I grew up in New York and seemingly every Friday, I'd drive with my dad to a local pizza shop. I'd sit in the passenger seat, holding the box on my lap, as it tortured me during the agonizing ten-minute drive home. The slices were delicious. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.
Ahhh, Cataffo's… I miss ye.
My first experience with Papa Johns was when I was in college in Pittsburgh. It was a different experience, thicker crust, lighter and tangier sauce, but it was still good. My experiences with Papa John's pizza today just remind me of my fun times in college.
What makes pizza so great is that it's so simple and has so much competition. Domino's, Little Caesar's, Papa Johns, your local shop – they are all competing heavily for your business.
That means competitive prices. It seems no matter what time of year, you can always find a deal.
Here are the best ways to get more Papa John's pizza for less.
Papa John's has an app. When you order through it, you can earn Papa Rewards rewards that get you free food and all that great stuff. If you plan on ordering it a lot, on a regular basis, then the app is for you.
Also, you can get $5 off your first 3 DoorDash orders over $12!
Never Pay Full Price: 25% Off
25OFF almost always works. 🙂
It'll get you 25% off a regular menu price (RMP) order.
If not, SAVE25 and VISA25 almost always work too. You can always find a 25% coupon.
Warning: This is not always the best deal though. Treat it as your starting point. Never pay more than 25% off the regular price!
Know Your Pizza Math
Remember the equation for the area of a circle?
A = π r2
That'll tell you how much pizza you're getting for your money.
What are the different sizes of Papa John's pizzas?
- Small – 10″
- Medium – 12″
- Large – 14″
- Extra-Large – 16″
The total area of Papa Johns pizza by size is:
- Small – ~78.5 in2
- Medium – ~113.1 in2
- Large – ~153.9 in2
- Extra-Large – ~201.1 in2
Based on standard prices for a cheese pizza, the price per square inch is:
- Small ($11) – $0.140 per in2
- Medium ($13) – $0.115 per in2
- Large ($15) – $0.097 per in2
- Extra-Large ($18) – $0.089 per in2
Armed with math, you can now decide which pizza deals are the best.
Join the Papa John's Rewards Program
Their rewards program, Papa Rewards, is free and you can earn free food when you order online. There's no reason not to join!
You get a point for every $5 you spend and can redeem them for food:
- Garlic Knots: 10 points
- 10″ Cheesesticks: 10 points
- Chocolate Chip Cookie 10 points
- Large 2-Topping: 20 points
- Large 3-Topping: 25 points
- SPECIALTY/LTO: 30 points
You also get 10 bonus points on your birthday!
While you're at it, sign up for email and text deals too.
Check the Special page
The Special page is chock full of deals. You should never just straight up order a pizza and be done with it, there's probably a special that will work for you.
Root, Root, Root for The Home Team
If they don't win it's a shame… but if they do certain sporty things, you could get cheaper pizza. Papa Johns partners with a lot of different leagues and runs different promotions throughout their regular and postseason periods. Search for “Papa Johns promo” and your local sports team for details and the team-specific promotion code.
- Baseball: For baseball in 2018, they have a season long promotion – get 40% off any pizza at regular menu price online the day after a Grand Slam when you use promo code: PAPASLAM. There were 133 such days in 2017.
- Football: Papa Johns is the official pizza of NFL too (and has been since 2010) – when it's football season you can get football themed deals on pizza.
- Hockey: Save whenever your local hockey team scores more than X number of goals – the Rangers need to score 3+ goals (RANGERS3), the Capitals (CAPS50) need to score 4+, etc.
- Basketball: For example, when the Washington Wizards score more than 100 points in a game, use WIZ50 to get 50% off your RMP order the following day.
Order for the Future
Papa Johns runs promotions all. the. time. But sometimes those promotions end before you wanted to have pizza again – did you know you can order your pizza up to 21 days in advance?
For cash orders, you can submit them 21 days in advance but use the promotion you saw today. For credit orders, you can only order 3 days in advance.
It's part of their plan ahead program, I just didn't know you could order three weeks in advance!
Buy Gift Cards Online
People sell gift cards online all the time and the various card marketplaces will offer guarantees so you'll never get ripped off. My favorite gift card marketplace is Raise.
You can earn Papa Rewards when you pay with a gift card too!
One last tip before you go…
I love leftover pizza – but microwaving it means a tough to chew crust (bread gets funny when you microwave it, just put in a cup of water to avoid that) and a soggy bottom.
My preferred way for reheating is to pop it in the oven to melt the cheese (or microwave with the cup of water) and then fry it in a pan for a few seconds to crisp up the bottom.