Just a quick heads-up that several food delivery service statement credits expire on Thursday for holders of several credit cards. And if you need some ideas on how to spend them quickly, we have a few suggestions.
- DoorDash: $60 (annual statement credit) with the Chase Sapphire Reserve. (Here’s our post explaining this benefit.)
- Uber Eats: $35 (December Uber Cash deposit) with the Platinum Card from American Express. Plus, cardholders enjoy a complimentary Eats Pass subscription for 12 months (activation required).
- Grubhub, Seamless, The Cheesecake Factory, Ruth’s Chris Steak House, and participating Shake Shack locations: $15 (monthly statement credit) with the American Express Gold Card
Remember, these credits are if-used and do not roll over to the next month.
Need Suggestions How to Use the Food Service Delivery Credits?
Maybe you have your meals planned for the next few days. Perhaps you forgot about the credit and are thinking, How can I spend it?
Let not your heart be troubled. We’re here to help!
Treat Someone Else to a Meal
Know someone who is homebound and could use a free meal? Consider ordering something for them — and simply change the delivery address to their location.
Order Something You Can Freeze (or Otherwise Refrigerate)
“But I already have leftovers! And New Year’s Eve is already planned!” you may say. Great! Order a meal you can stick in the fridge or freezer — and reheat when you’re ready.
Uber Eats and Grubhub came to our rescue last New Year’s Eve! A family friend joined us for dinner. We had everything planned: the main course, side dishes, dessert and — uh oh. We forgot appetizers.
At about 4:30 PM, we placed orders for pasta (for our daughter) and some seafood appetizers. We ended up paying about ten bucks out of pocket.
Let Them Bring Salads, Side Dishes, or Desserts
Busy preparing an entree and don’t have time (or energy) to make a salad, side dish, or dessert? Or do you make a killer [insert your specialty here] but crave a favorite restaurant’s [insert sinful side dish you don’t know how to make]?
Save yourself the trouble and order those small — but important — items with your credits! (Both René and I have ordered ice cream with our Uber Cash credits.)
You knew this was coming if you’re a regular reader of mine.
DoorDash and Uber Eats work with stores that sell beer, wine, and spirits. Now, there’s generally a bit of a markup. But by the time you apply credits, it’s about the same as you’d pay in person. (Though prices vary by store and there are exceptions. One place charges $45 for a 750mL of Woodford Reserve. I love me some Woodford — but the regular Reserve for that price in that bottle is a big OhHeckNo.)
Need some bubbly for New Year’s Eve? Perfect. Wine for dinner? Great. Something else tasty for your liquor cabinet? Bottoms up.
Plus, the orders are generally concealed in a bag — thus, your neighbors won’t necessarily know you’re having booze brought to your house. This prevents them from judging you and/or inviting themselves over for a cocktail.
You will need to meet to the driver and present them with your photo ID to verify your age. If you’re nervous about physically interacting with people, this may not be the option for you.
Stack Those Credits!
You can stretch that $60 DoorDash credit to at least $70. You’ll receive $10 off each of your first three DoorDash orders over $15 if you use our referral link (thank you!) to sign up for the service.
If you break the $60 across three orders of at least $15.01 (breakfast, lunch, and dinner!), then you’re essentially only paying for tips and some fees. (Remember that Chase Sapphire Reserve, Chase Freedom Flex, and Chase Freedom Unlimted cardholders receive complimentary DoorDash Dashpass subscriptions of varying lengths. Learn here how to activate this benefit.)
Food delivery service credits are great — and help knock down the cost of annual fee cards. There are ways to use them other than just ordering a quick meal. They can save you time and enhance your home-cooked meals. Or give you something to drink while you prep that delicious dinner.
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