Card FAQs

My Starbucks Rewards FAQs

How does My Starbucks RewardsTM work?

You can join the program 1) by registering any Starbucks® or Teavana® Card with the 16 digits on the back and a Starbucks copyright printed at the bottom at, or 2) by downloading the Starbucks mobile app. Use your registered Card or app to pay at participating stores and you’ll earn Stars towards rewards. One transaction = one Star.

Welcome Level: Upon joining, you are at the Welcome level of the My Starbucks RewardsTM program and you will receive the following benefits:

  • A birthday reward just for you. This reward can be redeemed at participating Starbucks® stores for a free drink (some restrictions apply) or food item, or you can redeem it at participating Teavana® stores for a drink or 1 oz. of loose leaf tea.
  • A special, one-time birthday coupon to use on, good for 14 days
  • Balance protection for your card if it is lost or stolen.
  • Special member offers via email*
    *Be sure to opt-in to receive email from Starbucks in order to receive special offers.

Green Level: Once you have earned 5 Stars in 12 months, you will move to the Green level, where you may receive the following benefits:

  • Welcome level benefits.
  • Free refills on brewed or iced coffee or tea during the same store visit when the original drink was paid for with your registered Card.

Gold Level: After you earn 30 Stars in 12 months (25 additional Stars after initially qualifying for Green level), you will qualify for the Gold level. At this level you may receive the following benefits:

  • Welcome and Green level benefits.
  • A personalized Gold Card.
  • Free drink or food reward every time you earn 12 Stars.

What is a Star and how do I earn one?

You can earn Stars and receive in-store benefits simply by paying for a transaction with a registered Starbucks Card or your mobile app at a participating Starbucks®, and Teavana® stores in Canada and the United States, and at
One transaction = One Star. You will be able to track your Stars online by logging into your My Starbucks RewardsTM account.

What is a Star Code? How does it work?

Star Codes are a way for Starbucks to deliver multiple Stars to a customer with just one code. Star Codes are usually earned by successfully completing a Bonus Star offer such as a Star Challenge or Star Dash, or taking a survey. If you've participated in and won an offer with Bonus Stars as the prize, note that the Bonus Stars will not be automatically added to your Starbucks account. Instead, a Star Code will be emailed to you about a week after the end of the offer, or as indicated in the original offer details, and redeemed by entering a Star Code into your Starbucks account. You can check the original email from us for the exact details of your offer.

How do I redeem a Star Code?

To redeem a Star Code, visit and enter in the Star Code in the appropriate field. Note that there is a limit of two (2) Star Code entries per day.

Is there a membership fee to join My Starbucks RewardsTM?

No. There is no membership fee at any level of the program.

Will My Starbucks RewardsTM be recognized at all Starbucks stores?

Customers will receive a Star for each transaction at any Canadian or U.S. store that accepts the Starbucks® or Teavana® Card. However, in-store benefits and reward redemption will only be available at participating Canadian and U.S. stores.

How long does it take for customers to receive their Gold level Welcome Kit after earning Gold level status?

On average, it takes 4-6 weeks once reaching Gold level to receive your personalized Gold Card and Welcome Kit. (Be sure to update your address online so we know where to send your Gold Card). Gold level benefits begin the moment you reach the Gold level. You can begin earning Stars towards your free drinks and food by continuing to use any registered Starbucks® or Teavana® Card, or your mobile app to pay.

Can I transfer a My Starbucks RewardsTM membership to someone else?

Sorry, memberships and rewards are non-transferable and cannot be shared with family members, friends and others.

Do my Stars expire?

Yes. After registering, you have one year to accumulate Stars to reach Green or Gold Level. If you earn less than the necessary amount of Stars for each level, your Star count will be reset to zero on the anniversary of your registration date.

Will the program ever change?

We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and make them better for our customers and reserve the right to change the program at any time. If you have feedback about My Starbucks RewardsTM, please share them with us at

Can I get any drink or food item I want when I redeem my free reward? What’s included?

