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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).
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With great travel benefits, 2x points on travel & dining and a 50,000 point sign up bonus, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is a great card for those looking to get into the points and miles game. Here are the top 5 reasons it should be in your wallet, or read our definitive review for more details.
- Earn 50,000 bonus points after you spend $4,000 on purchases in the first 3 months from account opening. That's $625 toward travel when you redeem through Chase Ultimate Rewards®
- Chase Sapphire Preferred named "Best Credit Card for Flexible Travel Redemption" - Kiplinger's Personal Finance, June 2018
- 2X points on travel and dining at restaurants worldwide & 1 point per dollar spent on all other purchases.
- No foreign transaction fees
- 1:1 point transfer to leading airline and hotel loyalty programs
- Get 25% more value when you redeem for airfare, hotels, car rentals and cruises through Chase Ultimate Rewards. For example, 50,000 points are worth $625 toward travel
- No blackout dates or travel restrictions - as long as there's a seat on the flight, you can book it through Chase Ultimate Rewards