Top 10 reasons why you should be a part of My Starbucks Rewards
Top ten reasons to join My Starbucks Rewards:
10. You go to Starbucks more than twice a month.
9. You have a favorite Starbucks card that you use already.
8. You have already over-shared so much with your barista that you might as well hand them a shiny gold card with a first AND last name on it. Exchanging phone numbers is not far away.
7. You like free soy milk or free breve. You like free coffee refills when you’re there to stay in the store. You like free syrups (except that dark cherry does not count, and “mocha sauce” is not a syrup).
6. You like a free tall ANY beverage with a purchase of one pound of beans.
5. You like free beverage coupons. Okay, you like the word “free“.
4. You bought your house or condo because of its close proximity to a Starbucks.
3. Saving money is cool.
2. You love random coupons like the one displayed here!
1. You feel like a rock star when you pay with your Starbucks card!
Top ten reasons NOT to be a part of My Starbucks Rewards:
10. You lose coupons.
9. You have never heard of “Starbucks”.
8. You don’t want to displace your precious “Dress Barn” store card in your wallet with a cool Starbucks card.
7. You’re absurdly paranoid about anyone ever finding out your true identity, including last name.
6. You don’t use the internet (though you can call Customer Service and register a card that way).
5. You don’t have $5 to load onto a Starbucks card. (I’m sorry if this is true, but if your budget is too tight, maybe Starbucks isn’t for you.)
4. You’re holding out until your local Starbucks serves Bud Light so you can earn “stars” for a Budweiser beer.
3. You would rather be at a library.
2. You are independently wealthy and have no interest in saving money!
1. It’s your childhood trauma: In kindergarten you never earned any gold stars, and you’re still trying to get over this!
On a serious note, I love these kinds of coupons. Who doesn’t like getting real discount coupons in the mail? The recipe to be a part of My Starbucks Rewards is simple: Get a Starbucks Card. Register it here. Load some money onto it (this can be done online, or in store for as little as $5.00 increments). Use your card to pay for your Starbucks purchases. One swipe of the card equals one star.
My Starbucks Reward is basically set up with increasing benefits for your continued use of the card. When you first register your card, you are at the “Welcome” level of the rewards program. This means you will receive a coupon on or about your birthday for a free birthday beverage. After five swipes of your card you then go to the next level which is the “green” level of the card. At the “green” level, you receive free syrups, free milk changes, and a tall beverage when you are buying one pound of coffee. Be sure to look at this blog post here for common pitfalls and areas of confusion for My Starbucks Rewards:
Four common pitfalls of My Starbucks Rewards
After 30 swipes of the card, you reach the “gold” level which means that you will receive in the mail a personalized card with your name on it – you do NOT have to switch to this card to get your perks! Once at the “gold” level, you earn a free drink coupon for every 15 swipes of the card.
Remember you get one “star” per swipe. It is NOT one “star” per item or drink, it is one star per swipe. So if you are buying three drinks, or three pounds of coffee, or a drink and some Via Ready Brew, be sure to ask your local barista to split up the transactions so that you can earn more stars.
Is everyone else looking forward to their “wee shopping spree” in July with 15% off merchandise? I assume that lots of gold card level rewards participants received this card. What are you going to buy with your 15%?
If you have questions about My Starbucks Rewards you can send an email to Rewards@Starbucks.com or follow the Starbucks Card on twitter at the profile @StarbucksCard.
EDIT: Oops! Fairly important detail! I forgot to mention that the rewards program where you earn “stars” is a U.S. program only.
1. It’s your childhood trauma: In kindergarten you never earned any gold stars, and you’re still trying to get over this!
THAT is really funny 🙂
And by the way…if we weren’t already signed up I totally would!
@pshouseblog – I have to admit I got some help from Hayley on the kindergarten one! She’s the genius!
Wish I could claim #2 on the “NOT to be a part of” list!
I usually paid cash for everything at Starbucks… until just 2 weeks ago. I’m almost at gold card status. I’m pretty let down in myself that I never tried racking up gold stars till recently.