With a few exceptions, yes! Your free reward can be redeemed for any bottled beverage or handcrafted beverage – any size, any flavour and with whatever add-ons you’d like. Or you can redeem the coupon for any food item, with the exception of whole bakery loaves, trays and multipacks.

How do the free refills on brewed or iced coffee or tea work?

My Starbucks RewardsTM customers are eligible for free refills on brewed or iced coffee or tea, regardless of the original beverage purchased, while they are in a participating Starbucks store. Once you leave the store, your visit has ended and any subsequent coffee or tea refill thereafter would be considered a new purchase.

Do I have to present my Starbucks Card to get a free brewed or iced coffee or tea refill?

Yes. You will have to present your registered Starbucks Card to the barista for your free refill.

When will I receive exclusive offers and discounts?

If you are opted in to email, direct mail and text messages, we will periodically send you offers and discounts. Make sure you are opted in at

Will I receive benefits at all Starbucks stores?

You receive a Star for each visit at any Canadian or U.S. store that accepts the Starbucks Card and for purchases at However, in-store benefits and reward redemption is only available at participating stores.

Why is registration necessary in order to join the program?

When you register your Starbucks Card, you provide contact information so we can reward you with benefits like a free drink or food item on your birthday, as well as exclusive offers and coupons. Additionally, by registering your card, you receive balance protection in case your card is ever lost or stolen. Finally, with a registered card, you can manage your account in a variety of ways online. For example, you can set up your card to auto-reload when the balance falls below a certain amount. Please note: a valid Canadian billing address is required when registering your card.

How many Starbucks Cards can I register as part of the program?

You can register an unlimited number of cards to your My Starbucks RewardsTM account, including seasonal cards, mini cards and your personalized Gold Card. All registered Starbucks Cards earn Stars to your My Starbucks RewardsTM account.

When will I receive my complimentary birthday drink or food reward?

Once you register your Starbucks Card and provide your birthday and email address, your complimentary birthday Reward will be automatically loaded onto your account two days prior to your birthday and will expire the day after your birthday. We will send you an email one to two days prior to your birthday which will let you know that a free reward has been loaded onto your Card. You will also receive a special discount of 15% off of your next purchase at, which expires after 30 days.

Note: You must register at least 30 days before your birthday to ensure you receive the birthday rewards. In addition, to continue receiving your birthday rewards every year, you must earn at least one Star each year.

If I have multiple Starbucks Cards registered to my account, does that mean I will receive a birthday reward for reach one?

No. You will only receive one birthday reward per account.

What if I lose my Starbucks Card?

If your card is registered, your membership in My Starbucks RewardsTM and any remaining card balance will be protected as of the time you notify us of its loss. After logging in to your account, click on the Report Lost or Stolen link in the My Cards section. We’ll freeze your remaining balance at the time you report your card as lost or stolen, transfer it to a new Starbucks Card and mail you the replacement immediately – without hassles or fees.

How does Starbucks manage personal information?

Please read our Privacy Policy for details.

Can I track my progress in the program and see how many Stars I have until I reach the next level?

Yes. At you will be able to log into your account and see how many Stars you’ve earned, your current benefits, how many Stars you have to go until you reach the next level, your transaction history and all available rewards on your account. You can also view this same information on the Starbucks mobile application, available for iPhone and Android devices.

How soon will I be able to see the Stars I’ve earned after using my registered Starbucks Card?

Stars earned from using your registered Starbucks Card or mobile app will be available on your account within 24 hours.

What if my Star balance doesn’t look right? Who do I contact?

We want to make sure the balance on your account reflects your purchases accurately. If the total number of Stars doesn’t appear to be correct, call 1-800-STARBUC (782-7282).

Do I need to earn 5 Stars to unlock Green level benefits for each Starbucks Card I register?

No, once you’ve qualified for Green level benefits the first time, all cards registered to your account automatically qualify.

What do I have to do in order to maintain Green level status?

Once you reach the Green level, you will need to earn 5 Stars in 12 months to maintain your Green level status. If you do not earn 5 Stars, you will revert back to the Welcome level and your Star count will drop to 0. As soon as you earn 5 Stars again you’ll move from Welcome right back to Green.

