Free Starbucks Red Cup w/ Holiday Drink Purchase (Will Sell Out!)

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Score a FREE Starbucks cup today!

Today, November 17th only and while supplies last, Starbucks is offering a Free Starbucks Holiday Red Cup when you purchase a holiday drink!

This offer is extremely popular so you’ll want to head into your local Starbucks ASAP! Quantities are limited and it’s on a first come, first served basis so you’ll want to get there soon if you’re wanting the free cup!

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!

Starbucks Red Cup

Get more gifts & discounts 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! Not paying with a gift card? You can also earn 1 star for every $1 spent no matter how you pay, simply by scanning the Starbucks app at checkout!

  • 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)

Have you tried the newest Starbucks Holiday Drinks?


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  1. Jackie

    So what time would be good to be there to have a chance to get one?

    • Vikky

      I live in Chicagoland, and usually by noon most locations around me run out. So morning time….

      • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks for the helpful comment, Vikky! ❤️

    • Nena

      As soon as they open

    • Jackie

      Thank you to all the comments regarding when to grab them. Didn’t know they would be gone by noon so thank you! I was able to get one ♥️ first thing this morning

  2. JLM

    Do the Starbucks inside Target get the red cups too?

    • bremoeller

      I work at Target and my Starbucks does.

      • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks for sharing that! Good to know! 🙌💖

  3. krystal-1

    Do you just get them automatically? Or do you have to ask for it? I plan on going tomorrow, but I don’t know if I’ll remember to ask for it.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great question! It may depend on your location. I have heard that some have had to ask for it in past years. You could always double check with your location and set a reminder for yourself. Hoping you can score one tomorow! 🥰🤗

    • cheryl

      You have to ask for it. I just posted that. They are not putting them out which I think is not very nice for people who spend there and might not have seen this yet and it’s no longer on the APP

    • krystal-1

      I went around 6am this morning and they handed it to me without me asking for it. They did so with the vehicle in front of me as well and ended up explaining to that person what it was for because they didn’t know why they were being given a free cup. It probably depends on the store and the cashier as to how freely they are given out.

      • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks for sharing about your experience, krystal-1! Glad to hear you were able to grab one this morning! 🤗❤️

  4. Amber

    I usually ask if they have the cups before I start my order , that way I know they have it and they know I want it lol

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Great idea! 🙌

  5. SusanAlyssaTurner

    If I go through the drive through and have 2 people in the car cAn we both get one?

    • sbh

      Last year i was behind someone with 2 people in the drive thru and they told them it was suppose to be done as 2 separate orders to receive 2 cups.

      • SusanAlyssaTurner

        Thank you!

  6. everybodyluvsmonkeys

    Do you have to use the app or anything in order to get it?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Nope! Just be sure to order a holiday handcrafted beverage. You may also want to ask for the cup, as some have reported that they have had to ask for the offer in order to receive it in past years. Hope that is helpful!

  7. RoseyGirl

    Can I pre-order for pickup through the app and get the red cup?

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Yes! That will work! I did find mention of that on their Facebook page. Enjoy! 🥰

    • cheryl

      You can’t preorder the cup 🙁

  8. shpootsen45

    I am trying to remember from years past is the size to order a grande or tall? Which one corresponds to the free cup? Or does it matter? Sorry I always forget the answer to this question! 😂

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there! I did find this information on their Facebook page! 🥰”Any size hot, iced, or blended fall or holiday beverage. PSL, Pumpkin Cream Cold Brew and Apple Crisp Oatmilk Macchiato count too, where available!”

      • Shpootsen45

        Thank you so much!! ❤️❤️

        • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

          You’re very welcome! 🤗

  9. mama_kaybow

    I got the cup last year. It is cute, however, it isn’t large enough for the drinks I buy so I haven’t used it. Would like to hear from others if they have used their cups and when they do what do they order.

    • Sue

      I’m in the same boat. I only use it when I make boba tea drinks at home but never at SB. I feel like getting this cup for 25 points and 10 cents off is not worth it when you are already paying approx $6 – $8 for a drink.

  10. cheryl

    I got mine this am at 6:30. NOTE they are not putting them out and the offer is no longer on the APP. They are only giving if you ask for it because they said “they sell out”.

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful tip, cheryl! Glad you were able to snag one this morning! ☕️❤️

    • Sandi

      At my local Starbucks they gave two to me (2 drinks) without me asking for one. This was at 8:30 am. I live in MA.

      • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

        Awesome!! Thanks for sharing, Sandi!!!

  11. bap673

    Do the Starbucks at the airports participate? I can’t find a list of participating stores online. TY!

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey there! This offer is only available at participating locations. When I went to their site to find those, it only sends me to the store locater link here. You might try calling the airport location you plan to visit to see if they are participating. Hope this helps! ❤️

    • Jenny

      Orlando airport had them this morning 🙂

  12. Casey

    Oh man encharitos at Taco bell AND a free red cup at Starbucks! Todays a great day! HAHA

    • Jessica (Hip Sidekick)

      Woohoo! Have a great day, Casey! 🤗💕

  13. coolsherol

    Newbie qs: if we bring in any reusable cup can we also get the 25pts or this is what makes the red cup special?

  14. Hipgrandma

    Workers supposedly striking on red cup day in some places

  15. Katie E

    I ordered a coffee with two pumps of sugar cookie and that qualified as a holiday drink!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Sweet! Glad you could get one, Katie E! Thanks for letting us know.☕️💗

  16. Pebbles

    SB Barista here, at my store, we were giving them out when they ordered a holiday drink, they didn’t even have to ask. Also, we had no problem with offering them on the app as long as we still had them. I left at 1:00PM after starting at 4:30AM, and we still had boxes and boxes of them!

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks, Pebbles!! Good to know there were still boxes of them left.💕

  17. Steve

    I scored 2 here around 11am I asked if they had them before I ordered just to be safe. I saw one car in front of me get one and the next didn’t but I don’t know what was ordered. Thanks for all the tips and info I think my wife is gonna love it.

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Yay!! I’m so glad you were able to get her one, Steve!!!💕

  18. Sherri

    I was able to get my red cups today…
    I asked did the red cup come with a hot chocolate they said oh I have to check and see they went and asked came back and said yes it does… I order 2 large hot chocolates… I went inside to do my orders… Then they just gave me my drinks in the holiday cups.
    I ask for the red cups and they told me they couldn’t pour it in the red cup… So I asked for 2 red cups since they came with the drinks I ordered… Then they gave them to me…
    I went first thing this morning when they opened and there were not letting people know about the red cups…
    People were like how you get the red cup…
    I was like you have to order a certain drink to get it then showed them the list of drinks for the red cup…
    I was like you can only get the red cup today…

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Sherri! Thanks for sharing, we sure appreciate the feedback!🥰

  19. KelseyMo

    Does anyone know if they’ll do a free red cup giveaway again?

    • Claudette (Hip Sidekick)

      Hey KelseyMo! This is a yearly event for them! ☕️❤️

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