Starbucks Rewards vs. Dunkin’ Rewards: Which Program Earns More Free Coffee?


Loyalty programs can be an excellent way for consumers to earn free merchandise while supporting their preferred brands. If you are a coffee drinker, Starbucks or Dunkin’ may be your go-to coffee shop. Both businesses offer free loyalty programs.

It has recently been reported that Dunkin’ has updated its rewards program. Some believe the new program changes are negative, particularly for customers who redeem their rewards for free coffee. But are all of the changes negative? Perhaps not.

As you read about the modifications to the Dunkin’ Rewards program, you may wonder whether Starbucks Rewards or Dunkin’ Rewards is superior. Let’s examine how to earn free coffee through these rewards programs and compare their differences.

Starbucks Rewards: how to obtain complimentary coffee
Joining the Starbucks Rewards program is free. How you pay for your order affects the number of rewards (stars) you earn.

If you pay with a credit or debit card, you will receive one star for each dollar spent. Using a Starbucks gift card, you’ll earn two stars for every $1. In the app, purchasing a virtual gift card with a credit card is simple. You can exchange your earned stars for freebies.

How many stars you need for a redemption depends on what you want to drink.

Free brewed coffee is available for 50 stars.
For 150 stars, you can receive a free handcrafted beverage, such as a latte.
Here is how much you must spend to earn free drinks through this program:



Free brewed coffee
$50 $25
Free artisanal beverage
$150 $75
Starbucks rewards members receive a complimentary birthday beverage annually (any type of drink). It’s worth noting that the offer is only valid on your actual birthday.

Dunkin’ Rewards: how to earn free coffee
Let’s then examine the Dunkin’ Rewards program. It has recently undergone some changes.

Dunkin’ Rewards is free to join. You’ll earn 10 points per $1. However, loyal customers will earn more rewards. If you visit at least twelve times in a calendar month, you’ll earn 12 points per $1. Once you do, you’ll earn at this higher rate for three months.

Similarly to Starbucks Rewards, different rewards cost different prices.

We’ll focus on coffee beverages just like we did above.

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Source: Coffee Talk

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