“ Starbucks / Starbucks reward card which you top up to spend in Starbucks and receive discounts and offers. „
I've had a Starbucks reward card for quite a few years now, and I have always felt that it was well worth having, you got various freebies and benefits, and the card didn't cost you anything, you just needed to load it up instore or online and then you were good to go.
The way that the Starbucks reward card works however has now changed, unfortunately I don't think that it has changed for the better.
I'll just quickly go over the old benefits first so that you can see the differences.
Once you had registered your reward card online, everyone previously got the same following benefits; your balance was protected if you lost your card, a free tall drink of your choice every time you purchased a bag of ground coffee or a 12 pack of Via, free wi-fi in the coffee shop, free refills on a tall filter coffee, free extras in your drink - these included extra espresso shots, whipped cream, flavoured syrup, and milk choices - you could have any combination of any of the free extras in each drink.
Now however it is a completely different reward system, and perhaps a little complicated, so bear with me.....
You now earn 1 star every time you pay with your registered Starbucks reward card at a participating Starbucks. As you collect stars, you move up to bigger and better benefits.
There are two levels of benefits - green level benefits, and gold level benefits.
The reward card is still free. You just need to load it up either instore or online to then enable you to be able to pay for your purchase using your card.
Green level - everyone starts off here with their new reward card.
Green level benefits are; a free tall drink of your choice every 15 stars.
That is it, nothing else! This seems a bit skinny to me, other coffee shops eg Cafe Nero give you every 10th drink free. Starbucks is now every 16th!
Gold Level - collect 50 stars within a year, and you get to Gold Level. To keep your Gold Level status you then have to continue to collect 50 stars each year, otherwise you will drop back down to Green Level the following year.
Gold Level benefits are; you get the Green Level reward of a free tall drink of your choice every 15 stars, plus: free extra espresso shots, free flavoured syrups, free milk choices, free whipped cream. You can still have any combination of any of the free extras in each drink.
So basically you have to be Gold Level now to get most of the benefits that Starbucks gave to everybody before under the old reward card system. That is on average one trip per week to Starbucks, that seems quite excessive to me.
The two benefits that have been taken away completely are the free tall drink when you purchased a bag of ground coffee or a 12 pack of Via, and the free tall filter coffee refills. The free wi-fi doesn't really apply anymore anyway as Starbucks coffee shops now have free wi-fi for all customers anyway. The benefit that has stayed for both levels is the protected balance should you lose your card, so long as your card is registered online.
One thing that Starbucks have done upon the launch of the new rewards scheme however was to give all current members with a registered reward card before 4th January automatic Gold Level status, but with zero stars. To then keep the Gold Level benefits you then have to collect 50 stars within 12 months of the launch day - 5th January 2012. Otherwise you will drop back down to Green level on the 5th January 2013.
As I do have the Gold Level status untill next January I will continue to load and use my Starbucks card, I'm actually not sure that I make 50 visits per year, so I suspect that next year I will drop down to Green Level. The only benefit at Green Level doesn't really seem worth while loading and using my card for, I mean come on, every 16th drink free - and only a tall drink at that, even if you've bought 15 venti drinks to get it!
You can pick these reward cards up at the till in any starbucks coffee shops. They need to be registered online, and then you can get yourself all kinds of discounts, freebies and little surprises. You only get these if you card has money on though so you will actually have to top up.
Freebies can include free soya, caramel, syrups, 50p coffee with no frills, and other little exciting things.
This reward card can be used at the till to pay for coffee, and you need to top up before you can pay with it, this can be done in store or online. I have one but I dont use it all that often. I see it as a little saving scheme and then can use my card for a treat when I have no cash or just fancy a little mocha frappucino.
You can also get free wifi when in Starbucks, although I have internet on my phone and other coffee shops give you wifi access for free anyway.
The incentive of this card is to keep you going back into starbucks, but I like to visit other local cafes as well, so my card stays topped up for quite a while before I use it. If you regularly buy your coffee or food there then I would recommend picking one up, as its better than the stamp and go cards that neros have. I think you get a little bit extra for your loyalty.
Starbucks has a great reward program the benefits everyone from the casual visitor to the daily addict. They make it easy, free, and fun to join, while adding a lot of perks (no pun intended).
It only takes a few minutes to register for the program. The first think you need is a Starbucks gift card. When you have one, visit www.starbucks.com/card to create a user name and register your card. Every time that you swipe your card to make a purchase, you will receive a star. There are three levels, the welcome level, the green, and the gold. To get to the green level, you need 5 stars, and you reach the gold level at 30. At the green level, you get free select syrups and milks, free refill on coffee or tea during the same visit, free beverage with whole bean purchase, and free trial offers. You get all of this plus a free drink every 15 stars and a personalized gold card when you reach the gold level.
The best part of the program is when you receive your personalized gold starbucks gift card. It has your name and the year that you have been a cardmemeber since. It's pretty cool, and I know when I use mine, I feel special
The program is great for even casual visitors because you can save money on the syrups in your drinks. At the ease of joining, there really isn't any reason that you shouldn't do it!
