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News: 2012 Holiday Gift Card Bonuses

Around Christmas time, a lot of your favorite restaurants start offering limited-time bonus offer...

Around Christmas time, a lot of your favorite restaurants start offering limited-time bonus offers for holiday gift card purchases to spur some of that good old holiday spending.

Below is a handy list of who's offering what for you to stretch that holiday dollar. Do keep in mind that while the gift cards don't tend to expire (especially in California where, under law, they never expire), the bonus cards count as coupons, and as such, have an expiration date. I'll try to make note of them where I can.

Without further ado:

Applebee's - *Online Only* Get a free $10 digital bonus card when you buy $50 in digital gift cards. In stores, you can also get a $10 bonus card for qualifying purchases at participating Applebee's locations. Offer expires 12/31/12. Bonus cards valid through 2/28/13.

Benihana - Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/31/12. "Be the Chef Gift Card" purchases do not earn bonus cards. Bonus cards valid from 1/2/13 through 3/31/13.

Boston Market - Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card (while supplies last).

Bravo! Cucino Italiana - Get a $20 bonus card when you buy $100 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/30/12. Bonus cards valid from 1/1/13 through 3/17/13.

Buca di Beppo - Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Bonus cards valid from 1/1/13 through 2/10/13.

Buffalo Wild Wings - *In Store Only* Get a bonus card worth anywhere from $5 to $100 depending on your luck. Offer expires when cards run out or 12/31/12. Bonus cards valid from 1/1/13 through 2/28/13.

BJ's - Get a free Holiday Mug when you buy $50 gift card. Offer expires 12/24/12.

Carl's Jr. - Get a free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich coupon with gift card purchase (Minimum $5 gift card purchase).

Cheesecake Factory - Get a "Slice of Joy" card, good for one free slice of cheesecake when you buy $25 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/25/12. "Slice of Joy" card valid from 12/26/12 through 3/31/13.

Chili's - Save 10% when you buy $100 or more in gift cards (Chili's Gift Cards can also be redeemed at Romano's Macaroni Grill, On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina or Maggiano's Little Italy).

Chipotle - Buy $30 or more in gift cards between through 12/31/12 and bring in your receipt on your next visit (before 1/31/13) for a free burrito, bowl, or order of tacos.

Chuck E. Cheese's - *In Store Only* Get a free Chuck E. Cheese's Holiday Stocking ($1.99 value) with gift card purchases of $30 or more.

Dairy Queen -  *In-Store Only* Receive a free Small (12oz) Premium Fruit Smoothie when you buy a $15 gift card. Valid at participating locations through Dec. 31, 2012.

Del Taco - Get a coupon for a free combo meal for every $25 gift card you buy. You can also get a $25 gift card for free if you buy a $100 Del Taco Black Gift Card.

Denny's - Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 or more gift card.

Fleming's - Get a $20 bonus card when you buy $100 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/31/12. Bonus cards valid from 1/1/13 through 2/10/13.

Jason's Deli - Get a $5 gift card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/31/12.

Krispy Kreme - Buy a dozen doughnuts and get a dozen holiday gift tags with coupons good for free doughnuts and coffee. Coupons available at participating locations while supplies last. Limit two coupon sheets per customer, per transaction.

Lawry's - Get a $25 Guest Certificate with every $125 in Gift Cards you buy. Offer expires 12/31/12. Lawry's VIP Rewards members also earn one VIP point for every one dollar spent on gift cards.
Bonus Guest Certificates are valid from 1/2/13 through 3/30/13.

McAlister's Deli - Get a $5 voucher to use on next visit when you buy $25 in gift cards. Gift cards are available in denominations of $5 and more and can be purchased in-store or online and can be redeemed at any of the more than 310 McAlister's Deli locations across the United States.

Morton's - Get a $50 bonus card when you buy $250 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/24/12. Bonus cards valid 1/2/13 through 2/12/13. Gift cards cannot be purchased and redeemed the same day. This promotion is not valid for gift card purchases of $500 or more. Offer valid while supplies last.

Olive Garden - *possibly the worst deal ever* Get a $5 bonus card when you buy $25 or more in gift cards. Offer expires 12/31/12. Bonus cards valid 1/1/13 through 2/13/13 for $5 off the purchase of two adult entrées.

Outback Steakhouse - Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 in gift cards you buy. Offer expires 12/31/12. Bonus cards valid 1/1/13 through 2/10/13.

Panera Bread - Get a $10 gift card plus free FedEx Ground shipping when you buy $100 or more in gift cards online. Valid through 12/9/12 while supplies last. Limit one $10 free gift card per purchase.

Panda Express - *In-Store Only* Get a free 2-Entree Plate on a future visit with a qualifying in-store gift card (usually $25 to $30) purchase.

P.F. Chang - Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 purchased in gift cards, whether in-restaurant or online. Offer expires 12/31/12. Bonus cards valid from 1/1/13 through 3/31/13.

Red Lobster - Get a $5 off bonus coupon when you buy a gift card of $25 or more.

Red Mango - Get $5 bonus card when you buy $25 in gift card purchases. Offer expires 12/30/12 or while supplies last. Bonus cards valid through 5/1/13.

Red Robin - Get $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card. Offer expires 12/30/12. Bonus cards valid 1/1/13 through 2/28/13.

Ruby Tuesday - Get a $15 bonus coupon when you buy $50 in gift cards and free ground shipping. Offer expires 12/31/12. Bonus coupon valid 1/2/13 through 2/28/13.

Ruth's Chris - Buy $250 or more in gift cards, and receive 10% of the value in a bonus card. Bonus cards valid from 1/1/13 through 3/31/13.

Salsarita's - Get a $5 bonus certificate when you buy $25 in gift cards. Offer expires 12/30/12. Bonus certificated is valid 1/2/13 through 1/31/13.

Taco Bell - *In-Store Only* Get a free menu item (up to $5 value) when you buy $20 in gift cards at any participating location.

T.G.I. Fridays - Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card you purchase. Offer expires 1/1/13. Bonus cards valid 1/1/13 through 3/31/13.

Tony Roma's - Get $15 in bonus certificate for every $50 in gift cards you purchase. Bonus certitificates are valid 1/2/13 through 3/25/13.

White Castle - Get a $5 bonus card with the purchase of $25 in gift cards. Bonus card valid 1/1/13 through 3/31/13.

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