IHOP Free Pancake Day has been a beloved food holiday, but like Free Slurpee Day at 7-Eleven and the Halloween Boo-Rito at Chipotle, things are different in the midst of a pandemic.

It was cancelled this year as an in-store event, but IHOP came up with an “IOU” — giving MyHOP Rewards members a coupon for free pancakes good throughout April.

Here’s what you need to know:


Look in your email for a free short stack coupon.

MyHOP Rewards members who signed up by March 31: Look for an “IOU” in your email, good for a free short stack, which can be used at any point in April. The coupon is good for one short stack, and can’t be used by multiple people (unless each one has their own email from IHOP).


If you didn’t get an email, use the promo code NPDIOU.

If you didn’t get an email for whatever reason — or you’re not a member of MyHOP Rewards — you’re not totally out of luck. Get a free stack with a purchase of $10 or more at IHOP.com or in the IHOP app (iOS / Android) when you use the promo code NPDIOU.

But hey, you really should sign up for MyHOP if you want freebies down the line. Just saying.


Even more good news: You can get your free pancakes to-go.

While you won’t be able to join the ruckus during the one-day event, you’ll be able to enjoy eating those free pancakes from the comfort of your home.

The coupon for a free short stack works in-store, but now for the first time, it’ll work for orders placed at IHOP.com and in the IHOP app.


Free Pancake Day has been a fundraiser for charity.

IHOP has used free pancake day to raise more than $30 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Customers eating at IHOP may make donations as part of their final bill, and online customers can donate via www.ihoppancakeday.com.


Get (at least) 2 more coupons for free pancakes every year.

If you sign up for MyHOP, you’ll get a coupon for free pancakes on your birthday and every anniversary of your signup.

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