Airport Starbucks Now Allow Award Redemptions

Jun 22, 2018

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Frequent travelers and frequent coffee drinkers likely have a strong crossover — and there’s good news for them. Starbucks is now allowing for award redemptions at cafes located in airports, Targets and select grocery stores.

Earlier this week, Starbucks said it would redesign its rewards program in 2019. In 2016, the loyalty scheme switched to a revenue based program that rewarded members based on the amount spent with the chain, similar to that of many airline mileage programs.

Right now, you earn two stars for every $1 spent, and the program offers two levels of elite status, Green and Gold. You earn a free reward, one food or drink item, for every 125 stars earned and earn Gold status after hitting 300 stars.

Back in February, Starbucks launched its first co-brand credit card with Chase. Starbucks has been testing out cash-free locations in Seattle. Make sure to use a card that earns strong rewards on dining purchases when paying at Starbucks, like the Chase Sapphire Reserve (3x points), Chase Sapphire Preferred or Premier Rewards Gold from American Express (2x points).

H/T: One Mile at A Time

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