Good reasons to register your Starbucks card

If you like shots or soy milk in your Starbucks drinks, you should register your Starbucks card and use it if you aren’t already! If you don’t have one, get one, register it and start using it when you get your Starbucks beverage of choice. I didn’t realize till recently that it really does have some nice perks!

My sister, who manages a Starbucks in Boston, is probably cringing at my lack of information about the program until now. But I’m making up for it by blogging about it!

It is a free reward program, all you have to do is have a Starbucks card (loaded with some funds), register that card and then use it to pay for your Starbucks purchases. Each time you use it in a store you get a “Star”. The more stars you get the more perks. And it only takes 5 stars to get to the Green Level, which is the one that really matters since that is when you start to get free select syrups and milk options – which includes free soy milk, and other benefits. Your total will be adjusted after your card is swiped for any freebies your cards get you. No extra action necessary on your part!

This has really been paying off for me since I am currently completely addicted to their soy chai lattes! It saves me 60 cents on every tall soy chai I get! As an aside, you should try a soy chai latte. They are so yummy and comforting! Cozy in drink form. There is no way to be in a bad mood while drinking it! And a tall is only 170 calories, with 20 from fat. It’s a treat I don’t ever feel bad about, the benefits definitely outweigh the calorie intake!

You can get full details about the rewards on the Starbucks site. For now, here are the details from an FAQ on it on the Starbucks site: (Note: This is for US locations)

I know you are updating your loyalty program. How will My Starbucks Rewards work?

It’s as easy as registering a loaded Starbucks Card. This will automatically enter you into the Welcome level of the program, which means you’ll receive a free birthday beverage.

Once you have visited and used your card five times (which earns you 5 Stars), you will move into our Green level, where you will receive the following benefits:

  • All Welcome level benefits
  • Free select syrups and milk options such as soy
  • Free refills on brewed coffee or tea
  • Free tall (12 fl oz) beverage with one pound of whole bean coffee purchase
  • Special exclusive offers and coupons

After you earn 30 Stars (25 additional Stars after initially qualifying for Green level), you will qualify for the Gold level.  At this level you earn the following benefits:

  • All Welcome and Green level benefits
  • An exclusive, personalized card (unavailable in stores) and Welcome Packet
  • The ability to earn a free drink after every 15 Stars.

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