Register Your Starbucks Card: Your Free Birthday Drink.
If you join MyStarbucksRewards, you’ll automatically get a birthday reward. You don’t have to get to the Gold Level to get the free birthday drink reward. It’s a “Welcome” level benefit. There are a couple of very important things to know. First off, you have to join at least 30 days before your birthday, otherwise there isn’t enough time for the reward to show up. It won’t work to join MyStarbucksRewards just a few days before your birthday. Another important thing to keep in mind is that you only have seven days to use your birthday reward. Don’t let it expire!
You can’t walk into Starbucks on your birthday and just expect a free drink – you have to be a member of MyStarbucksRewards. Sometimes people think they can just walk in and show their driver’s license and get a free drink. This is not how Starbucks works.
Click here to register a Starbucks card. In order to join MyStarbucksRewards, you need to get a Starbucks card. There may be a variety of cards sitting near the register at your neighborhood Starbucks store. Ask your friendly barista to load the card with money – put at least $5 on the card. Then register the card at Starbucks.com. You have to keep track of your rewards! I strongly recommend using a smart phone app! The Starbucks mobile app is available for Android phone or iPhones.
I waited until my birthday to use my reward. I walked to the closest Starbucks to home. (I mean the closest traditional Starbucks to home – the actual closest store to home is the Starbucks Roastery, which unfortunately will not let you redeem rewards.)
Once I got to the 7th and Pike Starbucks, I saw friendly baristas whom I recognized and recognized me. I said it was my birthday and I wanted to get a fun drink. I rambled with the register barista about getting a smoothie which a bunch of things added into it – a banana, java chips. To be honest, I’m not sure if we settled on white mocha, milk chocolate sauce, traditional mocha, or all of the above in the drink. I just said make what you like. I’m really not sure what totally ended up in the cup!
The bar barista was Benjamin. He took the liberty of making the top of it look beautiful with drizzle and a cocoa powder. It was delicious. Kelton, the ASM, wished me a happy birthday and I had a short and wonderful conversation about being a Starbucks history buff.
I didn’t stay very long because I have to get going. (I’m running late right now.). But it’s no coincidence that I published the Inspired Moments article today.
I want to say a huge thank you to the 7th and Pike Starbucks for giving me an amazing inspired moment this morning! Thank you.
(And lastly, if you are not a part of MyStarbucksRewards, I’d like to encourage you to join. Even if you don’t get enough stars to get to the Gold Level, you’ll get a lovely birthday reward!)
Funny thing this time I didnt get my free annual bday drink so I emailed corporate and is waiting for it to come up on my account. I thought they might be stopping the bday thing, but they aren’t, from what you wrote. Im a lil sad that they forgot about me this year…… Happy bday to you too fellow Taurus!
Happy birthday Melody! That’s odd that the roastery doesn’t do rewards! Are their drinks way marked up there?
@Kiara – I’m sorry your reward got missed! That would be troublesome!
Thank you everyone for the birthday wishes. Has been a great day.
@MeganC – My experience has been that what’s expensive or marked up can be a little subjective. From my point of view though, the Roastery experience is a little on the spendy side! Since the beverages aren’t traditional Starbucks beverages, I can see why they don’t have a way to redeem rewards.
>Another important thing to keep in mind is that you only have seven days to use your birthday reward. Don’t let it expire!
Is this new? My birthday reward from a few months ago had an validity period of a month.
What a coincidence that this is being mentioned…I didn’t get my birthday reward this year and I have a card registered. In fact, I have been registered for several years now and I don’t think I got a reward last year too. According to http://www.starbucks.com/card/rewards:
To earn your first rewards, just register a Starbucks, Teavana or La Boulange Card.
Birthday drink or treat on us
Birthday coupon for 15% off a purchase at StarbucksStore.com
Custom offers via email (be sure to opt in)
All it takes is to have a card registered, but customer service told me I have to earn at least one star to get a birthday reward. I normally prefer to use cash or my credit card at Starbucks and don’t like using the app or to carry a separate Starbucks card. So is customer service misinformed or am I owed a couple of birthday drinks and a 15% off coupon?
@Ann – That would be a good question for me to follow up. I remember hearing somewhere that in order to get a free birthday reward you had to have an “active” card, and Starbucks defined that as at least one use per year – one star earned.
Why not try to use the rewards and use your card. You can load just $5 on the card at a time, if you like.
But as to your question, I can see how the Starbucks rewards page isn’t clear. I’ll try to get more information for you.
I can’t be the only one who thinks it was crappy of SBux to lower the expiration of Birthday Rewards from 30d or more to 7d with ZERO notification to the MSR Members.
My birthday is Friday & I go to SB at least twice a week and have not gotten my birthday drink on my card yet. Should I email them?
Happy Belated Birthday, Melody! Hope it was a blast!
Happy Belated Birthday, Melody! Sounds like you had a great Starbucks birthday experience.
@Melody, a belated Happy Birthday. As I get older time flies by faster so only being two days late means I am just getting caught up 😉
Here is a hint for a Blog article for you, Starbucks new relationship with Spotify. The Tech Blogs have one opinion and the Financial Blogs another, but both wonder what this means for Starbucks relationship with Apple.
This relates to the Starbucks Card because there will be “stars” involved with Spotify.
I’m surprised you were actually able to get your birthday drink on your birthday. For me, they’ve always put the reward on my card about a few weeks before my birthday, which was fine when you have a month to redeem it, but now they expire within a week so mine expired two weeks before my actual birthday… I feel like it doesn’t really matter in the long run, but I’ve always enjoyed getting a drink on my birthday so I was a bit bummed this year.
Birthday in 5 days and still haven’t received the free birthday drink email. Just emailed corporate this morning, waiting for reply… Is SB trying to “forget” to send out the reward purposely?
I today’s my birthday and I was wondering if I could get a free Starbucks next time I come
@Ann from May 18, 2015 at 2:12 am
At bottom of page of link you gave, See Terms and Conditions; at bottom of T&C see “Starbucks also reserves the right to “unregister” and make ineligible for the My Starbucks Rewards program any Starbucks Card or account that has been inactive for two (2) consecutive years. Inactive is defined as no Stars earned.”
Front page is the bold print marketing — what they ‘wan’t you to know.
T&C is the fine print — what you ‘need’ to know.
Skip the bold print and go straight to the fine print and you’ll never feel burned.
My birthday is tomorrow (Saturday 10/17) and I just got my reward this morning (10/16) and it expires Sunday 10/18! That’s only 48 hours to use it and I don’t always drink coffee on weekends. I wish they would give you 30 days like the other rewards or at least 14.
I have tried several times to register my card . but I just go from one site to another.why is this. I also tried last yr. so I could get coffee on my b/ day.but I’m still trying. my mailing address is p.o. box 144 Fontana ca 92334 thanks for whatever.
i hope you get this so i can have my b/day coffee
THis brings me to the question of, Anyone can say that their birthday is on a certain day, how do they know that it is actually the person’s birthday?
Carol A Nelson
I want to register my Starbucks gift card that I received at Christmas.
Carol A Nelson
Carol A Nelson
Register my gift card
Carol A Nelson
I am trying to register my new card and can’t find where to register it.
I love starbuck coffee
Eliza Jane Turkington
Starbucks is my most favourite place to get a nice warm coffee for the winter and Starbucks is the best place to go with family and friends or your loved ones to have a nice catch up with them
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Happy birthday melody!
Just curious why won’t the roastery take rewards?