Since I recently claimed a bunch of vegan food freebies (and a couple non-food) through apps and rewards accounts of various chain restaurants, I figured it’s time to update the post about vegan birthday food freebies. This kind of information should probably be updated once a year.
Keep track of what rewards programs you have joined and be sure to check your accounts before your birthday because not all of the companies will send you a reminder e-mail (perhaps some of them want to see if you are paying attention.) Also, they all give you different amounts of time to claim your freebie (from a few days to an entire month or more.)
Also, keep in mind that some of these rewards programs also offer sign-up freebies, but they may only be available during certain limited promotional times. They may also change their birthday freebie offers.
Also, some of these accounts can be managed online so you don’t always have to use a smartphone. (A couple years ago, I won an LG G4 in a sweepstakes and when it died from the boot-loop issue, I purchased an iPhone 7 for half out-of-pocket using a $350 Apple gift card I had won awhile back. However, I’ve seen programs offering free smartphones to those on welfare and I’ve seen lots of bargain offers on Heavenly Steals.)
If you want to join any of the rewards programs listed below, be sure to use my referral codes or links if available because vegan solidarity is cool. (Oh, and thanks to the awesome people who have used my referral codes already!)
Veggie Grill: $5 freebie. An awesome discount on something vegan! I thought I had taken photos of the summertime dinner with grilled corn, but they must have not saved or something.
Pizza Rev: Freebie vegan pizza for using Rev Rewards! After you redeem in the app., you have four (4) hours to use it (even though the app tells you to wait until you’re in the restaurant before clicking redeem, you have time to click early.) You can write down the code and hand it to the cashier or scan the QR Code. The “Craft Your Own Pizza Signature Thin” is an $8.99 value. Referral code: JILLBALL226
Red Robin: When you join the Red Robin Royalty program, you get a freebie vegan Royalty Birthday Burger. They give you a whole month to redeem it and you only need your phone number. A $9.79 value. Locate the “Garden Burger” entry on the menu and look for the disclaimer saying you can get a vegan Boca patty instead. However, they should also add a disclaimer saying you can get genuine mustard because their Dijon sauce is actually non-vegan mayo. So, why not simplify things and just make a straight up vegan burger entry? Better yet, make the entire menu vegan! However, the nice thing is that you can get a side of steamed broccoli instead of fries. (Stay #FlatAbs, baby.)
Firestone Subs: Got a freebie medium (hopefully) vegan-version veggie sub through Firehouse Rewards. You activate the freebie in the app and then simply enter your phone number on the credit card machine at the register. To get 300 bonus points use my referral code: aqe9h. However, I basically trusted other web sites as to how to make your sub vegan and haven’t read the documents on the web page yet. Will do soon.
Which Wich: A free Vibe Wich Birthday sub through Vibe Club Rewards. Expires about eight (8) days after your birthday. Since I last reviewed Which Wich, they changed the menu on the paper bags a little bit. Now the vegan options are “The Avocado” and “Black Bean Patty” and they made some changes under “Style.” They did away with “Hotwich/Coldwich,” added a “Spinach Wrap,” and changed “Bowlwich” to “Salad.” I originally signed up for Vibe Club Rewards for a sweepstakes and didn’t even realize I’d be getting the free sign-up drink and birthday Vibe Wich.
Robeks: Got a small vegan smoothie by rejecting the sherbet and they didn’t charge me anything. The smoothie chef said it was just more difficult to blend without the dairy. (However, their ads now state: “MAKE ANY SMOOTHIE DAIRY FREE.” They also have “Superfood Smoothies” labelled “Dairy Free.”) She gave me a little extra smoothie too. Yum! You can use your phone number; you don’t have to scan a code. They give you about fifteen (15) days to claim your free small birthday smoothie (or apply the dollar amount to another menu item.) $4.99 value.
Starbucks: Got an iced almond milk latte for free. Barista said it came with three (3) shots and that I could get more and I was like, “No three (3) is plenty.”
He was like, “Are you sure?” LOL. The freebie offer expires the day after your birthday.
Bruegger’s Bagels eClub: Free bagel. Choose a vegan one and reject the cream cheese until they have vegan. I actually never claimed my birthday bagel, but they e-mail you a coupon and you have about eight (8) days to redeem it. (They close at 3pm.) I’ve tried their vegan bagels when they gave out freebies for National Bagel Day.
NoodlesREWARDS, Noodles & Company World Kitchen: Update from previous post about birthday freebie. I don’t think they’re giving out free Japanese Pan Noodles for your birthday now, but then again I didn’t check the app. They e-mailed me a coupon for a Signature Rice Crispy, which I presumed to be not vegan. But wouldn’t it be awesome if they made it vegan?
However, I did get a $3 sign-up reward, which was good for two (2) weeks. You can use it to get a FREE side order of tofu (non-GMO!) or $3 off Japanese Pan Noodles. You can scan the QR code at the register or write down the number you get when you “redeem” and hand it to the cashier. After you “redeem” you have four (4) hours to use it. My Invite Code for NoodlesREWARDS: JillBallar1336
Blaze Rewards: I forgot to claim my free agua fresca even though I walked right by the place because it’s by Native Foods! LOL. (As you know, my phone had died and I was not on the ball with all the apps I previously had.) The offer expires about twelve (12) days after your birthday. However, I did claim the agua fresca when it was a sign up freebie and it’s great!
