How to Get Discounts in McDonalds Using Wechat

Essential WeChat Tips

A good junk-food binge is just what you need sometimes, and with our simple guide you can indulge your Mcdonalds’ cravings for cheaper prices.  Today we will show you step by step how to get discounts in McDonald’s through using WeChat Coupons. Actually, this method of using WeChat Coupons works for many large chain businesses in China. KFC for example has a similar coupon system, Starbucks uses WeChat coupons, Carrefour, Walmart, the list goes on and on. We chose McDonald’s as the case study because everyone can relate to this, and their use of WeChat Coupons is relatively easy. We are going to cover:
What are WeChat Coupons?
Where do I find WeChat Coupons?
How do I use them when I’m in the store?

What are WeChat Coupons?

For a customer WeChat Coupons work basically the same as a normal discount offer or promotional coupon like you would see in a newspaper or magazine. Like this one below:
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The difference is that WeChat coupons are virtual not physical. It’s really that simple.

Where do I find WeChat Coupons?

Usually a company will use coupons to incentivise or reward you to do something, common examples:
Follow their WeChat Official Account
Buy something in their store using WeChat
Play their WeChat promotional game
Forward something to a friend that promotes their business
In the case of McDonald’s currently, it’s very simple. All you have to do is follow their WeChat Official Account. So let’s do that. First select ‘Contacts’ at the bottom and then ‘Official Accounts’.
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Now select the + icon in the top right corner to add a new official account to your list:
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Type ‘mcdonalds’ and press the green search button:
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Several options will come up – choose the first one:
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Select the big green ‘follow’ button:
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Now you’ve added the official account, click the middle button on the menu 优惠福利 (you hui fu li – Discounts) and then choose 优惠券 (you hui juan – Discount Coupons).
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You’ll be taken to this page which has a list of different kinds of discounts. Look through the menu and pictures and choose the offer/deal you want. Then click to select it:
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Fries and an ice cream sundae for just 11 yuan! God I love China! Let’s go for that one:
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Selecting that brings up the coupon. Check the coupon carefully as it will tell you the dates the offer is available – some offers are ongoing on certain days each week, some are limited to a week, some last a month. If the date is good for you click “Get Now”:
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Okay, I got it. When you click ‘Get Now’ a message will pop up saying the coupon has been ‘Added to WeChat Cards & Offers’. Go to your ‘Cards & Offers’ section on WeChat and check you have the coupon.
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If you want to send the coupon to a friend you can select the option beneath the picture:
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If you’re too hungry to share head straight to the store with your phone.

How do I use them when I’m in the store?

So now you’re in line in McDonald’s. Time to whip out your phone and head over to ‘Me’ and then select ‘Cards & Offers’. In ‘Cards & Offers’ select ‘My Items‘ to see your coupons:
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In here you can see all your discount coupons. Let’s bring up the McDonald’s one again and select ’Use Now’ to bring up the QR code:
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When you’re at the counter, all you need to do is show the cashier your phone. The cashier will input the code into the system and you’re done. It’s that simple!