Posted by William Charles on March 2, 2019
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Published on March 2nd, 2019 | by William Charles

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[Expired] Starbucks Hopscotch Game: Earn Free Stars [Last Days]

Deal has expired, view more Starbucks deals by clicking here.

Promotion ends soon, might make sense to think about what tiles you have left and if it makes sense to make purchases you haven’t naturally made to hit bonuses.

The Offer

Direct link to offer

  • Starbucks has released a new Hopscotch game. The idea is that you have a board and you receive stars for completing: spaces, paths and the complete board. It seems that different people have different maximums (e.g 350 or 400 Stars or 425) and each tile is different for different people.

The Fine Print

  • Offer valid 2/6/2019 – 3/3/2019 at participating Starbucks® stores

Our Verdict

My recommendation is usually to just do your Starbucks orders as normal and then when it’s getting close to the end of the promotion you can have a look at your board and see if there are any easy ones that you could do (or harder ones that would score you a lot of points). Probably doesn’t hurt to have a look at the start to see if there is something easy you could change to complete a space (e.g using a different store or using the app). Unfortunately doesn’t seem like there is any way to get any free spaces, but you do get one free pass.

Hat tip to reader Mikey & KDT



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zhxq
zhxq

My maximum is 425 stars.

Matthew

350 here, yawn. Is it this easy to get people to go there more? I make my own espresso at home with a myPressi (unfortunately no longer being produced).

yeet_69
yeet_69

Home espresso is much better. Never understood the desire to get burnt roasts with so much milk and sugar covering it up that it’s worse for you than ice cream. So I am not a big Starbucks customer, and therefore their rewards are pretty much useless.

yeet_69
yeet_69

Link doesn’t work for me, says it is meant for someone else… Must be serializing the links.

Mikey
Mikey

Thanks for posting. All good words of advice, and I would include the following: my strategy with respect to this configuration of earning stars is to first quickly take an overall view and then choose the best (usually the cheapest) path. Since everyone gets one “skip” I wait to pick the space that’s the most costly or awkward. Very important: I don’t always participate! It’s self-defeating to purchase simply to win stars because then you’re simply overpaying for them. So I’d recommend either placing orders as you normally do and seeing what’s left to do (as William Charles suggests) or start out by getting an idea of the overall cost and decide if you even want to bother. As a side note, I value 10 stars at about 70 cents. But I like their salads as a reward so that’s just me.

G8
G8

By your valuation, 100 stars are worth $7 to you? You need more stars for a free drink/item. How does that make sense when most items are less than $7?

SB18
SB18

Seems targeted.

Celia
Celia

Mine is 350 and I also have an “in the mood” offer that can be stacked (3 specific items for 200) that runs through next Monday. Stacking other offers is the best way to play these games IMHO.

Bob
Bob

I got 425 and 100 “in the mood”. Are you think it’s stackable?

Celia
Celia

totally stackable. Just have to match what you’re buying with the squares.

nohohh
nohohh

my max is 425

Security
Security

Not working for me

Brandon
Brandon

You do get one free pass.

P
P

This sucks. I get better offers for their weekly menu or other kind of challenges. With those I do far less work to get the stars. But I’m guessing a menu challenge would stack with this game.

Holly Jones
Holly Jones

Keeping in mind that, as others have said, this is only worthwhile if you love Starbucks and typically buy these things anyway.

With that said, I think this may be the most efficient method to complete the board if that’s your goal.

This assumes starting today, which happens to be 50% espresso drink day:

Thursday (50% Espresso Day): After 3 PM, make a mobile app purchase in which you buy 1 iced cinnamon shortbread latte, one other latte, one other handcrafted beverage, and a bakery item (cake pop is typically the cheapest): Two For Yum, Coffee With Friends, Toasty Two.

Friday: Make a mobile app purchase before 9 a.m. from a second store: Order on the Way

Saturday: Make a purchase from a third store: On a Roll

Sunday: Make a purchase from a fourth store. Coffee Ranger, Weekender

Monday: Order a breakfast sandwich or sous vide egg bites before 9 AM. After 2 PM, buy any lunch item: All Day, Lunch Break, Monday Funday, Great Morning, Early Riser

Skip: Use this on any square you like or on the secret block that hasn’t yet been revealed.

Full board complete.

Meanwhile, you can also stack this with some of the other ongoing bonus star promos, such as the one to visit 3 days in a row for 30 stars, etc.

My experience last year was that sometimes the board would be a little glitchy, particularly with mobile orders, but a quick e-mail to Customer Service always fixed any issues.

manda
manda

I only had luck with the boardwalk game at the end of summer bc you got 2 free plays each day. I tend to get get drip coffee, unless there is a happy hour, and with the cash app $1 off coffee shops I haven’t found good star deals since.

Eric Richards
Eric Richards

Do you know what qualifies for a handcrafted beverage? Frappuccino count? Ordering 4 handcrafted beverages at once works for me if my daughters frapps count.

calwatch
calwatch

Yes fraps count (not the bottled ones but the ones made by the staff). Basically everything except iced tea and coffee and brewed tea and coffee.

raekwon
raekwon

Iced coffee does count, oddly enough.

raekwon
raekwon

I just came to see how long it’d take folks who don’t like Sbux to come into a Sbux post to talk about how they don’t like Sbux. (They were already here! 😂)

Max of 425 stars for me, btw. Skipped one space but completed all others and finished with 415.

MoreSun
MoreSun

Per a user on reddit major changes coming to Starbucks rewards soon. 150 stars for a free drink or breakfast sandwich, 200 for lunch sandwiches, protein boxes and some new additions https://www.reddit.com/r/churning/comments/awgqds/discussion_thread_march_02_2019/ehnnf36/ they say they don’t know when it’s happening but they guess in the next month or two.

calwatch
calwatch
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