First National Bank now offers its eBucks users free access to The Entertainer, an app that offers 2-for-1 special promotions from restaurants and hotels – normally at a sign-up cost of R495 for use one of Cape Town, Durban, or the Johannesburg/Pretoria conurbation.
We signed up via FNB, and set out to find a free lunch near our Johannesburg offices.
Once the app had access to our location, it quickly identified a couple of restaurants in the Melville suburb that would offer 2-for-1 on a main meal, as long as it was dine-in.
Redeeming a voucher turned out to be as easy as advertised. Here's how it went.
The email even linked through to the app store to download The Entertainer.
Our more usual lunch spots, such as KFC for a quick drive-thru or Spur for a fancy sit-down, weren't available, but at least there were a couple of choices. All of them offered 2-for-1 deals on main meals.
Having already given the app permission to track our location, we weren't too worried about giving it birthday, nationality, and sex.
The cheaper of the two orders would be free, we were told, so stick with a dining partner with reasonable tastes, so you don't end up going half-and-half with someone with a taste for lobster and caviar.
Our waitress took the phone, entered a sequence of numbers...
... and the app gave her a one-time redemption code.
While the app estimates the saving for record-keeping – and adds in "Smile points" of its own that we just plain ignored, it played no further role in adjusting the bill. Our waitress just did subtracted the cost of our less-expensive main meal.
Thanks to a small drinks bill and no starters, our R103 saving comes to 38% of the final bill before tip. Splitting the final bill two ways would have saved us R51.50 each – for downloading an app, giving it our details, and eating slightly up-market.
Not quite a free lunch, but not bad either.
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