How do I maintain Gold level status?

Once you qualify for Gold level, you will be at that level for a full year from the date you qualified. Simply earn 30 additional Stars before your anniversary date (the date you earned Gold) and you will continue to enjoy all your Gold level benefits for another year.

Can I qualify for multiple years in a single year? For example, if I earn 60 stars in the next year, will I be in the Gold level for the next two years?

No. Every year on your anniversary date (the date you qualified for the Gold level), our system will look back and confirm whether or not you have earned the minimum 30 Stars during that timeframe. If so, you’ll remain at the Gold level for another year.

Can I earn Stars if I pay with cash or a credit or debit card instead of a Starbucks Card?

The only way to join My Starbucks RewardsTM is to register and pay with a Starbucks Card or the Starbucks mobile app – we can’t award you Stars and reward you for purchases made with another form of payment. You can use your debit or credit card to reload your Starbucks Card.

Will the use of any Starbucks Card registered to me count toward my program benefits?

Yes. The use of any card registered to your account will earn you Stars and enable you to enjoy the benefits associated with your membership level.

If I Pay with my iPhone or Android using the Starbucks app, will I still earn Stars?

Absolutely! Paying with the Starbucks application is exactly the same as paying with your registered Starbucks Card. Note: the mobile app must be linked to your account.

What if I need to pay for my transaction partially with my registered Starbucks Card and partially with cash or a debit or credit card – does that still count toward earning a Star?


If I purchase two drinks in one transaction, do I earn 2 Stars?

Stars are earned based on each transaction, rather than the number of items purchased in the transaction. From time to time we will run Bonus Star promotions where specific items earn extra Stars. Watch for email alerts or in-store messaging to take advantage of these offers.

Do I have to use the Gold level card you send me to receive the benefits?

No. You can use any Starbucks Card registered to your account or your mobile app to receive credit for your visits and store-level benefits. This means that once you hit the Gold level, although you’ll receive a really cool personalized card from us, you can keep using your favourite customized Starbucks Card if you’d like. Or the app on your mobile phone.

Can I still use my Gold Card if I drop back to the Green level?

Yes. You can continue to use your Gold Card when you are in the Green Level; however you will not be receiving the Gold Level benefits only the Green Level benefits.

Can I choose which item I get for free? I’d like to use my free reward for my favourite indulgent drink but I’ll also be getting a pastry or breakfast sandwich during the same visit.

Yes, you can tell your barista when you want to redeem the free item (must be before it expires). If you have multiple items in the transaction, the highest priced eligible item will be free. Free food excludes multipacks, trays and whole bakery loaves. Participating stores only.

Which food items are eligible?

All food items in participating stores are eligible for the free reward, with the exception of multipacks, trays and whole bakery loaves.

What is a Bonus Star?

Periodically, the My Starbucks RewardsTM program will offer Bonus Stars as a promotion to our members. During the promotional period, when you purchase one of the featured products, you will receive a Star for the transaction (as normal) and an extra Star for the specified product. This is another way we are helping you earn Stars and free drinks and food faster!

Digital Rewards

How will I know that I have my free birthday reward or free Lucky Dozen reward loaded on my Card?

We’ll send you an email letting you know when your reward is loaded and ready to redeem. Make sure you confirm your email address now to be sure you don’t miss a drink. You can also check your available rewards by logging into your account at or checking your mobile app. Be sure to act quickly, as birthday rewards expire 4 days after they are earned and Lucky Dozen rewards expire 30 days after they are earned.

Do I need to have my registered Starbucks Card with me to redeem my free drink or food reward?

Yes. You must use a registered Starbucks Card or your Starbucks mobile app to redeem your reward. It does not have to be your Gold card – but it must be a Starbucks Card registered to your account.

Can I use my mobile app to redeem my free drink or food reward?

Definitely! The Starbucks mobile app works the same as your plastic Starbucks Card. Just tell the barista you’d like to redeem your free reward and then scan the barcode on your mobile device. If you have a free reward loaded on your account, it will credit the price of your drink or food (just like swiping your Card).

