Gift Card Discounts and Free Bonus Cards Update

December 19, 2011 by  
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Free bonus gift cards and gift card discounts and deals for the 2011 holidays, for local and national chain restaurants, shops, travel, family, and more! Give a little, 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

FREE $10 Restaurant Certificates to email to family and friends through December 25. See the deets at our earlier post, ‘cos you can’t beat free!

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

Scalo Northern Italian Grill gives a free $25 voucher to use in 2012 when you spend $100 on a gift certificate.

At Street Food Asia in Nob Hill, buy a $25 gift card and get a free $5 gift card through December 24, 2011. (The info isn’t at their website as far as I can see, so just go in to buy one.)

Flying Star Cafe is giving a bonus 10% in free gift cards when you buy $250 (or more) worth of gift cards, or a bonus 15% worth when you spend $500+ on cards this holiday season. This is what the server told me when I ordered dinner (and also got my new $5 reward voucher for my Frequent Flyer card – ha!). Ask at Flying Star Cafe locations.

California Pizza Kitchen $20 Rewards Card with the purchase of $100 in gift cards.

Pelicans Bar & Grill Free $10 Certificate when you buy a $50 gift certificate, or a bonus $25 certificate with a $100 certificate purchased. The deal was posted at the Pelicans Facebook page – not sure how long it’s running.

Bravo! $20 Bonus with every $100 you buy in gift cards. Thanks to reader Lisa M. for the tip!

Applebees Free $10 Bonus Gift Card when you buy $50 in Gift Cards.  Note that you don’t get the freebie if you buy a digital gift card.

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 29.)

TGI Friday’s $5 Bonus Card when you buy $25 in gift cards or eGift cards.

Long John Silver’s Free Fish Get a free piece of whitefish fillet on your next visit when you buy a $20 gift card.

Del Taco gift cards come with free food! Buy a $10 Del Taco gift card, get 2 free regular tacos; buy a $15 gift card, get 2 free chicken soft tacos; a $25 gift card earns a free Combo Meal; a $50 gift card earns 2 free Combo Meals and a free flying disc; A $100 gift card earns 4 free Combo Meals, a flying disc and a beanie. Offers may vary if you buy in restaurants, this is the deal at the Del Taco website.

Carl’s Jr Free Six Dollar Burger with the purchase of a $20 gift card.

Fuddruckers Free $5 Bonus Gift Card for every $25 you spend on gift cards. Offer is on card purchases to December 31, 2011, and the bonus card is valid for use between January 1 and February 29, 2012.

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

Orange Julius Free Smoothie (12 ounces) when you buy a $15 gift card in December.

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

Chipotle free food with a $30 or more gift card purchase through December 31. Choose a free burrito, bowl, order of tacos, or salad.

McAlister’s Deli is giving a $5 bonus gift card with the purchase of $25 worth of gift cards. The deal is only in the deli, not online, and the Albuquerque McAlister’s Deli is at 2200-A Louisianna Boulevard NE.

Chili’s Bar & Grill 10% off gift card orders of $100 or more, for a limited (unspecified) time.

Black Angus Steakhouse $5 Bonus Bucks with every $50 of gift cards purchased.

IHOP Gift Card deal for $5 off your next visit to IHOP when you buy a $25 IHOP gift card.

CiCi’s Pizza free buffet with every purchase of $20 worth of gift cards.

Outback Steakhouse Free $20 Bonus Card for every $100 worth of gift cards you buy.

Macaroni Grill Bonus $5 card with each $25 gift card purchase.

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

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

Starbucks $5 Free Card E-Gift when you buy four Starbucks Card E-Gifts and pay with a Visa Card.

Taco Bell Free Chicken Flatbread Sandwich Combo for yourself when you buy a $20 gift card.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes free meal pass with $50 purchased in gift cards to December 31.

Shopping and General Gift Cards

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!

Certified Reflexologist Jill Sanders told us she’s offering a buy one get one free deal on reflexology gift certificates. Sole Relief Reflexology is now located 1420 Carlisle NE Suite 109.

Get a Great Face and Body $100 gift certificate for $49 – the discounted certificate for the Downtown salon is available while supplies last.

Free $50 certificate with a $25 Target card Pay $25 to get both the $25 Target card and the $50 card in a limited time deal via Saveology

iT’Z Family Food and Fun $5 Snowball Bonus with a $20 Winter Wonderland pass.

$50 for a $100 Travelocity hotel gift card Get 50% off the hotel card redeemable nationwide at hotels listed at in a limited time offer. Check minimum stay/spend requirements in the deal details via Tippr.

New Mexico Sports & Wellness $11 Off Get a $100 gift card for $89 for their five Albuquerque health clubs.

Godiva Chocolate Free $10 Reward Card when you spend $50 or more at Godiva boutiques or online through December 24, 2011. 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.

For every $20 worth of Thrift Town Gift Cards you buy in the store or online, they’re handing out a set of bonus coupons for $20 of savings. The offer is good till December 31, 2011, while supplies last.

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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–Tania  Note: I’ve given my Groupon, Tippr, Saveology affiliate links with those specific deals. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the link. Thanks!


