Starbucks Raises Number of Reward Stars Points Needed for Rewards Just in Time for Valentine’s Day: Here are the New Requirements

Starbucks Raise Number of Rewards Stars (Points) Needed for Basic Rewards the Grinch that Stole Valentine's Day
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Here are the new number of Starbucks reward points (stars) that you need for each Starbucks reward level. Starbucks has just announced that it is raising the number of stars (rewards points) that you need in the Starbucks app in order to be able to redeem your reward stars. They are raising it for absolutely everything except the 25-star reward of customizing your drink.

Everything else has seen the number of star reward points required increase by 50 to 100 points, with some number of required stars doubled. This increase takes effect on February 13th (happy Valentine’s Day from Starbucks, right?), which is just 4 days after the announcement, making Starbucks the Grinch that Stole Valentine’s Day.

The New Number of Starbucks Reward Star Points Needed for Each Item

As we mentioned, the only thing which hasn’t changed is that with 25 stars you can customize your drink (such as use a different type of milk). Here’s the number of stars that used to be required, along with the new number of points required:

  • Brewed hot or iced coffee or tea, bakery item,​ packaged snack and more: used to be 50, now is 100
  • Handcrafted drink (Cold Brew, lattes and more) or hot breakfast​: used to be 150, now is 200
  • Lunch sandwich, protein box or at-home coffee: used to be 200, now is 300
  • Select Starbucks merchandise: used to be and still is 400

Also note that based on the email announcement, some of these categories have been changed. The categories listed above are the ones in effect starting February 13th, 2023. Here’s what seems to have changed:

The previous “Handcrafted drink, hot breakfast or parfait” is now “Handcrafted drink or hot breakfast”, seemingly omitting the parfait.

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The previous “Salad, sandwich or protein box” is now “Lunch sandwich, protein box or at-home coffee”, eliminating salads and adding “at-home coffee”.

Below is the full announcement; you can see the previous star reward points structure (in effect until 2/12/23) on the Starbucks rewards page.

A note on updates to Starbucks® Rewards

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Starbucks Rewards Members,

On Monday, February 13, 2023, the number of Stars needed to redeem certain Rewards is changing. To best support you through this change, we are providing redemption details below.

You will continue to enjoy all the benefits of the program, including your Birthday Reward, refills on hot or iced coffee and tea, Bonus Stars for bringing in your reusable cup, exclusive games, offers and Double Star Days. You can also earn double Stars on days traveling on Delta Air Lines by linking your Rewards account to your Delta SkyMiles membership.
All the ways to redeem

25 ★Customize your drink (espresso shot, nondairy milk, syrup and more)

100 ★Brewed hot or iced coffee or tea, bakery item,​ packaged snack and more

200 ★Handcrafted drink (Cold Brew, lattes and more) or hot breakfast​

300 ★Lunch sandwich, protein box or at-home coffee

400 ★Select Starbucks® merchandise

All the ways to earn and enjoy

Earn 1 Star per $1 with cash, credit/debit cards or mobile wallets. Earn 2 Stars per $1 with a Starbucks Card in the app.

Earn free favorites faster with exclusive offers, games and more.

With the app, customize your order, pay how you like and enjoy fast, easy pickup.

Come in for 1 free treat on your birthday, every year.

Get refills on iced or hot brewed coffee and tea.

Earn 25 Stars when you order a drink using a reusable cup.

Some restrictions apply. Starbucks Rewards is available at participating stores. For full program details and Star earn rates, visit starbucks.com/rewards.

Redeeming Rewards: Free food and beverage Rewards may be redeemed at participating stores and exclude alcoholic beverages and multi-serve items. Not all stores honor tiered rewards. Select stores redeem 200 Stars for free food or beverage items only.

Refills: Free refills available during same visit only.

Birthday Reward: To qualify for Birthday Reward, you must have made at least one Star-earning transaction prior to your birthday each year.

Reusable Cup: Reusable cup benefit is valid on in-store beverage purchases only (max 3x per day).

Double Stars on Travel Days: Flights purchased close to departure may not earn double Stars. Stars and miles may not be earned on purchases of alcohol, Starbucks cards and Starbucks Card reloads. For full details, visit deltastarbucks.com/terms.
Ref: 23-19-ANO-1-0-0-EM-SR-NA-US

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