Four FREE grilled chicken tacos
Denny’s: $25 = $50 in Denny’s coupons
DSW– Receive a $35 bonus card for a $150 GC, a $20 bonus card for $100 in DSW gift cards, and a $5 bonus card when you spend $50 on DSW gift cards. Gift card not valid for same-day use. Bonus card redeemable January 4-26, 2019.
Einstein Bros. Bagels: $25 = $5 Bonus Card
Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar: $100 = $20 Promotional Card valid 1/1- 2/10/19.
Fogo de Chão Brazilian Steakhouse: $150 = $25 Holiday Bonus eCard, valid 1/1- 3/31/19.
Grimaldi’s Pizza– Purchase $50 in Grimaldi’s gift cards, receive a $10 bonus card for yourself. Spend $100, Grimaldi’s, get a $20 bonus card. Valid on traditional and e-gift cards. Offer expires 12/30/19. Bonus cards expire 1/31/2019.
IHOP– Get a FREE $5 coupon when you buy a $25 gift card in restaurant. It’s the perfect gift for everyone on your list. Coupon valid through 1/31/19.
Kona Grill– For every $50 worth of Kona Grill Gift Cards or eGift Cards, the purchaser receives $20. Offer valid through December 31, 2018.
Jamba Juice: $25 = $5 Bonus Card, valid 1/1- 2/28/19.
Maggiano’s Little Italy: $100 = $20 Bonus Card
McCormick and Schmick’s: Purchase $100 GC by 12/24/18 = $20 Reward Card, reward card valid through 5/31/19.
Metro Diner: $50 = $10 Bonus Card
Olive Garden– Get a $10 Bonus Card with every $50 Gift Card purchase. Bonus card valid 1/2/19- 2/10/19. Terms apply.
Outback Steakhouse– Get a $10 Bonus card with every $50 Outback Steakhouse gift card purchased. Bonus card valid for redemption January 1 – February 10, 2019.
Panera Bread– For every $50 in Panera Bread Gift Cards purchased in cafe or reloaded through December 31, receive a free $10 bonus card. Bonus cards are valid online or in-cafe at participating bakery-cafes January 1-22, 2019.
Qdoba Mexican Eats: $30 = FREE entrée (from December 1 to 31) — bonus offer ends Nov. 30
Red Robin– Free $5 Bonus Buck Reward for every $25 Red Robin Holiday Gift Card purchased. This promotional gift card cannot be used until 24 hours after purchase. Bonus Buck Reward only good for one visit. A $5 or $10 minimum purchase is required when redeeming a Bonus Buck Reward. Valid 1/1/19- 2/28/19.
Regal Cinemas– Purchase $50 in gift cards in-theatre and receive one $10 Bonus Concession Card. The $10 Bonus Concessions card is redeemable for concession January 1, 2019 through February 28, 2019.
Ruth’s Chris Steak House: $250 or more = 10% Bonus, valid 1/1/19- 3/31/2019.
Taco Bell: $10 = FREE Regular Crunchy Taco
T.G.I. Friday’s– For every $25 worth of eGift Cards purchased, receive $5 Bonus Bites Card. Offer ends December 31, 2018. BONUS BITES cards valid January 1, 2019 through February 28, 2019.
The Cheesecake Factory: $25 = Two FREE slices of cheesecake — available from Nov. 23 to 26
Tony Roma’s– Receive $15 in Roma Bucks for every $50 in Tony Roma eGift Cards you give. This certificate entitles you to food & drink up to $15. Must be redeemed January 1, 2019 – March 22, 2019.
Wendy’s: $2 Frosty Key Tag = FREE Jr. Frosty with any purchase in 2019
Yard House: $50 = $10 Bonus Card, valid 1/1/19- 3/31/19.
Remember, price and participation may vary by location. It’s also important to note that most (if not, all) of the offers are for “bonus cards” — not gift cards. Review the fine print for limitations, including minimum purchase requirements, date restrictions or menu exclusions first. Also, many businesses don’t allow you to combine multiple bonus cards in a single transaction. Plus, most (if not all) bonuses are not valid until Jan. 1, 2019.
Who says gift cards have to be gifts? If you have a favorite restaurant or merchant offering a gift card bonus, “pre-pay” for goods and services now…and “gift” yourself the bonus.
Plus, get more bonuses by breaking down a large purchase. For example, if the bonus is for a $25 (or more) gift card and you’re buying a $50 gift card, why not purchase two $25 gift cards in separate transactions instead? You just doubled your bonus. However, many businesses give you a bonus for each gift card purchased at a specified amount (usually $25 or $50) — so there’s no need for multiple transactions. As always, clarify first before purchasing, especially because gift cards are typically non-refundable.