Current My Starbucks Rewards promotions: A quick roundup.

I thought I would mention a couple of current My Starbucks Rewards promotions, just in case my readers wish to take advantage of them.

Screen Cap from Starbucks Card site on Sept 17 2013Free Beverage For New My Starbucks Rewards Members:

For those who are not currently enrolled in My Starbucks Rewards, there is a promo for a free beverage, if you enroll before September 22, 2013.  To avoid any confusion, this is a free any-beverage of a customers choosing, and is not a “Lucky Dozen” reward which would be good for food too.  So if you are not participating in MyStarbucksRewards, and you’re reading this, you would want to grab a Starbucks card at your local store (you can register any Starbucks card, including an Evolution Fresh card or Teavana card), load money on it, and then register it online at

There are a few important things to know about this free drink.  The new My Starbucks Rewards members will receive an email asking them to confirm their email address.  The reward will appear before October 1, 2013, and must be used by October 31, 2013.  This is a digital reward.  Check your My Starbucks Card profile to find your reward.

You can read all the fine print for this free beverage offer for new My Starbucks Rewards members here.

Grocery Store Promo - Sept 17 2013Grocery Store Stars Promotion:

If you buy Starbucks coffee at your local grocery store, there is currently a promotion where you receive extra perks for entering “star codes” from your coffee purchases.  The fourth star code you enter gets you a $10 Starbucks gift card!  You get progressive rewards for entering up to four My Starbucks Rewards “star codes” which are found on whole bean coffee at your grocery store.

The promo webpage includes a downloadable coupon for $2.00 off two pounds of coffee.  Here’s that link again.



Guns, open carry, and Starbucks:

In other news, Howard Schultz has issued a statement on the topic of “open carry” at Starbucks.  Starbucks is now respectfully requesting that customers not open carry in their stores:

As always, please be respectful in the comments.  Once again, here is this blog’s comment policy:

“This is my blog and not a public space.  Critical discussion is fine.   I will, however, decline to approve (or  delete your comment) if you descend into personal attacks, inappropriate language, disrespectful behavior, or excessive self-promotion and link-baiting.”

Talk about whatever you like!  Hope you get to take advantage of one of the two card promotions!

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  • Chgo.

    @Melody – You forgot to mention the promo for 50% off La Boulange products that started on the 9/22 for current Starbucks Card holders, although I do believe this may be one of those promotions limited to some Gold Card members and not all. There is a little interesting tidbit I am leaving out of this story, but for good reason. All I can say is that there seems to be miscommunication between Corporate and what is going on locally.

  • chgo.

    OT – Did I miss something? Ethiopian (Not Sidamo) will be a regular coffee staple at Starbucks soon?? I sampled some today. Saw and held the bag personally. It was good…..

  • AmazonV

    It seems they keep trying to get people to use cards – by now isn’t everyone who wants to gotten one?

    as far as banning guns, i don’t agree. And he asked all guns to be gone not just open carry. I also disapprove on principal as people who legally carry are rarely trouble and DE-frigtening non gun owners i think is a good thing. oh well :( NRA and GOA had been encouraging members to support starbucks and i noticed the NRA flipping that this morning on facebook. I had already cut back for monetary reason, and i do have a concealed permit. but i am not happy about the decision since I am no longer welcome.

  • Melody

    @AmazonV – I think the concealed carry gun holders are a very different group – No one knows you have a gun. I doubt that people with a CWP will change their habits. My significant other has a CWP, and so I’ve been inside a Starbucks many times with a loaded gun nearby. If it’s concealed no one knows! AmazonV – you are still welcome!!

    @Chgo – I don’t know about any La Boulange promo!

  • Mulliga

    The gun policy “request” is pretty wishy-washy in that it doesn’t say anything about concealed carry, which is how 99% of gun owners tote a gun for self-defense. I suspect Starbucks is going to get hammered. I know I won’t be spending any money there.

  • Melody

    @Mulliga – I have thought about that. I think that Starbucks is really trying to diffuse the possibility of future events like “Starbucks Appreciation Day” using stores as a staging ground for gun events.
    There hasn’t been a discussion of those with a CWP, and seriously I doubt much will change. A concealed weapon does not scare people it seems.

