(EXPIRED) Easy Starbucks Gold + free drinks w/ 1 Chase Pay purchase


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There is a new Chase Pay promo out: use the Chase Pay app at a participating Starbucks store and get 300 bonus stars. That’s enough for Starbucks Gold status and would get you two free drinks or food items. If you don’t see the promotion on the Chase Pay home screen, try to log out and log back in. When I failed to activate it the first time, I thought it had disappeared — but logging in again brought it back to the Chase Pay home screen.

The Deal

  • Use Chase Pay to make a single purchase in-store at participating Starbucks stores and earn 300 Stars as a one-time bonus.

Key Terms

  • Must be a Starbucks Rewards member to earn bonus stars
  • Must activate the offer and link your Starbucks Rewards account via Chase Pay
  • Offer expires 3/19/18
  • Allow 5 days for the stars to post
  • You can tap the map icon on the Chase Pay home screen to find a participating location near you

Quick Thoughts

This is a nice little promotion if you are passing by a Starbucks. Three hundred stars gets you Starbucks Gold status. With Gold status, every 125 stars can be redeemed for a free food or drink item, so this promo should work out as a “a buy one item, get 2 free items” — though you’ll have to wait for the stars to post. You also get free refills on brewed coffee or tea on same-visit orders.

There is no minimum purchase required, so I imagine a purchase like a single piece of fruit or a cheap item at the register should trigger this, though note that it says the bonus stars will take 5 days to post to your account. By the terms, I wouldn’t expect reloading your Starbucks balance via mobile phone to do the trick, but since it takes 5 days for the bonus to post, we won’t know until the promo has nearly ended.

If you’re unfamiliar with using Chase Pay in-store, you’ll have to generate a QR code in the Chase Pay app to pay in-store. Make sure to choose the card you want to use before hitting “pay”. You’ll scan that QR code at the same machine normally used to scan your barcode to pay from the Starbucks app. If you live in an area where few people have tried this, expect the cashier not to know that this is possible and perhaps even tell you not to do it that way (See: How do you use Chase Pay in-store?), but it should work.

H/T: Doctor of Credit

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