It’s easy to find a DoorDash promo code or referral link that gives new users a discount when you try the app for the first time.
But how can you save on DoorDash when you’ve already claimed your sign up bonus? What if you’re an existing user?
Promo codes that work for existing users aren’t commonly available, but there are a few tactics that can help you save on your next order.
What you need to know
- Promo codes for existing users are rare. Most are expired and don’t work
- You can refer a friend to get free credits
- The DashPass membership can save you around $4–$5 per order if you area frequent user
- Many restaurants and stores offer temporary promotions like free delivery or a discount on your order
- How to Use a DoorDash Promo Code
- Are There Codes for Existing Users?
- More Ways for Existing Users to Save
How to use a DoorDash promo code
You can’t apply a DoorDash promo code directly into your account. Instead, you have to start an order and apply the promotion during checkout.
- Begin your order: Select a restaurant or store, then select menu items
- Tap “View Cart” when your order is ready
- Tap ‘Add a promotion‘ on the checkout page
- Enter the promo code
If you clicked a referral link to sign up for your account, the new-user promotion will automatically apply to your first order.
DoorDash promo codes give discounts on the delivery fee or the total cost
There are two main types of DoorDash discounts that you can get with a promo code or with other in-app promotions: A discount on the delivery fee, or a discount on the total order.
Most new-user promo codes offer a discount on the total cost of an order. Discounts specifically covering the delivery fee are typically offered in temporary promotions.
Are there DoorDash promo codes for existing users?
Nearly all DoorDash promo codes you’ll find are only for new customers who have never used the app to place an order.
DoorDash promo codes for existing users are hard to find and rarely work because they were created for temporary promotions that have already ended, or other market-specific offers that may not work in your area.
So if you do find a code that says it works for existing users, there’s a good chance that it will be expired or won’t work for your area.
Here’s an example of a temporary promotion that works for existing users. It offered 45% off 3 orders, but expired only 2 weeks after becoming available.
DoorDash promo codes for existing users are so uncommon that you’re better off getting discounts in other ways.
How existing DoorDash users can get credits and discounts
There are two main ways to get free credits and discounts when you’re an existing DoorDash user: Through local promotions that DoorDash occasionally runs, and by using the in-app sharing feature to refer your friends to DoorDash.
Refer a friend to get free credits
DoorDash has a referral program that offers app credits when you refer new users to the app.
Find your referral link: Account > Refer friends. You’ll receive app credits when someone signs up with your link and completes an order.
DoorDash regularly changes the exact amount of credits that you get for referring a friend, and different locations offer a different payout.
DashPass: Save on delivery fees and service fees
DashPass is a $9.99 per-month service that offers no delivery fees on orders over $10, and reduced service fees.
DashPass will save you money if you use DoorDash more than a few times each month.
Other DoorDash promotions: Free delivery, % off your order
DoorDash occasionally runs promotions for all users that offer free deliveries, or discounts on your order.
You can find out about those promotions inside the app, in emails from DoorDash, or from ads online.
For example, DoorDash briefly ran a promotion offering three free deliveries for using Apple Pay to place an order.
If DoorDash isn’t currently running a promotion, you’ll have to wait until the next one if you want more free credits.
That’s why the refer-a-friend feature is your best bet if you’re looking for more reliable free credits.