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Here’s a deal that has nothing to do with travel… or does it? Most of you can’t travel as much as you would want to, but we can always travel through food! And we love helping you save on food as much as we love helping you save on travel, so here’s free food with our referral codes for the 3 food delivery apps in Canada, and for 4 meal kit delivery services as well.

Food is actually one of the best ways to travel year-round, isn’t it? By ordering your favorite international food at home.

Since you probably can’t be traveling all the time (even with the great flight deals we spot), this is another type of deal that you can use now!!!

In short, it’s free food for you. And as we know too well here at Flytrippers, the coronavirus has been brutal for many industries, like restaurants too. So ordering takeout instead of making your own meal is a way to support them, if you can afford it!

 

3 links for free food (delivery apps)

Here are promo codes if you are new to any of the 3 food delivery apps in Canada. Don’t miss our upcoming post with the differences in delivery/service fees for all 3.

 

DoorDash

Link for $45 off on DoorDash
($15 on 3 orders of over $25)

 

SkipTheDishes

Link for $5 off on Skip The Dishes

 

Uber Eats

Link for $10 off on Uber Eats (eats-andrewd12304ue manually)

 

4 links for free food (meal kits)

If you would like to try the convenience of meal kit delivery, I’ve personally tried the 2 first Canadian options below and have found decent amounts of internationally-inspired choices (the 3rd is not available to me in Québec and I haven’t had the chance to try the 4th yet).

 

Goodfood

Link for $40 off on Goodfood

 

Cook It

Link for 50% off on Cook It

 

Chef’s Plate

Link for 50% off your first 2 boxes on Chefs Plate

 

Hellofresh

Link for 20 free meals on Hellofresh

 

 

1 link for free food (groceries)

If you would like to try grocery delivery, there is one major player in Canada but there is no free food offered, just free delivery.

 

Instacart

Link for free delivery for the 1st order on Instacart

 

3 tips to maximize your restaurant purchases

Here are a few quick tips, but just keep in mind what’s most important: credit card signup bonuses are the key to earning a lot of free travel—it’s really infinitely faster with those.

Best credit card offers
(July 2024)
NEW
Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 12 mos. (or $1k for lower bonus)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends October 31st
Rewards: $825
Card fee: $0 $120
Best for: Very good
travel insurance
and earn rate
American Express® Gold Rewards Card
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k/month for 12 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
Best for: Valuable rewards
and 4
airport lounge passes
Best
American Express Cobalt® Card
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Best for: Best overall
card
in Canada
TD First Class Travel® Visa Infinite* Card
TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 6 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends September 3rd
Rewards: $625
Annual fee: $0 $139
Best for: Among highest
offers for simple points
use for any trip
American Express® Aeroplan®* Card
American Express Aeroplan Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos. + $1k
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $675
Card fee: $120
Best for: Valuable Aeroplan pts
without min. income
and lower min. spend
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.
Best credit card offers
(July 2024)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Best
for
NEW
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 12 mos. (or $1k for lower bonus)
Rewards: $825
Card fee: $0 $120
Very good
travel insurance
and earn rate
ends October 31st
American Express Gold Rewards Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k/month for 12 months
Rewards: ≈ $1180
Card fee: $250
Valuable rewards
and 4
airport lounge passes
Best
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Best overall
card
in Canada
TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 6 mos.
Rewards: $625
Annual fee: $0 $139
Among highest
offers for simple points
use for any trip
ends September 3rd
American Express Aeroplan Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos. + $1k
Rewards: ≈ $675
Card fee: $120
Valuable Aeroplan pts
without min. income
and lower min. spend
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.

 

But our 3 tips related to food apps (and restaurants in general) are:

  • using a card with a category bonus
  • using the gift card trick if you don’t have one
  • using the shopping portal for Uber Eats

 

Category bonuses

It’s a good practice to maximize each purchase by using the right card for each type of purchase.

For example, my American Express Cobalt Card earns 5 Amex Membership Rewards Select points per dollar on food and groceries, which is an amazing earn rate that gives me a minimum of 5% back guaranteed as an easy-to-use simple fixed-value travel credit.

That is what we call a “category bonus” or a “category multiplier”. Many cards offer increased earn rates for restaurants and dining, so be sure to use one of those when ordering (food delivery apps usually are included in the restaurants/dining category bonuses).

While the Amex Cobalt Card is not for everyone due to the welcome bonus being structured in a way that requires more spending to maximize, the Marriott Bonvoy American Express Card is one that all travelers should have. It currently offers a limited-time rate of 5 points per dollar on restaurants, which is also excellent.

(But by the way, that’s still less than with the Amex Cobalt Card: if you want to maximize the value you get from the points you earn with the Cobalt, instead of using them as fixed-value points, you can even transfer those points to Marriott: the card actually earns 6 Marriott points per dollar on food!)

The more cards you have, the more likely you are to have some with varied category bonuses (and the more welcome bonuses you’ll have earned and the better your credit score will be—as long as you always pay them in full on time and avoid rookie mistakes like closing old cards of course).

 

Gift card trick

Here’s another pro tip: if you don’t have a card with restaurants/dining as a bonus category, you might have one of the best credit cards for groceries in Canada or another that has groceries as a bonus category (many cards have a better earn rate for groceries than for restaurants).

