The toptable bluffer's guide to … using your top reward points

toptable's top reward points let you eat your way to free meals, foodie-themed gifts and unmissable culinary experiences, but we've noticed that some of you haven't sussed how to work the system to maximise your rewards. Here's the insider's guide…

1. 'Free meal' restaurants are located in London, Paris and around the UK. With new venues coming on board each day, earning top reward points is worthwhile wherever you live.
2. Rewards range from a free meal at restaurants like Quaglino's and Mango Tree to signed cookbooks and luxurious spa experiences. For 40,000 points, you can enjoy a tasting menu for two cooked by Michelin starred chef Alain Ducasse and his team at the Dorchester. 
3. Look out for special toptable deals that occur every few months where you dine just twice and earn 1,400 points.
4. Check toptable newsletters for special promotions to earn your bonus points. They're usually on for less than a month, so don't miss out – book right away and treat someone to dinner!
5. No special points offers on? Here's a quick equation to get you dining for free: register and sign up for the newsletter (200 points) + book a meal for two (200 points) + book the theatre (400 points) + book a hotel for one night (600 points) and you're there!
6. Or just book an event – office Christmas party, anyone? – for 20 to 39 people and you earn that magic 1,400 points. 
7. An even more amazing deal: book your Christmas party by the end of September for just 8 – 19 people to earn 1,400 points. Bigger parties earn double the normal points and our dedicated events team can do all the hard work while you collect the glory – and the points.
8. Going away? Book a hotel through toptable for three nights or more, and bingo, you've earned 1,400 points.
9. Follow the directions in the T&C's for hotel and theatre bookings to make sure you get the credit.
10. Don't let them get away! Unredeemed points expire after one year, so keep an eye on your top rewards statement in your account. 

What's are you waiting for? Click now on 'top reward points' for the first step on the road to rewards. Happy [free] dining!