The Starbucks Rewards Program is Changing on February 13
By Ambia StaleyFebruary 9, 2023
You'll soon need even more Stars to get free items at Starbucks, because the company is set to make changes to their Rewards program in Canada starting on February 13, 2023.
The Starbucks Rewards program is a great option for frequent patrons that allows you to earn Stars on purchases and redeem them for free product once you're earned a certain amount. However, starting next week, you'll need to earn even more Stars in some cases to get your freebies.
Here's a look at the changes:
- 25 Stars can be redeemed for a free beverage modifier (such as an added espresso shot, added syrup or dairy alternative) [unchanged from current requirement]
- 100 Stars can be redeemed for a hot coffee or tea, iced coffee or tea, bakery item, packaged snack, or Siren-logo plastic cups [previously 50 Stars]
- 200 Stars can be redeemed for a handcrafted beverage or hot breakfast item [previously 150 Stars and included snack boxes]
- 300 Stars can be redeemed for a lunch sandwich, packaged protein box, or packaged coffee item [previously 250 Stars]
- 400 Stars can be redeemed for select merchandise valued up to $20.00 [unchanged from current requirement]
Other features of the Rewards program, including a freebie on your birthday and free refills on iced or hot coffee and tea remain unchanged. You'll also still be earning 1 Star for every $1.00 you spend using dash, credit/debit cards or mobile wallets and 2 Stars per $1.00 with a Starbucks Card in the app.
These changes will take effect on February 13, 2023. Click here to learn more details about the upcoming changes to the Starbucks Rewards program.
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It hasn't been for drinks like an iced coffee for many years
(the Android app is STILL broken on my Android phone after 6+ months)
Doesn't seem to matter what order I add/remove items or star redeems in - if there ever was a bug, they seem to have fixed it.
My Starbucks was very busy for a 6pm on a Sunday as people scramble to get those last minute redemptions in.
Last day on Sunday before devaluation on Monday; we have 50 stars to go!
I have been using up more of my venti triple shot oat beverage with mocha sauce and sf vanilla syrup lately though
I had 1600+ stars in December..down to 1049 now but still in middle of a challenge this week (3 bakery for 80 bonus stars...mini scone is $2 and cheapest and I actually like it as a snack lol)
I still have 100 pts to kill. I'm gonna use it all up this week.
It was about 3 weeks since I posted it, Starbucks might have changed it back?
With the new points program, I will switch to and iced coffee and do the same. I wonder if they will double an iced coffee to make it a frap.
Can customize to your liking ... sweeter with more toppings and stronger with more Espresso Shots!
They are established in the high-end coffee chain segment.
They don't have any competitors that they should be worried about.
They've been closing locations more than they have opened in recent years cause they over expanded in the last 10-20 years. Some locations are non-profitable so they closed them to cope with their bottom line.
However I disagree that TH is a Starbucks competitor. They don't even target the same customer segment.
McCafe and Tim Horton's are closer competitors.
No competition really with starbucks, Tim Hortons sort of
1: walking distance to your office
2: You can chat there with your friends
3: You can even have 1:1 with your manager or even talk about business
4: Decent coffee
5: Large franchise that you can find anywhere
You can only customize for milk. Topping, syrup and expresso shots are no longer available for cafe misto.