  • AmazonV

    based off his wording I’d have to feel unwelcomed, except it keeps crashing i guess from traffic so i’ll have to copy the sentence that hit me later. yes. concealed does not scare people, which is scary to me because then you do not know who has one *shrug* i’ll blog up a sentence by sentence why it makes me sad and unwelcome on my gun blog later

  • Melody

    @AmazonV – Your comments make me a little sad. I know you’ve been a customer for a long, long time, and a shareholder at IPO. I would just encourage you to think about this differently Howard really is not speaking to the CWP group. I want you to feel welcome! Having met you personally, and connected over Starbucks, I hope you’ll change your thoughts. I have no doubt, many CWP holders won’t change what they do based on this message from Howard.

  • theatrenut

    That coupon link isn’t working for me.

  • Melody

    @Theatrenut – I don’t have a printer at home. When I click through it, it seems like it would work. Maybe I will give it a try at work. What does the $2 off coupon do for you?

  • theatrenut

    It’s working now. I was getting a bad page error, but I think the site has just been too busy. Thanks.

  • DadCooks

    I think Howard has really stepped in it this time and is getting press that will not be productive. I am hesitant to go to MSI today.

    I consider myself a responsible gun owner. I was first trained as a Cub Scout then Boy Scout and then NRA trained (Lifetime Member), military trained, CWP permitted and trained, tactical and self defense trained (understanding what deadly force is and when it is called for), I annually update my training, and I spend time at the range at least monthly.

    Personally, I would under normal circumstances, never open carry. I have no desire to make people feel uncomfortable or worried. So from that standpoint I feel that the open carry folks have done a disservice. Carrying open accomplishes nothing but rubbing an issue in peoples’ faces, just like many other “protestors” do when they “march” for some cause. In these cases there is no opportunity for logical informed discussion.

    @Melody, thank you for having the courage to open discussion on the gun issue. I understand peoples’ fears and feel a responsibility to listen and discuss with anyone with an open mind and a willingness to understand the core issue here.

  • martymankins

    I was not aware of the stars promotion where you buy whole bean coffee at grocery stores. I will have to go look at your April 2013 blog post on this. I normally get my whole bean at Starbucks so I get more stars towards the 12/30 total.

    I am not a gun owner, but respect those who are responsible. I will echo Melody’s comments that the intent isn’t to scare off all guns and all gun owners. I think the 180 reaction to “I’m not going to Starbucks anymore” after this statement is shortsighted (just my opinion). I would say that unless there is an actual incident to a responsible gun owner that warrants a boycott, keep going to your Starbucks stores.

  • SnowWhite

    I completely agree with DadCooks. Howard has no idea the fury he has unleashed. He had a completely reasonable neutral and non-political policy and he replaced it with a one-sided anti-gun policy. I don’t care how he worded it, legally carrying gun owners will not be welcome. In my mind, he caved to the MDA and I’m ashamed of the company at this point. For the record, I’m completely liberal and own no guns. I still think he did the wrong thing here.

  • DadCooks

    IMHO, what is really sad is the spin being put on Howard’s statement. Too many of the talking heads, bloggers, and pontificators have selectively read Howard’s statement to get their point across. His intentions were good, but he does not understand how even the best of intentions are destroyed by a biased media (and I am referring to bias on both sides).

  • Melody

    @SnowWhite – I can truly see more than one view point on what is happening here. I can easily say, I am tired of the gun debate discussions, I think this newly-released statement by Howard does re-ignite the arguing, debates, and discussions. I think what Starbucks was really trying to do was distance themselves from things like the “Starbucks Appreciation Day” and the many photos of baristas standing behind people carrying a big rifle into Starbucks.

    @DadCooks – Such true words. I have seen so much spin (at a very small level, it has happened to me too). Remember after the shareholders’ meeting?? What Howard said got totally wrongly spun!!! People will twist, twist, and twist online words. It’s a little painful. I was shocked that anyone could have taken what Howard said at the shareholders meeting and somehow gotten out of it that ‘Christians are not wanted in Starbucks.’ Well, I guess I should not have been surprised. But yes, this is going to be another round of people selectively reading Howard’s statement.

  • mahoro

    Perhaps I won’t ever really understand, since I don’t carry a gun, but I really don’t see what the big deal it. Guns are not banned, they are just ASKING people to “cover up” their guns. So gun toting people can still go to Starbucks and enjoy their coffee, they just ask that you not have it out in the open. I don’t see why the gun community are so upset about this.

