How Groupon+ Restaurant Cashback Works

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Living Social Restaurants Plus is no more, but it looks like Groupon is now offering up to 30% cashback for dining out at select restaurants Participating is easy, though requires advance planning and currently is not available in every region.

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How Groupon Restaurant Cashback Works

  1. Login to your account (or create one) and register your credit or debit cards
  2. Search the Groupon website for cashback restaurant deals in your area
  3. Claim the cashback deal(s) you want. Note: you only have 30 days to redeem an offer once you’ve claimed it and must be claimed prior to your card being charged.a screenshot of a food menu
  4. Pay for you meal with one of your registered cards.
  5. Your credit statement will reflect a credit in the amount of the cashback.

How is Groupon Restaurant Cashback Different From Living Social?
It’s a little different and not as effortless as the Living Social model, with Living Social you registered your credit cards and automatically earned cashback from participating restaurants.

  • Groupon requires you to register for each restaurant in advance.
  • You earn up to 30% cashback with your first purchase at each restaurant and only 10% on subsequent dines.
  • Earnings are static and can be earned even during peak times including Friday and Saturday nights. With Living Social, the percentage earned varied, with higher cashback on less popular days and times.

I haven’t had a chance to test this yet, but it should stack on any restaurant bonuses your credit card offers.

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  1. When I click on the link(s) in the article above, I get the following response from Groupon: “We’re out of deals in this category….” Is anyone else seeing the same thing? Can one really sign up for this offer?

  2. What region are you in? It might be location based. A quick search is showing cashback options for DC, San Francisco, and New York, but none in Atlanta for example.

  3. It would appear, then, that the markets where this is available are very limited. I was checking for CA’s Wine Country and for Charlotte, NC.

    1. Thanks for the head’s up, will update the post. My guess is they’ll be rolling out more cities if the program gets traction.

  4. It is interesting about all these different models. There is the Airline Dining for Miles Program, Dosh and now this. It seems like a lot of work. I like Dosh and the airline dining program because I will frequently receive emails out of the blue saying I earned miles for dining somewhere… Maybe the cash back is better since Groupon makes you select your offers before going out to eat?

    1. The real benefit of the Dining Network programs is that it’s an easy, painless and relatively inexpensive way to keep miles in airline programs from expiring.

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