Do free drink or food rewards expire?

  • For Gold members with earned rewards, you will have 30 days after issue to redeem the reward for a free food or drink.
  • Birthday rewards and a notification email will arrive approximately 2 days prior to their actual birthday. Rewards will expire at midnight the day after their birthday.
  • Other offers have expiration dates that will vary.
    You can check the status of your free rewards on the Starbucks mobile app or at To find expiration dates through the Starbucks Mobile App, go to the Rewards icon at the bottom and then go to the banner beneath your cup full of Stars. A My Rewards screen will appear where you can track your rewards history and view expiration dates.

    To find expiration dates at, login to your account and in the My Rewards section click on See More Details to the right. Click on Rewards History and a calendar with your Star history will show Stars and rewards earned. By clicking on a cup icon, you can view the details of the reward, including expiration date.

How will I know that I have my free birthday reward or free drink or food reward loaded on my Card?

If you’re opted-in to receive emails from Starbucks we’ll send you an email letting you know when your reward is loaded and ready to redeem. Make sure you confirm your email address now to be sure you don’t miss a drink. You can also check your available rewards by logging into your account at or checking your Starbucks mobile app. Be sure to act quickly, as birthday rewards, which will be loaded two days prior to your birthday, expire the day after your birthday and earned rewards expire 30 days after they have been issued.

I didn’t use my reward and it expired, why do you have expiration dates on rewards?

As our most loyal customers we want you to enjoy your birthday reward and earned rewards because you deserve that free hand-crafted beverage, bottled beverage or food item. We hope you will visit us often enough that your rewards won't ever come close to their expiration date.

You can always check the status of your rewards on the Starbucks mobile app or if you log into your account at Click on "Manage My Rewards" and there you will find the number of Stars and the status of the rewards you have earned. Rewards can be redeemed by using your registered Card or your Starbucks mobile app and letting your barista know you have a birthday or earned reward on your account. Your barista will use the digital coupon (with the soonest expiration date) and redeem it on the item of your choice. Birthday rewards expire the day after your birthday and earned rewards expire 30 days after issue.

(Free food excludes multipacks, trays, whole bakery loaves and food items specific to the Starbucks Evenings menu. Participating stores only.)

Will I get lots of email from Starbucks if I provide my email address?

We aim to send emails you’ll find useful and relevant, but you can choose to opt out of receiving emails about special offers and member-only promotions from Starbucks at any time. You’ll still get your free reward notifications and other program-related transactional emails regardless of your opt-in status.

Can I redeem my free reward at any store?

Not all Starbucks locations redeem free rewards. All company-operated stores will honour the rewards, but licensed store locations (often those inside another facility like an airport, bookstore or grocery store) may not be able to redeem free rewards. We’re working together with licensed stores to bring this innovation to you in more locations as soon as we can.

Can I redeem my rewards in the U.S.?

Yes, rewards earned in Canada can be redeemed in the U.S. and vice-versa – only at participating stores in each country.

When will the free reward be available to use? Is it instantaneously there in the same transaction where I earn my 12th Star?

Free rewards generally load within 24 hours after you earn your 12th Star and should be ready for your next visit.

Will I get to choose when I get my free drink or food reward? I like to choose something special and I don’t want my free reward to automatically deduct when I’m not expecting it to.

Yes. You are in control of your rewards! Even though your free reward is loaded onto your Card, you have to tell your barista when you want to use it. It does not deduct automatically on your next visit.

Will my barista tell me if I have a free reward waiting on my Starbucks Card?

No, your barista will not notify you if you have a free drink waiting – so be sure to check your rewards status online (, on your Starbucks mobile phone, or ask your barista to check.

Can I earn more than 1 free reward before I redeem? Is there a limit to how many free rewards I can have at any given time?

You continue to earn free rewards for every 12 Stars – and the rewards stay on your account until you use them or they expire. There is no limit to the number of rewards you can have in your account at any one time.