We have a Gourmet Society card which is a perk of the bank account, so we don’t pay a fee as such. My question is really about use of the card, rather than the auto-renewal, which seems to be the usual complaint (e.g. following a cheap/free trial period). Nearly all restaurants in the scheme require that you inform them in advance of your intention to use the card to get a discount. I was just wondering why this is necessary; my cynical view is that the quality etc of the meal is ‘adjusted’ if they know that you are going to make use of an offer (same would apply if a printed voucher was being used). Am I justified in such a view, or am I just being mean-spirited? I suspect that I already know what the views of the massive are, but wondered if anyone could put my mind at rest?
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