I’ve never been much of a Starbucks fan (yes, I’m one of those people) – but I make exceptions for its Christmas beverage menu.
To hell with the naysayers; peppermint mocha frappuccino is life.
For your ease, I’ve rounded up all things Starbucks-related for:
- Starbucks 1-for-1 Deals
- Secret Menu Items (and recipes)
- The Starbucks Rewards Program
- Credit Card Promotions
- Other Hacks to Know
Starbucks’ 1-for-1 Deals December 2019
Extra, extra: Starbucks 1-for-1 treat is back again this December!
It’s happening 16 to 20 December (Monday to Friday), any time of the day.
You read that right.
This 1-for-1 treat is only applicable for Venti-sized Christmas drinks like:
- Holiday French Vanilla Latte
- Peppermint Mocha
- Toffee Nut Crunch Latte
FYI: all three are available hot, iced, or blended.
Here’s all you need to know:
- This deal is exclusive to Starbucks cardholders and members as payment must be made with your Starbucks card
- Valid at all Starbucks stores (except at Changi Airport, including Jewel)
- Each member can only make three redemptions during the promotional period
- Limited to one redemption per transaction
- The offer’s not valid on mobile or delivery orders
PSST: We’ll update this space regularly, so check back monthly for the latest promos!
As a general guide, Starbucks typically drops 1-for-1 deals — and typically on Venti-sized beverages — at the beginning or end of the month.
These are some of the fastest ways to get in on the latest Starbucks promotions:
Starbucks Secret Menu Items
It’s a well-known fact Starbucks has a myriad of off-the-menu drinks, but have you tried them all?
From favourites like the Pumpkin Spiced Latte to Hot Butterbeer Latte, the possibilities are virtually endless.
Here’s the full list of secret menu drinks for your deviant indulgence:
|Secret Menu Drink||What's In It?||Estimated Price|
|Purple Drink||Iced Hibiscus Passion Fruit Tea, soy milk||$5|
|Milk Tea||Black Iced Tea (unsweetened), Sub Classic Syrup, fresh cream||$5.80|
|Classic Iced Chocolate|
(a personal favourite!)
|Signature Hot Chocolate, but iced||$6|
|Pumpkin Spiced Latte (of course!)||Chai Tea Latte, white choco mocha syrup||$6.40|
|Cotton Candy Frappuccino||Vanilla Creme Frappuccino, raspberry syrup||$6.70|
|Mango Espresso||Mango Passionfruit Puree with foam, espresso shot||$6.80|
|Ariana Grande Frappe||Vanilla Creme Frappuccino, raspberry syrup, mocha syrup, caramel drizzle||$7.40|
|Butterbeer Frappuccino||Vanilla Creme Frappuccino, toffeenut syrup, caramel syrup, caramel drizzle||$7.40|
|Nutella Frappuccino||Java Chip Frappuccino, hazelnut syrup, mocha drizzle||$7.50|
|Ariana Grande Cloud Macchiato||Cold Foam Ice-Shaken Espresso, vanilla syrup, coffee, caramel drizzle||$8|
|Shrek Frappe||Green Tea Creme Frappuccino, java chips, espresso shot||$8|
|Mermaid Frappuccino||Raspberry Creme Frappuccino, vanilla, white chocolate, white mocha sauce, coconut milk, matcha poweder||$8.60|
|Hot Butterbeer Latte||Butterscotch Latte, espresso shot, milk, cinnamon||$8.70|
|Chunky Monkey Frappuccino||Vanilla Creme Frappuccino, banana, mocha syrup, hazelnut syrup, caramel syrup||$9.10|
|Banana Split Frappuccino||Raspberry Creme Frappuccino, vanilla syrup, caramel syrup, java chips, banana||$9.60|
|Chapple Frappuccino||Chai Tea Frappuccino, fresh apples, cinnamon||$9.60|
|Snickers Frappuccino||Caramel Frappuccino, hazelnut syrup, chocolate, java chips||$9.80|
|Cookie Monster Frappuccino||Mocha Frappuccino, monster cookie, butter||$9.90|
|Apple Pie Frappuccino||Caramel Creme Frappuccino, milk, apple juice, cinnamon powder||$11|
|Cheesecake Frappuccino||Vanilla Creme Frappuccino, chocolate cheese brûlée cheesecake, raspberry syrup||$13.20|
If you’re looking for complete recipes, a quick Google search will suffice – and you’ll score bragging rights as your friends sip on their sad (and very basic) Caramel Macchiatos.
