All the Deals at T.G.I. Friday’s in Ansan

Every business group in Korea seems to have their own credit card (or collection of cards) which they then load up with special deals in an infinite range of varieties with as many confusing restrictions as they can think of. Apparently T.G.I. Friday's in Korea has set up deals for most of these cards and their menu dedicates an entire page to describing them (since nobody can keep it straight otherwise). Here are some examples:

If you have the Family version of the Shinhan Card (previously called LG Card) you can get 20% off your bill, but only if you charged at least W300,000 to the card in the previous month.

Here's a better one…  T.G.I. Friday's offers discounts for versions S, M (Lady, My Business), M (LIG Insurance), V and W of the HyundaiCard. For example, if you've got a V card, then you can get up to 15% off your bill (but only a maximum of twice per month) up to W20,0000 if you spent between W200,000 and W500,000 in the previous month using the card, up to W30,000 if you spent between W500,000 and W800,0000 in the previous month and up to W50,000 if you spent more than W800,000. However, if you are a new card owner, you can have the 15% discount during the first two months of card ownership regardless of how much you used the card in the previous month (it doesn't say what the limit is though). Of course, these discounts are not available at all T.G.I. Friday's locations…

Unfortunately, I carried a HyundaiCard H version, which was totally and completely useless at lunch that day! And Myunghee's BC Card wasn't the Rainbow version of the BC Card she would have needed to get a 20% discount (but only once per month and only on Mondays, up to a maximum of a W20,000 discount, and only at certain stores).

It's also nice that at the bottom they mention that the beef at the restaurant is from Australia, except for the beef used in sauces, which is from New Zealand. Rice and chicken are from Korea, but pork is from France, as is bacon. However, pork used in sauces is from Korea and cabbage for kimchi is from Korea. Fortunately, they have protected all diners from the evil beef from the US which is infected with mad cow disease, and from China and other backward countries which use those terrible pesticides.



Steven Bammel

Steven S. Bammel is president and chief translator/consultant at Korean Consulting & Translation Service, Inc. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington (B.B.A. Economics) and Hanyang University (M.S. Management Strategy), Steven has worked for over twenty years in Korean business and translation. | more about Steven

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