The fast-casual chain will offer buy-one-get-one free entrees Tuesday from 3 p.m. to closing at participating restaurants nationwide with the purchase of an entree.
“As a proud participant in the National Month of Action for Vaccinations, we are encouraging our fans to give their friends free Chipotle as a craveable reward for getting vaccinated,” Chris Brandt, Chipotle's chief marketing officer, said in a statement.
Tuesday also is National Fried Chicken Day and restaurants across the nation are celebrating with deals despite the ongoing chicken shortage.
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But showing proof of vaccination isn't needed to get the Chipotle deal, the chain confirmed to USA TODAY. To get the deal, tell the cashier “Friends BOGO” at checkout.
According to the fine print, there’s a limit of two free items per customer and each free item requires a purchase. This promotion is for in-restaurant orders only and is not valid for online or mobile app orders.
There’s an additional cost for guacamole, queso blanco, extra protein and other premium add-ons.
Chipotle's giveaway comes as authorities are looking for ways to convince vaccination holdouts to take the plunge. Advocates say incentives can help some people overcome their hesitancy.
Krispy Kreme was the first national chain to offer an incentive for getting the vaccine and the company's offer of a free glazed doughnut continues through the end of 2021. Consumers need to show a valid COVID-19 vaccination card to get the freebie.
Fried Chicken Day deals, freebies
Here are discounts and offers available Tuesday, July 6, at participating locations. Offers can vary and most times are offered while supplies last. To be on the safe side, always check with your closest location before heading out. Also, some will require you to have a restaurant's app or be signed up for emails.
Chick-Fil-A: Earn rewards for free food with the chain's loyalty program.
Golden Chick: For a limited time only, get a tender deal for $6, which includes three Golden Tenders, fresh-baked roll, your choice of side and a 30-ounce drink.
KFC: Get $3 off a minimum $15 purchase when you include a Pepsi or Diet Pepsi beverage on orders placed through DoorDash Tuesday.
McDonald's: Check the fast-food chain's app for coupons and freebies.
PDQ: Earn points and rewards through the chain's loyalty program.
Popeyes: The chicken chain has a “Summer Road Trip” promotion through July 8 with daily digital offers and prizes. Visit a virtual destination daily on the Popeyes app or at Popeyes.com/roadtrip to unlock prizes. Check in on Tuesday to unveil the daily digital offer and the chance to win the grand prize of $50,000. Also, with the chain's new loyalty program, Popeyes Rewards, get 100 bonus points on family meal purchases.
Taco Bell: Get a $1 off a Naked Chicken Chalupa Meal Tuesday with an offer in the chain’s app.
Taco John’s: Make a purchase Tuesday and get one free Fried Chicken Taco with an offer in the chain's app. Guests who already have the app will see the coupon in their Offers tab.
Wendy's: Find deals on the chain's app and loyalty program. Now through July 31, there is an offer for a free small Frosty-ccino or coffee with purchase via an exclusive in-app offer. On July 8, Wendy’s will offer a free Dave’s Single with purchase through an app offer for the one-year anniversary of its rewards program.
White Castle: With a coupon posted on the chain's website, buy one Crispy Chicken Slider, Chicken Ring Slider or Chicken & Waffles Slider and get a second one free Tuesday. The offer is available for carryout or dine-in.
Whole Foods Market: This isn't a Fried Chicken Day deal, but on Wednesday the grocery store chain kicks off its National Ice Cream Day promotion. From July 7 to 20, get 35% off all ice cream and frozen treats plus Prime Members save an extra 10%.
More deals: Locally owned businesses and regional chains also may have specials for Fried Chicken Day. One of the easiest ways to find out is to check restaurants' social media channels.
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Contributing: Nathan Bomey, USA TODAY
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chipotle BOGO deal: Get free meal Tuesday and Fried Chicken Day deals