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How Grubhub+ Works: Pricing, Features & Is It Worth It?

What is Grubhub+ and how does it work? This comprehensive Grubhub Plus guide will help you decide if you should subscribe to the service.

Key Takeaways

  • Grubhub+ offers unlimited free delivery on orders over $12 from eligible restaurants.
  • Subscribers enjoy lower service fees and 5% cashback on pickup orders.
  • Exclusive deals and matched donations enhance the value of Grubhub+ membership.
  • Membership includes priority customer support for an enhanced ordering experience.

What is Grubhub+?

In 2020, Grubhub introduced a membership program in response, and they called it Grubhub+. This subscription offers greater value and convenience to frequent users of the service.

Grubhub+ (or Grubhub Plus) is a monthly subscription that grants you various benefits and unlocks rewards for loyal users.

The main features of this program include:

  • Unlimited free delivery: You’ll enjoy $0 delivery fees on orders with a subtotal of at least $12 from eligible restaurants.
  • Lower service fees: Service fees still apply when you make orders from Grubhub+ eligible merchants, but you’ll get a discount on these fees if you’re a member.
  • Cashback pickup offers: If you pick up your order from Grubhub+ eligible restaurants, you’ll receive 5% of your order’s total as cashback. This will appear as Grubhub+ Credit in your account.
  • Exclusive restaurant deals: With a Grubhub+ subscription, you get access to exclusive offers to save more when you order from select stores and restaurants.
  • Matching donations: Grubhub started the community fund “Donate the Change” in 2018. The idea is for users to round up the value of their orders at checkout to the nearest dollar and donate that difference to charity. For each Grubhub+ order you make and donate, the company will donate the same amount to double the impact.
  • Priority support: As a VIP member, you receive priority access to Elite Care customer support.

How Grubhub+ Works

There are multiple ways you can subscribe to Grubhub+, the simplest being through the app or website.

Subscribing

Start by downloading the Grubhub app on your smartphone and sign up for an account. Once you set up an account, or if you already have one, navigate to your account page.

Tap on Grubhub+ membership and input your payment information. Once the payment goes through, your membership will start.

You can also subscribe to Grubhub+ through the website. Open the Grubhub+ page on your browser and click on the “Join now” button.

A new page will prompt you to sign in with your Grubhub account or create one if you’re a first-time user.

You’ll then enter your payment details, and once it’s processed, you can enjoy the Grubhub+ benefits.

Whether you subscribe via the app or website, you’ll start with a free trial of 14 days. After it ends, the membership will cost $9.99 per month.

You can also receive a free year-long subscription to Grubhub+ if you’re a member of Lyft Pink or Amazon Prime.

Finding Eligible Restaurants

You can enjoy the perks of Grubhub+ only when you order from eligible restaurants and stores.

While there’s no official page to list them all, it’s easy to identify them by the Grubhub Plus badge. It appears as “GR+” next to the merchant’s name.

To eliminate the confusion and save yourself time, use the filter function in the search feature.

Tap on the Grubhub Plus option to view only the restaurants participating in the program.

Limitations

Some restaurants may not be available in your area, even if they’re enrolled in Grubhub+.

Also, your total order value has to be at least $12 to qualify for the free shipping and lower service fees.

How Much Does Grubhub Cost?

The cost of using Grubhub‘s membership and enjoying all of its benefits is $9.99 per month.

However, if you’re a first-time Grubhub+ user, you get a 14-day free trial to test out the program.

If you don’t enjoy it, you can cancel your subscription without any fees before the trial period ends.

If you decide to keep your subscription, you’ll be billed automatically every 30 days from the day you joined.

You can also join Grubhub+ free of charge for an entire year if you’re an Amazon Prime or Lyft Pink member.

Once you sync your Amazon Prime or Pink Lyft account with Grubhub, your free membership will start.

If you already have a Grubhub+ subscription, your 1-year membership will start with your next billing date.

If you want to cancel your Grubhub+ subscription, you can do so from your app or browser.

On the app, log in and navigate to your account page. Tap on “Grubhub+ membership” and choose Manage Membership to view its menu. Select “Cancel membership” and then tap cancel again when the confirm screen pops up.

