LOCO Rewards FAQs

What is LOCO RewardsTM?

LOCO Rewards is our new loyalty reward app that allows you to earn rewards and offers throughout the year. 

Ok, How do I get started?  

It’s easy! Download the app from the App Store or Google Play store and create your account. You can begin using the app immediately.

I already have the El Pollo Loco app for online ordering, is this a new app?

It’s the same app, just an update! In order to continue using the app, you will need to update it on your device.

How does LOCO Rewards work?

With any qualifying in-restaurant purchase or online order placed, you earn 1 point for every $1 spent.
When you have earned 100 points, you will receive a $10 reward. Your reward can be redeemed with any subsequent purchase.

How do I earn points?

To earn points, follow these quick, easy steps when you’re ready to place an order:

  • Open the app on your mobile device and log-in
  • Tap “Rewards” in the menu at the bottom of your screen

There are three ways you can earn at the restaurant:

  • For El Pollo Loco locations with a QR code reader
    • Tap “Earn” and a QR code will appear on your screen
    • Scan the barcode at register when you place your order.
  • For all other locations
    • Place your order as usual and retain your receipt to earn
    • In the app tap “Earn” and tap “Scan Barcode”
    • The app will use your camera to scan the barcode
    • Or, Tap “Enter Barcode” to enter it manually
  • Provide your phone number
    • Give the cashier the phone number you registered your account with and the points for your purchase will be applied to your LOCO Rewards account.

If you place an online order:

  • Sign-into your LOCO Rewards account
  • Place your order
  • Your points are automatically added to your account!

Please note: if you are signed in as “guest” when you place your order, we are unable to connect to your account and you will not earn points.

The barcode didn’t scan. What can I do?

On the barcode scan screen, tap “Enter Barcode”. The next screen will allow you to enter the numbers showing on the receipt barcode, and tap “Done”.

I have an account but didn’t have the LOCO Rewards app with me when I purchased. Can I still earn points?

Yes! Be sure to save your receipt. Each receipt has a LOCO Rewards barcode that can be scanned to earn your points for your purchase. See above for how to scan.

Please Note: The barcode is only valid for 2 days from time of purchase so don’t delay!

I placed an online order. How do I earn points?

If you were signed into your account at the time of purchase, the points will automatically be added to your account.

I made a purchase and later joined LOCO Rewards, can I get credit for that past purchase?

If you joined within 2 days of your purchase and saved your receipt, you can use the app to scan the bar code or enter the UPC code. Unfortunately, any transactions older than 2 days cannot be credited to your new account.

I placed an online order but didn’t receive points. Why not?

You may not have received points for the following reasons:

  • LOCO Rewards Account – you may not have created a LOCO Rewards account on the online ordering website
  • Sign-in - You may not have been signed into your account at the time of purchase. Orders placed as “Guest” do not earn points. If you are not signed in, points cannot be posted to your account.
  • You purchased a gift card – gift cards are not eligible to earn points.

None of these situations apply and I still don’t know why I didn’t earn points. What can I do?

Please log into the LOCO Rewards app. Select the main menu by tapping the list icon in the upper left corner of your screen and tap “Need Help?” Select the “Contact Guest Services button and complete the Contact Us form. For technical difficulties with the app, select “Report Technical Issue and complete the auto-generated email by explaining your situation, location you visited and receipt number. We will respond within 5 business days to help resolve your situation.

I earned a $10 reward, how do I redeem it?

To redeem, following these simple steps if you’re in restaurant or placing an order online:

            In Restaurant:

  • Open the El Pollo Loco app before placing your order with the cashier, tap the redeem button, select your Loco Reward, then select the amount of your reward you would like to apply to your purchase, up to $10, and tap redeem. Confirm the amount by tapping “Yes” in the pop-up screen. Your reward will be applied to your order.

For Online Orders:

  • Place your online order
  • In the check-out screen tap the Redeem button and select the reward you wish to redeem. Complete your checkout and submit your order.

My purchase total is less than my $10 reward. Can I redeem part of it now and the rest later?

Yes, you can use part of your reward and the balance will be saved to your account for redemption towards a future purchase.

If I earn more than one reward, can I save them and use them later?

Rewards can be saved but only one can be redeemed per transaction and rewards expire.

I have multiple rewards, can I apply them all to one purchase to cover the cost of most of my purchase?

You can only redeem one reward per transaction. Redeeming two or more rewards in a single purchase is not allowed.

Do my rewards expire?

Yes, all rewards expire, although we do our best to give you enough time to redeem. You can check your account for current rewards and view expiration dates.

How do I know how many points I have earned?

You can check your account balance at any time by opening the El Pollo Loco app and tapping “Rewards” in the bottom menu of your screen. You will see a round dial showing how close you are to reaching 100 points.

You can also tap “News” to view any rewards you have earned.

Can I have more than one LOCO Rewards account?

Unfortunately, no. Multiple accounts used on the same device will not work with the rewards program. A guest with multiple accounts will be deactivated and/or banned from the rewards program. See Loco RewardsTM Terms & Conditions for details.

Why does the El Pollo Loco app ask for my location information?

Your location information is needed to locate the restaurants nearest to you and make your search quick and easy

Why does the El Pollo Loco app ask to use my camera? And, can I turn it off?

In order to earn points with the barcode, your device camera is needed to view and scan the barcode. You can turn off the camera in your settings but you will need to manually enter the bar code numbers each time you wish to earn points for purchases.

What if I don’t have mobile device or don’t want to have the LOCO Rewards app on my phone?

You can participate in LOCO Rewards on our website.

Why can’t I order delivery?

Delivery may not be available in the location or area you wish to order from. We are adding more locations as delivery service becomes available so please check back from time to time.

Do I earn points on delivery?

No, just food and drinks. Delivery is not included and points cannot be earned on delivery charges.  

Do I earn points for catering orders?

At this time, catering orders do not qualify for earning points.

I purchased an El Pollo Loco gift card, can I earn points?

Purchasing gift cards do not earn points. However, if you have a gift card and wish to use it to pay for your order, you can receive Loco Reward points as long as you are a member and signed in.

My receipt was for higher than the points I received, why?

You earn points on all pre-tax sales and not the receipt total, which includes tax.

My app is frozen and won't advance to next screen. What do I do?

Try logging out of your account and then closing the El Pollo Loco app on your device. Restart the app and begin using it as usual. If the problem persists, select the help tab in the app main menu and select Guest Services. Provide details of your technical difficulty and submit. Or contact us at: https://www.elpolloloco.com/contact

Can I give the cashier my phone number to apply my points to account?

Yes! Provide the phone number you used to register your account with. 

How do you use my personal and purchase information?

We do not share your personal or purchase information. Purchase information is used to help us better provide you with offers and information you are interested in.

Besides points, are there other ways to get free food and discounts?

From time to time we provide special rewards and offers for our members. Be sure to open our emails and check the “News” section of our app so you don’t miss any offers or rewards!

Can I load my gift card into my app?

This is coming soon! Check back for updates.


 For additional program detail see Loco RewardsTM Terms & Conditions.

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