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Nov 22, 2016

2016 Gift Card Bonus Deal Round Up

It's that time of the year again where a lot of restaurant chains look to entice you to an extra bonus or freebie when you buy a gift card to meet your holiday gift-giving needs.

Please note that a lot of the bonus cards are more like bonus coupons and are not quite like gift cards. They typically have no cash value and an expiration date. You should check with the respective restaurants for details if you have any questions. I've listed the expiration dates where I could find them.

Some are online only, while others are at participating locations only so be sure to ask.

Here's a running list of gift card bonuses/freebies available for the 2016 holiday season (I'll update if more come in):

- Applebee's - Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards. Offer good through 1/7/17. Bonus card expires 3/6/17.

- Benihana - Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards you buy through December 31, 2016. Bonus card is valid 1/2/17 through 3/31/17.

- BJ's Brewhouse - Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 worth of BJ's e-gift cards purchased or a $25 bonus card for every $100 worth of e-gift cards plus a 20% off VIP card, while supplies last through 1/4/17. Bonus card and VIP card are valid 12/26/16 - 2/13/17.

- Blaze Pizza - Get a free pizza card when you buy $25 in gift cards through 12/31/16. Card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/28/17.

- Bonefish Grill - Free $10 bonus card with every $50 in gift cards purchased through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/10/17.

- Boston Market - Free $5 Bonus Card with each $25 gift card purchase thorough 12/31/16 online and at participating restaurants, while supplies last. Bonus card good 11/28/16 through 1/31/17.

- Bravo Cucina Italiana - "Through Jan. 15, 2017, hosts and guests in parties of 10 or more will receive a $10 off bonus gift for a future visit to BRAVO in January or February 2017.  This promotion applies to parties hosted Sunday–Thursday."

"Through Friday, Dec. 30, 2016, BRAVO guests who buy $100 in BRAVO gift cards will receive a $20 bonus gift, valid Jan. 1–March 15, 2017. This promotion is available at all BRAVO restaurants and online at www.BravoItalian.com. For guests' convenience, personalized BRAVO gift cards and e-gifts are available."

- Bruegger's Bagels - "Purchase $25 in gift cards and receive $5 worth of Bakery Bucks redeemable from 1/1/17-2/28/17.  Not valid with any other offer and at participating bakeries only."

- Buca di Beppo - Get a $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/28/17).

- California Pizza Kitchen - Get a $20 bonus when you buy $100 in gift cards through 1/2/17.  Bonus card is valid 1/9/17 - 2/26/17.

- Carl's Jr. / Hardee's - Get a coupon for a 1/3 lb. Original Six Dollar Thickburger with every $25 or more gift card purchased online through December 29, 2016. Coupon expires 2/29/17.

- Cheesecake Factory - 11/25/16 to 11/28/16 - Get two eSlice of Joy Cards (each good for a free slice of cheesecake) for every $25 in gift cards or eGift cards purchased online. Each eSlice of Joy Card is redeemable from 1/1/17 - 3/31/17.

The rest of the season get one eSlice of Joy Card for every $25 in gift cards purchased.

- Chili's - Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards.

Chipotle - Get a buy one, get one free entree receipt when you buy $30 or more in gift cards through 12/24/16. Receipt is valid through 1/31/17.

- Cotton Patch Cafe - "With every $25 gift card purchase guests will receive a $5 CafĂ© Cash Card valid from 1/1/17-2/28/17.  While supplies last."

- Corner Bakery Cafe - Get a $5 bonus card with every $25 gift card purchase.

- Culver's - Get a certificate good for a free value basket when you buy $25 or more gift cards through 12/25/16. Certificates expire 2/26/17.

- Del Taco - In Store through 1/1/17 (coupons expire 3/5/17)
Purchase $15 in gift cards and receive one coupon good for 2 Free Grilled Chicken Tacos.
Purchase $25 in gift cards and receive two coupons good for 2 Free Grilled Chicken Tacos.

- Del Taco - Online through 1/1/17 (coupons expire 3/5/17)
Purchase $30 in gift cards online and receive one coupon good for 1 Free Small Size Combo Meal.
Purchase $100 in gift cards online and receive four coupons good for 1 Free Small Size Combo Meal.
 --Cyber Monday Deal (11/28/16)-- Double rewards:
      - Purchase $30 in gift cards online and receive two coupons for a free Small Size Combo Meal.
     - Purchase $100 in gift cards online and receive eight coupons for a free Small Size Combo Meal.

- Denny's - Get a $5 Denny's coupon when you buy a $25 gift card. Coupon is valid 1/1/17 - 3/31/17.

- Einstein Bros. - "Buy a $25 gift card and get a FREE $5 bonus card for yourself"

- Earl of Sandwich - Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $20 gift card. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/28/17.

- Fleming's - Get a $20 bonus card for every $100 you spend on gift cards through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/10/17.

- Islands - Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 gift card purchased. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 1/31/17.

- Jamba Juice - Free 12-oz juice or smoothie when you buy $25 in gift cards through 1/1/17.

- Macaroni Grill - Get a $10 bonus card when you buy $50 in gift cards and a $25 bonus card when you buy $100 in gift cards through 12/31/16.

- Morton's - Get a $50 bonus card when you buy a $250 gift card through 12/24/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 5/31/17.

- Olive Garden - Get a $10 bonus card with every $50 in gift card purchases through 1/1/17. Bonus card is valid 1/2/17 - 3/31/17.

- Outback Steakhouse - Get a $10 bonus card with every $50 gift card purchase through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/10/17.

- Panera Bread - Get a $10 bonus card with every $50 in gift card purchases through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 1/23/17.

- Panda Express - in-store only - Get a free box of fortune cookies when you buy a $25 gift card.

- Papa John's - Free large one-topping pizza code with every $25 gift card purchase through 12/25/16. The free pizza code is redeemable online only and expires on 1/22/16.

- Pei Wei - "Purchase $25 or more in gift cards and receive a $5 Bonus Card redeemable beginning 1/4/17."

- P.F. Chang's - Get a $20 bonus card when you buy $100 in gift cards through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 3/31/17.

- Pollo Tropical - "Now through Dec. 31, for every $25 spent, guests will receive a $5 complimentary coupon redeemable in January."

- Red Lobster - "Give a $50 gift card and choose between a free appetizer or $10 off coupon." Offer expires 12/31/16. Bonus coupon valid 1/2/17 - 2/5/17.

- Red Robin - Get a $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 - $45 gift card. Bonus card valid 1/1/17 - 2/28/17.

- Ruby Tuesday - Get a $5 bonus card for every $25 in gift cards you buy or a $15 bonus card for every $50 in gift cards you buy. Bonus card valid 1/2/17 - 2/28/17.

- Ruth's Chris Steakhouse - Get a 10% bonus card on gift card purchase of $250 or more through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 3/31/17.

- Steak 'n Shake - Get a $5 bonus certificate when you buy $20 in gift cards through 12/31/16. The certificate is valid 1/1/17 - 2/28/17.

- Taco Bell - in-restaurant only - Get a free combo meal of your choice when you buy or reload $25 or more in gift cards.

- TGI Friday's - Get a $10 bonus card for every $50 spent on gift cards, while supplies last through 12/31/16. Bonus card is valid 1/1/17 - 2/28/17.

- White Castle - Get a free $5 bonus card with purchase of $25 in gift cards through 12/31/16, while supplies last. Bonus card good from 1/1/17 - 2/28/17.


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