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Did You Get a Starbucks Card for Christmas?

The chances are pretty good that you did – probably along with a lot of other gift cards, too!

Because people love to get gift cards this time of year, and shoppers love to get them. According to this article, nearly $25 billion will be spent on cards this holiday season, and they’re the most requested gift item – even more than that hot new tech device or toy. And older surveys say that more than two-thirds of all shoppers plan to give gift cards during the holidays.

So, as I said, chances are pretty good you got a Starbucks Card. Now what to do with it?

First of all – use it! Did you know that as many as 10% of all gift cards go unused? What a sad waste of a perfectly nice gift!

Second of all – reuse it! While many gift cards are over once they’re used up, Starbucks Cards are reloadable. And when you register your card, you sign up for My Starbucks Rewards, where you can earn nice little benefits and free drinks for continuing to use your Starbucks Card.

Finally, if you got more than one card – you popular person, you – then you might want to transfer the balances from all of them to the one card you’d like to keep. (We promise we won’t tell those folks who gave you the also-rans.) It’s nice to get Starbucks Cards from all your friends, but let’s face it – a wallet can only hold so many cards!

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    • Maggie2003BYE
    • 12/24/2010 11:32 AM

    How do I get my free birthday drink? My birthday is in 3 days!!

    • dmaxwell93
    • 12/24/2010 1:37 PM then go to register card

    • writer626
    • 12/25/2010 11:26 AM

    I got three Starbucks Cards for Christmas & I cant wait to use them!

    • admin admin
    • 12/27/2010 3:49 PM

    Thank you My Starbucks Rewards members for sharing info on the Rewards program. Register your Starbucks Card here on - as dianamroth states - you can consolidate all of your cards into one account and receive stars for each transaction. Make sure you let us know your birth date and your mailing address is up to date. Look for a postcard in the mail for your birthday beverage. It may not be on your exact birthday, but we strive to have it to you within a couple weeks of the big day.

    • GoldenBell1470
    • 12/27/2010 6:26 PM

    Hey! uhhh,,,you guys are lucky y mom has my card!!!! :(

    • hollowmick
    • 12/27/2010 6:43 PM

    If you transfer a new balance or a new card, does your point reflect the new card's balance of points with the old balance

    • greeneyes2
    • 12/28/2010 6:44 AM

    Thanks for the gift card, since I will be turning 61 this year, I sure can use a free cup of java. Yours are the best. Happy New Year

      • jillsgrande
      • 1/3/2011 4:27 PM

      In reply to: greeneyes2

      Enjoy and I am 58 its my best place to relax and get out of the house for a few hours. My friends in Vero fl got me the gift card now that was the best gift.

    • admin admin
    • 12/29/2010 12:44 PM

    @hollowmick - the stars consolidate into the one account. You can have multiple Starbucks Cards associated with your My Starbucks Rewards account.

    • dvoss40
    • 1/2/2011 7:52 AM

    Pretty cool that Starbucks allows you to consolidate gift cards onto one card. But, also really disappointed about my birthday drink. Got the email notice that my free drink offer was coming in the mail but then never got anything.

    • jillsgrande
    • 1/3/2011 4:24 PM

    I got my gift card from some friends who know i go to starbucks almost every day and it is just great... Of course i used it before i registered it, had to go get my christmas drink...Wish you all would put a starbucks closer to where i live but driving the 10 miles is worth it. Hapve a great new years everyone.

    • GoGirl00
    • 1/3/2011 8:47 PM

    Yes just contact customer service about your birthday drink - I lost my gold card and am leaving on a trip so REALLY wanted to take it - I contacted customer service and tada!! I got my new card today - yippie!! Thanks for the great service Starbucks - I really felt special!

    • GoGirl00
    • 1/3/2011 8:50 PM

    ...and I did just what you all mentioned, I transferred my Starbucks gift cards from Christmas onto my gold card and it was super easy to do online.

    • Mollie123xo
    • 1/11/2011 7:33 PM

    Does money have to be on the card when using it? Or can it just be swiped when buying the drink, to get the rewards and then pay by cash or credit

    • sandres09
    • 1/11/2012 5:56 PM

    if i register two different cards will i get two coupons for a free drink for the month of my birthday? :)

    • jacksorjills
    • 1/3/2013 10:47 PM

    I have two cards I don't want to transfer the balances.. just keep them their own balances... I have them both on my acct. the 1st give me my stars but when I used the second card it didnt give me my stars?? What can I do?

    • Cms495
    • 2/1/2013 8:13 PM

    Once you achieve a gold card status , how long does it take to get the gold card in the mail?

    • 11/16/2013 6:44 AM

    yeah do the stars transfer too? i have 11 xtra but not sure if it will go on to gold card or not?

    • gsqueak007
    • 11/22/2013 11:51 AM

    I want to know the same thing, do the stars transfer? I was a gold status member, then received a gift card and lost Gold status.

      • 1/2/2014 12:00 PM

      In reply to: gsqueak007

      you can transfer the gift card balance onto your gold card to keep starts accumulating on the gold card.

      but I also have the same question - can you transfer stars from one card to another? it's frustrating to earn stars on a gift card and then lose them - because it seems like only the money balance transfers.

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