Gourmet Passport by Dineout: Benefits, Cost & Worthiness
Updated: May 14, 2019
This is one post that I had been itching to write for too long. Dineout was started by four friends in 2012 & it was soon acquired by Times Internet in 2014. Since then they have added a lot more restaurants on their platform & have been growing by leaps and bounds. I have tried almost all the platforms that offer some or the other discount on dining out and hands down; I love Dineout the most.
Yes, it does come with its own set of flaws, but for me, its benefits have always surpassed its shortcomings. Without much ado, here are the things I like about Dineout:
You don’t necessarily have to buy the subscription of Gourmet Passport to avail cashback. You can use Dineout at the restaurants that accept Dineout Pay & get 20% cashback (up to Rs 300). This is valid for all payments done through their platform. You can use these Rs 300 in any other restaurant that accepts Dineout Pay. You are only allowed to use 25% of it but a penny saved is a penny earned.
They also have restaurants where you can avail their negotiated deals without subscribing to Gourmet Passport. It isn’t as good as 1 on 1, but it mostly has up to 25% discount on the bill or discounted price for the buffet menu.
For the restaurants that don’t accept Dineout Pay, you can upload the invoice copy & they will give you 20% cashback (up to Rs 100). The cashback points are credited within 24 hours.
Dineout has JetPrivilege as the dining partner. So, every time you reserve a table with Dineout, you get 50 JP Miles. Upon paying through Dineout Pay, you get another 50 JP Miles. This is one of the best partnership as it allowed you to collect airline miles without actually flying. (Update: Unfortunately this is history now. Despite repeated assurances from Jet Privilege that the program stays intact, currently, it doesn’t seem worth anything).
You get 5% cashback every time you add money to your wallet. If you are someone who doesn’t like to block money by putting it in a wallet, you can try using one of the payment methods like Paytm or Freecharge who give up to 10% discount on payments.
That’s not all. What I highlighted above were regular Dineout benefits. Dineout Pay is a power-packed offering & it only gets better with Gourmet Passport. I am detailing all the benefits of Gourmet Passport apart from the regular dineout upper edge.
The best advantage that Gourmet Passport that it can be redeemed on Buffet too. Dineout has the best spread of buffets wherein you can avail 1+1. They have partnered with almost all 4 and 5-star hotels. So, all your best buffets are covered in Dineout Gourmet Passport.
They also have one 1-on-1 on drinks and main course items, so it has both its pros & cons.
You can use more than one coupon at one go. So, if you are a group of 6 people, you can unlock 3 coupons and redeem the benefit for all the 6 diners. You can redeem a maximum of 3 coupons in one go. With Zomato Gold, you need to have 3 subscriptions for availing the same offer for 6 diners.
Dineout’s Gourmet Passport is far economical & you can use your existing credits to buy it (Offer valid for a limited period).
You can use the code “HSRF3” to signup for Dineout, get 200 credits & use these credits to signup for Gourmet Passport. Also, get 20% discount on your Gourmet Passport membership.
So, any downside?
One of the biggest shortcomings of Dineout is its acceptance. It doesn’t have a vast network of restaurants like Zomato, but it seems to be building it steadily, at least here in Bangalore. The gourmet passport has even lower reach.
Another one is that gourmet passport can only be bought for one city or if you travel frequently then you can probably opt for a multi-city package.
Excited yet? Use the code “HSRF3” to signup for Dineout, get 200 credits & use these credits to signup for Gourmet Passport. Get a 20% discount on your membership too!
Let me know about the dining subscription that you like the best.