And if anyone applies to #9 at the “why not” list, then that’s just wacky! LOL! I can’t believe there are people who have never heard of Starbucks! Although once in a blue moon we get people who admit they’ve never been to Starbucks.
I love having my gold card, especially for reason #5
@Latterose @CamSpi @Dave
@Latterose – I think only Howard gets to claim that. 😉
@CamSpi – I paid cash too until the first generation of card rewards announced in April 2008. It was much simpler back then.
@Dave – Welcome to the blog! Always wonderful to see new faces here!
Yes, that coupon is cool. http://yfrog.com/a2photoktj
Yes, I have shiny gold card in my iPhone. 😀 http://twitpic.com/26oig3
The Breve Caramel Macchiato is one of my favorite. Starbucks has this Half and Half but Starbucks coffee Japan don’t have the Half and Half. http://twitpic.com/26ohx1 We need that. I like ice soy chai also.
About #4, it’s Melody? LOL
this is for US and Canada only, right?
Great write up Melody! (splitting transactions is a bold move if there is a line behind you).
Don’t forget to follow @starbuckscard on twitter to stay connected to the program, and possibly get cool news first!
26life, Canada has a different rewards systems. You do not need to “earn” your way up to obtain more rewards in Canada. With the Canadian system, as soon as you register, you get ALL benefits. Free drink on your birthday, free syrups (mocha is a sauce, not a syrup), free soy, free “add dairy”, free refills on brewed coffee/tea when you stay in the store.
Good deal eh?
a very good deal indeed..
except i don’t live either in US or Canada *sigh*
@Natnat – I think I’ve been really lucky about the splitting transactions things. I’ll be totally honest – no joke – I simply forget to ask often. Part of the problem is that so many baristas know me sooo well, that I get engaged in conversation, and then the purchase is done before I’ve thought about it. I was at 15th Ave. Coffee and the register baristas asked, “How’s the condo buying going Melody?” and before I knew it, the purchase was rung up. Oh well. If I am doing something major like buying 12 bags of Pike Place Special Reserve because of the last blog contest (see post on 1912 Pike Place) most baristas are totally understanding that no one wants to spend $100 and earn “one star” and somehow they make it work. And somehow, I think I just have efficient baristas around me. Natnat, I may be …. _spoiled_. Glad you enjoyed my fun way of looking at My Starbucks Rewards. The Budweiser idea was inspired by Olive Way! hahaha!
This is a great and funny list with good reasons! I laughed so much…:D
I am from Germany, but have 2 cards that are both green level yet…I always use them when I am in the U.S…so I hope to get them gold when I am back in SF this fall.
Starbucks should really do more and offer this program to the whole Starbucks world…I would appreciate that.
One question: Can I choose if I get the coupons via post or email?
As usual Melody, an excellent thread! Too bad Sbux couldn’t make it this simple looking every time it comes up on msi. There’s still way too much confusion about the rewards, I find, including with the baristas.
Very clear and accurate and SIMPLE. (well, clear and as simple as it can be….the syrup thing is always a mess..)
I wonder how they decide who gets what coupons…I totally have not gotten that one!
@Sebastian – Unfortunately you cannot choose, the coupons come postal mail. They will still email you promotion information though…like the free pastry day in April.
@christine – I have not gotten the coupon either…but if you are outside of Seattle (like me) it takes longer…so hang tight, you might get it today!
Melody what a neat thread! I don’t regret getting a card and registering it even with the minor drawbacks. I too get caught up in conversation and forget to ask the baristas to split the transaction. They should know by now that I prefer it that way, but they also get into a pattern and ring it up the usual way. I am curious as to why our names are on the gold card but then when you do get your receipt your name is not on the receipt. I wonder if there is any real benefit to having your name on the card other than it is pretty cool. 15% off coupon in July on merchandise? Not any coupon here in NJ? Nationally sent out?
