Even Better: Seated Now Offers A Minimum Of $30 For Dining Out

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A couple of months ago I wrote about Seated, which is an awesome app that offers rewards for dining out. While there are some airline and hotel dining programs that offer bonus points for dining out, I find that they’re only marginally worthwhile. Seated is significantly more rewarding, and they have a great selection of restaurants in many major US cities.

The way Seated works is that you can see a list of participating restaurants through their app, and then you make a booking directly through Seated. So Seated basically replaces OpenTable for the purposes of making reservations for their partner restaurants. Then all you have to do is dine at the restaurant you made a reservation at, and you’ll automatically receive a gift card by email within 24 hours. There’s no need to use a specific credit card, and there’s no need to tell the host you’re using Seated, as the credit is automatic. For your gift card you have the choice between Amazon, Starbucks, and Uber.

When I first wrote about Seated they were offering $15-20 in rewards for dining at most restaurants, which I’d consider to be pretty awesome. For example, if you have a $60 meal, getting back ~25-33% is significant.

However, Seated has now gotten even better. Seated now offers a minimum of $30 in rewards for dining out, though at some restaurants offers as much as $60. This is insane.

Now when you go into the app you’ll see that the reward amount varies based on the type of reservation you make, with a minimum spend requirement. The bigger your party and the more off-peak time you’re dining, the bigger the reward.

For example, for the first Seated restaurant I visited — Momed in Atwater Village in Los Angeles — I earned a $15 reward. That place is now offering a minimum of a $30 reward as long as you spend at least $60 before tax and tip. That’s basically like getting 50% off food & drinks for $60 of spend pre-tax and tip. That’s awesome.

Some restaurants even have rewards as high as $60.

As before, keep in mind that not all participating restaurants are always available through Seated. Some don’t allow seated reservations on Friday or Saturday night, etc.

Lastly, Seated has a referral program, where both the person referring and person being referred can receive an extra $5 in rewards after their first dine. If you haven’t yet signed up, you can do so using code BEN242, and you’ll receive an extra $5 after your first dine, and I’ll get the same (others are free to leave their codes in the comments section). That means you’ll earn a minimum of $35 in rewards on your first dine.

To enter this code, first sign-up for the app, and then click on the “wheel” at the top left of your account, and click on the “Redeem Promo Code” button. There you can enter the code, and it’ll automatically be applied to your first dine.

Bottom line

I’ve used Seated a handful of times in the past couple of months, and love it. While some dining rewards programs are only marginally worthwhile (you earn a few extra points per dollar spent but end up at a not-great restaurant), I find that Seated has an excellent selection of restaurants, and also is sufficiently rewarding so that it changes my behavior a bit.

Earning $30+ in gift cards every time you dine out at a nice restaurant is an awesome offer, and if you’ve never used Seated before, you can earn a further $5 with your first dine, meaning you’ll earn a minimum of $35 in gift cards for your first dine.

(Tip of the hat to Deals We Like)

  1. This is great clipping coupons without clipping coupons and your date doesn’t think you are cheap for bringing a coupon.

    Maybe cheapassez may finally tip?

  2. If we don’t have to tell the restaurant staff about booking through Seated, and we don’t need to use a certain credit card, how does the system know we fulfilled the reservation?

  3. There isn’t actually a $30 minimum, it varies per restaurant. I see a restaurant in NYC offering $25 for two people up to $35 for four.

  4. The closest restaurant to my home is 179.7 miles away. And I usually travel solo. Too bad I can’t use this much.

    Even the Airlines dining portals don’t have any good restaurants here. Oh well.

  5. On the app home page my only option is ‘sign in with Facebook’. What am I giving up by doing this? I typically try to avoid doing this.

  6. Can someone post which restaurants are participating in the DC area? Still debating whether it’s worth providing Facebook login info.

  7. There’s a huge caveat to this increased reward. You now have to enter your credit card Login info, username and password, before you make a reservation. They say this is for verifying that you met the minimum spend. However, all your readers should be highly suspicious of giving their account info to some random site.

  8. I seem to recall that they don’t allow solo diners, which was why I gave this a pass in the first place. Let me know if they ever change that policy.

  9. I’ve seen as low as $25 now, up to $60 with 4 people. It’s great, I highly recommend. I only hope they add more restaurants. Pretty good selection in Philly, but need some in suburbs.

    Sign-up code: TED19

  10. We tried it -so easy. And you don’t have to tell them you made a reservation through seated. We made the reservation on the way to the restaurnant.

    Truly grateful if you use my code for an additional $5 JANA16

  11. Have used it twice now. First when I heard about it about a month and a half ago and again this week for the increased reward. Worked seamlessly.
    Not sure of the following but we’ll see.
    The restaurant I went to in Chicago also happened to be part of the IHG dining rewards.
    I used my IHG and am anticipating getting my 5 points per dollar (spent about 90 bucks so hopefully will get about 450 points) on this spend.
    $30 amazon came through yesterday.
    If the IHG points also does work on this, that’s not a bad deal at all.

  12. I don’t like the Facebook login at all. Check out the terms below – a little bit too intrusive for my taste… app quickly deleted.

    Facebook. In order to use Seated, you must have or create a Facebook account and sign in using your Facebook login. If you do so, you authorize us to access and use certain Facebook account information, including but not limited to your public Facebook profile and information about Facebook friends you might share in common with other Seated users. By using Seated you authorize us to inform your Facebook friends via push notifications of any activities you experience with the Seated application. This activity includes but is not limited to the following actions: any and all downloads of Seated, any and all bookings through Seated, any and all reviews that are posted in Seated, and any and all photos uploaded to Seated. For more information regarding the information we collect from you and how we use it, please consult our Privacy Policy.

  13. Promo code MAYMAY0

    I used it for the first time a few weeks ago on a last minute reservation and it was very easy. I plan to use this more in the future.

  14. I love Seated and have used it quite a few times now but the addition of a minimum spend is the worst thing about this change. There is this great noodle shop in Boston my wife and I go to and get rewards. Meals for 2 only total about $24 before tip and that’s not being cheap it’s just the way they price there. Now they have a minimum spend of $40… Don’t know how I will be able to eat that many noodles!

  15. Lucky, thanks as always for the pointer! And in the words of our beloved Madea,
    “HAPPEH TanksGivin Y’all!”

    Referral code:

  16. They completely left the New Orleans market. I used Seated in Atlanta last month (at $15) and it worked perfectly.

  17. THIS Is awesome! I used someone else’s code from above. If anyone is kind enough to use mine next: JOHN532 (after sign up, go to Settings > Add Seated Promo Code)

  18. Am making a reservation tonight via Seated. Should be good!

    Would appreciate if you’ll use my promo code to get additional $5 off: TONY119


  19. Re-posting to give an update on the program. There are no longer any minimum purchases. Just % back. Some fairly high percenatges at some places, up to 42%, plus you get your standard rewards with your credit card company. Also, you can use it if you are dinning solo. Walk-ins are allowed at some places as well. Mondays are super-charged rewards where you get higher amounts back. Great for business travelers. NY, Phily, Altanta, Chicago and Boston.

    referral code for a bonus: seth186

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