This Is the 1 Thing You Have to Do to Get Free Chick-Fil-A Before the End of the Month

If you’re part of the Chick-fil-A tribe and you’re also a fan of watching what you spend, then you’re in luck. Now, that golden crispy goodness can all be yours — for free. And no, we’re not clucking kidding you.

So, look no further, we’ve got your answers right here. And not only are we letting you in on the secret behind scoring free Chick-fil-A, but we’re giving you all the information you need to reap free food offers at other fast food joints, too.

1. Download the app

It’s as simple as can be. | Nicole Moore/The Cheat Sheet

It’s almost too good to be true. Literally. All you have to do is download the Chick-fil-A app or update it if you’ve already got it. From there, you’ll have yourself a Chick-fil-A One Account. In order to actually redeem the offer, you must place your order from the app or scan the “My Card” QR code. Simple as that.

Next: You’d better hurry, though. 

2. Get in by September 30

Free food has never been this easy. | Nicole Moore/The Cheat Sheet

The promo, which started at the beginning of the month, ends promptly at 10:30 a.m. local time on September 30, so you don’t have much time left. Furthermore, you’ll need to order during breakfast hours.

Next: Everybody loves options. 

3. Choose wisely

Take your pick of your favorite breakfast. | Alex Wong/Getty Images

You get one chance to get your free-of-charge breakfast, so you want to make it count. Thankfully, the higher-ups at the chicken coop realize the value of offering folks options, so they’re giving customers three different choices. Are you more of a Chick-fil-A Chicken Biscuit in the morning type person? Or do you prefer an Egg White Grill? Or, perhaps you’re more of a Hash Brown Scramble Bowl kind of customer. The choice is yours.

Next: Chick-fil-A isn’t the only chain offering customers an incentive to download their app. 

4. Burger King

BK app

Yes, we signed up for the BK app just to get this screenshot. | Julie Peirano/The Cheat Sheet

Download the BK app to check out this week’s coupons. The fast food king (don’t worry, McDonald’s, we haven’t forgotten about you) is constantly updating its app, but don’t just take our word for it. In fact, not even the company’s website has the current info. So, you’ll have to download it for yourself.

In our commitment to true reporting and, of course, all things free, we downloaded the app. Here’s what we found: For the week of September 17, for instance, our trusty BK app is offering a BOGO: Buy one Croissan’wich, and get another one free. Or, you can score an order of french toast sticks for a buck.

Next: Swing by the golden arches for a similar deal. 

5. McDonald’s

McDonald's Big Mac

They currently have a buy one, get one deal. | Paul J. Richards/AFP/Getty Images

With the McDonald’s app, you’ll have your pick of rotating offers. And according to the website, you can use the same offer multiple times, so long as you don’t exceed one use in one week. Currently, the McDonald’s app is offering a BOGO of any large sandwich. Additionally, purchasing any item with the app on a Friday — up until 9/29/17 — guarantees you a free order of medium fries.

By now, you’re probably assuming that every fast food empire has an easy-to-use rewards program, but, you’d be wrong. For example, signing up for the Wendy’s program won’t start you off with any free deals. Lesson learned.

Next: This sit-down chain has a sweet offer.

6. T.G.I. Friday’s

T.G.I. Friday’s App | Julie Peirano/The Cheat Sheet

Joining a rewards program for T.G.I. Friday’s? Hey, we’re not here to judge. If you really, really love the place, you’re probably already in the know about the company’s rewards program, in which members earn one point for every dollar spent. And that’s not all there is to love. Just by signing up, you’ll receive a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert. So, wings, anyone?

Next: America runs on Dunkin’, and the promise of a free drink. 

7. Dunkin’ Donuts

You get all sorts of free goodies. | iStock/Getty Images

While America runs on Dunkin’, it also runs on the reality that there’s no such thing as a free lunch. And hey, that’s probably true. Coffee, however, is another story. While joining the chain’s rewards program, DD Perks, guarantees you expected offers and discounts, points with every purchase, and extra treats and goodies, good old Dunkin’ Donuts sweetens the deal with a little something extra. When you’re a DD Perks member, you’ll enjoy a free drink just for signing up.

