FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 9, 2010
AARP Media Relations
AARP Selects Restaurant.com as a Preferred Provider to Make Delicious New Savings Available to Members
Relationship Gives AARP Members a New Discount on Gift Certificates
for More than 14,000 Restaurants Nationwide
Washington DC— AARP and Restaurant.com today announced a new relationship that will make an exclusive discount available to AARP members on the 25,000 daily gift certificate options offered on Restaurant.com. The new AARP Restaurant Discount Center powered by Restaurant.com is available by visiting (www.aarp.org/restaurant). The site allows AARP members to search a database of more than 14,000 participating restaurants at which they can receive savings and enjoy memorable meals.
“Our members lead active and engaging lives: they’re traveling, visiting their kids and grandkids and spending time with friends,” said Howard Byck, senior vice president of lifestyle products and services for AARP Services, Inc., the wholly-owned subsidiary of AARP. “Particularly in this economy, AARP is committed to helping them enjoy more for less. Launching the Restaurant Discount Center powered by Restaurant.com is a natural fit that gives AARP members access to discounts at thousands of restaurants across the country.”
Since 1999, Restaurant.com has connected restaurants and diners nationwide. Through this new relationship, AARP members can access discounts for Restaurant.com gift certificates by visiting the Restaurant Discount Center and, when prompted, entering their AARP member information. Savings apply to the Restaurant.com Gift Center and to all the gift certificate denominations available on the site, which include $10, $25, $50, $75 and $100.
“Restaurant.com is proud to be an AARP preferred discount provider. AARP is a reputable organization that provides so much value to an important population,” said Cary Chessick, president and CEO of Restaurant.com. “Like AARP, Restaurant.com believes in quality products and services and we look forward to making a best-in-class experience available to AARP members as they take advantage of dining savings through this new relationship.”
To explore all the restaurant choices in any local or national area, AARP members can simply select a location and then choose to refine their restaurant search by criteria such as cuisine, price and atmosphere. Once a specific restaurant is selected, restaurant Web pages show menus, photos, gift certificate denominations and available quantities. Members can then purchase the denomination and quantity of their choice, print the certificate instantly for immediate use and present the certificate to their server to have the amount deducted from the final bill.
For more information on the Restaurant Discount Center, AARP members can visit www.aarp.org/restaurant or call 1-877-657-4710.
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ABOUT AARP SERVICES INC.
AARP Services Inc., founded in 1999, is a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary of AARP. AARP Services manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight of the wide range of products and services that carry the AARP name and are made available by independent providers as benefits to AARP’s almost 40 million members. The provider offers currently span health products, travel and leisure products, and life event services. Specific products include Medicare supplemental insurance; member discounts on rental cars, cruises, vacation packages and lodging; special offers on technology and gifts; pharmacy services; legal services; and long-term care insurance. AARP Services also engages in new product development activities for AARP and provides certain consulting services to outside companies. In 2005, AARP Services founded AARP Financial Inc., a wholly-owned taxable subsidiary that manages the provider relationships for and performs quality control oversight for the financial products that carry the AARP name, including credit cards, auto and home, mobile home and motorcycle insurance, and life insurance and annuities. AARP Financial also provides access to proprietary investment products and services, including mutual funds and financial guidance, designed to meet the needs of investors at any life stage.
Restaurant.com is the trusted and valued source connecting restaurants and diners nationwide. The company offers savings at more than 14,000 restaurants nationwide with more than 25,000 daily gift certificate options. Restaurant.com brings people together to relax, converse and enjoy well-prepared and -served meals at affordable prices. To date, Restaurant.com customers have saved more than $100 million through the gift certificate program. Restaurant.com has operated since 1999 and is based in Arlington Heights, Ill.