Restaurant.com has dining certificates on sale today until 11:59pm Pacific time. Restaurant.com sells certificates for dining discounts, mostly at $10, $25, or $50 face value. Several of the participating restaurants in the program are located in major hotels or near major hotels.
This sale has been going on for several days and I have been planning to write an article about the opportunities for hotel dining discounts, but I just noticed this morning that the sale is time-limited and ends tonight.
Restaurant.com 70% Savings link: http://www.restaurant.com/consumer-promotion/lp_5a.asp
Here is the Restaurant.com deal:
1. Sign up at Restaurant.com for an account if you are not a member.
2. Look for hotel restaurants in places you plan to visit in the next couple of months.
3. Buy a certificate at 70% savings in the value amount you can reasonably use for your dining. Restaurant menus can be accessed through links on the Restaurant.com website to help plan your certificate value.
4. $25 dining certificate is regularly $10, but only $3 with this special offer. Usage rules are variable and posted on the site, but generally require either a $35 or $50 minimum tab, or two entrée order. $22 savings on a $35 to $50 tab.
5. $50 dining certificate usually requires minimum $100 spending, but the cost for a $50 certificate is only $6 with today’s special offer. $44 savings on a $100+ tab.
6. Use Discount Code TREAT when ordering to receive 70% discount on certificate.
Some Gift Certificate Terms & Conditions:
limit of one certificate redemption per party, per month, per restaurant. (You can’t use a restaurant.com certificate for every meal of your week-long stay!)
Only one gift certifcate can be used per party even if seated at separate tables. (You can’t hang out with your FlyerTalk buddies eating dinner and then both of you whip out a restaurant.com certificate even though you asked for separate checks.)
No cash back on redemption value of certificate.
Valid for parties of two or more unless otherwise stated.
Valid for dine-in only unless otherwise stated.
Use of gift certificate for alcoholic beverages is at sole discretion of restaurant. (Always wise to ask first before finding out that $80 bottle of wine doesn’t get you to the $150 minimum purchase for your $75 certificate.)
Gift certificates can be exchanged for Restaurant.com Gift Certificates within 90 days of purchase date.
Gift certificate expires 1 year from date of issue, except in California. (Where I assume consumer protection regulations mean the expiration is a longer date??)
Loyalty Traveler analysis:
When I search 93940 using my Monterey, California zip code I see there are certificates for the two restaurants at the Hyatt Highlands Inn in Carmel: Pacific’s Edge and California Market.
I anticipate staying at the Highlands Inn using some of the Faster Free Nights I will earn over the next few months. As a Gold Passport Diamond member I will likely get complimentary breakfast, but with the dining certificate I can go all out on the menu order or get a dinner dining discount.
The Highlands Inn restaurants only come in $25 certificates for $10. This is unfortunate since a $100 dining tab at Pacific’s Edge is fairly easy to rack up and most upscale restaurants offer a $50 certificate for $20.
Pacific’s Edge requires a two entrée order. Assume the meal is $60 all-in. Your $25 Restaurant.com certificate only cost $3 so your net cost for a $60 tab is $38.
California Market is the breakfast restaurant at the Highlands Inn. In the past my tab has run about $45 for breakfast. The certificate requires a minimum of $35 in dining spend which is fairly easy to do with two diners. Assume you have a $45 breakfast tab all-in. The purchase of a $3 restaurant.com certificate for California Market will reduce your hefty breakfast tab from $45 to $23 for a hearty breakfast without leaving the Highlands Inn property.
Restaurant.com 70% off dining certificates make extravagantly priced hotel restaurants merely high-priced.
Other Hotel (or near hotel) restaurants I saw available on Restaurant.com:
Starwood Hotels The Phoenician – Il Terrazzo (This property offers up to $100 certificates)
San Francisco, CA
Elephant & Castle Pub is across the street from Le Meridien San Francisco.
San Francisco Airport (SFO)
Hyatt Regency SFO – Scalini Italian Restaurant