The Best Way to Use Your Chick-fil-A Rewards for Free Food

Posted on May 03, 2019 by Alison

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!

Taylor at Chickfila

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!


Item Category Cost Points 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 Biscuit Breakfast 2.55 350 0.0073
Hash Browns Breakfast 1.09 150 0.0072
Fruit Cup Sides 3.15 450 0.007
Nuggets 8ct Entree 3.49 500 0.007
Chicken Minis Entree Breakfast 3.49 500 0.007
Hash Brown Scramble Entree Breakfast 3.85 550 0.007
Chicken Sandwich Entree 3.39 500 0.0069
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
Iced Tea Beverage 1.65 250 0.0066
Soft Drink Beverage 1.65 250 0.0066
Grilled Chicken Club Entree 6.09 950 0.0064
Grilled Chicken Sandwich Entree 4.85 750 0.0064
Strips 4ct Entree 5.05 800 0.0063
Chicken Sandwich Deluxe Entree 3.99 650 0.0061
Grilled Nuggets 8ct Entree 4.15 700 0.0059
Milkshake Small Treat 3.19 550 0.0058
Frosted Drink Small Treat 3.19 550 0.0058
Spicy Chicken Sandwich Deluxe Entree 4.29 750 0.0057
Lemonade Beverage 1.99 350 0.0057
Milkshake Large Treat 3.59 650 0.0055
Frosted Drink Large Treat 3.59 650 0.0055
Cobb Salad Salad 7.85 1500 0.0052
Market Salad Salad 7.85 1500 0.0052
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.

Comments (4)

  1. Amy C:
    May 03, 2019 at 08:22 AM

    The drinks are an even better value when you order a large. You can use the same number of points for a large drink --- especially helpful if you are ordering to-go and can't get a free refill.

  2. Cassie:
    May 03, 2019 at 09:38 AM

    You can use the “free fountain drink” reward for a large, so that would increase the value of that reward since a large is $1.99.

  3. Josh B:
    Jun 26, 2019 at 12:47 PM

    This is the investigative journalism the world needs! Thank you!

  4. Scott D:
    Aug 07, 2019 at 07:30 AM

    The first bit of positive USEFUL journalism I've seen in quite some time. Thank you for taking the time.

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