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Starbucks Gift Cards: Your Questions Answered

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One of the easiest and best ways to get free Starbucks is by receiving Starbucks gift cards. But there are lots of perks even if you buy yourself a Starbucks gift card.

If you’re looking for the best Starbucks gift card discounts, how you can gift a Starbucks gift card, or even how to check your gift card balance, we’ve found everything you can do with a Starbucks gift card.


Where can you get discounted Starbucks gift cards?

Before you get your Starbucks coffee, you should always get discounted Starbucks gift cards. That’s because you pay less than the amount that’s loaded onto the cards. Here are all the places you can get a discounted Starbucks gift card (and how much you’ll save):

Plus, at Target, you can get all gift cards (including Starbucks!) for 5% off when you use Target RedCard.

There are lots more places beyond just Starbucks that offer discounted gift cards.


Buy your Starbucks gift cards from Sam’s Club or BJ’s to get a discount.

If you’re still looking for discounts on your Starbucks gift cards, you should always check warehouse stores like BJ’s and Sam’s Club to see how much they are discounting their gift cards. In the past, we’ve seen $25 Starbucks gift cards discounted to $22.50 at BJ’s and $50 Starbucks gift cards discounted to $48.98.

You should also check Amazon’s gift card selection to see if they are offering any deals on gift cards. During the holiday season in 2022, Amazon was giving discounts on a lot of their available gift cards including Starbucks gift cards. On Dec. 14, 2022, Starbucks gift cards would get you $10 Amazon credit.


How do you add Starbucks gift cards to your Starbucks Rewards account?

Adding your Starbucks gift card to your Starbucks Rewards account is easy. All you have to do is tap on the “Cards” section of the app and tap “Add Card”. Then you just need to enter the 8-digit code on the back of the card.


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Are there advantages to paying with Starbucks gift cards?

An iPhone on a table next to a Starbucks cup, displaying an order for a Grande Dark Roast Coffee on the Starbucks app.

When you load your Starbucks gift card to your Starbucks Rewards account, you’ll earn two stars for every $1 spent. Uploading your Starbucks gift card to your Starbucks Rewards account is the only way to get rewards points.

These stars will always turn into free Starbucks that you can redeem after you earn enough stars.


How do you use a Starbucks card?

Woman at a Starbucks register pulling her Starbucks gift card up on her phone.

If you have a physical Starbucks gift card, you just need to have the barista scan it at the register to use your balance. If you have your Starbucks gift card uploaded to your Starbucks Rewards account, select the gift card of your choice as your payment method.

You can use uploaded Starbucks gift cards on online orders, or you can have the barista scan the barcode on your Starbucks app.



How much is on my Starbucks gift card?

There are two ways to check your Starbucks gift card balance. You need to use the Starbucks gift card balance website if you have a physical gift card. Click on “Check Balance” and enter the card number and security code.

If you added your Starbucks gift card to your Starbucks Rewards account, you can check your balance by going to “Card Management” on the Starbucks website or “Scan” in the Starbucks app.


How do you give someone a Starbucks card?

To give a Starbucks e-gift card, all you have to do is go to the Starbucks gift card website, pick the design that you want, choose your payment method, and send it to them via email address.

Then they can go grab something off the Starbucks secret menu.


How do you send a Starbucks gift card via text?

Screenshots of an iPhone demonstrating how to send Starbucks e gift cards via iMessage

If you want to know how to send a Starbucks gift card via text, you first need to download the Starbucks app (iOS only). Once you find who you want to send the gift card to, open up the “App Drawer” next to the text box and click on “Starbucks Gifts.”

Once you select your amount and pick your gift card design, you can select the amount you want on the card and send the card via text. Starbucks will automatically charge your account.


Do Starbucks cards expire?

Do Starbucks gift cards expire? No, Starbucks gift cards will never expire, and they don’t charge any activation or inactivity fees.




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