If you’re a regular at McDonald’s and/or Burger King, joining their rewards programs will help you get tons of freebies, McDonald’s and Burger King coupons, and updates on all their latest promotions.

Here’s what you need to know to get all the discounts:

 

The MyMcDonald’s Rewards program gives you loyalty points for your purchases.

As soon as you sign up for the MyMcDonald’s program by downloading the McDonald’s app, you’ll get a McDonald’s coupon for a free large fry (reg. $3.49). For every $1 you spend using the app, you’ll earn 100 points. Once you reach 1,500 points, you’ll be able to redeem them for free McDonald’s menu items.

Your points will expire 6 months after you earn them, and you can only redeem one reward per transaction.

 

What can you get with your McDonald’s Rewards account?

There are currently four tiers to redeem your points:

At 1,500 points ($15 spent), you can redeem . . .

  • Hash Browns (reg. $1.79)
  • Vanilla Cone (reg. $1.29)
  • McChicken (reg. $1.99)
  • Cheeseburger (reg. $1.79)

At 3,000 points ($30 spent), you can redeem . . .

  • Medium Fries (reg. $2.99)
  • Sausage Burrito (reg. $1.29)
  • 6 pc. McNugget (reg. $2.00
  • Large Iced Coffee (reg. $2.29)

At 4,500 points ($45 spent), you can redeem . . .

  • Large Fries (reg. $3.49)
  • Large Frappe (reg. $3.89)
  • Filet-O-Fish (reg. $4.29)
  • Sausage McMuffin with Egg (reg. $2.50)

At 6,000 points ($60 spent), you can redeem . . .

  • Bacon, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit (reg. $4.29)
  • Big Mac (reg. $4.59)
  • Quarter Pounder with Cheese (reg. $4.69)
  • Happy Meal (reg. $3.68-$4.28)

 

Redeem your points 1,500 at a time to get the best value.

When you spend $15 at McDonald’s, you’ll get 1,500 points which can earn you the greatest ratio of amount spent and price of item earned (13.3%)

  • $15 spent will get you a $1.99 menu item (13.3% back)
  • $30 spent will get you a $2.99 menu item (9.96% back)
  • $45 spent will get you a $4.29 menu item (9.53% back)
  • $60 spent will get you a $4.69 menu item (7.82% back)

We have plenty more insider secrets you need to know to save at McDonald’s.

 

Burger King’s ‘Royal Perks’ rewards your purchases with ‘crowns’.

Burger King unveiled a loyalty program of their own called Royal Perks. once you download the Burger King app, you’ll be able to earn “crowns.”

For every $1 spent, you’ll earn 10 crowns, and once you reach 250 crowns ($25 spent), you’ll be able to start earning your freebies.

Royalty Perks also gives members a free upsize to their drink, fries, or hash browns once a day, every day.

 

 

What can you get with your Burger King Royal Perks?

There are currently six tiers to redeem your points:

At 250 crowns ($25 spent), you can redeem…

  • Cheeseburger (reg. $1.26)
  • 4 pc. Nuggets (reg. $1.50)
  • Value Fries (reg. $1.75)
  • Soft Serve Cone (reg. $1.26)

At 400 crowns ($40 spent), you can redeem…

  • Bacon Cheeseburger (reg. $1.88)
  • Double Cheeseburger (reg. $2.13)
  • 10 pc. Nuggets (reg. $2.99)
  • Medium Coffee (reg. $2.00)
  • Whopper Jr. with Cheese (reg. $2.76)
  • Hershey’s Sundae Pie (reg. $2.13)

At 550 crowns ($55 spent), you can redeem…

  • Double Bacon Cheeseburger (reg. $2.89)
  • Egg & Cheese Croissan’wich (reg. $2.69)
  • Large Iced Vanilla Coffee (reg. $3.64)
  • Whopper Jr. with Cheese (reg. $2.76)

At 750 crowns ($75 spent), you can redeem…

  • Whopper (reg. $5.28)
  • Sausage Egg & Cheese (reg. $2.69)
  • 9 pc. Chicken Fries (reg. $3.29)
  • 8 pc. Mozzarella Sticks (reg. $2.79)
  • Oreo Cookie Shake (reg. $3.59)

At 1,000 crowns ($100 spent), you can redeem…

  • Big Fish (reg. $5.03)
  • Egg-Normous Burrito (reg. $5.74)
  • Fully Loaded Croissan’wich (reg. $4.29)
  • Impossible Whopper (reg. $5.49)
  • Original Chicken Sandwich (reg. $6.29)

At 1,400 crowns ($140 spent), you can redeem…

  • Bacon King (reg. $6.99)
  • Double Whopper (reg. $6.67)

 

Redeem your crowns 400 at a time to get the best value.

When you spend $40 at Burger King, you’ll get 400 crowns which can earn you the greatest ratio of amount spent and price of items earned (7.48%).

  • $25 spent will get you a $1.75 menu item (7% back)
  • $40 spent will get you a $2.99 menu item (7.48% back)
  • $55 spent will get you a $3.64 menu item (6.62% back)
  • $75 spent will get you a $3.59 menu item (4.79% back)
  • $100 spent will get you a $6.29 menu item (6.29% back)
  • $140 spent will get you a $6.99 menu item (4.99% back)

For more ways to save at Burger King, we have all the tips that can get you Burger King coupons and free Whoppers.

 

Which loyalty program is worth joining?

You can’t go wrong signing up for both of these free programs, but if you’re wondering about the best bang your buck, here are a few things to consider:

  • Which loyalty program will earn you the most money back? McDonald’s will allow you to maximize the amount spent to reward earned. McDonald’s will get you 13.3% cashback, while Burger King will get you 7.48% maximum.
  • Which loyalty program has more options? Burger King has more options in the long run. The Royal Perks will get you several tiers of desserts as well as more breakfast options, so if you’re going for breakfast, this might be worth it for you.
  • Which loyalty program offers more coupons? While both apps give you many coupons every day, McDonald’s coupons offer more freebies and higher discounts than Royal Perks.
McDonald's & Burger King Rewards: Whose Are Better?