starbucks rewards program

So I’m sitting here in Starbucks, blogging away and sipping my free grande coffee. Wait, WHAT? FREE Starbucks?


You got it. I’m talking about My Starbucks Rewards™, a star-studded program offered by the elite coffee company.

When I say star-studded, I’m referencing the way in which you earn rewards, and therefore advance levels.

First things first, you’ll have to register a Starbucks card. Essentially you put money onto either a gift card or your Starbucks mobile app and register it for rewards. After that, you’re in and can begin earning stars!

You’ll earn one star each visit you make and pay with your registered card. After five stars, you’ve already hit the Green Level — that’s where I’m at now!

Perks of the Green Level
-Free coffee and tea refills in the store
-Birthday drink

After you accumulate 30 stars within 12 months, you’ve hit the Gold Level.

Perks of the Gold Level
-Sounds cool
-Personalized Gold card (snazzy)
-Free drink or food every 12 stars after hitting Gold level
-All Green level benefits
-Special offers via email and text if you sign up

I’m so mad I didn’t know about this program sooner. I am a sucker for a good rewards/loyalty program, especially when it involves anything FREE. I just keep thinking of all the free refills I could have received by now since I love camping out at Starbucks for hours.

Moving forward, I have a goal to hit Gold level. I’m currently 23 stars away — and I really just started a couple weeks ago.

sbux rewards

I also love paying for Starbucks with my phone via their app. It’s so convenient and easy. Maybe a little too easy to spend 🙂

Starbucks’ site is a little vague when explaining some of the perks like free refills in-store. The Starbucks Melody does a great job of going in-depth into the ambiguity on her blog. She also mentions a few perks I didn’t know existed like free syrups! Check it out.

Please note: I am in no way affiliated with Starbucks. All opinions in this post are my own.