I am the first to admit that I am a complete Starbucks addict, and since I have had my son I think I have actually got worse. I swear one of his first words will probably be babycino!
I am a big fan of the reward card. It's a prepay card that you load up with money, you need to start it off with at least £5 and then you can top up with any amount over £2 whenever you want to. You then use it to pay for your purchases in Starbucks.
But the real fun starts when you register your card online. This is a simple process and only takes a few minutes to do. You the get a number of benefits. Firstly your balance is protected, so if you do lose your Starbucks card you can just phone customer care and they will send out a replacement with a balance on. Secondly you get sent various vouchers for free drinks and money off drinks through out the year, usually when Starbucks launch a new drink such as at Christmas time. Thirdly, and in my opinion most importantly, you get various benefits in store.
These benefits include free Wi-Fi access in store, which is useful if you want to surf the net while you enjoy your coffee. You also get free 'extras' in your drink This includes free flavoured syrups, free whipped cream, free soya milk and free espresso shots. This is great news for me as I like to drink soya milk, but don't like paying an extra 35p for it. I'm also a fan of flavoured syrups so often save 70p a time in my drink. You also now get 50p any size filter coffee when you pay with your Starbucks card, and you can also pick up any free tall size drink when you use your card to buy a larger size pack of Via in store, or any pack of whole bean coffee.
For me the Starbucks card is better than a standard 'collect the stamps; card because it gives me an instant, substantial discount everytime I buy a drink, plus lots of other little extras as well.
Spending quite a lot of time in London with work I do get to spend a disproportionate amount of time in various coffee houses and while I'm not particularly a big fan of Starbucks sometimes there is no alternative and this meant that it was worth it or me to have a loyalty card.
The idea is that it acts a pre-payment card you transfer money onto the card and then use it in the coffee houses to purchase goods. You need to ensure that you do not put too much on it as effectively you are giving them your money with no interest back on it but for the small balances I run on the card, normally no more than £20 then it is fine in case I ever loose it.
In order to get discounts and also vouchers in the post you must register the card on the website which is an easy thing to do and does not take long. These also make nice gifts for people you know who use Starbucks rather than just giving money.
Using the card in store gives you the option to have an extra shot of expresso with your coffee or some of the other extras free of charge so you can save yourself a bit of money. They also link a free coffee to some other purchases when you use your card, all of the details are on the website and i have found the staff to generally be helpful and knowledgeable about the current offers available.
There are some nice benefits to this card and also it saves the hassle of carrying cash or using your pin number in a busy queue so can be a bit more secure, it will suit anyone who is a regular coffee drinker and who uses Starbucks.
I'm a coffee shop addict and whilst I do prefer others to Starbucks, their rewards card is one reason I keep going back. This card offers a few discounts as well sometimes receiving vouchers through the post, so it's probably worth having even if you are only an occasional visitor to Starbucks. It's simple to register a Starbucks card, simply pick one up in store, usually located next to the till, and ask the cashier to load the card with whatever amount you want from £5 to £150. You can then pay straight away using the card, or you can keep it for later. It is important however, to remember to register your card on the website later! You can keep the card for yourself or you can give it away as a gift card. The cards often have different designs on them, I've seen limited edition ones and more plain ones, mine is a gold coloured one with pictures of espresso shots on the front, but I have seen ones with the Union Jack on and special Christmas themed designs.
So what are the benefits of the Starbucks reward card? Well, when you buy a coffee in Starbucks and pay with your card, you can have syrups, soy milk, an extra shot of espresso or whipped cream added all for free! The great thing is you can even have more than one. So asking for a Latte with Hazelnut Syrup, an extra shot of Espresso and whipped cream to finish it off will only cost you the price of a normal latte if you swipe your Starbucks card. This is great for me, as I love choosing between the syrups and occasionally treating myself to a bit of whipped cream on my coffee!
The benefits don't end there. If you fancy trying one of those bags of whole bean coffee they always have for sale and then pay for it using your Starbucks card and you get a Tall beverage free, and it can be ANY Tall drink.
Since having my Starbucks card I have received many vouchers through the post from them. I've had cards to use to get a free drink, and back in January I received a whole booklet of vouchers enabling me to get money off a drink for each day of January. Only this week I received another book of vouchers as part of the Fair Trade Fortnight Swap promotion currently going on, these vouchers enable me to buy a coffee and get one for a friend free, meaning me and my boyfriend have been having a coffee for half price each really. As you can see, it's worth getting a card just to receive the great vouchers every now and then too.
Once you have loaded your card in store you then need to register it on the Starbucks website, which is a simple process, and allows them to send vouchers out to you. Once you have done this, you can check your balance online, view your purchase history and top it up some more, meaning no hold up at the till asking for it to be topped up first. You also get the benefit of balance protection in the event that your card is lost, stolen or damaged.
