Special Programs

By using the Site and/or participating in the following programs, Groupon Reserve, Groupon Bucks, Refer-A-Friend, Coupons, or Groupon Points you agree to the Terms of Use and the additional terms specified below.

(a) Groupon Reserve

Groupon provides Reservations at participating merchant locations. If you purchase a Reservation through Groupon, you will be directed to schedule your Reservation for the date and time made available by the Merchant. Any scheduling restrictions, such as maximum group size or time and date availability, will be specified in the fine print of the Reservation.

The Merchant has sole responsibility for honoring any Reservation and associated discount, as well as for any of Merchant’s customer loyalty programs. Additionally, the Merchant has sole responsibility for the care and quality of all food, beverages, and services it provides to you. Groupon does not facilitate nor is it liable for any special requests that the Merchant may accommodate at its discretion. A Reservation may not be sold, auctioned, or bartered. Groupon will not provide a refund for any missed Reservation if you did not cancel or reschedule according to the Merchant's policies or the fine print. It is within the Merchant’s sole discretion to provide an alternative date and time for a dining experience after a missed Reservation.

(b) Groupon Bucks

Groupon Bucks” are a form of Site credit redeemable only toward future Groupon purchases, excluding “Getaways Market Pick Hotels” and Merchant Products. Groupon reserves the right to discontinue Groupon Bucks and may modify these terms at any time. To accumulate, redeem, and keep Groupon Bucks, you must create and maintain a Groupon customer account in good standing, as required under the “Your Account” section of the Terms of Use, registered with a valid credit card. Unless required by law, Groupon Bucks are non-transferrable and are not redeemable for cash. Groupon Bucks will expire one hundred and eighty (180) days after the issue date, unless otherwise specified at time of issuance or in these Terms of Use.

There are several ways you can receive Groupon Bucks. You can earn Groupon Bucks by participating in various promotional activities and responding to certain offers (“Promotional Activity”). Groupon may also issue Groupon Bucks to your account for refunded purchases, or for other reasons within its discretion; or you may purchase Groupon Bucks in various increments on Groupon gift cards.

  • Promotional Activity. In order to earn Groupon Bucks indicated in the Promotional Activity materials, you must comply with the terms of the applicable Promotional Activity. Groupon may issue Groupon Bucks to your account directly or provide you with a promotional code valid for a certain amount of Groupon Bucks. If Groupon issues the Groupon Bucks directly to your account and a Promotional Activity must be validated, Groupon Bucks may not appear in your account for up to ten (10) business days. Promotional codes, valid for a certain amount of Groupon Bucks, are governed by the terms and conditions disclosed on or distributed with the specific promotional code.
  • Refunds. Groupon Bucks received as a refund of the amount you pay will be added to your account by Groupon. Groupon Bucks received as a refund of the amount you pay do not expire.
  • Groupon Gift Cards. Groupon Bucks acquired through Groupon gift cards are governed by the terms and conditions disclosed on or distributed with the specific gift card. Groupon Bucks acquired through your use of a Groupon gift card may expire in accordance with applicable law.

You are responsible for ensuring that Groupon Bucks you earn, purchase or are awarded as credits are added to your Groupon account. If you have Groupon Bucks in your account, the Groupon Bucks will automatically be the first form of payment applied to your future Groupon purchases.

Your Groupon Bucks cannot be resold or otherwise transferred. Your Groupon Bucks cannot be combined or merged with Groupon Bucks in another Groupon user’s account. Access to Groupon Bucks or related account information may not be sold or distributed to others. Unauthorized or fraudulent use, resale or distribution of Groupon Bucks is prohibited. Groupon reserves the right to cancel, revoke or otherwise prevent the issuance of Groupon Bucks in cases of mistake and in any suspected case of unauthorized or fraudulent use. In addition, notwithstanding anything to the contrary, if your account is not maintained with current information, including without limitation, a valid credit card, it is a violation of these Terms of Use, and you may forfeit any Groupon Bucks in your account regardless of whether you earned or received Groupon Bucks through a Promotional Activity, Refund, or a Groupon Gift Card.

