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My Starbucks Rewards Changes

on 2.24.2016 at 8:00am

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My Starbucks Rewards Changes

There are some changes coming for the My Starbucks Rewards members on April 12th. The biggest change is you will receive more stars awarded based on what you buy and not on how often you visit.

With this new program, you’ll earn 2 Stars for every $1 you spend on coffee, food, drinks, and mugs.  Starbucks will also be introducing monthly Double-Star Days.  This is where Gold members will earn 4 Stars for every $1 spent on all eligible purchases.  As a Gold member, once you earn 125 Stars, you earn a FREE Reward for anything on the menu.

Note: all the Stars in your account will multiply to reflect the change once the new program launches in April.

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    • Shannon

      Be careful if you have your debit or credit card linked to your Starbucks card or app on your phone. It is very common for thieves to hack into their system and load your card from your credit card and then transfer the money from your card to another giftcard. They got me last summer for hundreds of dollars. I eventually got my money back from Starbucks but no longer use the app. Starbucks was barely apologetic. This experience prompted me to purchase my Nespresso machine to brew at home. :)

    • Autumn

      I don’t like the new way, I get Frappuccinos so it will be like me getting 15-18 stars now to get a free drink. Instead of spending $48 dollars now I’m going to have to spend $63 to get a free drink

    • judy

      I don’t like the new rewards program either. I typically buy a tall coffee, which is a little under $2. That means I will only get 2 stars (and will need to watch to make sure they give me credit for the cents as they say they will do.) With the new program, I will have to spend $62.50 to get a free drink instead of the 12 drinks (about $20) that will currently get me a free drink. I don’t ever buy their food and only rarely buy the “fancy” coffees as they are too expensive. Also, I believe I read where the stars will expire in 6 months. They will more than likely lose me as a regular customer.

    • Jenna

      Starbucks assumes you’re paying $5.21 per coffee. Actually, they’re assuming that you’re paying $6 per coffee to benefit, as I’m guessing they’re not giving partial stars for partial dollars. If you’ve paid less than that for your coffees, then you’re going to be paying more to get your free drink.
      So yes, it stinks for anyone not buying the expensive drinks. This isn’t the only change they’ve made recently. They’re also now giving you just FOUR DAYS to use your birthday reward (down from two weeks, which is down from 30 days), which means you’re less likely to get a chance to use it.
      So yes, it’s a money grab. Lots of people run in and grab a small coffee and get a star and pay significantly less than $62.50 to get their free drink. The breakfast sandwich I get costs under $4.
      The only folks this benefits are those who get large (as in, venti size) specialty drinks and more expensive food items. You no longer have to purchase the items separately to get a star per item.