Which Are The Best 1-For-1 Food Apps In Singapore: GrabPay Dealbook vs Burpple Beyond vs ShopBack GO vs Entertainer
 
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Which Are The Best 1-For-1 Food Apps In Singapore: GrabPay Dealbook vs Burpple Beyond vs ShopBack GO vs Entertainer

Ming Feng
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1-For-1 Food Apps In Singapore

When was the last time you scrolled through social media and not see a single post about food?

Exactly! My weekends are now spent looking at photos of delicacy all around Singapore on social media.

Food filter VSCO settings
Source: Pinterest

A nice close-up of your brunch, play around with the exposure, turn down the contrast, increase saturation on your VSCO app and you are on your way to getting 100 likes!

Taking instagram photo of food
Source: giphy

Go on and spend that good 5 minutes perfecting your shot. As a foodie, I am usually patient with my peers spending way too much time snapping up photos of their food before we dig in.

It is the prices of food that I have problems with!

While researching for ideas that can allow me to enjoy my food without having to worry about my expenses, I came across apps that can help Singaporeans do so.

On top of 1-for-1 buffet promotions available islandwide, these apps offer 1-for-1s at popular restaurants across town.

Best 1-for-1 food apps in SG


The Ultimate Comparison Of 1-For-1 Food Apps In Singapore

 

ShopBack GO

Burpple Beyond

The Entertainer

GrabPay Dealbook

Participating outlets and restaurants
with 1-for-1s
More than 160More than 450More than 550More than 36
Subscription fees
(Usual price without promos)
FreePremium: $99 per year
(4 deals per place)

Lite: $49 per year
(2 deals per place)
$145 per year
(Includes offers for Johor Bahru)

$95/ per year for Entertainer Cheers
(1-for-1 on drinks)
$30
(6 Months membership)
Validity
(How often are the deals updated?)
Updated every 3 months
(current set of deals valid from Oct-Dec 2019)
Updated annuallyUpdated annually
(most current purchases valid until end Jan 2020)
Half-yearly
ProsFree to use
Cashback on what you pay to redeem 1-for-1s; Cashback can be withdrawn to bank
Up to 4 offer redemptions per restaurant.Membership includes other locations
(e.g. Singapore membership includes Johor Bahru's restaurants)
Earn GrabPay Credits on whatever you pay to redeem the 1-for-1

Multiple offer redemptions per merchant
ConsOnly 1 offer redemption per restaurantUp-front fee may be expensive for someExpensive up-front fee.

Deals mainly at high-end places
(this could be a plus if you’re a high-roller)
Limited number of restaurants for now
Available add-onsSpecial deal vouchers and Loyalty Rewards also accessible for free-Membership includes deals in other categories (like local attractions and leisure)-
Ongoing additional promos and card/bank benefitsUp to $60 bonus cashback for UOB cardholders

(Additional $3 bonus if the first ever card you link to ShopBack GO is a UOB card)
$69.30 promo price (30% off) for Premium if using a Premium member’s referral code$65 promo price for SG and JB pack


$45 promo price for Cheers
Additional rebates with UOB One card on GrabPay top-ups (which can be used to pay for 1-for-1s)

ShopBack Go

ShopBack Go, food 1-for-1 cashback
Source: ShopBack

If you are a big fan of online shopping, ShopBack should probably be a part of your shopping process for cashback. On top of online cashback, ShopBack now has ShopBack Go which is an offline initiative to bring offline cashback to their app users.

For ShopBack Go, one needs to:

  • Link their credit/ debit card
  • Pay with the linked card at any of the ShopBack Go partners
  • Earn cashback automatically.
  • The total cashback can then be withdrawn into your bank account.

Their recent move into 1-for-1s will put them in direct competition with apps such as Burpple Beyond, The Entertainer and GrabPay Dealbook.

ShopBack Go currently has partnered more than 160 participating F&B outlets for 1-for-1 and it is free to use.

The downside is that each consumer is only entitled to 1 offer redemption per restaurant outlet.


Burpple Beyond

Burpple Beyond
Source: Burpple

Burpple began as a social food journal in the year 2012. In the year 2015, Burpple became a community driven platform for anyone to contribute and discover reviews. In the year 2019, Burpple launched Burpple Beyond and is currently the leading 1-for-1 app when it comes to the number of participating F&B outlets.

With more than 450 participating restaurants, Burpple Beyond offers up to 4 1-for-1 redemptions for each restaurant. The downside is the possible high initial cost for some Singaporeans.

Burpple Beyond offers two types of subscription models:

  • Premium: $99 per year (4 redemptions per place)
  • Lite: $49 per year (2 redemptions per place)

The Entertainer

The Entertainer App - How To Use?
Source: The Entertainer

What started out as an expat-focused deals app from Dubai, The Entertainer App was probably the first to launch 1-for-1 food deals in Singapore.

With more than 320 participating F&B outlets, one will be able to enjoy all the offers locally and for Johor Bahru which is their unique selling point.

The Entertainer offers two types of subscription models:

  • Their Singapore plan at $145 per year with restaurants in Johor Bahru included
  • Cheers Singapore plan at $95 per year for 1-for-1 drinks

GrabPay Dealbook

Probably better known for their Bubble Tea subscription, Grab looks to capture more millennials with their food subscription launched in October 2019.

Here’s how GrabPlay DealBook works:

  • Purchase the subscription plan and received a set of 100 1-for-1 vouchers
  • These vouchers can be found in “My Rewards” page within 15 minutes of purchase.

One simply needs to inform the staff at the merchant outlet about his intention to redeem the voucher before ordering.

GrabPay Dealbook offers a 6-month membership at $30.

One of the benefits is that one gets to earn GrabPay Credits when he pays for his food deal (since you can only pay with GrabPay for this plan). One can also have multiple offer redemptions per merchant.

The downside is that at the moment, it has very little restaurants to choose from.


Promotions, Card And Bank Benefits For These Apps

To fully stretch your dollar, here are some promotions and benefits which you might wish to take note of:

ShopBack GOBurpple BeyondThe EntertainerGrabPay Dealbook
Up to $60 bonus cashback for UOB cardholders (+$3 bonus if the first ever card you link to ShopBack GO is a UOB card)
https://www.shopback.sg/sbgo-uob-super-season-1
$69.30 promo price (30% off) for Premium if using a Premium member’s referral code https://www.burpple.com/beyond $65 promo price for SG + JB pack
https://www.theentertainerme.com/Asia/Singapore/products2019

$45 promo price for Cheers
Additional rebates with UOB One card on GrabPay top-ups (which can be used to pay for 1-for-1s)

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A stint in Bloomberg gifted me with a beer belly, which only grew larger when I moved on to become a Professional Trader. Now I turn caffeine into digestible finance-related content.
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