EatAbout Blog | Group payments have arrived

Do you remember how fun it was the last time you went out to a restaurant with your friends and the bill arrived? We know the feeling all too well: friends who order more than the rest but who advocate for an even split; guests who refrain from alcohol but subjected to splitting equally; that friend who just orders a side but eats a fourth of everyone’s dishes. Yeah we remember the good ‘ole times spending 10 minutes figuring out who pays what. Not.

With this in mind, we're proud to introduce our latest feature: Group Payments.

How it works

The person who initiates a booking on EatAbout can now indicate how many guests they wish to pay for. They can then nominate other paying guests who'll be invited to pay their respective portion in order to complete the booking:

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Once the initiator’s payment has been confirmed, they can add details for the remaining paying guests. Given that some guests may wish to pay for more than just themselves, the initiator can allocate the amount each remaining payee will owe.

For example, if there are 6 diners who opt for a meal priced at £33/person, the initiator can indicate that there are 5 other paying guests, thus charging each guest £33. But if the initiator knows that one of their guests would like to pay for one other guest, they would indicate 3 paying guests, and allocate the correct funds per paying guest. EatAbout can either populate the numbers automatically, or the initiator can choose their own custom amounts:

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An e-mail will be sent to the guests requesting payment. Similar to our Single Pay feature (where one person completes the entire payment), the initiator will only be charged and their guests notified of payment as soon as their host accepts the booking.

Check out this video to see how this works in action:

Group pay youtube feature

What this means

Now that group payments are here, every guest will know exactly how much they'll be spending for their meal before they even dine with EatAbout. This removes the uncertainty and ambiguity of how much you'll be dishing out, which is rarely something you can control when dining at a restaurant. Group payments minimise the frustration and at times ill-will that can be harboured towards friends, allowing diners to budget accordingly. Our hope is to create a stress-free process, where guests can BYOB and relax in the home of a chef.

We're working hard to improve the way people eat out, and simplifying group payments is just the first step. We'd love to hear what you think about our group pay feature, and if you have any requests for future improvements!