That BlackboardEats was free, was a key reason it's been one of my favorite food-focused deal sites, and why I prefer it to Savored. But do the perks of the new BBE VIP program justify the $25?
Here's a look:
To avoid public outrage, the standard BlackboardEats site will still offer free passcodes with its 24 hour window to get them. In addition, the BlackboardEats VIP program offers:
- Get passcodes at any time during run of special (vs. 24 hour window)
- Personal Passcode - passcode stays the same no matter the offer, so you don't have to remember / print (or say to the server) different passcodes
- Extended Redemption - get 1 month longer to redeem codes, "as often as possible"
- Virtual VIP card - code appears on BBE app so you don't have to say the code aloud
- Pre-sale on special events
Savored on the other hand has a clear explanation:
- Prepay $10: make a reservation through their site or OpenTable to get 30% automatically taken off your bill at the restaurant of your choice (from their list of participating restaurants) when you show up for your reservation
- Conveniently partnered with OpenTable, so you can just choose and pay for your deal while you're already at OT booking your meal.
Disclaimer: I've only used Savored once, through a friend - and she had to remind the server to get the discount - as I've never had the inclination to pay for the discount and feel like I would rather go where the free deals are (with BBE standard). And I haven't had plans to go to the restaurants participating in their network. But the restaurants they do have are higher end - ones you won't see often on a 'group buy deal' site - like Campanile or Asia de Cuba.
Here's how the deals break down head-to-head:
But based on program descriptions alone:
The clear winner for foodies on a budget: Blackboardeats VIP (if you're flexible with venues, and like trying new things, you get your money's worth vs. Savored if you just dine 2.5 times a year)
For those who want to eat at a specific restaurant on a specific night: Savored
What do you guys think? Would you pay $25 for the Blackboardeats VIP program? Does anyone out there use Savored?