Oh, you just totally burst my bubble at the very end, Melody! 😀
This is such a great system. When did they start? I really wish we had something like that here in Japan. Although I haven’t bought a condo to be closer to a starbucks store, I’m pretty sure I fit the bill ;D
My 1st card was a customized card my wife had made and used as a Christmas stocking stuffer. Many reloads and Stars later I have it alongside my Gold card. The 10 reasons “for” are dead on. The 10 reasons “against” are amusing!
I’m afraid #5 in the “NOT” list kills it for me. 😛
Great post! I started telling my customers to head here vs MSI for the positive insight
Thanks for including my two cents about the rewards card ( aka The Gold Card). I tell my customers, “Did you know you will still earn your free coupons with any of your registered cards not just your gold card? Once you hitGold level, you still earn the rewards with the original reg. card or any card you reg. while being a Gold member.”
This helps with those keychain card lovers!
Take care everyone, thanks for the terrific info, Melody!
I always forget to use my keychain card to earn rewards. I have to agree that this blog far surpasses the MSI blog and should be the one to go to first. Again, Melody great job!!!!
@stsai01, In Calgary, Alberta, Canada we have just switched to the star system!
I haven’t recvd that coupon either (yet, I hope). far away tho, a little. we’ll see.
I’m in Kentucky and just got my coupon today. I understand the mailing distance delay, but what is really confusing is that my husband (also a gold member) doesn’t get coupons when I do. Why is only one of us getting coupons? He has gotten free drink cards, but never the coupons.
The 15%-off postcard just arrived today – but darn it, I just bought three pounds of beans. Maybe it’s time for a new insulated mug?
FYI, my “main” Starbucks is next door to a Dress Barn!
Hello everyone – I’m sorry it has taken me so long to get to this thread! I have lots of replies:
@cmanmamma – Hey would you email me your address? I would like to send you some little cards I have with this website url on them. You could pin them up on your store’s local community board, or hand out to people who are interested. Melody@StarbucksMelody.com
@Dest – Thank you for clarifying that there is a rewards program like this in parts of Canada! I forget about that.
@Perrik – LMAO! Oops! I hope “Dress Barn” is not your favorite store! My bad!
@Purple1 – Thank you for the props – And your prize from the previous contest when out in today’s mail.
@FA1SGl – Welcome to the blog!! Glad I could make you grin a little with the “NOT” list! LOL. Come back and play here again soon please.
Thanks to everyone leaving comments: I don’t know if it is obvious, but I notice ALL who leave comments, follow you guys on twitter, and REALLY genuinely appreciate your participation in this site. I don’t want it to be just me talking to myself. That would be boring.
@merryncole – about the coupons – I heard once that it has something to do with the preferences you set up on your account profile and receiving mailings from Starbucks. I’m not sure exactly what needs to be checked…I just checked all of mine. But if you call the customer service phone # they should be able to make any necessary changes for him to start receiving the coupons. Hopefully it will work!
I literally laughed out loud when I read no.1 on the NOT list – but I’ve now earned enough gold stars by now to make up for my childhood loss XD . The cool thing for me and MSR is that transactions here in Australia count: my family get my coupons because they only post to the USA 🙁
Yes!!!! You picked mine for #1 Top ten reasons to join My Starbucks Rewards. I’d like to thank the Academy. The Baristas at the Starbucks I frequent will tell you that I act like a rock star when I whip out my Gold Card. You don’t even want to know how bad my behavior was when I was declared Mayor of Starbucks on Foursquare last month. 😉
Another enjoyable post…
All the baristas at my favorite Starbucks knew my first and last name a long time ago (this store has to have the lowest turnover of any Starbucks). What did surprise them was that my Gold Card said “Cardholder Since 2005”. I saw/received the benefits of registering early on with Starbucks regularly sending me $5 cards (or “deposits” to my card).
However, I have not yet received the discount postcard–my Daughter did though, so she’ll have to buy me a present this time.
@Hayley I just checked his account… apparently he didn’t check the box for offers in the mail. I checked it for him. Maybe he’ll get the coupons too now. 🙂
@VerlTodd – Yes I did borrow from you! You deserve an Academy for sure! Thank you.
