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Update: Signup bonus is now up to $40 (from $15). You can download it here and earn a $40 bonus (with code TERESA252) when you dine out for the first time. Seated is also making it even easier to earn rewards. Some users can now link their credit card in the app to earn rewards automatically when using it to pay the bill at a Seated reservation. That means that you don’t need to get a receipt and snap a pic, or send in a screenshot of the charge in your credit card account.
Seated App Review
I have talked about the Seated app in the past here on the site. It’s an app for foodies and really anyone else that goes out to restaurants and bars occasionally. In this Seated app review I will go into more details about how it works, how to use promotions, and go over the process of earning your rewards.
The Seated app helps you make a restaurant reservation, but the most important feature is that it pays you every time you go to one of the establishments listed in the app. Delivery and pickup were also added as options during the pandemic, and even offer higher rewards in some cases.
Seated gives you a percentage of your restaurant bill back in the form of rewards, usually anywhere from 15-40%, but during certain promotions we have seen some restaurants offer as high as 90% back. You can redeem those rewards for several gift card options such as Uber, Amazon, Target, Sephora, Airbnb, Nordstrom, SoulCycle, and more. It gets even better when they have promotions that give you extra $$$ on top of the regular rewards rate. And keep in mind that all you need to do is usually spend less than $10 at a bar or restaurant to earn those rewards.
There are also stacking opportunities to save even more. You will obviously get your credit card rewards, but you can also get 5x from Bilt Dining, or cash back from Upside etc.
Before you continue reading any further though, I need to tell you that the app is available only in Boston, Dallas, NYC, Philly, Atlanta and Chicago for now. But there are a ton of restaurants listed, and most of them are highly rated on Yelp. They say they will be in many more cities across the U.S soon.
Using Promo Codes
Here is a restaurant that I visited last night with a friend. It offered 37% back in rewards. I usually wait until they offer some kind of extra promotion. These promotions that earn you additional rewards, work for new and existing users. To enter a promo code, click the gift box on the top left corner in the app, and then ‘Add Promo Code’ on the top right. The promo code is saved in the app and is automatically applied as long as you dine out, order delivery or place a pickup order before the expiration date.
So at bar Beau in Brooklyn, NY for example, I earned 37% back which came out to $32 on a $87 bill. Plus another $12 thanks to the promotion pictured above. That’s a total of $44 back that I redeemed for Amazon gift cards. That’s over half of the bill, before taxes and tip. But you can do much better with less expensive meals. I am just amazed every time at the value you get through the Seated app.
As for the restaurant itself, it had a small menu, but great food. Huge selection of cocktails and wine, and few beers on tap. They did have Sixpoint Bengali IPA so I was happy. It was a bit pricey, but with the Seated app it was a great meal at a great price.
Seated has an excellent in-app chat support that you can message to help make any adjustments to your reservations or if you have any issues. In one instance I forgot to check in in the app before dining, and the chat support agent actually awarded me the rewards for that meal. You can also send them a message and ask for restaurant recommendations.
How To Get Rewards
You use the app to reserve a table at a specific time, or you can click the walk-in button on a restaurant’s profile in the Seated app. You show up, and enjoy your meal. Just know that a walk-in is not a reservation, so be sure to arrive early to avoid waiting.
When you finish your meal, save the receipt. You take a picture of it and upload it in the app. Within a few minutes you will receive confirmation of the rewards you have earned. Make sure to check each specific restaurant for a minimum purchase requirement. Some don’t have one at all, while others might have a minimum of a few dollars per person. Also save the receipt until rewards post to your account, just in case there are any issues.
Forgot your receipt? Don’t worry. Seated also gives you the option to submit a screenshot of your credit card statement to prove that you made a purchase at that specific restaurant.
As of late March, Seated is making it even easier to earn rewards. Some users can now link their credit card in the app to earn rewards automatically when using it to pay the bill at a Seated reservation. That means that you don’t need to get a receipt and snap a pic, or send in a screenshot of the charge in your credit card account.
Rewards that are already in your account will remain in your account as long as you are actively using the App. Your rewards may expire and be removed from your account if you fail to do either of the following during any ninety (90) day period:
- Make a booking through the app and have your purchase receipt or other spend verification approved by Seated.
- Redeem any of your rewards for gift cards, service rewards or unique experiences.
If you let your rewards expire, Seated will not replace them.
$40 Signup Bonus for New Users
If you have never tried this app, you can download it here and earn a $40 signup bonus (with code TERESA252). It can even stack with cash back or points from other apps, since with Seated you just take a picture of the bill and upload it to the app. Offer ends May 18, 2023.
Also check out, Bilt Dining, Chase Dining, Upside, T-Mobile Tuesdays or other shopping portals that offer cashback for restaurants for stacking opportunities.
Seated App Review: Guru’s Wrap-up
Almost everything I write about in the site I have tried myself. And Seated is yet another example. I check it all the time now when I am in areas where they have tons of restaurants. For NYC they’re mostly in Manhattan, Brooklyn and some parts of Queens. For the Boston, Dallas, Philly, Atlanta and Chicago, check the app and see if it makes sense for you. Even if you don’t live in these cities, the app could be useful when you visit. I’m sure they have tons of option for the most popular areas in each one.
Restaurants in NYC for example are quite expensive. So having the Seated app and an option really makes dining out more affordable. I have already earned more than $800 in Rewards which I have redeemed mainly for Amazon gift cards, and rarely for Uber gift card. I really love the booking feature as well. It is quick and easy, and you get a confirmation of your reservation usually within a few minutes. Also don’t forget to use one of the best credit cards for dining purchases, which can earn you even more rewards or cash back.
Again, if you don’t have the app you can download it and get an extra $25 in rewards on your first meal with code TERESA252. You can also refer friend and family to earn some extra rewards when they use the app for the first time.
Let me know if you have used the app in the past, and if you have anything to add to this Seated app review.
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Use code “naveen28” to get $15-$50 promo. Sometimes the referral rewards are elevated.
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