Best credit cards
for groceries
Best
American Express Cobalt® Card
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
Earn rate on groceries: ≈ 7.5%
as Aeroplan/Avios pts
$2.5k monthly cap
Best
American Express Cobalt® Card
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $600
Card fee: $156
Earn rate on groceries: 5%
as cash back
$2.5k monthly cap
Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 12 mos. (or $1k for lower bonus)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends October 31st
Rewards: $825
Card fee: $0 $120
Earn rate on groceries: 6% (Sobeys brands)
in simple credit
$50k annual cap
Scotiabank Gold American Express® Card
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 12 mos. (or $1k for lower bonus)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends October 31st
Rewards: $825
Card fee: $0 $120
Earn rate on groceries: 5%
in simple credit
$50k annual cap
MBNA Rewards World Elite® Mastercard®
MBNA Rewards World Elite Mastercard (non-QC)
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $2k in 3 mos. (see QC offer)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $400
Card fee: $120
Earn rate on groceries: 5%
as simple points
$50k annual cap*
BMO CashBack® World Elite®* Mastercard®*
BMO CashBack World Elite Mastercard
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $2.3k in 3 mos. (categories)
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends November 30th
Rewards: $230
Card fee: $0 $120
Earn rate on groceries: 5%
as cash back
$500 monthly cap
SimplyCash® Preferred Card from American Express
SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 4 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Rewards: $280
Card fee: $120
Earn rate on groceries: 4%
as cash back
$30k annual cap
Scotia Momentum® Visa Infinite* Card
Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $2k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends October 31st
Rewards: $200
Card fee: $0 $120
Earn rate on groceries: 4%
as cash back
$25k annual cap
BMO eclipse Visa Infinite* Card
BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends November 30th
Rewards: $360
Card fee: $0 $120
Earn rate on groceries: 3.33%
in simple credit
$50k annual cap
TD First Class Travel® Visa Infinite* Card
TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 6 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends September 3rd
Rewards: $625
Annual fee: $0 $139
Earn rate on groceries: 3% in simple pts
(6 TD Rewards pts/$)
$25k annual cap
TD Cash Back Visa Infinite* Card
TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3.5k in 3 months
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends January 6th
Rewards: $350
Annual fee: $0 $139
Earn rate on groceries: 3%
as cash back
$15k annual cap
Tangerine World Mastercard®
Tangerine World Mastercard
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k in 2 mos.
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
ends October 31st
Rewards: $120
Card fee: $0
Earn rate on groceries: 2%
as cash back
no cap
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.
Best credit cards
for groceries
WELCOME BONUS
(Flytrippers VALUATION)
Earn rate
on groceries
Best
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
Rewards: ≈ $900
Card fee: $156
≈ 7.5%
as Aeroplan/Avios pts
$2.5k monthly cap
Best
American Express Cobalt Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $750/month for 12 months
Rewards: $600
Card fee: $156
5%
as cash back
$2.5k monthly cap
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 12 mos. (or $1k for lower bonus)
Rewards: $825
Card fee: $0 $120
6% (Sobeys brands)
in simple credit
$50k annual cap
ends October 31st
Scotiabank Gold American Express Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $7.5k in 12 mos. (or $1k for lower bonus)
Rewards: $825
Card fee: $0 $120
5%
in simple credit
$50k annual cap
ends October 31st
MBNA Rewards World Elite Mastercard (non-QC)
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $2k in 3 mos. (see QC offer)
Rewards: $400
Card fee: $120
5%
as simple points
$50k annual cap*
BMO CashBack World Elite Mastercard
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $2.3k in 3 mos. (categories)
Rewards: $230
Card fee: $0 $120
5%
as cash back
$500 monthly cap
ends November 30th
SimplyCash Preferred Card from American Express
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 4 mos.
Rewards: $280
Card fee: $120
4%
as cash back
$30k annual cap
Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $2k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $200
Card fee: $0 $120
4%
as cash back
$25k annual cap
ends October 31st
BMO eclipse Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3k in 3 mos.
Rewards: $360
Card fee: $0 $120
3.33%
in simple credit
$50k annual cap
ends November 30th
TD First Class Travel Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $5k in 6 mos.
Rewards: $625
Annual fee: $0 $139
3% in simple pts
(6 TD Rewards pts/$)
$25k annual cap
ends September 3rd
TD Cash Back Visa Infinite Card
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $3.5k in 3 months
Rewards: $350
Annual fee: $0 $139
3%
as cash back
$15k annual cap
ends January 6th
Tangerine World Mastercard
Min. income (card):
Min. spend (bonus): $1k in 2 mos.
Rewards: $120
Card fee: $0
2%
as cash back
no cap
ends October 31st
Terms and conditions apply. Flytrippers editorial opinion only. Financial institutions are not responsible for maintaining the content on this site. Please click "See More" to see most up-to-date information.

 

In those cases, simply buy a gift card at your grocery store. You’ll find Uber gift cards and DoorDash gift cards (among dozens of other retailers), and therefore indirectly get the increased earn rate on your Uber Eats or DoorDash purchases on the apps, instead of just the base earn rate.

That can be a difference of 100% in terms of rewards earned, with just that simple gift card trick.

 

Online shopping portal

Finally, this only applies to orders on one app, but Uber Eats is available on the Aeroplan shopping portal, giving you an extra ≈ 3% bonus that is pretty interesting (2 Aeroplan points per $).

Online shopping portals should be used for anything you buy online; not doing so is like throwing money away. Usually, it’s just one extra click to at least double your rewards, but with Uber Eats it also comes with the restriction of having to order food on your computer instead of the app. For an extra 3%, I find it’s worth it; up to you to decide!

 

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Summary

These deals on free food will help you travel through your taste buds for less, whether it’s for restaurant delivery or meal kit delivery.

Have any questions about these food apps? Tell us in the comments below.

 

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Featured image: Food (photo credit: Jerome Jome)

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Andrew D'Amours

Andrew is the co-founder of Flytrippers. He is passionate about traveling the world but also, as a former management consultant, about the travel industry itself. He shares his experiences to help you save money on travel. As a very cost-conscious traveler, he loves finding deals and getting free travel thanks to travel rewards points... to help him visit every country in the world (current count: 71/193 Countries, 47/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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