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Free Foods & Drinks | USA

Especially for my readers, I decided to look for free things for your vacation in America. Because an America trip is of course expensive enough!


My plan is to visit the websites of various well-known chains and register for the newsletter, rewards or create an account. The well-known restaurant chains often offer a discount or even free appetizers when you register. What you should pay attention to is that the restaurants want to know where you live. You don’t get far with the Netherlands and it is therefore handy to have an American zip code to hand. I use the zip code of a hotel where I stay.

After you have registered you sometimes get a welcome offer right away. Sometimes it can take a few days.

★ Note: Most chains work with zip codes and sometimes the discount vouchers are only valid at a certain location. No room for spontaneity, because you have to check in advance when you want to eat at the restaurant to be able to use the discount.


Celebrate your birthday in America for free.

During your birthday it is of course nice to get presents and the American restaurants have understood that. It’s my birthday on my America trip and that seemed like a good opportunity to see what the different restaurants offer when you celebrate your birthday with them.

Golden Corral, a buffet restaurant, gives you a free buffet for your birthday (when purchasing a second buffet). You must print this voucher. Does not necessarily have to be on the day of your birthday. Note the expiration date.

At Denny’s you get a grand slam breakfast as a gift on your birthday. The coupon must be printed and identification is requested.

You get the second ice cream for free from Cold Stone Creamery. This coupon is also valid on other days.

At Arby’s you get a free shake when you hand in a printed coupon and when you purchase another item. This coupon is still valid about one day after your birthday.

At Longhorn Steakhouse you get a free dessert with the purchase of a steak and the coupon is not only valid on your birthday.

At Johnny Rockets you get a free single burger with the purchase of a main course and drink.

At Texas Roadhouse you get a coupon for a free sidekicks or ribs or a legendary appetizer for your birthday. Not only valid on the day of your birthday.

From P.F. Chang’s You receive after registration a reward in the form of a free appetizer or dessert to use in the month of your birthday.

At Chili’s you will receive a free dessert in the month of your birthday after registration.


Discount and free food and drink in America

You don’t have to have a birthday to get a discount and free things in America. Below is an overview of what the restaurant chains offer for free. Here again applies that you usually have to print the coupon and pay attention to the location and the expiration date.

  • If you sign up with Johnny Rockets you will get a free single burger with the purchase of a main course and a drink or shake.
  • At Arby’s you get a free roast beef sandwich with the purchase of a drink. This voucher expires one week after registration.
  • Longhorn Steakhouse: Get a free starter with the purchase of a main course.
  • TGI Fridays: Free starter or dessert and Jump the line pass after registration. Extra nice: the coupons do not have to be printed, because there is a QR code.
  • Golden Corral: After registration you will receive a coupon for a free drink.
  • At Wendy’s you get 1 dollar discount if you buy a premium combo.
  • At Denny’s you will receive a 20% discount on your bill after registration. You must print this voucher and it is valid for two weeks after registration.
  • At Olive Garden you get a free starter with the purchase of two main dishes if you become a member of the Eclub.
  • After registering, you will receive a coupon from Texas Roadhouse that you must print for a free appetizer when purchasing a main course.

★ Tip: also look in the many tourist brochures and booklets that you find in hotels and motels or along the highway, there you will also find many discount coupons.

★ Tip: Pay close attention to the fine print and the conditions, so you usually have to print the coupons, they are not valid indefinitely, you have to make a purchase or are they only valid at a certain location.

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