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Dining Discounted

Maximizing the discounts on dining can make the quality of your life better and at we teach you how to get the most bang out of your dinning buck.


Last night Charlene and I enjoyed one of the best meals we have had since we moved to Florida. We went to a local “Key West Gastropub” called the Black Sails Grill and we were blown away by not only the amazing food but the amazing price we paid. is NOT a restaurant rating site we are a travel blog but the simple fact is, saving money when you are eating out at restaurants is a big part of keeping your travel costs down.

On this site our goal is to teach our readers how to save money and improve the quality of their lives while building travel assets that will help them travel for free. Our meal last night is a great example of how to use the tools taught at to stretch every dollar you spend at home and when you’re traveling.

So heres why our meal at the Black Sail Grill in Port St. Lucie, Florida was such a great Geezer deal.

  1. The Black Sail Grill is a member of the AAdvantage Dining Club. Members of the AAdvantage Dining Club get 5 American Airlines Air Miles for every dollar they spend on their meals at participating restaurants. We value AA air miles at 1.7 cents per point, so if you are getting 5 points per dollar spent at the Black Sail Grill you are getting travel assets (air-miles) worth 8.5 cents ( 1.7 X 5 = 8.5) for every dollar you spend. If you don’t belong to an airline Dining Club all three of the major American airlines are offing 3000 bonus miles join their clubs.
  2. We paid for our meal at the Black Sail Grill with our Chase Saphire Reserve credit card. The Chase Saphire offers a  3X rewards on restaurant purchases, so for every dollar we spent on our meal we got 3 chase reward points. We value the Chase reward point at 2 cents per point so by using the Chase Saphire Reserve card to pay for our meal we effectively got 6 cents ( 3points x 2 cents per point) worth of travel assets for every dollar we spent.
  3. The Black Sails also offers a $30 coupon for $15 at the website. Thanks to the coupon we got our meal for a $15 discount.
  4. Next the Black Sails Grill offers a happy hour from 3 -7 PM which has deals like 2 Domestic Drafts and $4 house wine and their killer Drunken Mussels for only $7.
  5. Even without Happy Hour the prices at the Black Sail are very reasonable. Our favorite is the 16 OZ ribeye that is served on a sizzling platter with all the fixings for only $29. If you want an excellent and unique appetizer try the “Kraken” which is a large portion of octopus simmered in a Red Wine reduction, then marinated with fresh Herbs, before being wood fried. The Kraken is off the charts good and a bargain at only $18.
  6. Next, all the food is amazing because it is all created from scratch. The steaks are hand cut in the kitchen. The fish is fresh and hand prepared. The menu is full of hand made delights like their Lobster Reuben, and their one of a kind Tuna Poke’ Nachos.
  7. Ok the prices are great the food is amazing but the staff is also amazing. Our waitress, Pam had been working for the owner for years and clearly loves her job. It’s hard to describe how important a great waitress is to a good dining experience.
  8. Finally like icing on an amazing cake the Black Sail offers live music. If you want to check out the Black Sails live music and other specials just go to their Facebook page.

Last night Charlene and I took our daughter to the Black Sail. We had an Appetizer, the Kraken, three small plate meals, three beers and six glasses of wine and our total bill without tip was right at $80. We used our $30 dollar coupon (which we paid $15 dollars for) from website which brought the total down to $50. We then paid our $50 check with the Chase Saphire Reserve card which got us 6 cents on every dollar in travel assets. Because the Black Sail belongs to the American Airlines dining club we qualified for and got 5 American Airlines air miles worth 8.5 cents per dollar on our purchase. The combination of the Chase card and the AA dining club netted us a total of 14.5 cents worth of travel assets for every dollar we spent on our meal.

Folks that amazing meal and drinks cost us $50 plus the $15 for the coupon  but netted us $7.25 worth of travel assets so in reality the total cost of an appetizer , 3 small entrees and 9 drinks was 42.75 plus the $15 we paid for the coupon or $57.75. At most restaurants in Port St. Lucie you can’t get 9 drinks for $57.75.

Travel hackers call using multiple discounts to get the best price on their purchases, “stacking”. Part of stretching your travel dollar is knowing how to stack your deals and we actually have an article on “stacking” ,if you want to learn more about this great Geezer tool.

Deals like this are rare and if you know of other good restaurants with great deals like this share them. At we are always looking for ways to build travel assets and enjoy the good things in life at a discount. For more ideas and tips please sign up for our email service.

Disclosure: The opinions expressed in this article are shared with our readers with the belief of the author that they are accurate but the author is unable to guarantee the offers expressed herein. supports the businesses mentioned above because they are businesses the author has found to be helpful in saving money while traveling. may get a commission for links on the blog. You don’t have to use our links, but we’re very grateful when you do. Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, and have not been reviewed, approved or endorsed by our partners

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