Starbucks Card FAQs

Questions About Starbucks Card

Questions About My Starbucks Rewards

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Questions About Starbucks Card

Where can I get a Starbucks Card?

Starbucks Cards are available in at all Starbucks stores in India.

How do I use my Starbucks Card?

You can use your Starbucks Card to purchase any item at all participating Starbucks stores in India. For example- food, beverage, retail coffees, Ready to Drink, Ready to Eat & merchandise etc. The value in your Starbucks Card cannot be exchanged for cash.

How do I register my Starbucks Card online?

It's easy and only takes a few minutes at www.starbucks.in/card. A first time load of minimum Rs.200 is required to register a physical card and you'll need your card's 14-digit number and the CSC (Card Security Code), which is a 4-digit number that can be found under the scratch-off coating on the back of your card.

I want to know how to transfer the balance from my old Starbucks Card to a new Starbucks Card?

You can transfer card balances online, only when cards are registered in the same account. After signing in to your Starbucks.in account, visit the Manage My Cards section and click on the Transfer Funds link.

Can I purchase a Starbucks Card in India and use it in other countries?

The Starbucks Cards issued in India can only be used at Starbucks stores in India and cannot be used in other countries.

I forgot both my Starbucks.in username and my password, what should I do?

You can visit our site www.starbucks.in and click on forgot password, a link will be emailed to you with a one-time password and you can use that to reset your password. Alternatively, call us at 18602660010 and we will help you get access to your account.

Is there a minimum or maximum amount the Card can hold?

Each Starbucks Card can hold up to Rs.20, 000. However, there is no minimum amount that a Starbucks Card needs to have at a time. All loads after the initial load are to be done in multiples of Rs.100.

Is there a minimum load amount on the Card?

Yes the minimum initial load amount is Rs.200. All reloads that are done after the initial load are to be made in multiples of Rs.100.

Can I make a partial payment with my Starbucks Card?

Yes, you can split payment on a transaction using your Starbucks Card and any other form of payment that is accepted at our Starbucks stores in India.

How do I reload my Starbucks Card?

It's easy to reload your Starbucks Card, go to www.starbucks.in/card and click on Reload your Card. Alternatively; you can reload your card at any Starbucks store in India.

How can I check the balance on my Starbucks Card?

Registered users can either login at www.starbucks.in/card, click on Check Your Balance or they can check it at any Starbucks store in India. Unregistered users can only view their balance at Starbucks stores in India.

Does the Card have an expiration date?

There is no expiration date on the card. You can continue to use it for as long as you wish.

Is there expiration date on the amount stored in my Starbucks Card?

There is no expiration date on any of the amount stored, so you won’t have to worry about running out of time to use up the stored value in your Starbucks Card.

Can I make a purchase of 50 cards & above at the stores?

No, if you want to purchase over 50 cards, you will have to send the order details to marketing@tatastarbucks.com. Please note that the minimum amount to be loaded on each card will be Rs.200. You can pay via RTGS/NEFT, Demand Draft or Corporate Cheque. The cards will be issued to you, subject to realization of the amount.

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Questions About My Starbucks Rewards™

How does the My Starbucks Rewards™ work? What are the levels and benefits I will receive in these levels?

It’s as easy as registering a Rs.200 loaded Starbucks Card at www.starbucks.in/card and paying with your Starbucks Card at any Starbucks store in India to earn Stars. You need to register any Starbucks Card issued in India with the 14 digits on the back of your card at www.starbucks.in/card. One Star will be loaded on to your account for every Rs.300 spent from your Starbucks Card at any Starbucks store in India.

There are 3 levels in the program:

  • Welcome
  • Green
  • Gold

The benefits that the member will receive at the respective levels are as follows:

Welcome level: By registering your Starbucks Card issued in India, you are at the Welcome level of the My Starbucks Rewards™ program and you may receive the following benefits:

  • A free tall size birthday drink (available from the 1st of your birthday month and expires at end of the birthday month).
  • A beverage size upgrade on any handcrafted beverage upon registration (expires within 30 days from the date you reach Welcome level). This reward is not applicable on featured beverages.

