This is a post from HIS Morning Crew video production assistant Taylor Stenhouse, a self-proclaimed Chick-fil-a fanatic. Taylor diligently researched the Chick-fil-A rewards structure, crunching numbers to uncover the best way to redeem your Chick-fil-A rewards.
We know you love Chick-fil-A. And we know that you love free food! Chick-fil-A finally combined both of those loves back in 2016 with the launch of Chick-fil-A One, their shiny new rewards program. All you have to do is load in a set amount of money, then either scan your phone at the register or place a wonderfully convenient mobile order, and voila! Now you’ve got some tasty chicken, and some even tastier rewards points!
I'm a huge Chick-fil-A fan, and I was thrilled when Chick-fil-A royalty Trudy Cathy White visited HIS Morning Crew back in March. I’m at Chick-fil-A at least once a week. Nothing taste like childhood more than polynesian sauce. Whenever I’m too tired to cook, or just need a quick meal, Chick-fil-A is always my go to! The points that I’m racking up are no small amount, so I need to be sure that I’m spending them in the most effective way possible!
Now, you’re probably wondering what the best way to spend your points is. Do I save them up to pay for my full entree, like an eight piece chicken nugget entree or a chicken sandwich, or do I spend them as soon as possible for a quick treat like an ice cream cone or a fruit cup?
Well, you’ll be happy to know that I’ve done an investigative report to tell you exactly what the best bang for your buck is! What I uncovered is that not all Chick-fil-A rewards are created equal! I compiled this handy chart below using the menu at a local Greenville, SC store and the Chick-fil-A One app. Wondering how I got my results? I simply took the cost of the item and divided it by the number of points that it takes to redeem it. A higher score equals a better value!
|Medium or Small Waffle Fries||Sides||1.89||200||0.0095|
|Icedream Cone Small||Treat||1.35||150||0.009|
|Chocolate Chunk Cookie 1ct||Treat||1.29||150||0.0086|
|Chicken Minis Entree||Breakfast||3.49||500||0.007|
|Hash Brown Scramble Entree||Breakfast||3.85||550||0.007|
|Grilled Cool Wrap||Entree||6.19||900||0.0069|
|Egg White Grill Entree||Breakfast||3.75||550||0.0068|
|Spicy Chicken Sandwich||Entree||3.69||550||0.0067|
|Grilled Chicken Club||Entree||6.09||950||0.0064|
|Grilled Chicken Sandwich||Entree||4.85||750||0.0064|
|Chicken Sandwich Deluxe||Entree||3.99||650||0.0061|
|Grilled Nuggets 8ct||Entree||4.15||700||0.0059|
|Frosted Drink Small||Treat||3.19||550||0.0058|
|Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe||Entree||4.29||750||0.0057|
|Frosted Drink Large||Treat||3.59||650||0.0055|
|Spicy Southwest Salad||Salad||7.85||1500||0.0052|
The first thing you’ll notice is that the top five items are all under two hundred points! In fact, that includes everything on this list that’s under two hundred. Four of those five also happen to be among the lowest priced items on the list, while the most expensive ones (the salads, which also cost the most points) all rank dead last. Noticing a trend?
That’s right, it looks like the cheaper items (like sides, treats, and drinks) tend to give you the best value for point redemption! There are a few interesting outliers, like the chicken biscuit ranking so high and a cup of lemonade falling all the way down near the bottom! But for the most part, it looks like your points will go nearly twice as far if you cash in those points early to get a free side or dessert instead of saving up for the big stuff.