Spring is now blossoming everywhere — and graduation season is upon us. Mother’s Day (May 12) and Father’s Day (June 16) will soon follow.
Fortunately, some major dining establishments are offering bonus gift cards to patrons who purchase a card at regular price this spring.
We often see such offers during the holidays, but many people are unaware of the burst of “buy one, get one” restaurant gift card deals that occurs in spring.
Remember, there is no rule stating you must actually gift these cards to others. If you enjoy a particular restaurant, buy yourself a gift card to use at a later date — and pocket the bonus card, too. For more ways to save when eating out, see “12 Ways to Slice Your Next Restaurant Check in Half.”
1. Bahama Breeze Island Grille
Buy $50 worth of gift cards at Bahama Breeze, and you’ll get bonus cards worth $20. The special runs through June 30, and the bonus cards can be used as follows:
- First card: May 27 to July 31
- Second card: July 1 to Aug. 31
Buy $50 in Benihana gift cards, and you will receive a $10 promotional card. This offer is available until May 12, and the promotional card is valid from May 13 to June 16.
3. Black Angus Steakhouse
Buy $50 worth of gift cards at Black Angus, and you’ll get $10 in bonus bucks. The special runs through June 17, and the bonus bucks are valid June 18 through Aug. 31.
4. Bonefish Grill
Buy $50 worth of gift cards at Bonefish Grill, and you’ll get a bonus card worth $10. The special runs through June 16, and the bonus card can be used May 13 through July 10.
5. Carrabba’s Italian Grill
Carrabba’s Italian Grill is offering a $10 bonus card to anyone who buys $50 worth of gift cards through June 16. The bonus card is valid from May 13 through July 19.
Buy a $25 Denny’s gift card, and you will receive a $5 coupon. This promotion ends June 30.
7. First Watch
Buy $100 in First Watch gift cards or e-gift cards and you’ll get $20 in Bonus Bucks. First Watch’s website does not specify when this offer ends or when the Bonus Bucks are redeemable, so ask your local restaurant for details.
8. Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar
When you buy $100 worth of gift cards at Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar through June 16, you can take home a $20 bonus card that’s valid from May 13 through July 19.
Buy an IHOP gift card, and you will receive a $5 coupon. This offer expires May 26 and is available only in restaurants. IHOP’s website doesn’t specify a gift card denomination, so ask your local restaurant for details.
10. Olive Garden
Buy $50 worth of gift cards at Olive Garden, and you’ll get a $10 bonus gift card. The special runs through May 12, and the bonus card is good from June 1-30.
11. Outback Steakhouse
When you purchase $50 worth of gift cards at Outback Steakhouse, you’ll receive a bonus card worth $10. The special runs through June 16, and the bonus card can be used through May 13 through July 19.
12. Red Robin
Buy a $25 Red Robin gift card and you will receive a $5 Bonus Buck Reward. The reward is valid from July 1 to Aug. 31.
13. Tony Roma’s
For every $50 you spend on Tony Roma’s e-gift cards — which you can customize — you’ll get a $15 bonus card. This offer is available until June 30, and the bonus card is redeemable from July 1 until Sept. 30.
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