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You can pay between £3.49 and £11.49 a month to get free delivery and other discounts.

Takeaway orders have soared during lockdown. It’s no surprise. If you can’t go out, you order in.

And it’s the same for us. We used to order one every couple of months or so, but there have been a handful of spells in the last year where it was practically every week. In part that’s to support local restaurants, but also it is nice to not cook from time to time!

Of course this isn’t a cheap (or healthy) habit. And once you add in the service and delivery charges you get on top from the likes of Deliveroo and Uber Eats it can quickly add up to much more than you intended.

Deliveroo know this, so they’ve add a new “family” tier to their delivery subscription service, which gives free delivery on orders for a monthly fee.

But is paying for a monthly membership actually going to save you money?

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What is Deliveroo Plus?

You’re basically signing up for a delivery pass with a monthly charge. Depending on the tier you select you’ll get free delivery when you spend over a certain amount.

Deliveroo also promises members will receive extra “Plus” discounts – I’ll take a look at these further down the article.

You are only tied in to one month at a time so you can pick and choose when you want to use it. However it will auto-renew if you don’t cancel.

Deliveroo Plus costs

There are two levels you can choose between:

Deliveroo Plus Family

  • Cost: £3.49 a month
  • Minimum order for free delivery: £25

Deliveroo Plus

  • Cost: £11.49 a month
  • Minimum order for free delivery: £10

You’ll still have to pay delivery charges if your order is less than the minimum set by your subscription level.

Deliveroo Plus Free Trial

You can get one 14-day free trial per account. You can cancel at any time before the trial ends but you’ll sacrifice any remaining days left. But forget to cancel and you will get charged.

If that happens, you’ve still got a 14-day cooling off period to request a full refund – as long as you don’t use the service in that time.

You’ll see the option to sign up in the app or on the site. If it’s not there then go to settings.

How to cancel Deliveroo Plus

Simply head to your account and select the option to cancel your membership.

Deliveroo Plus rewards

These extra discounts have the potential to save you cash – but I think it’s a bit of a postcode lottery.

The main offer right now requires you to place three orders at participating restaurants in 30 days to get £8 off a fourth order .

In Brixton there were 16 restaurants taking part, but five miles down the road in Peckham there were three.

In central Edinburgh there were four (one was a newsagent!) and in a student area of Leeds just seven. And in the town where I live there were zero!

The chances of you finding the restaurant you want to order from also listed in this promotion are slim – so I wouldn’t sign up expecting to save extra from a membership.

Is Deliveroo Plus a good idea?

Taking a look at some of the delivery charges near me, they range from 79p through to £3.49 – with the majority around the £3 mark.

That means if you are someone that regularly orders at least two takeaways from Deliveroo over £25, then you will probably get your £3.49 subscription fee back after one or two orders.

It’s a tougher sell for people who won’t hit the £25 minimum spend for the family option. The cost of the next tier down at £11.49 would mean you’d need to order at least four times a month to get the month back. That’s harder to justify.

But even if you think that makes sense, there are some wider issues you need to consider.

First, if you sign up for a service like this it will be really tempting to order more takeaways. And that means you will spend more.

Second, it ties you in to using just Deliveroo. And if you want to order from a restaurant on another app or direct, then you’ll have to pay again.

Finally, it’s actually often cheaper to order direct from the takeaway. Since Deliveroo (and the other apps) take a decent cut of the sale, prices can be higher than if you go direct. Plus you need to factor in that service charge on top.

So check out the websites for your faves, and see if the prices are lower, and if delivery is free. If so that sounds like a better option – plus the restaurant will get to keep more of the money.

But if you order at least once a month from a Deliveroo only takeaway and spend at least £25 each time, then the family pass at £3.49 will mean you at least break even. That means there’s not much harm giving it a go – as long as you don’t start ordering more frequently than if you didn’t have it!

Avoid supermarket orders on takeaway apps

Finally, a reminder that ordering from supermarkets on Deliveroo and Uber Eats is generally going to be more expensive than doing it yourself or ordering from their own delivery services.

I’ve written in more detail about how much more this costs here.

Deliveroo promo codes

New users can also save money on their first order by using a promo code. I’ll list the best ones of these in my takeaway deals page.