Sign up for the Blaze Pizza app and use my referral code: 7u9mt. You’ll get a free agua fresca just for signing up and another for your birthday. Blaze Pizza says to “make sure you keep an eye on the Rewards section.” I’ve actually never ordered food at Blaze Pizza, but apparently vegans are going for it.
Auntie Anne’s: I forgot to claim my freebie pretzel even though I was in the right place at the right time (just like with Blaze Pizza.) I planned to go to the one in Escondido (San Diego County) without realizing it had closed down, but I was actually at the Fairlane Dr. shopping plaza in Allen Park, MI where I could have picked it up. Oh well! They also give out a freebie on National Pretzel Day. You just pick one of the few vegan flavors and ask them to bake it without butter. Why use butter anyway? That’s not #FlatAbs, baby! #DairyIsScary anyway.
Jamba Insider Rewards: I checked my account the day after my birthday and didn’t see my free small vegan all-fruit™ smoothie, which made me figure that the offer expires on your birthday. But then the FAQ says: “The Birthday Offer expires in 30 days.” I contacted Spendgo to ask about it and Jordan added the birthday smoothie to my account, which I still have to claim!
My Cicis: I didn’t claim my birthday freebie (Adult Buffet or large 1-Topping Pizza to go) because the San Diego location closed down! LOL. Check under “Offers” through the webpage or app if you want to find the offer yourself. It expires about seven (7) days after your birthday. Here’s my referral code: JillBalla15
However, I did try the Adult Buffet a long time ago when it was offered as a sign-up freebie. They actually had vegan French dressing, pizza dough, red pizza sauce, and you could ask a chef to make a cheese-free pizza. The manager had a laminated chart that could tell you what was vegan or not. The red pasta sauce was not vegan though, so I put french dressing on pasta. LOL! Other webpages like Vegan Food Lover have done research on what options are vegan.
Penn Station East Coast Subs: I don’t know if they offer a birthday freebie, but I thought I’d throw this one in because I claimed my sign up freebie (6” vegan-version veggie sub) in the same time frame that I claimed birthday freebies. However, I got it when I was in Woodhaven, MI. The sub would have been good had I not got mustard and teriyaki sauce together. LOL. Use my referral code: 9ej39
La Columbe Pure Black: This wasn’t actually a birthday freebie, but rather a freebie coupon that was redeemable the same days I claimed birthday freebies, so I just wanted to throw it in to say: Isn’t it cool when you find the one vegan variety freebie (the others had dairy) just by walking straight up to it in the Whole Foods? More vegans should claim food freebies (when convenient.) I prepared it later with Cashew Dream and home-made coconut whipped cream.
Grab the Gold: $15 off coupon for an online order if you’re on their e-mail list. These are so good. They’ve been known to give out free samples (now you have to pay for shipping, though; go to their web page and wait for a pop-up) and have Instagram contests (I won a cool prize pack!)
iTan: One free sun, spray, or spa session (when you’re on their e-mail list.) Mystic Tan is cruelty free. Don’t know about vegan.
Finish Line: $10 if you’re in the Winner’s Circle Reward Program. I forgot to use my reward this time, but in the past I got shoe insoles. LOL.
Sephora Beauty Insider: Tymber picked up freebie vegan cruelty-free Tarte cosmetics for her birthday from Sephora. Funny thing, I’ve had a Sephora Beauty Insider account for years and never even thought to check it for a birthday freebie!
Pei Wei – My Wei Rewards: I just signed up so I could tell you about it, but I haven’t tested the Rewards program yet (just gift certificates and coupons.) The Pei Wei menu has a leaf symbol designating entries that can be made “Vegetarian Upon Request” (so make sure you actually “request” because the sauce could be not veg.) But if you say you want it vegan they say, “We say ‘vegetarian,’ not ‘vegan.’” Their allergen document says the fortune cookies have an egg allergen. Bummer.
But anyway, after I signed up for My Wei Rewards, I entered my birthday online (the app didn’t ask for it.) Your birthday offer will be a freebie drink or edamame small plate. Your sign-up offer is a freebie drink (I haven’t claimed mine yet and it purportedly doesn’t show up in your account until you make a transaction. “New member enrollment bonus points will post to your account with your first transaction.”)
Papa Johns – Papa Rewards: Apparently I had an account, but didn’t realize it. (I wasn’t getting e-mail from it, but must have made an account when using free pizza codes in the past.) Thus, if I had checked my account online, I may have seen a Birthday Reward of 10 Bonus Points, which can hypothetically get one free vegan Original Breadsticks with Pizza Sauce for dipping. Maybe I will test it next year. Who knows. If you have an account, look under “Profile” to see if your birthday is in there. The good news is that when I recently redeemed free pizza codes (from a sweepstakes), I could get extra pizza sauce at no extra charge. (Don’t forget to check “No Cheese” because #DairyIsRape.)
You can search for more vegan freebies applicable to your locale by doing research. Check the webpage of a nearby chain restaurant and see what kind of rewards program they have. Or search for other posts on “birthday freebies” and try to determine which ones have something vegan. If you find a good vegan one, comment about it so other vegans can score food freebies! (If your comment doesn’t go through, it probably means that WordPress thinks your computer is a robot. That’s what it thinks of my laptop!)