Another headline for this article can be- how to get 25 percent discount each time you eat at a five star restaurant! Well first things first. Didn’t we tell you the restaurant table booking space is getting hotter by the day. Well it just got even more interesting last week when restaurant table reservation app Dineout, an early mover in the space, launched its loyalty membership program Dineout Plus.
THE Deal: Simply put, priced at Rs 5,000 the Dineout Plus card offers 25 per cent discount at about 150 hotel restaurants across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore. Of course you need to download the app on your phone and use it to book the table at the restaurant using your membership number to avail the discount. For every friend who joins the Dineout Plus program using your referral code, you also get Rs 1000 cashback. Whats more? Dineout Plus will also be organizing exclusive themed events like wine and cheese evening and Jazz Night for its members. Like most loyalty programs, this is a one year membership.
Some of the hotel partners of Dineout Plus where you can avail 25 per cent off on your total bill are Le Meridien, Radisson Blu, Eros Hotel Delhi, Lemon Tree Hotel and The Suryaa to name a few.
Our Take: If you regularly wine and dine at five star restaurants, don’t give this a second thought. Dineout Plus gives you 25 per cent discount at 150+ five star restaurants across four cities. This is a better offering than having a loyalty card membership of a particular hotel, as it lets you experiment and throws more options. Of course you will miss having those ‘free meal’ coupons that come with hotel F&B loyalty cards, but the Dineout Plus membership is still a win-win.
For Those Who Came in Late: Not us! We have been tracking Dineout for quite some time now. Founded by four friends – Ankit Mehrotra, Sahil Jain, Nikhil Bakshi and Vivek Kapoor, Dehi-based Dineout was acquired by TimesCity in 2014. Now part of the Times Internet Limited, Dineout has more than 300 luxury dining restaurant partners across 8 cities; 5,00,000 app downloads and over 1,00,000 diners seated every month. According to the presentation that it shared, it is witnessing 10 per cent month-on-month growth in the number of diners seated.
Zomato, the restaurant discovery platform known for its user generated reviews, entered the table reservation space late last year to become Dineout’s competitor. Famous journalist, writer Vir Sanghvi’s Eazydiner also operates in the same space. Lets see now what they’ve got for five-star hotel goers and explorers like us!