Pizza Hut has announced it will no longer charge a delivery fee for online orders, which can save customers up to $8. The company is boasting that it's the first of the "Big Three" pizza chains to offer no-cost delivery. However, there's a slightly sneaky disclaimer that customers need to be aware of.
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Pizza Hut's decision to abolish home delivery fees seems commendable on the surface, but there's a significant catch: the offer is only available for orders of $25 or over.
While this is great for parties and families, it makes ordering somewhat difficult if you happen to live alone and practically forces gluttony. Allow us to explain.
Domino's Pizza factors the delivery cost into its online menu, which translates to a costlier total. For example, a pepperoni pizza, two cans of soft drink and a garlic bread will set you back $25.90 at Domino's, whereas the same items from Pizza Hut costs $18.90 — a saving of $7.
However, because this falls below the minimum order policy, Pizza Hut wont actually deliver the food to you. Domino's minimum delivery order is $24, which covers the above order.
In other words, you're forced to order additional items from Pizza Hut's menu to reach the $25 price point, which means you're likely to exceed what you originally planned on spending (adding an additional pizza brings the total to $28.90, for example.)
While the Pizza Hut deal does get you more food for a similar price, we're not sure this is particularly advisable when you consider the high fat content of pizza. We suppose you could freeze the unwanted food for later, but this still translates to another unhealthy meal in your near future.
In other words, the "free" delivery option only works if you buy more pizzas; which comes at the expense of your waistline. Food for thought!