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Here’s a deal that has nothing to do with travel… or does it? Most of you aren’t traveling now, 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 2 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 we’ve paused sharing flight deals on social media and in our newsletter for the time being (at your request, we have restarted publishing them on the website though), 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, especially for those of us who are back into lockdown.

 

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 if you manually enter our code: eats-deboraht1250ue
(on an order of over $20)

 

3 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).

 

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

 

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 - December 2020

HSBC World Elite® Mastercard®

•Bonus: ≈ $790 net value
•$80k minimum income req.
•For the most value in Canada

American Express® Aeroplan®*

•Bonus: ≈ $433 net value
No minimum income req.
•For North American flights

Marriott Bonvoy Amex®

•Bonus: ≈ $357 net value
No minimum income req.
•For up to 8 free hotel nights

BMO eclipse Visa Infinite*

•Bonus: $342 net value
•$60k minimum income req.
•For simpler points

*conditions apply

 

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 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 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 grocery spending

American Express CobaltTM

•Best for those who can spend $500/month the first year
•5% on groceries (or more)
•Bonus: ≈ $706 net travel credit*

Scotiabank Gold Amex®

•Best for those who can’t spend $500/month
•5% on groceries
•Bonus: $140 net travel credit

Scotia Momentum Visa Infinite*

•Best for those who want a non-Amex card
•4% on groceries
•Bonus: $200 net cashback

BMO eclipse Visa Infinite*

•Best non-Amex card for those who want a higher welcome bonus
•3.55% on groceries (or 3.905%*)
•Bonus: $342 net travel credit

*conditions apply

 

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 this fall.

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: 62/193 Countries, 46/50 US States & 9/10 Canadian Provinces).

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