    Okay and I know this isn’t exactly the same, but it is sort of like the whole breastfeeding in public debate. Yes, you are allowed to legally breastfeed wherever you need to in public. But for some reason, some women seem to take that as a excuse to completely “hang out” and then they get really defense when you ask them to cover up a bit. Yes, it is your legal right to breastfeed in public, and no one said you can’t breastfeed in public, most people are just asking for a little modesty and ask that you cover up when you breastfeed, not stop breastfeeding completely. I’m a mom but I still think a little modesty is the right way to go.

  • Elle

    I’m sorry, @mahoro, I agree with your first paragraph but I don’t really agree with likening open carrying to public breastfeeding. A gun won’t react to being stored in a purse or under someone’s clothing, but it’s a bit much (IMHO) to hope that a baby will be perfectly content to breastfeed under a cover. It’s likely to be hot and stuffy under a cover like that, especially in the summer or in a warm Starbucks. Simply put, sometimes babies want to be out in the open while feeding. If I was a breastfeeding mother, I think I would be right to put my baby’s comfort over the modesty concerns of others. Wouldn’t you rather have a openly breastfeeding mom sharing the store with you as opposed to a screaming baby?

  • mahoro

    @elle I know the 2 scenarios are not the same. I was mostly using the breastfeeding scenario as an example of how passionate and heated both sides can get.

    Honestly I have no problems with public breastfeeding, and most woman are very discreet about it. I just don’t care for the extreme situations where some women seem to take it as a pass to go semi-nude. I’ve actually seen women walking around completely topless when they breastfeed with their other breast totally exposed. I just think that type of extreme exposure is unnecessary and where I think a little modesty is appropriate.

  • Chgo.

    @Melody – About the promo I was speaking of, I thought somebody else brought it up over the weekend in a thread on msi. All I know is that I get La Boulange products for 50% off starting on 9/22. I accidentally deleted the email, but I believe it was for the whole week using a promo code given in the email. Anybody else????? I’m staying out of the gun issue. People don’t want to know how I really feel about the 2nd Amendment, gun control and concealed carry laws.

  • Melody

    @Chgo – Sorry – I really haven’t seen any kind of promo for 50% off of La Boulange. A whole week of 50% off La Boulange sounds like a pretty good deal!

  • Laily

    Melody, I’d also like to add another promotion – another Star Dash ending Oct. 1st. 6 stars will get you a $5 Starbucks Card eGift, and 12 stars will get you a $10 Starbucks Card eGift. Is it just me or does this Star Dash round seem more easily accomplished? Also, is there a limit of how many eGifts we can earn?

  • Chgo.

    Would you believe a local DM who is temporarily in charge of the La Boulange roll out in the area, didn’t even know about the 50% promotion. I actually received the email as I was walking into a Starbucks, but had problems with it on my phone. I couldn’t see a promo code or anything. At first I thought all card holders were going to get it. So I saw him sitting in the store and asked this DM. He wanted me to send him the email, but Starbucks does not allow customers to share an email for a promotion for obvious reasons. So he contacted Corporate. He was stunned that he was never told about the promotion, considering he is in charge of La Boulange products for this area at this time.

  • theatrenut

    So happy with the new promotions. I signed up for the Dash today, and they counted the stars I logged yesterday, which is nice (the day I painfully removed the stickers from the four bags of beans I had in the cupboard).

    The gun issue is such a polarizing one, I’m hesitant to even offer an opinion online.

  • Hayley

    Did anyone elses email get spammed by Starbucks rewards+ emails? I have a minimum of 12 emails in there saying thanks for entry for the promo that was on my Starbucks rewards dashboard. I know it can’t be from an outside place, because I clicked on all the things that were within my Starbucks dashboard. Weird.

  • Melody

    @Hayley – That’s weird. I’m in a rush but had to reply – I found the $250 Sweepstake contest only because I had logged in and poked around to enter the recent star dash. Weird. Not a single email other than the one email for the star dash.

  • theatrenut

    Can anyone see how to enter the Sweepstakes? I can find the rules, which say:


    If you have a Starbucks account, log-in to your account at

    Once logged in to your Starbucks account, you will be presented with two on-line involvement tasks (“Tasks”) to complete on After you have completed both of the Tasks, click “Submit” to receive one (1) entry.


    But I’ve logged in and see no “tasks.”

