Updated on May 1, 2016
FREE STARBUCKS STARS!
In our last post we discussed the basics of the My Starbucks Rewards program. Now that we know generally how this program works it is time to talk about a little trick to pile up stars for FREE. Now, anytime you go to Starbucks with this program it is best to buy each item individually because you will get a star for each swipe or scan. Buy 4 coffees in one purchase = 1 star. Buy 4 coffees, one at a time = 4 stars. But what happens when you buy a Starbucks gift card?
ATTENTION: What we are about to discuss is something I think should NOT be abused. My personal justifications for using it sparingly is that there have been many many many many times when I could have split items up and didn’t…so I am just getting my stars back 😉
Now that I have that out of the way lets talk about the Perpetual Star Machine. I first heard a snippet about the potential of this a year ago in the comment of a post on great blog I usually read. Once the seed of the idea was in my head I had to try it out and see if free stars were possible.
The key? Starbucks Gift Cards
What I confirmed a year ago was that like all other items purchased at Starbucks with your registered card, gift cards will also give you a star! I was just a few stars away from a free drink so I went to Starbucks on 4 separate occasions and bought a $5 gift cards with my Gold Card and every single time I had a star post to my account in 24hrs. Since that time I had not obtained any stars this way and it has now been about 8-9 months. So 2 days ago, I went back to the coffee shop to buy a $5 gift card. To my delight, there was a star posted to my account the next morning!
So now what do I do with these gift cards?
And here is the very important 2nd step. Go onto your online account, or app and load this new gift card to your account! After that you can even consolidate and delete the new gift card. Once it is loaded you simply click the “Transfer Balance” button and you can move the $5 right back to the card you bought this one with. I just transfer the funds right back to my Gold Card. I also like to buy these by scanning my app or using my Gold Card because it doesn’t look as weird as buying a gift card with a gift card.
So there you have it. You can use your registered card to buy gift cards and then load them right back to that same card. Free Star. Now as I said before, I don’t think it is right to abuse this and you might draw the ire of Starbucks if you do, but if you need a couple stars to make gold for the year or 1 star away for a free drink then go ahead! The reason this actually popped back in my mind? Katie is only a few stars away from keeping her Gold another year and I remembered she could use this. She isn’t going to, not her thing.
The trick is yours now, enjoy your coffee 🙂
♦Yes, that is a 2014 Limited edition Santorini, Greece gift card (a trip we will be taking in the future)