Green level: Once you have earned 5 Stars in 12 months, you will move to the Green level, where you may receive the following benefits:

  • A free tall size birthday drink (available from the 1st of your birthday month and expires at the end of the birthday month).
  • A free customization on any handcrafted beverage (expires within 3 months from the date you reach Green).
  • A free tall size hot handcrafted beverage on purchase of 250g Whole Bean coffee (applicable only on the same transaction).
  • A free size upgrade on one featured beverage (expires within 2 weeks from the date of the launch of the featured beverage).

Gold level- After you earn 25 Stars in 12 months (20 additional Stars after initially qualifying for Green level), you will qualify for the Gold level. At this level you may receive the following benefits:

  • A free tall size birthday drink (available from the 1st of your birthday month and expires at end of the birthday month).
  • Two free customizations on any handcrafted beverage (expires within 12 months from the date you reach the Gold level). One customization is allowed on one handcrafted beverage only at a time.
  • A free tall size hot handcrafted beverage on purchase of 250g Whole Bean coffee (applicable only on the same transaction).
  • A free size upgrade on one featured beverage (expires within 2 weeks from the date of launch of the featured beverage).
  • A free tall size drink after every 10 additional Stars earned (expires within 3 months from the date it is received).
  • A personalized Gold coloured Starbucks Card will be mailed to your postal address and is not available at any Starbucks store in India.

Why is registration necessary in order to join the My Starbucks Rewards™ program?

When you create a My Starbucks Rewards™ account, you provide contact information so we can reward you with various benefits as well as special offers. Additionally, when you register a Starbucks Card, you receive balance protection in case your card is ever lost or stolen. Finally, with a registered card, you can manage your account in a variety of ways online.

How do I earn Stars?

Stars can be earned by making purchases at Starbucks stores in India using a registered Starbucks Card issued in India. Every time you spend Rs.300 (incl. taxes) at a Starbucks store in India, you will earn one Star.

Can I earn Stars every time I reload my Starbucks Card?

No, you can earn Stars only when you make a purchase at any Starbucks store in India using your registered Starbucks Card and not when you reload your Starbucks Card.

Do I have to spend Rs.300 in each transaction to earn a Star?

You will earn a Star every time you spend a total of Rs.300 in a single transaction or multiple transactions at a Starbucks store in India. For example, if you spend Rs.130 in your first transaction you will not receive a Star. However, the amount spent will count towards the earning of a Star as soon as you spend a cumulative total of Rs.300. Hence, when you spend Rs.170 in your next transaction, you would earn a Star.

How many Starbucks Cards can I register as part of the program?

You can register multiple cards to your Starbucks.in account. However, you may have only one account. Any payment for a transaction can be made with more than one Starbucks Card.

When I have a free reward on my Starbucks Card, will the store partner tell me about it? How will I know when I have received a reward on my account?

No, your store partner will not notify you if you have a free drink reward waiting - so be sure to watch for email notifications and check your rewards status online ( www.starbucks.in/card). Your rewards can also be seen on your charge slip generated at any Starbucks store in India.

If I lose my Starbucks Card, what should I do? Will the balance on my card be safe?

If your card is registered, your membership in My Starbucks Rewards™ and any remaining card balance will be protected as of the time you notify us of its loss. After logging in to your www.starbucks.in account, visit the My Cards section and click on the Report Lost/Stolen link. That will freeze your remaining balance at the time you reported your card as lost or stolen, and you can then transfer it to a new Starbucks Card - without any hassle or fees.

What if I feel the balance value on my Card is inaccurate?

Firstly, you can do a Balance Inquiry online or at a Starbucks store in India or check your Balance Inquiry receipt. If you still feel that the balance is inaccurate, please call the Customer Care Centre at 18602660010 or send an email to: card@tatastarbucks.com for assistance.