Food Freebies & Deals: December 16 – 23, 2011

December 16, 2011 by  
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Albuquerque restaurant deals this week to save some dollars as we head into Christmas:

Burger King Free Fries Friday today, Friday December 16, to get a free value size portion of fries with no purchase needed!  The offer is for one free portion per person, per visit, at participating locations while supplies last.

Scalo Northern Italian Grill in Nob Hill celebrates its 25th anniversary this evening December 16 with a Silver Soiree. Silver Coin Margaritas will be $5 and the Stu Mac Askie Trio plays from 9 pm (no cover charge). Scalo also extends its Happy Hour on drinks from today for the next 25 Days – anniversary Happy Hour will be from 1 – 7 pm on Monday through Friday. I’m still craving the ravioli I had last time at Scalo – delish!

Chili’s Grill & Bar Holidaily promotion gives a different coupon special offer each day through December 24, 2011.

Get Subway $2 Subs through the month of December on a 6 inch Cold Cut Combo or Meatball Marina sub.

Scarpas 10% off your meal when you show your holiday spirit by wearing “your merriest Holiday Gear”. I’m not sure they want to see mine, but the email from Scarpas Brick Oven Pizza says merry gear includes sweaters, shirts, ties, socks, head wear…  Discount is good through December 31 and excludes alcohol, tax, and tip, at both Albuquerque Scarpas locations.

Facebook users *might* want to RSVP to the Big Mac Party on Facebook, an event scheduled for December 20. Nobody has any idea (yet) what this event is, but it had better be a hot deal otherwise Ronald McDonald is going to have to shake his fright wig at a horde of annoyed Big Mac fans 😉

Lone Star Steakhouse free appetizer coupon to use on a future visit when you donate a minimum $1 to the Children’s Miracle Network at Lone Star, as announced by press release, and on their Facebook and Twitter accounts. Albuquerque Lone Star Steakhouse is at 10019 Coors Road NW.

Slate Street Cafe Sparkling Wine Tasting on December 29, from 5 – 7 pm keeps the bubbles popping between Christmas and New Year! Includes three “generous” tastes with a light appetizer for $18 per person, excluding tax and tip. Nice to

20% off Whole Foods Market Gift Boxes and free shipping with the promo code: EMAILGIFT  (Although free standard shipping will not arrive by Christmas).

Save on groceries at including $1 off Minute Maid, $1 off 3 Tombstone Pizzas, $1 off 2 General Mills cereals, and $1 off 2 Pillsbury cookie doughs, plus many more coupons. I’m about to do my big grocery shop for Christmas and need all the help I can get!

Eat at Annapurna’s World Vegetarian Cafe during December, and receive an anniversary envelope to redeem for a free item or prize in January. You can also get Annapurna’s Half Price Chai tea during happy hour daily from 3 – 5 pm. My fave Annapurna’s is the original at 2201 Silver SE/corner of Yale, but they’re also at 7520 Fourth Street NW, and in Santa Fe.

FREE $10 Restaurant Certificates to email to family and friends through December 25. See the deets at our earlier post, ‘cos you can’t beat free!

50% Off Q Bar Food Get half off any one food item at the Hotel Albuquerque Q Bar, using the coupon valid to December 30, 2011.

50% off Nativo Lodge Food Get half off any one food item at the Nativo Lodge hotel restaurant with the coupon to December 30.

Make a donation at StreetFood Asia for the Hunter family, and receive a free small plate (to a $10 value). Toddler Brooklyn was beaten in an attack last month, and while the child was in hospital her family’s home was burglarized. The collection goes to help the Hunter family. Also, holiday parties in December at StreetFood Asia (call 505-260-0088 to arrange) can order the Small Plate for a Small Price $15 per person deal, and get $5 of gift cards per person, plus the restaurant donates $5 to the Hunter Family.

Souplantation and Sweet Tomatoes Coupons include:

  • Buy one get one free breakfast on Sunday
  • A free kids’ meal with the purchase of an adult meal on December 19 and 20
  • Dinner for two for $14.99 when you buy two drinks
  • Lunch for $6.99, dinner for $8.29, and a family meal for $19.99 plus many more…. There’s a whole slew of coupons with different expiry dates – check the fine print.

Chick-fil-A 2012 calendar for $6 includes monthly Chick-fil-A coupons and is available for a limited time at Chick-fil-A restaurants. See each month’s Chick-fil-A coupons, including free Chick-fil-A Nuggets, free Chargrilled Chicken Sandwich, free Spicy Chicken Sandwich, and more.

Jo’s Place BOGO Free Breakfast or Lunch with the purchase of two beverages, using the coupon courtesy of Valpak through December 30. Jo’s Place is the newish sister (brother?) restaurant to Sophia’s Place and Ezra’s Place, at 6100 4th Street NW.

Carl’s Jr Coupons to use at participating restaurants, see the coupons for details:

And don’t forget to check our big list of restaurant gift card discounts and freebies for local restaurants and national chains.

NOTE: Not all locations may be participating in all offers – call ahead if you want to be sure.

Thanks to Teresa at Miami on the Cheap for the Lone Star Steakhouse tip!

–Tania  FYI – I’ve given my affiliate link for that deal. To help support ABQ on the Cheap (it doesn’t cost you anything), please use the links. Thanks!