Remember the 2008 Pixar film Wall-E? The premise of the animation is a future world where human beings became lazy and gross due to an over-dependence on robots and automation.
With services like Foodpanda, Deliveroo, and GrabFood becoming practically unavoidable, Singaporeans are fast closing in on such a state.
Food delivery promo codes in Singapore (July 2020)
If you’re going to use these food delivery apps, at least take the opportunity to save a few bucks with a promo code. Be sure to share this article with your fellow lazy friends and coworkers!
Deliveroo promo codes Singapore
|Deliveroo promo code||New or existing||Discount||Validity|
|CITINEW||New users||$4 off min spend $25 (can be used 3 times)||31 Jul 2020|
|UOBNEW||New users||$4 off min spend $25 (can be used 3 times)||31 Jul 2020|
|HSBCNEW20||New users||$4 off min spend $25 (first 3 orders in 21 days)||31 Dec 2020|
|CITI6JUL||Existing users||$6 off min spend $30||31 Jul 2020|
|CITI12JUL||Existing users||$12 off min spend $50||31 Jul 2020|
|HSBCJUL20||Existing users||$5 off min spend $25||31 Jul 2020|
|SCB7OFF||Existing users||$7 off min spend $35||30 Sep 2020|
|UOB4OFFJUL||Existing users||$4 off min spend $18||31 Jul 2020|
|UOB6OFFJUL||Existing users||$6 off min spend $30||31 Jul 2020|
Here are the current promo codes for Deliveroo Singapore. There used to be way more, but Deliveroo has apparently gotten enough traction to cut down on the promo codes and yet still get orders.
Currently, only Citibank, HSBC and UOB have promo codes for new and existing users. Standard Chartered has returned with one promo code which is available until end September, which is not too bad.
Deliveroo has a bit of a reputation as an atas food delivery service, but I think they’re not that bad.
If you don’t want to spend too much, you can use the filters to suss out hawker fare, fast food, bubble tea, and the more affordable restaurants.
Also, if you order food delivery often enough, you can consider signing up for Deliveroo Plus at $14.90/month. It gives you unlimited free deliveries, which could come in handy, especially during this circuit breaker period.
Delivery fees are usually between $3 to $5. That means you only need to three to five orders to make it worthwhile.
Do note, however, that you may need to consolidate a few orders to hit the Deliveroo minimum order of $12, or else you’ll be charged the difference as a “small order fee”.
Foodpanda promo codes Singapore
Foodpanda is presently the most competitive food delivery player in Singapore, at least when it comes to promo codes.
Credit card promo codes
|Foodpanda promo code||Users||What you get||Validity|
|DBS8NEW||New users||$8 off with minimum spend of $15 on your first foodpanda order (2x use)||31 July 2020|
|UOB5NEW||New users||$5 off with minimum spend of $15 (3x use)||31 July 2020|
|CITIJUL||Existing users||$6 off with minimum spend of $30 (first 200 redemptions daily)||31 July 2020|
|CITIJUL10||Existing users||$10 off with minimum spend of $50 (75 redemptions daily)||31 July 2020|
|5OFFDBS||Existing users||$5 off with minimum spend of $15 (2x use)||15 July 2020|
|DBSJUL||Existing users||$5 off with minimum spend of $25 (capped at 6,000 redemptions)||31 July 2020|
|PAYLAHJULY||Existing users||Free delivery with minimum spend of $18 when you make payment with DBS PayLah! (2x use, 300 redemptions daily)||31 July 2020|
|UOBJUL||Existing users||$6 off with minimum spend of $30 (capped at 3,500 redemptions)||31 July 2020|
|UOBMART7||Existing users||$6 off with minimum spend of $35 for pandamart orders only (capped at 1,000 redemptions)||31 July 2020|
General promo codes and deals
|–||Existing users||Spend above $25 to receive a $5 ComfortRIDE promo code, which will be credited via email on 1 July 2020. (valid for first 10,000 redemptions)||15 July 2020|
|SAVE50||New users||50per cent off on foodpanda and pandamart, with minimum spend of $10 on your first order (capped at $8)||31 July 2020|
|–||Existing users||15per cent off for pick up orders||30 July 2020|
|SAVESHOPS||Existing users||25per cent off on panadamart and shop orders with minimum spend of $15 (capped at $6 discount)||30 July 2020|
|MATCHDAY||Existing users||$5 off on orders made on EPL match day, minimum order of $20 (for orders between 6pm – 12am)||Only on 26 July 2020|
|–||Existing users||Free delivery on orders from premium restaurants with minimum order of $20 (for restaurants under ‘Top Rated’ category)||Only on 31 July 2020|
|SHOPS711||Existing users||30per cent off on 7-11 orders on foodpanda shops with minimum order of $15 (capped at $5 discount, 2x use per user)||31 July 2020|
|SHOPSMC5||Existing users||$5 off Mothercare orders on foodpanda shops with minimum order of $15||31 Aug 2020|
|MFMONDAY||Existing users||Free delivery on in-app orders from vegetarian restaurants only on Monday, minimum order $10||31 Aug 2020|
Foodpanda is getting more generous with their promo codes and it seems like they want to promote their shops and pandamart which are pretty useful when you want to order something quickly.
The only thing about the Foodpanda promo codes is that most have a pretty high minimum spending requirement, so it’s more worthwhile to order in a group.