(c) Refer-A-Friend

Groupon’s Refer-a-Friend program (“RAF Program”) is a Promotional Activity by which you may earn Groupon Bucks if a non-Groupon customer you refer becomes a Groupon customer and makes a qualifying purchase on the Site. You may earn up to a maximum of $100 in Groupon Bucks over the lifetime of your participation across all referrals (“Lifetime Program Limit”). In order to be eligible to earn Groupon Bucks through the RAF Program, you must be eligible to accumulate and redeem Groupon Bucks, maintain a Groupon account in good standing and be under the Lifetime Program Limit.

To participate, refer friends who are not current Groupon subscribers and who have never purchased a Voucher from the Site (“New User”) by sending them your personal referral link (“Unique Link”), available on the Site or provided to you as a recipient of an invite-only special offer. For a New User who accesses your Unique Link and, within the following seventy-two (72) hours (i) registers on the Site, and (ii) makes an initial purchase of a Groupon offer priced at ten dollars ($10) or more (“Eligible Offer”), Groupon will, within a reasonable amount of time, post to your account any Groupon Bucks you are eligible to receive, up to the Lifetime Program Limit.

Groupon may provide various tools to help you disseminate your Unique Link. You may also share your Unique Link via email and social media. PLEASE NOTE THAT WHENEVER YOU DECIDE TO SHARE YOUR UNIQUE LINK, YOU MUST TELL YOUR FRIENDS THAT YOU ARE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE GROUPON BUCKS (STORE CREDIT) IF THEY SIGN UP AND MAKE A QUALIFYING PURCHASE. Failure to disclose this information is a violation of these Terms of Use and Groupon may terminate you immediately from the RAF Program, disqualify you from participating in the RAF Program in the future and cause the forfeiture of any Groupon Bucks in your account.

Groupon reserves the right at any time to modify or discontinue the RAF Program, either temporarily or permanently (or any part thereof), with or without notice. Groupon will not be liable to you in the event of any modification, suspension or discontinuance of the RAF Program.

(d) Coupons.

In addition to Coupons offered throughout the Site generally, a portion of the Site is also dedicated to Coupons. It makes available digital and printable Coupons. All content located within this portion of the Site consists of Merchant or third party content not endorsed or recommended by Groupon. You understand that Groupon: (i) does not and cannot review the content made available on this portion of the Site; (ii) Groupon does not validate or guarantee any of the content made available on this portion of the Site ; and (iii) Groupon is not a party to any transaction you make on a Merchant’s site or third party site.

(e) Groupon Games.

Groupon Games is a feature within the Site that makes available to certain users the ability to play a promotional game, through which, you may receive a discount, Groupon Bucks, or another stated prize. Groupon may prohibit your use of Groupon Games for any reason in its sole discretion.

(f) Groupon Points.

From time to time, Groupon may offer you the opportunity to earn points by completing or participating in certain activities on the Site and potentially exchange the points for certain rewards as a type of loyalty program. There may be more than one type of program, or none at all, at any given time. Any such points and rewards will be subject to specified expiration and other terms and conditions posted on the Site, and will further be subject to cancellation by Groupon at any time, in its sole discretion. Accumulating points will only grant you the potential opportunity to exchange the points for specified rewards subject to terms that may change from time to time and without notice. Neither points nor any of the rewards are redeemable for cash, and they are not a form of stored value. Points and rewards: (i) are not your property, and you have no right or interest in them; and (ii) have no cash or property value. Your points and rewards are offered exclusively to you and may not be shared, sold, transferred, or assigned to any other person or entity. Notwithstanding the forgoing, when a reward has been redeemed for a third party product or service, that product or service is yours subject to any applicable third party’s terms and conditions. Groupon may prohibit your participation in its points programs for any reason in its sole discretion.