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Starbucks stars expiring

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Starbucks stars expiring

Received an email saying that some of my reward stars are expiring Feb 1, and just noticed they also removed some Jan 1. This is now illegal in Ontario but I'm not an Ontario resident. Wondering if any Ontario residents also had stars expire (i.e., whether they're still expiring them everywhere else, or whether they just haven't updated their systems).
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i stopped going to starbucks regularly but i did notice that some stars disappearing on the 1st...i don't care enough to inquire and will just stop going to them entirely

i'm in ontario
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Yup, all my gold status stars expired.

I stopped going to Starbucks altogether once they implemented their new star system.

In Ontario as well.

I am not sure if the whole points not being allowed to expire is valid here.
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Becks wrote: Why did the stars expire on different dates?
They expire 6 months after being earned. After taking into account how they devalued the stars program last year, if you spend less than $10/month at starbucks you'll never actually earn a free drink.
I am not sure if the whole points not being allowed to expire is valid here.
Most of the coverage on Ontario's law was about Airmiles, but starbucks stars would be covered too. On that page, starbucks says that stars in Ontario will no longer expire, but they waffled on the rest of Canada.
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I only go to starbucks when there is bonus stars. On average I spend $10 to get 125 stars.
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Your app actually shows the expiring stars ... this policy on the Starbucks Stars changed last year when they changed the way to accumulate stars on your purchases ...

It's not that they never told you ... it's you that never paid attention.

All companies make adjustments to their "loyalty" program ... most of the time making them less favourable ...
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I haven't stepped into a Starbucks since the program changed. All the stars could have expired off my "Gold" card, and I couldn't care less.

In fact, I just checked to find that I still have $35 on my card! I guess I should use that up sometime soon before they figure out how to "expire" my money.
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Better to check the app regularly, it shows how many stars going to expire and when
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I actually find the email offers way better after Starbucks implemented the new reward system.
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WhatADeal! wrote: I actually find the email offers way better after Starbucks implemented the new reward system.
I second that. I used to buy 12 coffees to get a free drink, but now with all the email offers and "Star Dashes" I buy like 6-7 and get enough for a free drink! That's effectively spending less than $15 to get a free $5+ drink. Can't complain about that.
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WhatADeal! wrote: I actually find the email offers way better after Starbucks implemented the new reward system.
Exactly. I get many offers of around 30 bonus stars for a purchase. That means 4 purchases for a freebie.

Some people just like complaining.
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give call to customer service...pretty sure they can add it back
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Yeah, I only buy when I get those offers especially the star dashes and bonus stars per order. Literally 3-4 drinks and you get 125 stars.
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Assuming you are hungry and would be eating out somewhere else, you can extract more value out of the stars by opting for a sandwich. Especially with sales tax at 15% like here in New Brunswick, pretty easy to get a $8 sandwich out of 125 stars. That is 6 cents per star, or 12 cents per dollar spent (per $1.15 with tax here in NB). Your tall/medium brewed coffee just got cheaper than Tim Hortons.

By the way, I can't find a clear answer to if they use cheaper robusta coffee as part of their blends. At home, I switched to store brand robusta after realizing my tastebuds had adjusted to the stronger taste. And I wonder if drinking Starbucks has contributed. Robusta has more caffeine.

The secret to Tim Hortons coffee tasting great is the freshness of the brewed coffee. But I do believe they use the more expensive Aribica beens exclusively.
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In the latest update of the app I cannot find star expiration. Did they get rid of this?

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lewin00 wrote: if you spend less than $10/month at starbucks you'll never actually earn a free drink.
There are so many bonus stars that that is simply not true. Also, assuming you are hungry, you should opt for the free sandwich. With tax, that's like an $8 value in. Done right, Starbucks is actually cheaper than Tim Hortons.
Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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Inside app Q&A, they still say expire after 6 months
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MonctonMan wrote: There are so many bonus stars that that is simply not true. Also, assuming you are hungry, you should opt for the free sandwich. With tax, that's like an $8 value in. Done right, Starbucks is actually cheaper than Tim Hortons.
The bonus promotions get worse the more often you go it seems. My co-workers promotion values are way worse than mine (he goes on the weekend as well), and I noticed over the months, mine are getting less value too.

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