If you’re not a particularly loyal customer, it’s definitely worth it to do a bit of price comparison for the more popular restaurants that are on two or more delivery platforms.
If you want to save on your meal, Foodpanda also has a free delivery filter. Note that free delivery is usually only available if you hit a minimum order e.g. $12 or $15.
Alternatively, Foodpanda supposedly released their Panda Pro subscription plans. They’re actually very affordable — the plans start at $3.99 for five free deliveries per month.
GrabFood promo codes Singapore
Compared to Foodpanda and Deliveroo, GrabFood’s credit card tie-ups are quite disappointing. Currently, only Citibank and HSBC cardholders have perks.
They recently partnered Lendlease and Far East Malls to offer a $5 discount for Grab merchants in these malls though.
So you can order Haidilao from the 313@somerset outlet as opposed to another outlet! You still have to pay for delivery based on distance so the discount may not be that worth it.
|GrabFood promo code||New or existing||Discount||Validity|
|8NEW||New users||$8 off||–|
|EAT40||New user||40per cent off min. spend $40 (capped at $20)||–|
|GMART8||Existing users||$8 off Grabmart orders with minimum spend of $20||3 July 2020|
|GRAB5PP||Existing users||$5 off min. spend $15 for selected outlets at Parkway Parade (limited redemptions available)||21 Aug 2020|
|GRAB5PLQ||Existing users||$5 off min. spend $15 for selected outlets at Paya Lebar Quarter (limited redemptions available)||21 Aug 2020|
|GRAB5JEM||Existing users||$5 off min. spend $15 for selected outlets at JEM (limited redemptions available)||21 Aug 2020|
|GRAB5313||Existing users||$5 off min. spend $15 for selected outlets at [email protected] (limited redemptions available)||21 Aug 2020|
|HSBCFOOD||Existing users||$5 off min. spend $15 (limited redemptions available)||4 Dec 2020|
|HSBC3OFFFOOD||Existing users||$3 off min. spend $20 (limited redemptions available)||31 Dec 2020|
Note that the first two promo codes were found online. I couldn’t verify them on the official GrabFood promotions page, I felt they were worth a mention — no harm trying, right?
However, do note that because these were taken from “unofficial” sources, I couldn’t find the expiry dates and any other terms and conditions.
In short, I can’t guarantee they’ll work, but you can try your luck if you want to.
Additionally, GrabFood frequently has in-app promotions and campaigns (usually seasonal, like for Chinese New Year, Valentine’s Day, yada yada).
The promotion mechanics are also quite varied. I’ve seen direct discounts, bundled set meals and free delivery promos.
Here are some examples:
Most of these discounts require quite a high minimum spend and/or are bundles for two or more people. That makes it a little inconvenient, but if you can fulfil the criteria, the discounts are not bad.
Plus, GrabFood’s off-peak delivery fees start from as low as $2+, which is one of the lowest in town.
Conclusion: Which food delivery service is the cheapest?
Lots of restaurants are on all three food delivery platforms, so at this point, it’s no longer a matter of choice.
To compare the prices, I did an experiment ordering bubble tea on all three platforms. For this, my poison of choice was the Woobbee Milk Tea (medium).
|Delivery platform||Bubble tea price||Delivery fee||Total price|
|Foodpanda||$3.30 + $1.70 difference to minimum||$3.49||$8.49|
|Deliveroo||$3.30 + $5 small order fee||$3||$11.30|
|GrabFood||$3.30 + $6.70 small order fee||$3.80||$13.80|
The last time I tried this (in Feb 2020), it was the cheapest on GrabFood, because there was no minimum order, and it happened to be off-peak so I scored a low delivery fee ($2.10).
However, it seems that due to the current circuit breaker situation, it’s ALWAYS peak hour. Also, certain restaurants started implementing a small order fee… And boy did that add up.
Long story short — when I replicated this experiment (in Apr 2020), GrabFood became the most expensive option.
For Foodpanda, there was no change in prices (from Feb to Apr). I had to top up $1.70 to reach the $5 minimum order and pay delivery fees of $3.49 (flat rate).
The total bill came up to $8.49, which is I thought was ridiculous to pay for a cup of boba tea… but is now the cheapest option.
Deliveroo didn’t change their prices either. Although the delivery fee of $3 was the cheapest, there was a small order fee of $5 that jacked the prices up.
Of course, this example is biased in that I tried to order $3 bubble tea. If you meet the minimum order for them all, you’ll find that the menu prices are all comparable and all you’re really comparing are delivery fees.
Bonus: Which credit card should you charge your order to?
If you frequently order in food, it’s worthwhile to check out which credit cards can give you some rebates or miles for your meal.
You’d think that food deliveries would automatically be included under the “dining” category… but currently, only the OCBC365 card explicitly states so. With it, you can get 6 per cent rebate on all dining expenses, including your GrabFood, Deliveroo and Foodpanda orders.
The other popular dining cards like Citi Cashback and UOB YOLO don’t mention food deliveries, but if you want you can risk it and hope the banks recognise it as “dining”.
But not all hope is lost. The thing about ordering food online is that it can fall under the “online spending” category too. If you’re into cashback, you can consider the DBS Live Fresh Card (5 per cent online spend).
If you prefer miles, there’s the Citi Rewards Card that gives you 10X rewards ($1 = 4 miles) for online shopping.
It’s wise to note that T&Cs are always subject to change, so do read up and/or call the bank before you sign up.
This article was first published in MoneySmart.