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Budget Tip 2 – Making Online Restaurant Reservations

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OpenTable is a 24-hour free online restaurant reservation network that my bookkeeper introduced me to last year and I have been using ever since. 

Users register their email address and can then search places to eat by location, cuisine, time, date and/or price range. (FYI: if a time slot isn’t available online, then call the restaurant because many set aside extra tables and seating for walk-ins etc…) 

You can create a favorite list, share ratings, read and write reviews, add reservation notes: “I prefer a certain waiter. I drink only Fiji water. We need a high chair. Please give us a booth. It’s a birthday party.”

Restaurants then use an Electronic Reservation Book (ERB) to keep track of customer’s online reservations and preferences: what you normally order, allergy concerns, you prefer a black napkin rather than white to avoid lint etc. (I assume they can track whether or not you’re a big spender/tipper too!)

But the best part is that with each reservation you keep, you earn 100 award points toward a dining certificate that you can use on member eateries. Some restaurants mght offer 1,000 points in order to fill up during off peak hours.

2000 pts = $20 and 5000 pts = $50.

And, they have a great free phone app!

PS: I’m sharing internet information from consumer’s and restauranteur’s standpoint’s that I came across while researching for this post:  

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/12/business/12digi.html?_r=0

http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/11/15/the-value-of-opentable/

http://thepointsguy.com/2012/10/maximizing-points-on-dining-spend-with-opentable-rewards/

 

HAPPY DINING!

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