FREE Starbucks Red Cup w/ Holiday Drink Purchase Today Only (Will Sell Out!)

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The wait is over. Starbucks Red Cup Day is finally here! 😍 

Starbucks Red Cup Day is an annual event where Starbucks unveils its newest holiday cups to mark the beginning of the holiday season and offers customers a FREE Holiday Cup (Red Cup) with the purchase of any holiday handcrafted beverage.

Quantities are limited so you’ll want to plan to get to Starbucks early today, November 16th only! The red cup giveaway is good while supplies last at participating U.S. Starbucks stores.

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The Starbucks Holiday Red Cup is reusable, which is awesome because anytime you bring in a reusable cup for your Starbucks order, you’ll also score 25 free stars AND 10¢ off your purchase!

Check out the holiday drinks available at Starbucks!

Starbucks Red Cup Day Holidays 2023

Get more gifts & discounts year-round as a Starbucks Rewards Member!

Starbucks Rewards Members now earn 2 stars for every $1 spent using a registered gift card or the Starbucks app; you can then redeem your points at different levels for various items!

You can also earn 1 star for every $1 spent no matter how you pay, simply by scanning the Starbucks app at checkout! Plus, if you bring a reusable Starbucks cup, you’ll also save 10¢ with every purchase!

  • 25 Stars: Swap in any milk substitutions, syrups, or an extra shot of espresso free of charge.
  • 100 Stars: Enjoy a free coffee, iced coffee or tea, packaged snacks, bakery item (such as a cake pop or cookie), Siren Logo Plastic To-Go Cold Cup 24oz, or a Siren Logo Plastic Hot Cup 16oz
  • 200 Stars: Grab a free handcrafted drink (including Cold Brew, Lattes, and more) or a hot breakfast item.
  • 300 Stars: Indulge in a free protein box, salad, or sandwich, or take home a bag of coffee!
  • 400 Stars: Signature mug, drink tumbler, or select coffee merch (you’ll pay the difference if the cost is over $20).

Don’t miss all the latest Starbucks deals, promos, and reward offers here!

About the writer:

Nicole has 7 years of blogging experience. While her primary background has been in the restaurant and hospitality industry, she is a self-taught couponer with over 10 years of hands-on experience and a desire to share her knowledge to help others save.

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Comments 28

  1. rn404

    I really wish they would do the cups in a different color…makes it more exciting

  2. Savvy Mom

    What holiday beverages are included in this promo?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there! I found this link on the handcrafted holiday drinks that are available this year. ❀️ If you have any drink modifications, you might call your nearest location to be sure how they’ll honor it. πŸ€—

  3. Sbh15

    I believe i’ve gotten these before at the starbucks in Target. Do you know if they will be doing it this year?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there! On their Facebook post, I spotted this – “Quantities are limited, while supplies last, at participating U.S. & Canada stores” so it may be limited to stand-alone stores only. However, you might try calling to your nearest Target & Starbucks location to find out if they are participating. 🀞 Unfortunately, each location I’ve tried to contact near me wasn’t available. Hoping you might be able to get in touch with someone near you! ❀️

      • sbh

        I ended up calling mine this morning, and they are participating!

        • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

          YAY! SO happy you were able to get in touch with your store to confirm! πŸ™Œ Thanks for the update and Happy Red Cup Day! πŸŽ‰β€οΈ

  4. Katrina

    Can you get the red cup if you go through the drive-thru?

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question, Katrina! Yes! Here’s what I found on this from their site – “The red cup giveaway is available however you order, including the Starbucks app and Starbucks delivery on DoorDash or Uber Eats.” Enjoy! ❀️

  5. Shari

    Is this for only app peeps or anyone? thanks!

    • Shelly


      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks for the helpful comment, Shelly! πŸ€—

  6. Shelly

    Both my kids now have a red cup. Thank you!!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay! Glad you were able to grab two this morning, Shelly! πŸŽ‰ You’re welcome! πŸ₯°

  7. Qvcnut

    Two secured by 6:10! I love red cup day!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      WOOHOO! πŸŽ‰β˜•οΈβ€οΈ

  8. Chris

    After his morning run, hubby came home with two πŸ’ƒ. My favourite is the chestnut praline latte with oatmilk, blonde roast, no toppings.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      YUM! Thanks for sharing your favorite seasonal drink to enjoy, Chris. πŸ€— Such a fun and happy surprise from you husband! πŸ₯°

  9. hmbroadw

    I got my cups, but not my coffees. They were running more than 30 minutes behind on orders. But the baristas were very kind and working their butts off

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing an update on your experience this morning at your location. ❀️ Good to know that employees were in great spirits for a busy day like today! πŸ€—

  10. Susan W Capozza

    Please tip your baristas today… they are going through it!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing this thoughtful reminder, Susan. β˜•οΈπŸ’ž

  11. Tracey

    The link above about the drinks included didn’t seem to list them all. I found this one (choose “see full list of beverages) which actually lists them out.
    A couple of years ago, I ordered my usual – hot chocolate – and the barista told me that wasn’t included. When I told her that it actually is, she went and opened a cupboard, looked at a list taped to the door, then came back and said, “it is included”… And grudgingly made it for me LOL!
    Wish I could go this year, we moved and there are not many Starbuck’s out here in the woods!!! I miss living walking distance of 3 Starbucks in the city! (But not the noise, traffic, etc)

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for sharing the link you spotted with the included drink options, Tracey. ❀️ Much appreciated!

  12. Jane

    My Starbucks inside my Fry’s was participating! I bought 3 drinks – 1 gingerbread oat chai and 2 pumpkin chais and got 3 cups!!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      WOOHOO! πŸ™Œ Great to hear they were participating and you scored 3 yummy drinks this morning, Jane! πŸ€—

  13. Nan

    Refused to sell me a drink without the β€œpump” of holiday flavor. I asked could I just pay for a holiday drink and you just give me a coffe unsweetened and they refused. I bought the gingerbread drink anyways, and spilled it out as soon as I got to work. After quitting sugar two years ago, the sugary drinks just don’t taste good anymore. I got that darn red cup though, but had to go without coffee all day at work because I couldn’t drink the one he forced me to buy

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Bummer! So sorry to hear you weren’t able to order your coffee unsweetened and still receive the cup, Nan! Thanks for sharing how this worked at your location. πŸ€—

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