We’ve all had those days when we’re running low on time and energy, so we turn to DoorDash as an easy option for food delivery, groceries, or household items delivered right to our door.
Using DoorDash’s convenient delivery service every now and then likely won’t make a big dent in your wallet. However, if you’re frequently ordering DoorDash every week it can be a pricey expense after you figure in the extra service fees, delivery charge, driver’s tip and taxes.
If you’re a frequent DashDash customer, signing up for the paid DashPass can be a great investment. The more you use DashPass, the more money you save on each delivery order. We break down what comes with DashPass membership and whether DashPass is worth it.
How does DashPass work and what are the benefits?
DashPass is DoorDash’s subscription service that provides the following benefits to its members:
- Free delivery on orders $12 or more from participating restaurants
- No service fees on pickup orders
- 5% credit back on pickup orders
- 10% off subtotals year-round
- Lower service fees
- Exclusive promotions only available to DashPass members
- Can redeem benefits from DoorDash’s higher-end sister site, Caviar
- No contract; cancel at any time with no cancellation fee
When ordering on the DoorDash app, a DashPass-eligible business will have a green checkmark next to it. Simply place your order as you normally would, and your DashPass discounts will automatically apply to your order as long as it meets the subscription requirements.
How much does DashPass cost?
Subscribers pay $9.99 per month or $96 annually (bringing the cost to $8 per month) to access DashPass perks like waived delivery fees and lower service fees from hundreds of local restaurants.
What are the current deals and promos for DashPass?
DashPass may occasionally offer deals and promos to incentivize new signups for their paid subscription service. The deals change frequently, so visit our DoorDash coupon page for the latest deals.
Here are some of the current deals for DashPass:
- DashPass for Students: Get $0 delivery fees and DashPass membership for only $4.99/mo. The offer is available for a limited time only.
- 50% Off Your First DashPass Order: You can get 50% off your first order when you sign up as a DashPass member.
Does DashPass offer a free trial?
Yes! DashPass offers a one-month free trial before the $9.99 monthly rate or $96 annual rate kicks in. If you’re not sure whether you would utilize DashPass enough to justify the monthly cost, a free trial could be the best way to test that.
Remember to set a calendar reminder on your phone near the end of your free trial period so you can determine whether you want to continue the subscription or cancel it before the fee kicks in.
Does DashPass only apply to restaurants?
No, DashPass-eligibility does not only apply to restaurants. Much like DoorDash, DashPass applies to a variety of businesses. While you might not order dinner for delivery more than once per month, it may be beneficial to order groceries, household items, or pet food multiple times per month to reap the money-saving benefits of the membership.
Some examples of non-restaurant businesses offering DashPass:
- Total Wine & More
- Kwik Trip
- Office Depot
- Fresh Thyme
- Chuck & Don’s
- Dollar General
- Bed Bath & Beyond
- Flower shops
It’s important to note that just because you have businesses in your area doesn’t mean that all of them are DashPass-eligible businesses. Be sure to check your neighborhood’s eligible restaurants and businesses in the app to determine if that list includes your favorites.
Are you still charged fees with DashPass?
Unfortunately, DashPass doesn’t completely eliminate additional service fees when ordering DoorDash, but it does greatly reduce the fees and provides free delivery if you reach the minimum order total.
While your delivery fee may be waived, there are still service fees, taxes, and tips for the delivery driver. On average, DoorDash charges a 10%-15% upcharge on order subtotals. With DashPass, that figure drops to a flat rate of 5%.
Can you cancel DashPass anytime?
Yes, you can cancel DashPass at any time with no cancellation fees through your DoorDash account. DashPass is not a contract subscription. If you start using the service and find that you don’t use it enough to justify the cost, you can easily cancel your membership.
To cancel your DashPass membership:
- Open the DoorDash app.
- Click the account icon in the top left corner.
- Select “Manage DashPass.”
- Click “End Subscription.”
- Confirm that you want to end your subscription.
Once you cancel, you can continue enjoying your DashPass perks until the end of the billing cycle.
Is DashPass worth it?
You might be wondering, does DashPass even save me money when ordering DoorDash deliveries?
DashPass is absolutely worth it if you frequently use the app for food, grocery and household deliveries. If you spend more than $9.99 (or $8 if you pay the annual fee) on DoorDash delivery fees every month, then you will be getting your money’s worth with DashPass.
According to DoorDash, a DashPass pays for itself after just two orders because the membership saves you about $4 or $5 on each order. These cost savings tend to increase when you place larger orders and order from businesses further away from your home that charge higher delivery fees.
DashPass is also worth the investment if you’re located in a well-developed area with dozens of business options at your fingertips. If you love the convenience of trying out different restaurants and having household goods delivered straight to your door, DashPass is a service that can handle many of your needs.