@MerrynCole and Hayley – I added a reference to the official Starbucks rewards email address, just in case you might find it helpful – Rewards@Starbucks.com
@Dest, yes I nearly forgot! There are a few test markets in Canada that are currently testing out the “My Starbucks Rewards” system. As far as I know though, the majority of Canada is still on the Canadian rewards program :-).
Top 10 Reasons why visiting StarbucksMelody.com is a rewarding experience:
10). “In the know” updates on recent Starbucks products and store concepts
9). In-depth coffee discussions
8). History lessons and images of the Starbucks of yesteryear
7). Simple explanations for things that Starbucks has trouble explaining (e.g. Rewards)
6). A moderator that is responsive and acknowledges your comments and contributions
5). A growing global community that shares the global Starbucks Experience with all
4). An “Insider” look at the Seattle Starbucks Experience (with occasional views inside the SSC)
3). “Surprises and Delights” with random gift cards and coffee (thank you!)
2). The opportunity to connect with others offline by sharing what’s been learned online at StarbucksMelody.com
And the # 1 reason…
1). A positive online community experience!
CD- I can’t think of a better way to describe Melody’s site. Right on target! Another point is that Melody will include info for those of us that are not coffee drinkers but still like SB. I have met such interesting people on this blog. Melody- you should take this on the road! Truly, if you are ever in NJ let me know. Kudos to Melody and thanks for the time you take to write this blog.
Oh @CD I love that list! 🙂
I haven’t received this postcard. Is it good one time only? And for the total purchase amount or just one item?
Very nice – agree! I’m going to bookmark this and open the page/email the link to anyone who questions why I’m “Star Obsessed”. (Yes, I’m easily pleased, but the gold card with my name on it is nice – my husband liked mine so much, he started using his card more to get one!)
Hmmm… for some reason when I pressed “Submit” on my initial comments, it said it was a duplicate – maybe it was the computer’s way of telling me I bore it…
Oh, and CD: I second your Top 10/Starbucks Melody list!
@Karl Dahlquist – The fine print says you surrender the postcard, so it’s a one-shot deal. The discount doesn’t apply to hand-crafted beverages, newspapers, CDs, bakery items, or fresh food.
@Melody – No worries, I think I’ve only been in a Dress Barn once in my life! That Starbucks store, on the other hand… my wardrobe is about 90% Lands End, or as I call it, Garanimals For Adults.
I just got an email coupon for the new sugar-free Tazo bottled iced teas! The coupon ($0.50 off a single bottle) is only good at Whole Foods. The flavors are Passion, Refresh, and Zen, and all three flavors are sweetened with erythritol and stevia. Curious to see who else gets this coupon… the email starts off with “Thank you for being a My Starbucks Rewards member and visiting us so often.” Holy cow, I’m one transaction away from earning my 10th free drink this year!
Nicely put CD!
Oh my god!!! Sbux-JPN releases mini-card on September 1. But it does not give a customer Card Rewards. It is merely small.
Melody, GREAT POST! Love the humor 🙂 Even as a Partner I use my Gold Card. I receive one of those nifty little FREE drink coupons in the mail at least every other week– YOU probably had to get a BIGGER mail box for all the postcards you receive. LOL
I share my FREE drink coupon/postcards with friends & family 🙂 LOVE SBUX!
I earned a plethora of gold stars in kindergarten where I was a beautiful little boy and continued to earn them in grade school where I was still a beautiful little boy. My teachers told my Mom about gold stars so we had them at home too so I was very proud of my gold stars. Now that I am much older and a much older beautiful man I am just as proud of my Starbucks stars but wish they were gold stars but green will suffice.
I just wanted to let you know that you and your blog inspired me to get a gold card myself!
The timing was perfect as well, because I’m a college student, I got to spend A LOT of time in starbucks and I saved A TON! I LOVE those refills! :p
I’m officially more addicted to starbucks then I was originally was. 😀
Thanks soo much!
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