When you’re tired or the weather is particularly uncomfortable, food delivery apps like DoorDash, GrubHub, or Uber Eats are a quick and convenient way to tame a bloated stomach. These apps make it easy to deliver your favorite food to your home at the touch of a button.
In the last few years, food delivery apps have evolved from relatively obscure levels into an industry completely reshaped by a global pandemic. In 2020 alone, U.S. food delivery services have generated nearly $26.5 billion in revenue.
When you’re involved in a global pandemic, you have credit card issuers taking advantage of the popularity of these services and partnering with food delivery apps to bring rewards and discounts to their customers.
American Express led the trend in 2018 when it joined with GrubHub and Seamless, while Chase partnered with DoorDash to offer some owners free delivery cards for a year.
Top choices for DoorDash
Chase has partnered with DoorDash to bring food delivery benefits to some of the most popular rewards credit cards. Here’s a look at the services of each card:
Chase Sapphire Reserve® and Chase Sapphire Preferred® Card
If you own a Chase Sapphire Reserve or Chase Sapphire Preferred Card, you are eligible to receive a free DoorDash DashPass for a minimum of one year, as long as you activate by March 31, 2022. For context, DashPass includes unlimited DoorDash delivery with a $0 Delivery Fee, as well as fee reductions on DashPass orders over $12.
Chase Freedom Unlimited®, Chase Freedom Flex℠
Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom Flex card members receive three months of free DashPass membership when they activate before December 31, 2023 (the expiration date will be December 31, 2024). Then, if you don’t cancel, Freedom and Flex card members will automatically be enrolled in the DashPass program at a rate of 50 percent for the remaining nine months of the offer (DashPass is usually $9.99 per month).
Multiple Chase co-branded cards
Chase announced last year that a one-year free DoorDash membership is now available for some of its co-branded cards. Cardholders must activate this benefit by March 31, 2022.
Eligible Chase co-branded cards include:
Southwest® Rapid Rewards® Credit Card
Marriott Bonvoy Bold® Credit Card* and Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card *
United Credit Cards
IHG® Rewards Card
Hyatt’s World Credit Card
Aer Lingus, British Airways and Iberia Plus Visa Signature® Cards
Disney® Visa® Card
Starbucks® Rewards Visa® Card
How to activate
To activate the DoorDash offer on your card, simply add your current Chase credit card to the DoorDash app, and your rewards will automatically be applied to future orders. You can also activate it by visiting the co-branded websites DashPass and Chase.
Top picks for Grubhub/Seamless, Uber Eats
Unlike Chase’s partnership with DoorDash, American Express’s partnerships with Grubhub and Seamless don’t offer free shipping but have their own perks. One benefit of using your American Express credit card for food orders with Grubhub or Seamless is that you can pay for orders with your points. However, Amex’s partnership with Uber Eats includes free shipping.
American Express® yellow card
The American Express yellow card is a great bonus card for food lovers as well as casual takeaway food lovers. Earn up to $120 in annual dining credits (subscription requirements) or up to $10 in statement credits on eligible purchases per month from locations including Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar, and choose Shake Shack locations (registration requirements). Earn 4 times more membership bonus points at Restaurants, plus takeaway food and delivery in the U.S.
Amex Gold not only allows you to pay for food delivery in points, but also gives card holders the ability to earn up to $120 Uber Cash for both Uber Eats and Uber orders in the U.S. (up to $10 monthly credit, which expires at the end of the month).
How to activate
To use your American Express score to pay for food on Grubhub or Seamless, add an American Express card to the platform of your choice. Your score will automatically show up at checkout, and you can choose how much you want to use to use your points. For more tutorials and exclusions, refer to Amex’s Grubhub FAQ page.
To take advantage of Amex Gold’s Uber-related perks, simply add the tag to your Uber account.
Uber Eats instead
American Express’s Platinum® card is said to be unattractive to foodies leaning toward the Amex Yellow Card because of its lavish 4X membership bonus points earned at restaurants and when takeaway/delivery is local. However, Amex Platinum offers a $200 annual Uber credit, which can be used for Uber Eats orders and rides. Apply the terms.