Starbucks Rewards Get Bigger, Better, Faster

If you’re not getting free drinks at Starbucks, there’s a problem. Because most people I know have old Starbucks cards wedged inside their wallets. And a card is all you need to register for My Starbucks Rewards. You’ll create a Starbucks account that lets you reload your car and track your stars. What are stars? They’re what you earn when you make a purchase with your Starbucks card and, once you earn thirty, you’re a gold member, eligible for caffeinated freebies, like refills and birthday drinks.

Even better? The Starbucks app lets you keep track of your rewards, plus reload, check the balance of, and pay with a mobile version of any of your registered Starbucks cards.

Way better? Starbucks is getting ready to revamp its gold card rewards program. Right now, you have to make 15 purchases with your Starbucks card before you receive a free drink certificate in the mail. But, starting October 16, you’ll only have to make 12 purchases to get a free drink or food item, and these new offers are completely mobile and redeemable from the Starbucks app on your phone.

The bad news? Starbucks is no longer offering free syrup and soy milk for cold holders, nor are you up for a free tall coffee when you purchase a pound of coffee beans. Blah.