Starbucks: Load $20 Gift Card & Get $5 Free

08/16/2012. This post may contain affiliate links. Read my Disclosure Policy.

Here is another promotion from Starbucks.

If you reload $20 onto your smart phone via the free Starbucks app, you will get an extra $5 free!  You will need to pay for the $20 gift card with a Visa and the extra $5 is loaded the week of August 27th.

If you haven’t tried the Starbucks app, it is so easy!  You just set the amount of money you want to load (at least $20) and when you are ready to buy your drinks, just pull up the app and the cashier can scan your phone.  The balance is immediately reduced and you have whatever is left for next time.

It couldn’t be simpler and you can just pop in and out of Starbucks with just your phone!  You can also register your card and then you collect stars each time you visit Starbucks.  Once you have enough, they will cash you out and send you a coupon for a free drink.

The offer details state “reload a gift card” so I am not sure if this is working on new cards or not.

Don’t forget the Treat Receipt promotion running this month at Target stores and the promotion running at Starbucks stores!

(Thanks Making Cents of It)

I believe this is just for iPhone, iPod or iPads.

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Kristy August 16, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Is this for when you buy a new gift card or reload a card? I tried reloading mine and I didn’t get the $5.

Charlene August 16, 2012 at 12:16 PM


The $5 bonus is given the week of August 27th. So you won’t see it immediately in your account. :) Here is the fine print from the promotion and it says reload so that should be fine:

To be eligible for the $5 offer, you must reload a registered Starbucks Card for a minimum of $20 using a valid Visa Card and your Starbucks mobile application by 11:59 p.m. PST on August 24, 2012. Only one $5 bonus load per Visa account is allowed. Bonus will be applied to the reloaded Starbucks Card during the week of August 27, 2012. Limited time offer.

Jessica August 29, 2012 at 4:32 PM

Did anyone receive this? I never did.

Charlene August 29, 2012 at 5:10 PM


Yes I did it and the extra money was in my account on Sunday.

jenmom6 August 30, 2012 at 7:23 AM

I was also wondering if anyone had received theirs. I have not as of yet.

Candice C. August 31, 2012 at 10:38 AM

I haven’t received my $5 as of today, August 31. Bummer, I hope I get it! Never had any problems with similar promotions before.

Anne B August 31, 2012 at 2:19 PM

Count me in as another person who didn’t get the $5 either. Really disappointed about this. Does anyone have any contact info to send an email inquiry?

Charlene August 31, 2012 at 2:57 PM

As long as you reloaded a card and used a Visa to pay you can see the link with the details that I posted here:


There is a customer service link at the bottom.

Charlene September 3, 2012 at 7:19 AM

I checked the app and when I open it it shows my balance, I clicked on manage, and then recent transactions. It says “loyalty customer return” on 8/23 and shows $5 credited.

Anne B September 3, 2012 at 8:14 AM

I contacted Starbucks about this, and apparently there is a delay on Visa’s side and they are having issues with the credits going through in a timely manner. In any case, Starbucks adjusted the credit to my card so I did end up receiving it. Just wanted to let everyone know where things stand and that contacting Starbucks directly results in the $5 being applied. Hope this helps!

Chalette S. September 11, 2012 at 4:49 PM

I never received mine either and when I call Starbucks they said it was only available to people who received an email from the company for this special promo. It wasn’t available to everyone. Bummer…

Charlene September 11, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Hmm.. that doesn’t sound right to me. I did it and it worked and I didn’t get an email.

Chalette S. September 14, 2012 at 8:50 PM

I wrote another email to complain that is wasn’t stated in the fine print about being only for customers who received a special email and they finally credited my account. YEA! Persistence works…

Charlene September 14, 2012 at 8:56 PM

LOL- good for you ;). Enjoy your Latte!

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