New Starbucks Rewards Program Starts Today
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The New Starbucks Rewards Program Starts NOW! Here’s all you need to know!
With this new rewards system, Starbucks Rewards Members will now earn 2 stars for every $1 spent using a registered gift card or the Starbucks app; and you can now redeem your points at different levels for various items!
- Redeem 25 Stars – Add an extra shot, flavor, or soy milk to your drink for free (up to $1 off beverage price)
- Redeem 50 Stars – Get any size hot brewed coffee, hot tea, or bakery item for free
- Redeem 150 Stars – Get any handcrafted beverage, parfait or breakfast item for free
- Redeem 200 Stars – Get a lunch sandwich, salad or protein box for free
- Redeem 400 Stars – Get packaged coffee or a single merchandise item for free (up to $20 value)
Although these changes do lower the amount of stars you need to redeem for a free plain coffee, you will now need MORE stars for free handcrafted beverages as mentioned above.
All other Starbucks Rewards items like free in-store brewed coffee or tea refills, and birthday freebies are still available.
Will existing rewards be grandfathered in or will you lose rewards?
If you reached Gold Level status before the program change, your entire Star balance should have carried over. For example, if you had 424 Stars in your account, those Stars should remain now that the program has changed. But you will now be able to redeem your Stars in a variety of ways like a mug for 400 stars, cookies for 50 stars each etc.
Are you looking forward to these Rewards Program changes? Here’s what some Hip2Save readers had to say in a recent post:
I’m disappointed 🙁 as it’s going to take 25 more stars for my favorite White Chocolate Mocha & 75 more to get a salad or sandwich.
I think I’m happy with this change as I always opted to go crazy and order something I wouldn’t normally or grab like an outrageously priced sandwich whereas I am perfectly content with a regular coffee & bakery item for 50 stars! Plus I don’t rack up stars as much as some people – I have 40 stars expiring next month – now I don’t have to stress as much about it.
Disappointing. Rewards programs always seem to tighten up over time and get worse over time. To move sandwiches and salads from 125 stars to 200. Wow. Huge increase. Probably the rewards program is factored into their product pricing too.
I’m not happy. My family uses the rewards in downtown Disney for free lunch. My kids and I take the monorail from Disneyland to Downtown Disney where they have a Starbucks that takes the rewards, they don’t inside Disneyland or California Adventures.
It will be interesting to see how soon/if they change it back because this will probably lose them a lot of business. Mine for one. It is cheaper to get coffee other places but because of the rewards I always kind of justified spending the extra to go to Starbucks. 🤷🏼♀️
Not happy. I always used my rewards on a big item. It was like getting a real deal!! And now 125 stars has been given a much lesser value… boo… just not going to be worth it anymore…