Gift Card Discounts, Free Bonus Cards Update

December 19, 2012 by  
Filed under Food, Half Off Deals, Lodging, Restaurants & Bars, Shopping

Get free bonus gift cards and gift card discounts for the 2012 holidays. Here’s our updated list of gift card and gift certificate deals for local Albuquerque and national chain restaurants, shops, travel, and more! Here’s one way for Santa to give a little and get a little… Use the freebie or savings to treat yourself, or for an extra stocking stuffer.

If you’re a regular customer of any of these businesses, it might be worth buying the cards to use yourself on future visits, with a free perk attached.

Restaurant Gift Cards

10% off Chili’s gift card orders of $100 or more. The eGift cards can be purchased in any denomination from $5 to $100 per card, as long as they add up to $100 or more to get the 10% discount. The discount is shown on the payment page. The card is valid at Chili’s Grill & Bar and Romano’s Macaroni Grill.

Cold Stone Creamery Free $5 Bonus when you buy $30 worth of Cold Stone gift cards online.

Scalo Northern Italian Grill gives a free $5 voucher when you spend $50 on a gift certificate, until December 31. I was there recently for Happy Hour – ooh, yum!

High Finance Restaurant and Sandiago’s Mexican Grill at the Tram discounted gift cards in December give you a  $25 gift card for $20, a $50 card for $40, or a $100 card for $80. The cards are valid at either restaurant.

Applebee’s Free $10 Gift Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards either online at the link or in restaurants, for a limited time.

Buca Di Beppo $10 Reward Card when you buy $50 worth of gift cards. The free bonus card can be used between January 1 and February 10, 2013.

Bravo! $20 Bonus with every $100 you buy in gift cards until December 30.  The free bonus card can be used between January 1 – March 17, 2013.

PF Chang’s $20 Bonus Card with every card with every $100 purchased in P.F. Chang’s gift cards until December 31. The free card can by used between January 1 and March 31, 2013.

Red Lobster gives a $5 off bonus coupon when you buy a $25 gift card.

Denny’s $5 Bonus Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

California Pizza Kitchen $20 Rewards Card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards. The bonus Rewards Card can be used from January 7 – March 3, 2013.

Vernon’s Hidden Valley Steakhouse has a Buy-Five-Get-One-Free deal on gift cards. You get a free gift card of the same value when you buy five gift cards.

Flying Star Cafe is giving a bonus 10% in free gift cards when you buy $250 (or more) worth of gift cards this holiday season. This is what the server told me when I ordered dinner (with a $5 discount thanks to my latest reward voucher from my Frequent Flyer card – ha!). Ask at Flying Star Cafe locations.

Bailey’s on the Beach Free Gift Card deal – When you purchase two gift cards at the Nob Hill restaurant, get one free Bailey’s on the Beach gift card.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill  gives you a free $5 bonus card when you buy a $25 gift card.

FireHouse Subs coupon when you purchase a gift card of $10 and they’ll reward you with a free dessert, until December 15.

Black Angus Steakhouse Free $5 bonus card when you buy a $50 gift card.

Olive Garden $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 or more of Olive Garden gift Cards in a single transaction until December 31. The freebie $5 card can be used from January 1 to February 13, 2013, against the purchase of two adult entrees.

Lone Star Steakhouse buy $25 worth of gift cards and get a coupon for $5 off your meal in January.

TGI Friday’s Free $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 worth of gift cards.

Outback Steakhouse Free $20 Bonus Card with the purchase of each $100 worth of gift cards.

Pappadeaux Seafood Kitchen Free $10 Reward Card with the purchase of $50 worth of Pappas Gift Cards until December 24. (The free reward card is then valid from January 1 – February 28.)

Landry’s Restaurant Free $10 Reward Card for every $50 worth of Landry’s gift cards you buy.

Chipotle free food with a $30 or more gift card purchase through December 31. Take the purchase receipt into the restaurant by January 31, 2013, and choose a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad.

The Taco Bell Gift Card Promotion is a free menu item worth up to $5 when you buy $20 worth of gift cards.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* Papa John’s Pizza 
* Burger King, Applebees, Dunkin Donuts, Boston Market, Landry’s, Domino’s Pizza, and Subway
* Red Lobster and Olive Garden
These are national deals so select National if they ask you to pick a city while ordering. Click the screen outside the box requesting your email address if you want to see the deal before signing up.

Del Taco gift cards come with free food! Basically, for each $25 value on the card you get a coupon valid for a free Del Taco Combo Meal, so it’s one free meal on a $25 card and four free meals with a $100 card. If you opt for the online exclusive $100 Black Card you get a free $25 Gift Card instead.

$5 Texas Roadhouse Certificate when you buy gift cards worth $30 or more online at their website.

Carl’s Jr Freebie Get a coupon for a free Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwich with a minimum $5 gift card purchase.

CiCi’s Pizza Free Buffet with every purchase of $25 worth of gift cards.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes free meal pass with every $50 gift card purchased by December 31.

Genghis Grill Free $5 Gift Card when you buy a $25 gift card.

Orange Julius Free Smoothie when you buy a $15 gift card in December.

Red Robin $5 Bonus Bucks Reward when you spend $25 on a gift card. The bonus bucks can be redeemed between January 1 and February 28, 2013.

Pay $10 for a $25 Gift Card to email or print instantly, or for physical cards delivered free by mail. Customize cards with a gift message, and the recipient chooses from thousands of participating restaurants nationally to redeem their certificate. Note that there a minimum spend in restaurants, so your recipient will have to top up a little, but they’ll still get $25 off their check. The discounted gift cards are available for other amounts too, including $2 for a $5 card, $20 for a $50 card, and $40 for a $100 card.

Shopping and General Gift Cards

The Children’s Place free $10 eGift Card for every $40 worth of eGift Cards you send. The offer is valid until December 31.

Groupon Gift Certificates are a good way to make your gift money go further. Each certificate is usually worth at least double the face value to the person who redeems it, and there are plenty of restaurants, and other deals and experiences with local Albuquerque businesses they can choose from!

For every $20 worth of Thrift Town Gift Cards you buy, they’re handing out a set of bonus coupons for $20 of savings. The offer is good till December 31, 2012, while supplies last.

Bonus Bed and Breakfast Free $25 Gift Card with every 1oo you spend on a B&B gift card in December, using the promo code:  BBCHEER25 at checkout. You can then use the card you buy and the additional freebie on a single reservation. Participating B&B’s that take the gift cards in Albuquerque include Los Poblanos, Bottger Mansion, Chocolate Turtle, Mauger Estate, and several more, plus B&Bs in Santa Fe, Taos, and elsewhere. Find all the 4,000+ inns nationwide where you can use the gift cards at the free bonus card promo page.

50% Off Gift Cards for first-time Saveology customers only are available at these links for:
* SearsiTunes, The Children’s Place, and Bath & Body Works
* Old Navy
* Staples

Godiva Chocolate Free $10 Reward Card when you spend $50 or more at Godiva through December 24, 2012. If you’re a real mad chocoholic, the deal is two $10 reward cards when you spend $100, three $10 reward cards with a $150 purchase, and four $10 reward cards when you spend $200 or more.

Amazon Gift Cards No discounts here but their email gift cards, customizable with your own photo if you choose, are about the easiest way to send love if you’re running late on mailing gifts. Or they’ll mail an Amazon physical gift card to the recipient in a greetings card, with free one-day shipping!

NOTE: If buying a card to be mailed to recipients, check delivery dates with each merchant if you want it to arrive by Christmas.

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