The Starbucks Rewards Program
Few loyalty programs offer rewards with the same frequency as Starbucks; its Facebook page is strewn with members-only promos like this one:
But if you don’t fall in this camp, here’s a rundown of how the Starbucks Rewards Program works — and the perks you’re missing out on.
- Load a minimum of $10 into your Starbucks card (can be purchased in-store)
- Register card via Starbucks Singapore app
- Verify email to activate account
Welcome Gifts and Rewards
Starbucks sure has a way of encouraging loyalty. Its points system works in the following way:
- $1 = 1 star; every 60 stars = free drink
- Welcome (0 to 59 stars)
- Green (60 to 299 stars)
- Gold (300 stars and up)
As a new sign-up, you’ll get 1-for-1 drinks on your first 5 stars – and a complimentary upsize on your beverage during your birthday month.
Here’re other perks for Green and Gold Members:
- Free drink with every 60 stars
- Complimentary slice of cake (with purchase of drink) in birthday month
- Free drink or food with every 60 stars
- Complimentary slice of cake (with purchase of drink) in birthday month
- Complimentary drink in birthday month
- 10% off merchandise in birthday month
- Complimentary size upgrade on promotional drink
And lest you think you can hoard your points, you can’t: they expire a year from what Starbucks terms your ‘anniversary date’.
So, let’s say you became a Green member (60 to 299 stars) on 1 Dec, 2018.
You’ll then have to upkeep your stars by collecting another 60 to 299 stars by 30 Nov, 2019 to remain a Green member.
Starbucks Credit Card Promotions
Starbucks regularly runs credit card promos, although these typically expire within three months.
At present, you’ll find two for StanChart members:
|Card Type||Standard Chartered Mastercard Credit Card||Standard Chartered Credit Card|
|Promo||$3 off with purchase of $10 Starbucks card||$2 off with purchase of $10 Starbucks card|
|$3 off with reload of Starbucks card||$2 off with reload of Starbucks card|
|Promo End Date||31 Dec 2019|
|Conditions||1 redemption per StanChart Mastercard holder only|
|Limited to first 20,000 redemptions||Limited to first 30,000 redemptions|
|Valid at participating Starbucks Singapore stores|
Note: We’ll update this table from time to time, so check in frequently!
Other Starbucks Hacks to Know
Order a Short drink
If you’re short on moolah but desperate for your beverage fix, try ordering a Short (240ml) instead – you’ll score 50 cents off!
This only applies to hot beverages, though. It’s also perfect if you’re looking for a concentrated caffeine kick, because Short and Tall versions contain equal amounts of espresso.
You could even go full-on cheapo by ordering a hot, then asking for ice cubes (they’re free!).
Save 50 Cents
You might not know this, but you’ll get 50 cents off your beverage by bringing a tumbler or mug. Just think: by your ninth order, you’d have saved $4.50. That’s enough to fund a flat white from Nylon Coffee Roasters, one of my favourites.
It’s an excellent perk for anyone who bemoans the inconvenience of lugging an already light KeepCup around – and an easy way to accumulate savings, particularly for regular Starbucks goers.
Pssh, we scorn at the thought of paying for water.
Starbucks seems in agreement on this: iced tap water is free, as is getting a refill for your water bottle.
Brewed Coffee Refills
While brewed coffee costs $3.60, you can get a refill for an extra $1.60. That works out to $5.20, or $2.70 per cup.
Go Halfsies With A Venti
It sounds obvious enough, except I’ve never thought to do this.
If you’re willing to split the drink with a friend, though, it means half the cost.
So rather than order two Tall drinks, order the Venti size and ask for an extra cup.
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