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Starbucks stars expiring

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Since their sandwiches are relatively pricey, you can extract maximum value from the stars by exchanging them for a free sandwich. Unfortunately, then you are stuck eating the sandwich, which, despite the premium ingredients, isn’t that tasty given the lack of fresh vegetables.
Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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MonctonMan wrote: Since their sandwiches are relatively pricey, you can extract maximum value from the stars by exchanging them for a free sandwich. Unfortunately, then you are stuck eating the sandwich, which, despite the premium ingredients, isn’t that tasty given the lack of fresh vegetables.
Even better value: try out their salad bowls. Both kinds are $8.95 plus tax in my area.
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SMurrayNB wrote: Even better value: try out their salad bowls. Both kinds are $8.95 plus tax in my area.
You can look online for all sorts of hacks for the most expensive drink you can order. Just note that a lot of them violate rule #1 which is the drink must fit in a venti cup. I saw someone order a Frappuccino with 10 shots added so the result came out like a coffee ice cream.

One hack I have heard is, have them fill a venti cup with as many ristretto espresso shots will fit. (ristrettos are more concentrated that regular espresso). They can probably get at least 30 shots into the cup, so you're close to $30 value for that order.
Then take that home, freeze it all in ice cube trays then take the cubes out and store in the freezer in ziploc bags. Now you can use those for all sorts of things. Use it to make iced lattes (add milk and stir), americanos (add hot water to a few cubes), coffee ice cream, tiramisu, and so on.
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Got the same email that some of my stars will expire Nov 6th. Emailed Starbucks and got a strange answer, due to Ontario Court case, stars don't expire. But in same paragraph, stars expire. After few more emails and call, it was clarified that only Ontario customers do not have expiry stars; rest of Canadian customers will still have stars expire after 6 months.

I asked the lady on the phone what's going on as it's very confusing. Getting different answers from Starbucks.
To be safe, I will change my address profile to my office address in Ontario! Or use up the stars before expiry.
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I'm an ON resident but my Starbucks billing address is in Manitoba, I got the e-mail too. I'm going to call in to get them to stop the star expiry..

Maybe you guys can just change your address on the website.
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I got a bunch of stars expiring on Nov 6 as well. Has anyone changed their address and get the expiry to stop? Everytime, I email them, they say there is an expiry schedule in the app, but there isn't. It is so frustrating.
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Not related, but I want to try the psl drink. Any recommendation to adjustments? When I tried the caramel mochiatto it was too sweet. Not sure if psl is super sweet as well. Thanks.
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^ Ask for half-sweet.
De gustibus non est disputandum
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Yeah, you can get half-sweet for all the drinks. Just customize it in the app and use mobile ordering, it is far simpler than trying to explore all the options in store at the checkout.
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live_4ever wrote: I got a bunch of stars expiring on Nov 6 as well. Has anyone changed their address and get the expiry to stop? Everytime, I email them, they say there is an expiry schedule in the app, but there isn't. It is so frustrating.
I'm actually an Ontario resident, so I told them I changed my address and that if they checked my purchase history, they would see all my purchases were from Ontario. I got a response a couple of hours later that told me they checked and my stars would not expire.

Maybe you should keep trying.
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I'm not sure if this is new but I found this in the app's terms. They will only email you if there are stars expiring soon.
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optimus2003 wrote: I'm not sure if this is new but I found this in the app's terms. They will only email you if there are stars expiring soon.

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i got the email for Nov 6 as well (i’m in BC)
which is really fishy because I actually use my rewards quite often and do the bonus star dash quite often too

there is no star expiry online, or purchase history more than 3 month
and who keeps track of all coffee purchases in the last year? so there’s no way to verify if that Nov 6 expiry actually correct
(plus it’s super weird how *everyone* is expiring on the same date... did we all make some big purchase on May 6??)

I can’t help but feel this is some kind of corporate tactic to force people to use their stars, or have them expire before the said 6 months
because most people don’t check, or keep track
and without the star expiry, there’s no way to check
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It is frustrating that they are doing this and cannot give us a straight answer.
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Alekxqin wrote: Better to check the app regularly, it shows how many stars going to expire and when
Where in the app do you see this information? Also, if Starbucks has sent me an e-mail saying I have earned a free drink how do I see where this expires in the app? Or is the free drink tied to the stars and just expires when the stars expire?
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choclover wrote: Where in the app do you see this information? Also, if Starbucks has sent me an e-mail saying I have earned a free drink how do I see where this expires in the app? Or is the free drink tied to the stars and just expires when the stars expire?
this info no longer shows
there used to be a tab that showed when the stars you earned will expire at certain month

you get a freebie when you use 125 stars, and it is linked to the exp of the stars
so once part of those 125 stars expire and if you don’t accumulate more and drops below 125 stars in the account, the freebie is gone

so it’s really just saying you enough stars (125) to redeem for a freebie
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Do they show in history when you stars expire? I seem to lose some stars as I totally forgot about the Nov 6 deadline. I checked my email box and did receive the email from them ........ feel so devastated now.
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jocyyu wrote: i got the email for Nov 6 as well (i’m in BC)
which is really fishy because I actually use my rewards quite often and do the bonus star dash quite often too

there is no star expiry online, or purchase history more than 3 month
and who keeps track of all coffee purchases in the last year? so there’s no way to verify if that Nov 6 expiry actually correct
(plus it’s super weird how *everyone* is expiring on the same date... did we all make some big purchase on May 6??)

I can’t help but feel this is some kind of corporate tactic to force people to use their stars, or have them expire before the said 6 months
because most people don’t check, or keep track
and without the star expiry, there’s no way to check
TRUTH right there! On the phone with the Starbucks Rep, and she's just reading back to me what I see in my account, so frustrating. Will update soon.
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What's the best item to redeem stars for? I try to go for the most expensive sandwich, but the description and picture of the $8 Holiday Turkey sandwich is leaving me less than inspired.

Odd they only have bird foods. No beef, pork or fish except for the beacon on the chicken beacon sandwich. Don’t let the extensive menu in the app fool you, only a few items are locally available (informed before checkout).

Their dark roast is really an after meal coffee. Drinking it during or before your sandwich and you won’t taste much of anything.

Reading Onwards by former CEO Howard Schultz, he is really proud of his Via instant coffee. Any of you try it? At my Starbucks they only sell the 12 pack version (for $13). An easy way to get to 125 stars before they expire, but I’m having second thoughts about their valuation given Starbucks’ salty bird sandwiches void of fresh vegetables.
Toronto is a very small part of Canada
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I'm from BC and also had a bunch of stars expiring Nov 6. I did lose about 140 stars the next day but still had over 500 stars remaining. Checking today now all stars have been taken as if the balance was reset to zero after Nov 6. I have screenshots.

Aside from this, the Starbucks site says stars expire on the 1st of the month, not the 6th.
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MonctonMan wrote: What's the best item to redeem stars for? I try to go for the most expensive sandwich, but the description and picture of the $8 Holiday Turkey sandwich is leaving me less than inspired.
I get either the Baby Greens & Brown Rice Protein Bowl or the Chicken & Quinoa Protein Bowl. Both are $8.95 plus tax in my area. The Thai Chicken Wrap Protein Box is also good.

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