Next: And for those who prefer a DD alternative, this deal is worth checking out. 

8. Krispy Kreme

Krispy Kreme rewards

People go above and beyond for free food. | Krispy Kreme

Turns out, there are other ways to get a free doughnut besides signing up for a loyalty program. It just depends on how far you’re willing to go. While joining the Friends of Krispy Kreme e-club indeed entitles you to a free doughnut, apparently, some folks have had success with other methods. For instance, customers have scored free booty from the shop by talking like a pirate, going in on their birthday (must be a member), and dressing in their best Halloween costume. So, go ahead and pick your sugary poison on this one.

Next: If T.G.I. Friday’s is your thing, this restaurant just may rival it. 

9. Chili’s

Chili’s app | Julie Peirano/The Cheat Sheet

This Tex-Mex chain is no stranger to having a committed fan base, and Chili’s sure knows how to please its customers. To get in on Chili’s signing bonus, just download the app and create an account. When you go to check out your rewards, you should notice a bonus offer. As you can see here, we scored a free order of queso or fresh guac. It does look like you’ll need to order at least one other item in order to redeem the offer, though.

Next: Calling all carnivores…

10. Arby’s

Get a free roast beef sandwich. | Arby’s via Facebook

Vegetarians need not apply. This one’s for all the meat-loving fanatics out there. Forget the curly fries; it’s time for some real customer appreciation, and that’s just what Arby’s delivers. Just by signing up, you’ll receive a coupon for a free roast beef classic when you purchase a drink. Usually, it’s the other way around, but hey, we’re not complaining.

Next: Tacos, anyone?

11. Del Taco

Del Taco Rewards

Get some pretty sweet perks. | Del Taco

In addition to getting coupons delivered to your inbox and opportunities to taste test menu items before they’re available to the general public, Del Taco Raving Fan eClub Members stand to reap some serious benefits. Immediate perks just for signing up include two free grilled chicken tacos, as well as a free premium shake on your birthday. We’d say that’s a pretty good reason to join the taco-loving club.

Next: America’s favorite drive-in wants to treat you to a free slush. 

12. Sonic

Sonic Drive-In app

Sonic Drive-In app | Julie Peirano/The Cheat Sheet

Sonic’s business model to accommodate patrons who aren’t fans of leaving their vehicles in order to get food has clearly been working. And now, it’s easier than ever to get food from Sonic, and it’s free of charge, to boot. Simply sign up for a MySonic account, download the app on your phone, then find the free slush reward waiting for you.

Next: This place is an ice cream classic.

13. Dairy Queen

Get a free Blizzard. | Win McNamee/Getty Images

It’s easy enough to sign up for the Blizzard Fan Club, which is DQ’s solution to sweetening the deal for loyal customers. Joining the club entitles you to six Buy One, Get One free Blizzard Treat coupons in a year. Or, if you’re not the joining type, you can try a little misdirection on for size in hopes of distracting your DQ server — if they fail to hand over a Blizzard upside down, your next one’s free. But we’d say that’s probably a long shot.

Next: This fast-casual chain is a favorite among business folks looking for a quick lunch. 

14. Panera Bread

Panera Bread app

Panera Bread App | Julie Peirano

Join Panera Bread’s rewards program, MyPanera, and get a free pastry when you sign up. To redeem your treat, just present the deal — which will be in the “MyPanera Rewards” tab in the app — to the cashier, and you’re all set. From there, you’ll be earning points as you go every time you spend money at the restaurant, getting you one step closer to your next free item.

Next: One more Mexican chain rounds out our list. 

15. Rubio’s

Rubio's grill rewards

Get yourself a free taco. | Rubio’s

When you sign up for Rubio’s Beach Club, you’ll be signing yourself up to snag a free taco, too. And if you’re a fan of fresh seafood and that oh-so-delicious taste of coastal cuisine, then this club is for you.

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