Step One: Signing Up
Getting rewards is not the most user friendly process in the beginning, but if you go to Starbucks a lot it is totally worth it and pretty easy once you get the hang of it. First you have to sign up for Starbucks Rewards. You can sign up here or if you prefer the mobile version you can join via the app for iPhone or Android.
Once you sign up for rewards, you will have to get a gift card from Starbucks to register and use as your rewards card (you can get one at any Starbucks store- when I asked for a gift card they did not make me add money to the card since I told them I just needed it to register for the rewards program but it might be different now). Once you have a gift card, log in to your Starbucks rewards (you can sign up here if you haven’t yet) and register the gift card to your account. Just for registering the gift card and opting in to receive emails (this is how you get exclusive coupons / offers) you will get a free drink loaded to your card (they will email you with the free drink offer- another reason why you want to opt in for their emails).
How to Earn Starbucks Rewards
To start earning rewards on the card for your purchases, you will have to pay for your Starbucks purchase with the gift card you registered with so if you did not sign up with a gift card that has a balance, you will have to load money onto the card (under “My Account”, you should see an option to load / reload card in the drop down menu). Make sure to always pay with the gift card you signed up with to get closer to getting your reward.
You can also earn stars by purchasing coffee or tea at the Starbucks online store and by purchasing specially marked products where you buy groceries. These items will have this symbol:
You are now on your way to earning stars! Below is the graphic from the Starbucks website with all of the rewards levels: