Their food items are not crap - at least in the UK - they're in most cases better than the largest competition (Costa) as they use better quality ingredients (eg. less formed/reformed meat).Considering I only ever got Venti Pike's all the time, including as my freebie (their food items are crap), once a week or once every two weeks, it's plain to see that this rewards program is not intended for customers like me.
It stands to reason that it is possible. Walgreens is doing it currently. With the first tap of my watch I put in my rewards, second tap I pay.Yeah, it's not so much the direct hardware control that I'm thinking of, more the ability to link my ApplePay-generated "credit card" numbers to my Starbucks account somehow. So every time I use my AppleWatch/iPhone to pay, it would get counted as a Starbucks rewards transaction.
That's technically possible, but I suspect it'd be blocked by Apple's privacy rules at the moment. I'm hoping they find a way to support it when they introduce better integration between ApplePay and company loyalty schemes, which is something that keeps getting rumoured…
App also doesn't work on ios 7 (I have an iPhone4s and I can't realistically upgrade the os).App is still slow and sluggish (iPhone 6+) for as long as I can remember. They need to bring back the stand alone mobile card app.
You are exactly right, I know someone that works there and they told me the same thing, people abuse the system and people were splitting orders even in the drive thru just so they could get there stars and now because of this they changed there reward system. So those of us have to pay the price of others that abuse the system. I'm not surprised they did this.Unfortunately those who split orders are the reason they are going to the new system, I say unfortunately because I would only get coffees then treat myself to a latte as my reward....so it was a true savings as my reward....
Still there for me. Today it's showing ProShot as the app.It also seems that they dropped the free app/song of the week that was in the old SB app.
You've never been behind me then. I always go in with my husband. I always order and pay for mine, then order and pay for his. If we want food, we do the same thing. I have always apologized to the cashiers for doing this.Second, I've never experienced the person in front of me buying several items, certainly not 30, and asking to have them scanned in individual transaction.
Right but OP was talking about 30 pieces of .50 chocolate to game the system. I've never seen that happen in hundreds of visits.. or .50 chocolate @ SB, but maybe its there just too small for me to see without my microscope .You've never been behind me then. I always go in with my husband. I always order and pay for mine, then order and pay for his. If we want food, we do the same thing. I have always apologized to the cashiers for doing this.
Starbucks says its app is used by 17 million people and Rewards members can expect more features soon, including the ability to earn Stars outside of Starbucks.
Starbucks is a free download from the App Store for iPhone and iPad. [Direct Link]
Article Link: Starbucks iOS App Puts Loyalty First With New Rewards Features
That's the real bummer to me. I've enjoyed some of the free apps.... they dropped the free app/song of the week that was in the old SB app.
While not meaning to sound snarky, and completely understanding your point; it's coffee... I don't think you're in to much danger.No way on God's Earth would I install an app on my phone that's ultimately there for the convenience of the corporation to track my shopping behaviour and make me a target.
It's not. Seems like it's intended for people who visit daily or a few times a week. I must admit I visit Starbucks at least 5 times a week. I think I have a problem. But now that they offer 50p off when you bring your own tumbler, I'm saving money.Another nugget that's seemingly overlooked here:
Collected points expire after 6 months. So, better make sure you get to 125 stars to get a freebie within 6 months or else you lose them.
So, there is a minimum amount of business they want from you that's greater than what's implied here. It equates to needing to spend $62.50 at least every 6 months in order for the rewards program to be of any benefit.
Considering I only ever got Venti Pike's all the time, including as my freebie (their food items are crap), once a week or once every two weeks, it's plain to see that this rewards program is not intended for customers like me.
Seriously... calm down. It's just coffee (and maybe cake!).No way on God's Earth would I install an app on my phone that's ultimately there for the convenience of the corporation to track my shopping behaviour and make me a target.
Is there a way for Apple Pay to give me rewards anonymously? I use Costa quite a lot, and their business would be further assured if, when I pay with the phone, that counted towards a reward.
In my opinion if you install apps like this it's a real admission that you are a product of the consumer society.
I'm quite calm, thanks, but oh dear, corporatism has you well and truly snared. It's not just coffee or a cake. It's those things dressed up in a mermaid logo and a rapacious desire to conquer the world. I see enough of MacDonalds and Starbucks on every high street. Their omnipresence actually saddens me.Seriously... calm down. It's just coffee (and maybe cake!).
They are trying to turn it into a game for their customers. A tweet they sent out last week commented about how fun it is to play with the stars after somebody was having trouble getting the app to load (it kept crashing.)I'm getting bombarded by emails from Starbucks now buy a sandwich get 40 stars buy this and get 30 stars come in 4 times this week and get 20 stars.
This is so silly!!!
They have turned this rewards program into a joke.
In the new app?
ProShot is STILL showing on my NEW Starbucks app. You just have to scroll all the way down to it.Pro Shot is the App from 2 weeks ago.
there has been no new app of the week in the updated starbucks app
Maybe Apple said, we dropped the free Song of the Week and people still buy music and support AppleMusic, no need to keep giving stuff away.