Can customers use Starbucks Cards issued in other countries (US, Canada etc.) in India?

As the Starbucks Card is locally managed, all transactions can only be done for the Starbucks Card purchased at any of the Starbucks stores in India. We cannot perform any transactions which include reloading on cards issued from countries other than India.

How long does it take for customers to receive their Gold level Welcome Kit after earning Gold level status?

You will receive your personalized Gold Card and Welcome Kit, 6-8 weeks after reaching the Gold level but Gold level benefits begin the moment you reach the Gold level. We must have your valid postal address to send your Card. Be sure to keep your address up to date by logging in to your account. Please note once the Gold Card has been dispatched, it will reach the postal address submitted by you at the time of registration, prior to the dispatch.

Do I get to keep my Gold Card even if I move down to Green level?

Yes, all Gold customers can continue to use their Gold Card – even if they get downgraded from the Gold level – or any other Starbucks Card registered to their account. However the Gold level benefits will be lost.

When will the rewards get loaded on my account once I move up or move down from one level to another?

All rewards will be loaded in 24 hrs. onto your account from the time you upgrade or downgrade from levels.

Do my Stars expire?

Yes. After registering, you have one year to accumulate Stars to reach Green or Gold Level. If you earn less than the necessary amount of Stars for each level, your Star count will be reset to zero on your anniversary date.

When I requalify at Green level, Gold level and see my Star count as zero on my account, does this mean I will lose those Stars?

No, your Star counter will be reset to zero, but you can continue to earn the additional Stars over and above your qualifying Stars to requalify or move up levels.

What are Bonus Stars?

During the course of the program, members may get several opportunities to earn additional Stars on promotional beverages and other offers that may be run by Starbucks India.

Where will I be able to see my rewards?

When you log into your account, you will be able to see all the rewards you have earned at your level under Account Rewards. This recognition is presented in the form of Stars or rewards earned.

What do I have to do in order to maintain Green level status?

Once you reach the Green level, you will be at that level for a full year from the date you qualified. Simply earn 5 additional Stars before your anniversary date (the date you earned Green) and you will continue to enjoy Green level benefits for another year. If you do not earn the necessary Stars you will move back to Welcome level and your Stars will be reset to 0.

What do I have to do in order to maintain Gold level status?

Once you reach the Gold level, you will be at that level for a full year from the date you qualified. Simply earn 25 additional Stars before your anniversary date (the date you earned Gold) and you will continue to enjoy Gold level benefits for another year. If you do not earn the necessary Stars you will move back to Green level and your Stars will be reset to 0.

How does Starbucks manage personal information?

Please read our Privacy Policy for details. (Link: http://www.starbucks.in/about-us/company-information/online-policies/privacy-statement)

Can I transfer a My Starbucks Rewards™ membership to someone else?

No. Sorry, memberships and rewards are non-transferable and cannot be shared with family members, friends and others.

Is there a membership fee to join My Starbucks Rewards™?

No. There is no membership fee at any level of the program.

I didn’t use my reward and it expired, why do you have expiration dates on rewards?

Rewards have an expiration date because we want to encourage members to use them. As our most loyal customers we want you to enjoy all your rewards because you deserve that free hand-crafted beverage, size upgrade and customization. We hope you will visit us often enough that your rewards won't ever come close to their expiration date.

You can always check the status of your rewards if you log into your account at www.starbucks.in/card. Click on "Account Rewards" and there you will find the number of Stars and the status of the rewards you have earned. Rewards can be redeemed by using your registered Card and letting your store partner know you have a birthday or earned reward on your account. Your store partner will redeem it on the item of your choice.

Do I need to earn the required Stars at each level for each Starbucks Card I register?

No, your Stars and benefits are at account/benefits level, so once you’ve qualified for the respective level benefits for the first time, all cards registered to your account automatically qualify.

