Pizza Hut may have shuttered the bulk of their dine-in restaurants in recent years, but that doesn’t mean Pizza Hut deals are dead.
In fact, it’s just the opposite. With these Pizza Hut hacks, you’ll be able to get discounted pizza basically whenever you want it and a free pizza every now and then, too.
I’m sharing my complete strategy in the name of pizza obsession.
1. Get free pizza with Pizza Hut Rewards.
Free pizza is possible with the Pizza Hut Rewards offers.
You can earn two points per $1 you spend at Pizza Hut, and you can redeem them for anything from breadsticks (75 points) to a large pizza (250 points).
Plus, as long as you make a purchase every six months, your points never expire. Surely, you’ll crave pizza at least that often! You also get a birthday reward every year.
2. Earn points on delivery fees too!
I mean, if you’re going to pay to have your pizza delivered, you may as well earn points for it.
While you can earn two points per $1 you spend on delivery fees, you can’t earn points on taxes or tips.
3. Redeem Pizza Hut Rewards points only when you order online.
No matter how you order, whether online, in the app, in-store, or over the phone, you can earn Hut Rewards points towards a free pizza. Just be sure to tell them you’re a Hut Rewards member and give them your phone number so you earn points for every purchase.
But here’s the catch!
4. Find the best Pizza Hut deals online or in the app.
Pizza Hut has special deals when you order online. Go to PizzaHut.com and click “Deals” to find what’s currently offered. Or in the app, tap the Deals icon at the bottom of your screen. You’ll get deals specific to the local store you chose in the app, or specific to the store you’ve chose online.
5. Hoard the coupons that come taped to your pizza box!
Sure, some of the coupons are the same as a deal you could get online without using a coupon.
But there are two benefits to these coupons: One, you can get deals when you’re dining in that are typically available for online ordering only, like the Big Dinner Box (two medium, 1-topping pizzas plus a side dish).
Two, they don’t expire for about two months.
6. Get a free birthday treat when you join Pizza Hut Rewards.
Who doesn’t love a free dessert or a side dish on their birthday?
One thing you must know: it’s possible to join Hut Rewards without entering your birthdate. I’ve been missing out on years of birthday treats because I didn’t know this!
After you set up Hut Rewards, go to your profile, scroll down, and make sure to enter your birthdate.
You can also enter it immediately after placing an online order.
7. Ask for a free undelivered pizza.
This is a low-risk idea that may or may not work. If this doesn’t work for you, please do not call me nasty names in the comments section.
What is “undelivered pizza?” It’s pizza that’s basically orphaned. Someone ordered it but never came to get it, or it couldn’t be delivered to a home for whatever reason.
Chances are Pizza Hut will take a loss on it, especially if it’s been sitting under the heat lamp for a while.
So ask. If you get shut down, start negotiating a discount starting at half off.
8. Buy the largest possible pizza to feed your group.
OK, math nerd alert.
Did you know a 12 inch pizza isn’t just two inches smaller than a 14 inch pizza? Nope.
It takes 1.3 12 inch pizzas to equal the amount of pizza in one 14 inch. A large cheese pizza at Pizza Hut is $11.49 and a medium is $9.49. When I calculate the cost of 1.3 12 inch pizzas, it comes to $12.34, more expensive than the $11.49 14 inch pizza.
9. Save up to 3% with a Pizza Hut discounted gift card from Raise.
Freaking make your own Pizza Hut deal when you can’t find one you like!
While they’re not always in stock, Pizza Hut gift cards will save you more money.
For example, you can buy a $25 value Pizza Hut gift card from Raise for $24.88. That’s a 2.88% discount.
Sign up for alerts when gift cards are in stock so you’re the first to know when one is available.
TIP: Even though Pizza Hut is owned by Yum! Brands, which also owns KFC and Taco Bell, gift cards are not interchangeable. Meaning, you can’t use a Taco Bell gift card at Pizza Hut. Bummer!
10. Scan your box and play Pac-Man (and enter to win your own vintage arcade game!)
Pizza Hut is running a year-long campaign to bring back nostalgia 80s memories of The Hut. If you order a $10 Tastemaker pizza in a limited edition Pac Man box until April 3, the inside of the box has a QR code that will launch a Pac Man video game on your phone when you scan it. Then, to enter the sweepstakes, follow the on-screen prompts to share your score with @PizzaHut on Twitter using #PizzaHutARcade #Sweepstakes. Pizza Hut will be releasing limited edition boxes and holding more giveaways for all of 2021.
11. Plan to order as a family when your kids have Book-It coupons to spend.
Chances are good you’re well-acquainted with the Book-It program for reading, as Pizza Hut has been running this program since 1984.
The First Literacy Project (the expanded non profit) is a program run through schools (if you homeschool, you can enroll your own kids) where kids can earn a free 1-topping personal pizza and a drink for reading a certain amount of minutes, decided by the teacher. The First Literacy Project also donates proceeds ($1) from certain promo bundles towards donating books and supplies to underserved schools in communities around the U.S.
The real Pizza Hut hack here is to wait until the kids all have current Book-It coupons and order as a family. Stack this with a $10 Tastemaker large pizza deal and the whole family eats for $10.
12. Go ahead and use your Book-It coupons even if they’re expired.
I can’t tell you how many times I’ve straight-up forgotten about my kids’ Book-It coupons. And then they ask me when are we going to Pizza Hut? and I realize, the coupon is expired.
They’re typically good for one month from the date the teacher issues them, but I’ve never had a Pizza Hut employee even look at the expiration date.
I guess nobody wants to be that human who tells a kid they don’t get their hard-earned free pizza.
Obsessed with the Book-It program? Here are a few more summer reading programs for kids.
13. Get college credits for completing company training courses or get money for college.
A few years ago, Pizza Hut rolled out their “Life Unboxed Edu” program through Excelsior College, which means employees can get college credits for completing Pizza Hut training courses.
This means up to 69 credit hours of on-the-job management-level training courses can be applied toward the student’s chosen degree program.
Plus, salaried employees can get up to $5,250 in tuition per year. Discounts are also available for hourly employees and family members.
New life strategy: sling pizzas to pay for the increasing costs of college.