McDonald’s to give away free food for an ‘act of lovin’ in Super Bowl promo

McDonald's: Super Bowl push launches 'Pay with Lovin' promotion
McDonald's: Super Bowl push launches 'Pay with Lovin' promotion

McDonald's US is using its Super Bowl ad slot to launch its 'Pay with Lovin' campaign, which will allow selected customers to pay for their food with an 'act of lovin'.

Customers visiting the fast-food giant between 2-14 February will at randomised, pre-determined times be selected to take part in the promotion.

Once a customer  has completed his or her order and presented a method of payment, the restaurant guest service manager or ‘Lovin’ Lead’ will explain that McDonald’s is doing something special that day, and the customer will be given the option to pay for his or her order with an ‘act of lovin’ instead.

According to McDonald’s, this means a breakfast might cost a friendly fist bump to the crew member on duty, lunch could be paid for with a call to a loved one and dinner could be settled with a compliment.

The ad, which will make its debut during the Super Bowl, shows McDonald's customers looking baffled at first but eventually enjoying their 'acts of lovin'.

Deborah Wahl, chief marketing officer for McDonald’s USA, said: "McDonald’s is in a unique position to bring a little more lovin’ to our customers. We’re on a journey to change the relationship and conversation and ‘Pay with Lovin’ is a direct way for us to engage with our customers."

McDonald’s is also encouraging people to share their experiences of the promotion and join the conversation by following @McDonalds or by visiting

Separately, Betfair Sportsbook has opened a market on which brand’s ad will evoke the biggest reaction on Twitter during the Super Bowl coverage on Sunday night.

Budweiser is evens and Pepsi is at 5/2 to receive the most brand mentions on Twitter between 10pm and 3am on Sunday night. Betfair predicts that T-Mobile could "easily steal the show after bringing in the internet-destroyer, Kim Kardashian for a self-satirical advert".

The bookmaker says Carl’s Jnr "could be a good outside bet" at 18/1 as the fast-food chain is reported to be airing the only ad with semi-nude women; Victoria’s Secret models are fully clothed this year.

The odds

Budweiser          EVS

Pepsi                   5/2

Bud Light            3/1

Skittles                 9/1

Toyota                 10/1

Universal Pictures   10/1

Coca-Cola            12/1

Doritos                          12/1

Victoria’s Secret     12/1

BMW                   14/1

McDonalds           14/1

Nissan                 14/1

T-Mobile              14/1

Buzzfeed              18/1

Carl’s Jnr              18/1

Mophie                  18/1

Snickers               18/1

Lexus                  20/1              22/1

Carnival Corporation  25/1

Dove Men+ Care   25/1

GoDaddy              25/1

Kia                      25/1

Mercedes Benz      25/1

Friskies                          33/1

Loctite                 33/1

Avocados from Mexico 40/1

Nationwide           40/1

University of Phoenix 40/1

The Verge            50/1

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