Say hello to the "McGold Card," which will net you free food from McDonald's for the rest of your life ... if that sounds appealing
· Nov 30, 2022 ·

Let's face it, McDonald's isn't all that good. I'm not even sure it's in the Top 5 of fast-food restaurants in the United States. The fries are good and the nuggets, while gelatinous and weird, are pleasantly nostalgic. But that's about it.

Yet if someone handed you a card and said, "Free McDonald's forever" ... I mean, I dunno, you'd take it. I guess.


For the holidays, McDonald's is giving away free meals for life. Well, sort of.

Beginning December 5, every order completed in the McDonald's app for at least $1 will enter customers into a contest to win a McGold Card. Three winners will get a special card that earns them free McDonald's for life. Plus, each winner will get three extra cards to give away for a total of 12 cards being won. ...

"Our fans have been fascinated by the lore of the McGold Card and if it really exists. And now, we'll make this McDonald's legend a reality for our fans by giving them the ultimate holiday gift – a chance to win a card and then share access to it with three of their family or friends," said Tariq Hassan, McDonald's USA chief marketing officer in a release.

You got to admit, it would be pretty sweet to be handed one of those cards.

But it's worth pointing out that it's technically not really for life:

In 2018, McDonald's issued a few gold cards during a contest, but the winner was eligible to get "only" two free meals a week for 50 years. That rule applies to this year's promotion too, which ends on December 25.

Well, look, real talk: If you eat McDonald's too often then you're probably shaving the years off your life already. So 50 years is plenty of time.

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