[Expired] [Targeted] Panera: Get A Free Bagel Every Day

Update 1/6/21: Deal is back for January, 2021.

The Offer

No direct link. Should show up in app, e-mails also sent out to some people. Subject line is ‘<name>, start your year with free bagels every day.’

  • Panera Bread is offering a free bagel every day until the end of January for some MyPanera rewards members

The Fine Print

  • No purchase required.
  • Must be redeemed in a U.S. bakery-cafe.
  • Not available with online or kiosk orders.
  • Offer excludes cream cheese and other spreads.
  • Reward will automatically be loaded to your MyPanera account.
  • Limit one bagel per member per day.
  •  Offer is eligible on same day ordering only.
  • Cannot be redeemed for other bakery items or bulk bagel packs.
  • While supplies last.

Our Verdict

Same deal was available to some existing customers and all new customers last month. Fingers crossed the people who need it/want it got the offer!

Thanks to all the readers who helped on Twitter

Post history:

  • Update 4/20/20: Deal is back for April
  • Update 12/1/19: Back for December
  • Update 5/3/19: Back for May
  • Update 3/6/19: Back for March
  • Update 2/4/19: Deal is being offered again for February.

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Jacob
Jacob

No luck this year on the free bagels, but have gotten $450+ in value from the MyPanera+ coffee subscription.

GengisKhan
GengisKhan

Grrr when I tried to order my free bagel this morning – they were out of stock on every bagel. I had to order one from the other side of town and then drive a 15 mile round trip to get it. Good job gas is cheap atm.

KV
KV

Assuming gas costs ~$2/gallon where you live and that your card gets ~20mpg in city driving, that “free” bagel actually cost you at least $1.50 in gas (not to mention time). Retail cost of a bagel? ~$1.39..

NG
NG

…and that’s not including the cost value of his time….but that’s neither here nor there.

MisterBill
MisterBill

New offers of $2 off any You Pick Two and 50% off any soup, valid 4/28/20-5/4/20, Looks like you can redeem both on a single order, but just once per order. Unscientific evidence is that everyone got these (all of our accounts did).

Combine with the 20% off gift cards for a decent deal.

Elena
Elena

I got an offer of “ Free Mac and cheese every day with any order of $20 or more” today. Never got anything like that before, so maybe they sent out different offers to everyone?

Nick
Nick

I also got a deal for free mac and cheese every day with a $20 order

John
John

No bagel love for me.
I have the coffee subscription so I go there every day, but the price of their food is insane. I keep getting these $2 off pick two offers, but it’s like ok who’s paying $11 for a half salad and small bowl of Mac & Cheese lol

Nick
Nick

I have it but not sure I want to venture out every day in this for a bagel worth $2

Jimmy
Jimmy

Free carbs here i come. Thank you!

Joe
Joe

I appreciate this and its great in combination with the coffee subscription I have. But I can’t help but wonder how their employees feel. They are giving away free items and exposing their employees to more people for nothing.

Vy
Vy

Given current circumstances, they’re probably giving away food that would get tossed at the end of the day anyway. At least with customers, there’s a chance of earning some sales.

MisterBill
MisterBill

Panera donates their leftover food at the end of the day, which is actually needed more than ever right now. And I’m thinking they hope that people will come in for more than the free bagel, leading to more sales of other stuff.

Vy
Vy

Not always.

MisterBill
MisterBill

Not sure which part of my post you’re referring to. I agree that not everyone buys more, I agree, I do not. But I’m guessing at least some people do and it makes it worthwhile for them.

MisterBill
MisterBill

Got this on my account but not my wife’s. And it’s only valid for a week (as opposed to all month as in the past). On the bright side, it says the max value is $3.09 so it should cover adding cream cheese.

The same day ordering is disappointing. You used to be able to order in advance and pick up a few day’s worth at once.

qmc
qmc

It’s still a free bagel, not $3.09 of credit as long as your order contains a bagel. The spread is separate and still charged.

Subtotal $2.98
Tax $0.09
Offer: Free Daily Bagel -$1.99
Tip $0.00
Total $1.08

MisterBill
MisterBill

I figured since the spread was bundled with the bagel it would count. That’s disappointing. BTW where do they charge $1.99 for a bagel????

qmc
qmc

In higher cost of living areas, the bagels are 1.69 for “standard” and 1.99 “premium”… sf bay area, new york city, etc.