Published on April 15th, 2016 | by Chuck5
Starbucks vs. Dunkin’ Donuts: Which Has a Better Rewards Program?
Which rewards program is better – Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts? Let’s chart it out.
|Spend for Reward||$62.50||$40.00|
|Reward Value||Free item||Free drink|
|Signup Freebie||None||Free drink|
|Other Perks||Free refill, Double-Day||None|
|Immediate Earn||Earn after $150 spend||Immediate earn|
|Birthday||Free item||Free drink|
|Online Earn||Earns online||Doesnt earn online|
Spend per Reward
Starbucks needs $62.50 in spend (125 stars) to get a free item. DD needs just $40 in spend (200 stars).
Value of Reward
DD gives you a certificate for a free beverage of any size. Starbucks allows you to get a free drink or free item.
The standard bonus when signup up with DD is a free beverage (we’ll discount temporary bonuses). Starbucks doesn’t give out any freebie for signing up.
Starbucks gives free refills on coffee or tea for Star members. Starbucks also gives Gold members one double-day per month on which all purchases earn double points.
DD begins earning points toward a free drink immediately. Starbucks only starts getting points toward free rewards after spending $150 (300 stars).
Both DD and Starbucks offer a free birthday reward. For DD, it’s a free drink of any size. For Starbucks, it’s “a free beverage or treat” so it sounds like you can get a food item as well. Starbucks also gives 15% off at StarbucksStore.com as a birthday present.
Starbucks currently gives 60 Stars for referring a friend, or about a half of a reward. Bear in mind that there is a limit of 2 referrals you can do per day and 8 per month. (HT: VFTW)
In the past, DD has had an offer to refer a friend and get a free drink; not sure if that offer is currently available.
In the end, most people will choose a coffee shop based on preference and location, but it’s fun to see how they compare side-by-side.
Disclosure: I’m not a coffee drinker. No doubt there are lots of things missing in the above comparison and probably some errors too, please add/correct in the comments below.