IHOP offers free short stack IOUs after canceling National Pancake Day deal — Here's how to get yours


IHOP canceled its promotion for National Pancake Day, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get that beloved free short stack this year.

The pancake house chain is offering customers IOUs that can be redeemed later this year in a month-long promotion in April, IHOP announced in a release Tuesday.

To qualify for the promotion, guests need to become members of the MyHOP email list by March 31. These members will then be given an “IOU” for free pancakes that can be redeemed through the month of April, from April 1 thru April 31.

You can sign up for MyHOP at www.ihop.com/en/myhop.

The IOU coupon will be good for a free short stack of buttermilk pancakes and can be redeemed in-restaurant or via IHOP.com or the IHOP Mobile App.

Those who aren’t MyHOP members can still receive a free short stack during this time with a purchase of $10 or more.

“At IHOP, our top priority is the safety of our guests and team members,” said president of IHOP Jay Johns. “Given nothing about this past year has been ordinary – and while we look forward to celebrating National Pancake Day with guests under our blue roof in the future – we recognize it’s not possible to gather millions of our closest family and friends in our restaurants on a single day this year. As a result, we decided to flip National Pancake Day on its head and give our guests an entire month to redeem their free Short Stack with an IOU, while also continuing to put purpose behind our pancakes by giving back to those most in need: our charity partners.”

Part of IHOP’s mission is to support children in communities across the country by encouraging guests to make on-check, in-restaurant or online donations for as little as $1 to their national charity partner, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, and other local organizations.

“For the past 16 years, funds raised during IHOP’s National Pancake Day have helped local children’s hospitals treat millions of kids and their families,” said Teri Nestel, president and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We are grateful to IHOP’s customers and franchisees for confronting the many challenges of 2020 and adopting a month-long fundraising campaign to help us continue to change kids’ health, and change the future – for all of us.”

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