Starbucks 1-For-1 Deals, Secret Menu Drinks, & Credit Card Promos

Starbucks 1-For-1 Deals, Secret Menu Drinks, & Credit Card Promos

Rebecca Liew

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.

Starbucks Christmas
Source: tenor

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.

Starbucks 1-for-1 Venti Drink
Source: Starbucks

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.

Starbucks Christmas Drinks Peppermint Mocha Toffee Nut Crunch Holiday French Vanilla
Source: Starbucks

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 DrinkWhat's In It?Estimated Price
Purple DrinkIced Hibiscus Passion Fruit Tea, soy milk$5
Milk TeaBlack 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 FrappuccinoVanilla Creme Frappuccino, raspberry syrup $6.70
Mango EspressoMango Passionfruit Puree with foam, espresso shot$6.80
Ariana Grande FrappeVanilla Creme Frappuccino, raspberry syrup, mocha syrup, caramel drizzle$7.40
Butterbeer FrappuccinoVanilla Creme Frappuccino, toffeenut syrup, caramel syrup, caramel drizzle$7.40
Nutella FrappuccinoJava Chip Frappuccino, hazelnut syrup, mocha drizzle$7.50
Ariana Grande Cloud MacchiatoCold Foam Ice-Shaken Espresso, vanilla syrup, coffee, caramel drizzle $8
Shrek FrappeGreen 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 LatteButterscotch Latte, espresso shot, milk, cinnamon$8.70
Chunky Monkey FrappuccinoVanilla Creme Frappuccino, banana, mocha syrup, hazelnut syrup, caramel syrup$9.10
Banana Split FrappuccinoRaspberry Creme Frappuccino, vanilla syrup, caramel syrup, java chips, banana$9.60
Chapple FrappuccinoChai Tea Frappuccino, fresh apples, cinnamon$9.60
Snickers FrappuccinoCaramel Frappuccino, hazelnut syrup, chocolate, java chips$9.80
Cookie Monster FrappuccinoMocha Frappuccino, monster cookie, butter$9.90
Apple Pie FrappuccinoCaramel Creme Frappuccino, milk, apple juice, cinnamon powder$11
Cheesecake FrappuccinoVanilla 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. 

Starbucks Caramel Frapp
Source: tenor

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:

Starbucks Singapore Promo
Source: Facebook

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.

  1. Load a minimum of $10 into your Starbucks card (can be purchased in-store)
  2. Register card via Starbucks Singapore app
  3. 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
  • Tiers
    • 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.

Bart Simpson Starbucks
Source: tenor

Here’re other perks for Green and Gold Members:

Green Members:

  • Free drink with every 60 stars
  • Complimentary slice of cake (with purchase of drink) in birthday month

Gold Members: 

  • 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 TypeStandard Chartered Mastercard Credit CardStandard 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 Date31 Dec 2019
Conditions1 redemption per StanChart Mastercard holder only
Limited to first 20,000 redemptionsLimited 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!

Starbucks: The short and the long of it
Source: tenor

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.

Free Water

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.

Source: tenor

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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About Rebecca Liew
Lactose-intolerant, but also BS-intolerant. Having written for the likes of Marina Bay Sands and Time Out, I now spend my days saving up for my stationery shop retirement dream.
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