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I was a slow convert to the Starbucks Rewards program, but once I got in on the action over the summer, I now understand what the fuss is all about. I earn free Starbucks items much, much faster than I expected because of the omnipresent promotions and offers. Starbucks Gold members earn 2 Stars for every $1 spent and get a free menu item for every 125 Stars earned. That would mean I have to theoretically spend $62.50 to earn a free Starbucks item, but in reality, there are so many promotions, and double points days, and games, that I earn free items much, much faster than that.
However, I have learned that in order to have your Stars earn you free items, you have to be a Starbucks Gold member, not a Starbucks Green member as you are when you first sign-up. Normally Starbucks Gold status isn’t earned until you collect 300 Stars in a 12 month period. This would mean you had to spend $150 in a year to earn Starbucks Gold status. However, just like you earn redeemable Starbucks Stars much faster than expected, there are relatively frequent fast tracks to Gold status and one is happening right now.
Through December 31, 2017, you can earn Starbucks Gold status with just one purchase made with a registered Starbucks card or via the Starbucks app. Starbucks Gold status isn’t going to change your life, but it is going to set you up to earn free Starbucks items.
Even if you only frequent Starbucks on occasion, being able to order and pay in the app so that it is ready and waiting when you arrive is so freaking amazing that it is worth the download. If you have any Starbucks purchases between now and the end of the year, it is probably worth it to go ahead and set that up and earn Gold status via this promo so that you are ready when things like this happen and free Starbucks items materialize for Gold members.
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