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Yelp Cash Back Saga: Part 3 New Features

When we thought we were done with this story, Yelp goes and adds NEW Features! I highly approve of the additions. The Saga continues… If you’re wondering what Yelp Cash Back is, then please take a moment to read Part 1 Overview and Part 2 Successful Redemption & Review of the Saga before reading on! I haven’t figured out a way to update & republish older blog posts on WordPress just yet so I’m making a Part 3.

Check Your Profile!

That’s right in Yelp’s funky new layout you can now go directly to your profile to see how much Cash Back you have logged to date! I love the transparency instead of waiting aimlessly for your cash back/prince to show up. Obviously the Cash Back is only viewable to you when you’re logged in and not to the public.

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Yelp Cash Back Saga: Part 2 SUCCESS!

As you can tell from the title that this follow up post concludes the enigma of Yelp Cash Back with personal success (despite the initial disappointment) with the first restaurant attempt in redeeming. If you’re confused about what Yelp Cash Back is, then please take a moment to read Part 1 of the Saga before continuing!

ATTEMPT #1Shawarma Falafel Yelp Review 10% CB on 1/24/2017receipt

The glowing 10% and 4.5 average Yelp rating drew me in immediately! (Anyone who knows me knows I can’t resist a deal.) I carefully planned exactly when I knew I would be working from Boston, and meeting up with a co-worker for lunch. I’ll spare you the details of the actual experience, since it was mostly quite pleasant. The only hitch was I was expecting some sort of confirmation that my dine-in purchase had qualified for the cash back. To this day I still have yet to receive the automated e-mail and I swear that it has to do with the way the cashier rang up the receipt, note the “To Go”, which is not true. Anyway I noticed something was off so I contacted and waited for the abyss that is the nature of automated response queries for large businesses. Waiting, waiting, waiting until 2/7/17 when I received a non-descript response as follows. At this point I’m still not sure what’s going on and losing hope.

Thanks for using Yelp!
To confirm, the Empyr team reported that they manually replayed this transaction on their end on 1/30/2017, and you should be receiving your Cash Back bonus shortly. We appreciate your patience.

Yelp Support

ATTEMPT #2 – Walnut Grille Yelp Review 7% CB on 2/13/2017

My SO was craving something from dare I say it, a vegetarian restaurant (self-proclaimed meat man over there) after our dance lesson, so we popped by this restaurant. We’ve been here before with other friends who are vegan and had a great experience so why not come back? Light bulb goes off! We could also get 7% cash back, but I of course forgot my wallet at home. My SO and I both have the same Amazon rewards card that has 2% cash back for restaurants as the default so I quickly added his on the mobile website. Again I’ll spare you the actual experience details and link my review once that’s ready. Lightning speed, as soon as the waitress swiped the card, DING! I get a notification that the purchase qualified for cash back! How exciting to confirm this actually works. The e-mail itself was titled “You’ve Got Money.” (Anyone else thinking of AOL’s antiquated “You’ve got mail” tagline?)

Of course continuing on the train of great news, a couple days later on 2/15/2017, I received the “Payday from Yelp Cash Back” e-mail with the image on the right above. I checked my credit card activity & statement lo’ and behold it worked!!!


All’s well that ends well for one of my many Sagas? The cash back does work, but they definitely made me work for it! I’m hoping other restaurants in the future won’t be as much of a headache as my first attempt. Now that you know, go forth and save lots of money and enjoy your weekend!

Saga hasn’t ended just yet! Yelp has added some New Features in Part 3 of the Saga!

Rating: 4/5 ★★★★

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Yelp Cash Back Saga: Part 1

First of all why isn’t anyone talking about this, and I mean from moment of purchase to actually receiving the credit? Yelp Cash Back was first introduced in December 2016 and appears available in select cities with participating restaurants so it’s still in its early stage of usage.

It takes less than a minute to join the free Yelp Cash Back program. Go to or search for “Cash Back” on Yelp, and sign up using the Cash Back link on any participating business. Link as many credit or debit cards as you like with a couple of clicks. Then pay at a participating business with any of the cards you’ve linked to the program, and you’ll automatically get up to 10% cash back on your purchases at thousands of businesses across the country.

I’ve spent hours trying to find other people’s experiences/review on this feature only to find a smattering even on my local Yelp Talk page straight from the source to verify this is not a scam! I even started a topic asking other people’s experience in the Boston area, with tepid reception. How are people not seizing the opportunity to save up to 10% cash back on your meal? Most of the articles I’ve found are more of an advertisement saying FYI Yelp is offering this new feature instead of a review of if it works and the end result.

iphone_yelp-cash-backNow I’ve read up on their FAQs/Help page, but I’m still stymied as to how this partnership with Empyr allows them to register purchases? You have to sacrifice a bit of personal info to participate. Namely LINKING your credit card. I don’t know of any rewards cards currently that offer more than 2 or 3% regularly for restaurants (barring those annoying rotating quarterly categories) so I took a risk and linked my Amazon Rewards VISA with default 2% CB at restaurants. Yelp added a handy feature where you can search “Cash Back” in the filter and it will list all restaurants participating. As you can tell by the title of this post, my saga has just begun!

In theory this is an excellent idea and extra incentive to try or continue to patronize certain businesses I would have overlooked otherwise… Currently jury is still out as I don’t have enough evidence to give this a solid rating out of 5 so I’ll entertain a pro/con list.


  • 7 – 10% Cash back on your dine in meal at participating restaurants (Most restaurants are 7%.)
  • Combine/stack this offer with your rewards credit card(s)
  • Respectable coverage in major New England cities (Boston, Worcester, Providence, Nashua, Hartford)
    • Easier to narrow down new restaurants to try?!
  • Reported quick confirmation of cash back from successful users – one yelper reported she received an e-mail, “You just made $2.36 cash back at Genki Ya. No couch digging required.”
  • No minimum cash out amount supposedly


  • Requires sacrificing your actual credit card # details for linking
  • Few and far between testimonials of success as of right now
  • Not valid on take out, but what if the cashier mistakenly rings your order incorrectly?
  • Cash back received only monthly, supposedly on the 15th / mid-month
  • Only “select” restaurants are participating” – unknown of what cut the local businesses are receiving.
  • customer support is not the most responsive

I’ll delve more into the actual experience of trying to redeem the cash back at the selected restaurants, contacting and currently waiting on Cash Back fulfillment in Yelp Cash Back Saga: Part 2! Go check it out now! They’ve also added NEW Features in Part 3.