  • denise r

    Wow…a lot here!
    I totally agree (as I usually do) with what DadC…said. totally.

    I just saw the “star dash” ending 10/1, in an email, this morning. Nice, but doesn’t seem very long (time).

    I haven’t seen anything about the 50% La Boulange deal but hope it’s true..that would be sweet!
    I’ve seen NO $2.00/off promos….or really, very very few promos. (the individual kind….) seems the more loyal one is, the less they send. I ‘get it’, but think it seems…. not right.
    and, am in Wisconsin now and need to get ready to go to the local Sbux and start adding up stars!

  • Melody

    I’m going to be late to work!

    Denise – Speaking of MSR promos, did you see my Sheryl Crow concert?

    And reading above the comments make me it feel like to me that in Seattle we don’t have very babies or guns! I know that can’t be true. (Though statistically, like San Francisco, Seattle has fewer children than most places in the country).

  • Andrea Fierro

    Thank you so much for this post! As I stated on Facebook…this couldn’t have been more informational and more timely! I was able to update my profile on my Rewards account (which hadn’t been done since 2009) and I clicked around to see all of the new “stuff” they had on the site! Awesome! Also downloaded the app, thanks to you – now I can see all of the promotions and rewards/gifts I had missed previously! I have been a follower for a while and always love your updates on my most favorite place in the world, Starbucks! I love your blog and thank you so much for providing this info!

    Keep up the good work!
    Andrea Fierro
    P.S. Can’t wait to earn my Grocery Store Stars…my office is so spoiled, all we drink in this office is Starbucks coffee! Thanks to me! :)

  • theatrenut

    I also found in my Rewards History a (recently expired) $1 off packaged coffee. I should check the history more regularly – I usually only do this if I think there may be a mistake – but it would be nice if they notified us of those short-lived deals. Or maybe that would defeat the purpose 😉

    I also see online that I got a “Free Food Item for this Star code” in the Grocery Challenge – they say an email would be sent, but nothing so far.

    There’s almost too much going on.

  • JayRM

    What Howard and his board promote as corporate policy (re request about firearms) is up to them and their shareholders. I applaud them for their effort to remain neutral on 2nd Amendment issues although I’m not convinced any corporation can really be neutral on a subject like this.

    That said, where and when I spend my money is up to me, the consumer. Howard, on the miniscule chance you ever see this, please be aware that the first time I see one of those ridiculous “gun free zone” stickers in the window of ANY Starbucks store, whether it arrives through corporate decree or through the individual action of the SM, it will be the last time any of my hard earned money will be spent on your product.

    Best regards from a LONG TIME customer and gold card member.

  • DadCooks

    I am about out of breath, so many Star Dashes 😉

    @amazonv – I clicked over to your blog post, good perspective.

    Yesterday (9/18/13) Howard was interviewed on several news channels. I only regularly watch FNC (Fox News Channel) and saw his interview there. His anti-gun stance was very clear in his answers to direct questions, a lot stronger than his carefully worded letter. IMHO his interview statements only served to increase the divide and paint pro gun people with a broad general brush.

  • Becky E

    My free Anniversary Blend taster’s cup arrived by UPS yesterday. In the box was a postcard about getting rewards when buying coffee at the grocery. I almost tossed the card but turned it over and saw that it said “Bask in rewards. This first Star’s on us.” So I turned the card over to read it more closely and it had a Star Code I could enter to get a star. I did and I have received the star. Yay!

  • steve haynie

    I find the discussion on packing weapons a waste of good coffee table java! If you feel the need to pack a firearm go to the Saloon down the street from Starbucks where you folks can sit around and polish you shiny weapons. For the rest of us, we can pony up and talk about the weather, current events or how good the coffee aroma may be!

  • Charisse G.

    I recently started reading your blog as I an finally starting to take advantage of my Starbucks rewards card. I need a place to write to get out of the house with free wifi and a good atmosphere and Starbucks is fitting my needs today. I went today and decided to have lunch using a 50% off food promo reward and got the turkey panini. It was surprising yummy! I didn’t expect that because it is prepackaged. I thought the price for the size was a little high so was glad for the discount. The guy behind me ordered the same thing. He received his and I never received mine. They confused the two orders thinking it was the same. For my wait I received prfuse apologies from two baristas AND a voucher for a free beverage. THAT’s customer service!

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