On the website, sign in then click on the menu button in the upper right corner of the screen.

Click on Grubhub+ to view the menu, then choose “Cancel membership” and click cancel again to confirm.

Make sure you cancel your subscription before the next cycle starts; you have up to 24 hours before that date.

Otherwise, you’ll be charged the new month and won’t receive a refund.

Is Grubhub+ Worth It? A Comprehensive Analysis

Grubhub+ has the potential to save you a lot of money if you regularly order food.

Averaging from $5 to $6, delivery fees differ depending on the restaurant and the distance the driver will travel.

But one thing is certain, these charges –along with service fees– can add up to substantial amounts.

With its free delivery perk alone, a Grubhub+ subscription can be worth it. Even more so when you consider the lower service fees and the exclusive saving offers included.

If you order a couple of times a month, you’ll already get your money’s worth with Grubhub+. Imagine the savings if you order a few times per week or every day.

There are also more savings to consider if you typically order for a family or the office.

Bigger orders tend to receive more discounts on top of the $0 delivery and reduced service fees.

Whether or not Grubhub+ is worth it isn’t only a matter of order frequency.

It also depends on your favorite restaurants participating in the program, although most merchants are part of it.

So, if you’re a frequent user whose favorite stores are Grubhub+ eligible, you’ll find this subscription cost-effective.

Comparing Grubhub+ to Competitors

Here are a few alternatives to Grubhub Plus that you may want to consider:

Uber One

Formerly Uber Eats Pass, Uber One is Uber’s ultimate pass that covers rides and deliveries (food, groceries, and non-grocery items).

This subscription is $9.99 per month or $96 a year ($8/month). It offers $0 delivery fees and up to 10% off on eligible food and non-grocery orders (at least $15 total).

For eligible grocery orders (at least $35 total), you get free delivery and up to 5% off. All orders must be from eligible stores, and service fees may still apply.

Uber One seems to offer better pricing than Grubhub+, with a larger network of restaurants and stores.

Instacart Plus

This app focuses on grocery delivery, and so does its premium membership. That said, Instacart Plus offers similar subscription benefits.

These include free delivery on orders totaling $35 or more, lower service fees, and 5% credit on pickup orders.

You can also enjoy a free year-long Peacock subscription and share your account with family members to share the perks.

DashPass

Similar to Uber One, DoorDash’s DashPass costs $9.99 per month or $96 a year ($8/month).

It includes free delivery fees and lower service charges on eligible restaurant orders over $12 or grocery orders over $25.

You also get 5% credit on pickup orders, priority support, and access to exclusive offers.

Compared to Grubhub, DoorDash has far superior availability so the chances of saving are higher.

Tips for First-Time Grubhub+ Users

Keep the following in mind to make the most out of your Grubhub Plus subscription:

  • Choose “GR+” from the filter function when searching for restaurants. This will display eligible places only.
  • You’ll activate a 14-day free trial once you input your payment information. Use this period to test how well the benefits suit your food delivery needs.
  • If you’re an Amazon Prime or Lyft Pink member, sync your account with Grubhub to get a free 1-year membership.
  • Make sure to tip drivers as that makes a significant bulk of their income and keeps them motivated. While it’s not mandatory, tipping at least 20% is standard.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Am I Getting Charged For Grubhub+?

When your free trial ends, you automatically become a Grubhub+ member and get charged the monthly fee.

Can You Cancel Grubhub Plus Anytime?

Yes, you can cancel your Grubhub+ membership anytime. But you won’t get a refund if you cancel after the new billing cycle. However, you’ll be able to enjoy the benefits until the month ends.

Final Thoughts

Grubhub Plus is a monthly subscription that grants users free delivery and various perks when they order through Grubhub.

It can save you substantial amounts if you’re a frequent Grubhub user. You can also enjoy the extra convenience of exclusive offers and priority support.

Now that you have a comprehensive understanding of Grubhub+, you can better decide if it suits your food ordering needs.

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Current Version
May 9, 2024
Written By Brett Helling
Update Details This post has been completely re-written from scratch. The old post has been removed and replaced to better address accuracy and quality.

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