Posted by Chuck on April 4, 2019
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Published on April 4th, 2019 | by Chuck

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Hooch Review: Earns Rewards at Top Retailers & Restaurants and Get Free Drinks

Hooch Review

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The Hooch app is a rewards app for travel, dining, and entertainment which earns ‘TAP Dollars’ which can be redeemed for gift cards.

  • Dine at participating restaurants and bars and earn 5% back in TAP Dollars. There seems to be a focus on bars.
  • Use your linked card at participating brands and earn 1% back in TAP Dollars instantly:
    • Uber
    • iTunes
    • Starbucks
    • Domino’s
    • Netflix
    • Shake Shack
    • Chipotle
    • Mexican Grill
    • Spotify
    • Audible
    • Redbox
    • UberEATS
    • Hulu
    • In-N-Out
  • They also offer hotel booking portal, promising ‘up to 70% off’.

They offer various tiers above the standard free option. Here’s how Hooch describes it:

  • HOOCH FREE: Free to download and join; simply connect your credit card(s) to verify transactions and start earning. Members receive up to 10% back on eligible purchases as well as access to unpublished hotel rates up to 70% lower than publicly available rates, for a limited time.
  • HOOCH PLUS (HOOCH+): Upgrade for $9.99/month, and receive 1 free drink every day, up to 10% back on eligible purchases plus applicable bonus earnings subject to availability, and permanent access to lowest unpublished hotel rates.
  • HOOCH BLACK: Upgrade for $295/year and receive 1 free drink every day with additional premium venues and cocktail options, up to 10% back on eligible purchases, permanent access to lowest unpublished hotel rates, access to special events, ticket giveaways, luxury brand discounts, and celeb experiences. Learn more here.

Redeeming Rewards

Each TAP Dollar is worth $1 toward gift card redemptions. They have hundreds of gift card options including Walmart, Target, Uber, eBay, Home Depot, Starbucks, and more. They advertise as having Amazon too, but I can’t find it.

You need a minimum of $10 or $15 (depending on the brand) to redeem for gift cards, so you’ll have to earn something organically before being able to cash out. Walmart and Target both have a $10 minimum.

Referral Offer

Hooch also offers $5 when you refer friends. New members also start off with a $5 bonus after linking an account.

Here’s my referral link, thanks to anyone who uses it. (For the record, you can signup without a referral and get the same $5 bonus too.)

Our Verdict

There are lots of card-link travel and dining apps, I haven’t compared well to see how their cashback rates stack up. I’m guessing the dining rates are similar to what’s found on other platforms, so might not be very enticing.

The free drinks on the paid Hooch tiers look interesting – for $9.99 per month you can get a free drink every day. There must be some gotchas there that I’m missing as it seems too lucrative for someone who drinks regularly. (Please drink responsibly.) I didn’t signup for the paid level, but it looks like they are offering me free drinks – maybe they give everyone one at signup? I’m not really sure, not near any of the drink establishments to try it out.

The 1% back card-link program also looks interesting. Most of the brands are things like Netflix that 1% back won’t get you much, but some might find UberEATS or the restaurants interesting.

You’ll want to link the account which you’ll be using for the card link program (e.g. CSR for dining). They require giving login credentials; you can’t just input the card number. Hooch uses the Plaid backend. We’ll add this program to our Complete List of Card-Linked Reward Programs.

Important note: the restaurants available are only in the following areas: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami, Hong Kong, Dallas, Austin. The biggest draw here are for restaurants, and it may not be worth signing up if you don’t frequent those areas.



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stumpy
stumpy

Tried to sign up with email, and it wouldn’t work. Filled out all the info and kept clicking “Join Now”, and it never did anything.

bobby
bobby

The app is drunk

Alex Bad
Alex Bad

Where do you find the network for use of TAP dollars without installing the app? I don’t see anything on their website.

Chucks
Chucks

Card link program is a little interesting, especially if someone is using Uber a lot. But aside from that I’d have a hard time imagining hitting the $10 threshold anytime soon.

Also I believe hooch is a great gateway into alcoholism. But whatever.

Ryan Goldstein

After creating an account in the app, it shows the participating locations and requires you to select the one you want:

New York
Los Angeles
San Francisco
Miami
Hong Kong
Dallas
Austin

Chuck You may want to update the post to specify that this program is only currently available in those areas.

Clover Chan
Clover Chan

Cocktails may be redeemed in: NYC, MIA, LA, SF, AUS, SD, DAL, and HK.

Ryan Goldstein

Looks like the referral program gives you T$5 for each referral, and you also get 20% of whatever your referrals earn, for life.

Zaos
Zaos

I’m surprised they don’t let you redeem for drinks. Probably cheaper for them than GC.

qmc
qmc

MLM 4 lyfe….

Beefer
Beefer

This is going to implode.

Al Coholic
Al Coholic

FAQ says:
“Cocktails may be redeemed in: NYC, MIA, LA, SF, AUS, SD, DAL, and HK.”

bran
bran

Is this stackable with Dosh, stack, pei?

j
j

whats stack?

Sid
Sid

I used Hooch 2 years ago. It was still $9.99 with a free daily drink. Other than finding a bar that accepted Hooch, the gotcha was that each bar had a predetermined list with 2-3 cocktails that you could pick from. Not sure if that’s changed in the past couple years.

veeRob

Yeah that was the best. Long gone.

Ryan
Ryan

Should DEFINITELY include somewhere in the post that this is only available in SF, NYC, Miami, Dallas, and Austin.

Waste of time if not living anywhere near those. Basically just gave up my info/data for nothing in return considering I live in the Midwest.

Vy
Vy

Silly question: can the free drink allowance be used for to-go or delivery orders?
(I don’t drink: asking for a friend.)

Dheeraj
Dheeraj

Nope you have to be in the bar.

CNH
CNH

Will this stack with other reward programs like Drop and Pei?

Mike N
Mike N

Can this be used in conjunction with other card link programs?

PointsHunter
PointsHunter

looks like it requires bank login credentials

Beefer
Beefer

What backend does it use?

Ryan Goldstein

Plaid.

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