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Hotel food can be extremely expensive and often regular delivery options consist of pizza or Chinese food. But delivery services like Grubhub and Eat24 can save you money, time, and give you more food options when
What Are Grubhub & Eat24?
Grubhub and Eat24 are food delivery services that let you order online and give you access to restaurants that don’t otherwise
deliver. Ordering online is easy and you don’t have to worry about sitting on hold or dropped calls.
Items on the menu cost the same as they would if you were dining at the restaurant. Delivery from many restaurants is free. But there are fees associated with some restaurants.
What’s the Difference?
With Eat24 you can choose from over 25,000 restaurants in 1,500+ cities within the US. While Grubhub has 30,000 restaurants in 700 cities. So Eat24 is available in more cities and Grubhub has more restaurant partners.
I did a quick search of a few locations to see how many options you get with each service.
|City||Grubhub Restaurants||Eat24 Restaurants|
|Lawrence, KS||10||Not Available|
|Mission, KS||Not Available||1|
…Grubhub sometimes gives you a delivery fee range based upon your location.
That said, even after the fees, this is likely a cheaper option than eating at your hotel restaurant or ordering room service.
What Are the Drawbacks?
While food delivery services are a good option when you’re traveling and don’t want to spend a lot of money eating at your hotel, there are some downsides:
- Fees can add up
- Service may not be available in smaller cities
- Can’t use restaurant coupons found in magazines or brochures
- You may not get 2X points for dining on cards like the Chase Sapphire Preferred. I made a test order from Grubhub and I did earn 2X points. I’ve also ordered from Eat24 and did NOT earn 2X points. However, readers report getting 2X points on both services. So your results may vary.
Discounts for Grubhub and Eat24
Save $3 at Eat24
Note: You must be logged into your account to enter a coupon code.
Save $5 at Grubhub
Grubhub will give you a $5 coupon for when you refer a friend (up to 20 friends) and they make their 1st purchase by August 31, 2014.
Note: You must pay with Paypal or a credit card to use a Grubhub coupon code.
But you may not earn bonus points for dining on cards like Chase Sapphire Preferred. And depending upon which restaurant you choose, food delivery services can cost you more in fees than dining at the restaurant.
I always recommend folks get out of the hotel while traveling and try the local restaurants. But if you’re traveling on business, with kids, or you’re tired after a long flight, delivery services might be a good option.