I have really enjoyed using my Starbucks card so far. I love getting my free syrups and even better, I love receiving vouchers through the post to use! Topping it up online is very easy, and it's easy to just swipe the card at the till to pay, rather than mess around with loose change or having to pay by Chip and PIN. If you are a frequent visitor to Starbucks you can really reap the benefits with the free additions and vouchers, but even if you are an occasional visitor then receiving the vouchers makes a nice treat for you!
The Starbucks card can be used in most stores in the U.K. and Ireland, and even in select countries internationally such as the U.S., Canada and Australia. I did however go to the Starbucks in Center Parcs back in November and they don't accept them, in case anyone is curious about this. If you want more information about the Starbucks Reward card, simply go to https://starbucks.co.uk/en-GB/_Card/
I love a good cup of coffee so Starbucks is a place that I regularly find myself. In my teen years I worked in a competitor coffee house in the States but we won't go into that!
As part of my Christmas presents my other half bought me a Starbucks reward card. He topped it up with £20. I was really pleased as I had plans to meet a friend in the next week so I would get a chance to use it. I went onto the internet to see what benefits you get from the card. I had a winter addiction to their Signature hot chocolate with a shot of peppermint so I was happy to find out that the extra shots were one of the free things you can get.
Free complimentary flavour choices include Caramel syrup, Vanilla syrup (regular or sugar free), Hazelnut syrup (regular or sugar free), Almond syrup, Irish Cream syrup, Peppermint syrup, extra shot of espresso, choice or soy milk and whipped cream.
Free Wi-Fi by entering the Starbucks card rewards section of BT Openzone page and then log in. All my local Starbucks are Wi-Fi accessible and I have noticed that they all have stickers on the main door to show customers that so you'll be able to tell before you go in. Keep in mind that the free Wi-Fi is limited to 2 hours but an unlimited number of sessions so I guess if you reach the 2 hour mark just log off and then straight back on again. That is if you want to be on the internet in Starbucks for that long!
When you use your Starbucks card to buy a bag of whole bean coffee (250g) you'll be given any tall drink (no bottled drinks) of your choice for free.
Once you've registered your card online you're card is then linked to you. If the card goes missing merely report it and Starbucks will get a new one with your balance on it to you.
From the Starbucks FAQs:
Where can I use my Starbucks Card?
Your Starbucks Card is accepted at most Starbucks locations in the UK and Ireland in select countries internationally. Most stores in Australia, Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S. can accept the Starbucks Card. Please note that Starbucks Cards issued in Japan or Spain may only be used in the countries in which they are issued. We will continue to expand the global Starbucks Card programme so please check back periodically.
Exclusions include sauces, such as caramel drizzle and mocha syrup, and promotion beverages that are only available for a limited time such as Dark Berry Mocha Frappuccino® Blended Beverage.
When you use your card to make a purchase the balance is on the bottom of your receipt but if you don't look or threw away the receipt you can log into the Starbucks site and check your balance.
Only one really and unfortunately it happens a lot. I got into the store, the staff member takes my order, it's typed into the cash register, I'm told my total, hand over my card, get my receipt and wait for drink. I saw on my receipt that the syrup had been charged for but I didn't say anything. It's 30p so I let it slide. On my next visit almost the same thing but as I handed my card over I reminded them that the syrup was free. The staff member was still in training and was thankful for the reminder. On another trip the staff member wasn't new and gave me evil eyes for reminding her about the syrup. Since then I've just not said anything and half the time I get charged the 30p and the other half I don't. I was out with a friend who mentioned she has the same issue but as it's such a small amount of money she just leaves it too.
Starbucks Card Customer Care line
0845 270 3310 from the UK
1890 931 970 from Ireland
The Starbucks cards have a few designs and mine is the one with the espresso glasses on it. There was a Union Jack one and if I ever see that one again I'm going to grab it and call Starbucks to transfer my details to it but I never seem to see it anymore. I don't think they'd have any issues with that. If I find one and do the transfer I'll do an update. Just had a look but there's no link on their website to choose a card and have it sent to you. Maybe I'll be a dork and send them an e-mail to see if I can get a specific card design.
Found this ... https://www.starbucks.com/mycard/choosetheme.asp?cookie%5Ftest=1 It's an American card customising site which mite interest some but not quite what I was looking for.
And of course this site is sold out of the union jack one http://buckscards.com/store2/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=20
I always find that my balance goes down really quickly but that is Starbucks for you! The card helps me to realize the amount of money I spent there. At least with my car in the shop I've not spent anything in there this week!
Not to do with the card but a point I'll make anyway ... If you want cream on your drink then make sure they have it in stock! On a few different occasions I've ordered cream to find when I get my drink that there is no cream in it! One time I asked why there wasn't cream as I had been charged for it and all I got was, "sorry there isn't any", As helpful as that was(n't). Most of the time you're told beforehand but just keep it in mind.
Enjoy your cuppa!
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