Can I qualify for multiple years in a single year? For example, if I earn 50 Stars in the next year, will I be in the Gold level for the next two years?

No. Every year on your anniversary date (the date you qualified for the Gold level), our system will look back and confirm whether or not you have earned the minimum 25 Stars during that timeframe. If so, you'll remain at the Gold level for another year. You can only qualify for 1 year at a time and earning more than the necessary Stars does not make you eligible for the Gold level for multiple years.

What if I don’t earn the 5 Stars to maintain my Green level status?

If you do not earn the necessary 5 Stars to maintain your Green level status in the program, your Stars will be reset to 0 and you would be at the Welcome level from where you would need to earn 1 additional Star to stay at the Welcome level or earn 5 additional Stars again to go back to the Green level.

What if I haven’t used my Birthday Reward at the Welcome Level and now I am at Green level. Will I get to use the unused Birthday Reward as well?

You will receive only one birthday reward in the month of your birthday as long as you are an active member of the My Starbucks Rewards™ Program. Any unused Birthday Rewards will not be carried forward to the following year.

Can I redeem multiple rewards at one time?

Yes, you can redeem multiple rewards that you have in your account at a single time as long as they are within the expiry period.

Can I redeem multiple offers on the same beverage?

No, you can’t redeem multiple offers available to you on the same beverage.

How do I redeem the offers?

Just tell our store partner you’d like to redeem your reward and present one of your registered Starbucks Cards.

Any time-limit in collecting Stars to reach the next level?

The Stars accumulated will be calculated annually on your anniversary date (the date you qualified for the current level of membership) to determine the level of membership you are in. Stars accumulated will be calculated independently each year.

Do I have to bring my card to earn Stars?

Yes, you will need to pay by the Starbucks Card at the time of purchase in order to earn Stars.

Do I have to register my Gold Card again after I received it?

Your Gold Card has been pre-registered to your account and you may transfer funds from one of your cards or reload value to your Gold Card once you receive it.

After I have registered my Gold Card, can I use my original Starbucks Card to earn Stars and redeem rewards?

Definitely! You can use the Starbucks Card registered to your account to earn Stars and redeem rewards. This means that once you hit the Gold level, although you’ll receive a personalized Gold Card from us, you can keep using your currently registered Starbucks Card(s).

Are all Starbucks Cards eligible for My Starbucks Rewards™ benefits?

All Starbucks Cards registered on www.starbucks.in are eligible. Cards purchased or registered outside India cannot be used in India and hence will not earn Stars or My Starbucks Rewards™ benefits.

Can the Stars in my account be transferred to someone else?

Sorry, Stars collected in each account can only be used by that account holder, and cannot be transferred to another account.

What if my Star balance doesn’t look right? Who do I contact?

We want to make sure the balance on your account reflects your purchases accurately. If the total number of Stars doesn’t appear to be correct, please call the Customer Care Centre at 18602660010 or send an email to card@tatastarbucks.com for assistance.

Do I earn Stars on transactions with partial payment?

You will only earn Stars on the amount paid using a registered Starbucks Card. For example: on a bill of Rs.1000, if you pay Rs.900 by your Starbucks Card and Rs.100 by cash, then you will be eligible to earn Stars on Rs.900 and not on the full amount. In case there is an offer where Bonus Stars can be earned, the entire transaction must be paid for using a single registered Starbucks Card, for the member to receive those Bonus Stars.

In Gold level, can I redeem my 2 customizations on the same beverage?

No, you cannot redeem 2 customizations on the same beverage. However, you can redeem it on two different beverages in the same transaction or on different transactions.

What should I do if I have lost my Gold card?

You can log in to your account at www.starbucks.in/card & report Lost/Stolen, then you must deactivate your card to protect its balance. You will then receive a replacement for your Gold card in 8-10 weeks on your postal address given at the time of registration. You can then transfer the balance from your deactivated Gold card to another registered card in your account. Once the card is deactivated you can no longer use it.

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