Reminder: 3x Points On Dining Tomorrow

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Earlier this year Chase introduced First Friday Favorites, whereby you earn 3x points on dining when paying with your Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card on the first Friday of every month.

You ordinarily earn two points per dollar spent on dining, so this is an additional point per dollar. Tomorrow is the first Friday of December, so get your Chase Sapphire Preferred Cards out!


While this obviously doesn’t make a huge difference for a normal meal, I think this is especially valuable this month. Tons of restaurants offer bonuses on the purchase of gift cards around the holidays, so it’s usually a time of year where I stack up on restaurant gift cards anyway. It’s not unusual to see restaurants offering a ~$20 “bonus card” when purchasing $100+ in gift cards. So if you’re going to take advantage of something like that, you might as well do so tomorrow and earn an extra point per dollar on your Chase Sapphire Preferred.

Here are just a few examples of restaurants offering bonus cards right now:

  • Bonefish Grill is offering a $20 bonus card when purchasing a $100 gift card
  • Fleming’s is offering a $20 bonus card when purchasing a $100 gift card
  • Carrabba’s is offering a $20 bonus card when purchasing a $100 gift card
  • California Pizza Kitchen is offering a $20 bonus card when purchasing a $100 gift card
  • Chili’s is offering a $10 bonus card when purchasing a $50 gift card
  • Maggiano’s is offering a $20 bonus card when purchasing a $100 gift card
  • Olive Garden is offering a $10 bonus card when purchasing a $50 gift card
  • Outback is offering a $20 bonus card when purchasing a $100 gift card

Alternatively, keep in mind you can purchase many chain restaurant gift cards at office supply stores, where it can make sense to use your Ink Plus® Business Credit Card. You earn 5x Ultimate Rewards points per dollar spent there. For December, however, it may be worth purchasing a gift card directly from a restaurant if they have a promotion on the purchase of gift cards.

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  1. Nice!

    TO add to the list – La Madeleine’s offer is a $5 GC for every $25 GC.

    P.S. I love Panera Bread but they only give a $10 eGC for $100+ (so max=1) and only if buying GC online.

  2. In a few locations around Detroit, Buca di Beppo is also a Rewards Network restaurant. In the past, I have stocked up there on GCs on First Friday, earning a nice sum of AA miles to boot.

  3. You’d think that good travel taste would translate to good taste in restaurants. Pretty much all those restaurants serve crap on a plate. No way I am going to force myself to eat boring, oversalted, unoriginal food just to get a few extra points.

  4. I’d much rather support a local business than these chains which push out plate after plate of garbage to the gluttinous masses. I’d rather not even bother to order a salad from them. It would probably be drenched in bottled dressing full of sugar and salt anyway.

  5. A salad isn’t any better. The last time I was forced to go to Olive Garden (about a year ago), almost 1/4 of the lettuce was rotten in my salad.

  6. IS can be counted?
    I used with Sapphire card through chase UR mall today…I wonder, they give 3X bonus.

  7. @ EJ — I don’t have any firsthand experience, though I would guess not since they’re an online service and not really a restaurant.

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