Which Are The Best 1-For-1 Food Apps In Singapore: GrabPay Dealbook vs Burpple Beyond vs ShopBack GO vs Entertainer
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.
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!
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.
The Ultimate Comparison Of 1-For-1 Food Apps In Singapore
|Participating outlets and restaurants|
|More than 160||More than 450||More than 550||More than 36|
(Usual price without promos)
|Free||Premium: $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)
(6 Months membership)
(How often are the deals updated?)
|Updated every 3 months|
(current set of deals valid from Oct-Dec 2019)
|Updated annually||Updated annually|
(most current purchases valid until end Jan 2020)
|Pros||Free 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Cashback on what you pay to redeem 1-for-1s; Cashback can be withdrawn to bank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
|Cons||Only 1 offer redemption per restaurant||Up-front fee may be expensive for some||Expensive 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-ons||Special 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 benefits||Up 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)|
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 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)
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
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 GO||Burpple Beyond||The Entertainer||GrabPay 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)|
|$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|
$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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