I’ve been using Foursquare for about a year now and although it’s nice to see where friends are eating and traveling, I’m finding the “specials” more fulfilling. During our recent trip to San Francisco we were able to score a special of $10 off each night’s stay at the Hotel Donatello. In our case, that was a savings of $60 – not too shabby.
I’ve also managed to save $5 on a meal at Victor’s Cafe in New York City, score free fries at Houlihan’s in Orlando, and get a buy one – get one free deal on drinks at the the Lobby Bar at the Sawgrass Marriott Resort in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. We also opened up the free chips and salsa deal at Chili’s but didn’t use it because we got a better deal that day. These aren’t necessarily big rewards but they add up and it’s like using a coupon to get a few bucks off a meal. Instead, all you have to do is show the server or receptionist the special on your phone.
There are values in those check-ins.