How To Check Your Starbucks Gift Card Balance

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Starbucks’ flagship store in Seattle’s Pike Place Market opened in 1971. Now, it seems there’s a Starbucks on every corner in some cities.

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Since Starbucks is known for serving some of the best coffee on the market, it’s no wonder a Starbucks gift card is a popular gift option for the holidays and other occasions throughout the year. But what do coffee lovers do if they have a Starbucks gift card and don’t know how much money’s on it? Here’s how to conveniently check your Starbucks gift card balance and use it to earn Starbucks Rewards.

How Do I Check My Starbucks Gift Card Balance?

You can check your Starbucks gift card balance via the company’s website or mobile app or by phone. If you haven’t registered your Starbucks gift card and don’t have a Starbucks account, you can check your gift card balance on the gift card page of the Starbucks website or by phone. If you have a Starbucks account and have registered your card, you can check your balance using any of the following methods.

Starbucks Gift Card Page

  1. Go to the Gift Cards page on
  2. Select the “Check balance” button.
  3. Enter the card number and security code.
  4. Select “Check balance.”

Starbucks Rewards Page

  1. Go to the Rewards page on
  2. Sign in to your account.
  3. Navigate to “Card management.”
  4. Select a card to check the balance.

Starbucks Mobile App for iPhone or Android

  1. Launch the Starbucks app.
  2. Select the “Scan” tab.
  3. View the balance on each card linked to your Starbucks Rewards account.

Check Your Balance by Phone

You can also check your Starbucks gift card balance over the phone by calling 800-782-7282.

How Do I Activate My Starbucks Gift Card?

You can activate some specially marked Starbucks gift cards at by entering the 16-digit gift card number and your email address. Otherwise, if your Starbucks gift card is not specially marked, it can be activated in-store.

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How Do I Register a Starbucks Gift Card?

You can register your Starbucks gift card if the balance is at least $5. If you don’t have a Starbucks account, you must create one to register your card. You can register your gift card during the account sign-up process by entering the card’s number and security code. With a Starbucks account and a registered gift card, you can earn Starbucks Rewards on purchases you make with your card balance.

How To Set Up Automatic Reloads to a Starbucks Gift Card

You can set your registered Starbucks gift card to automatically reload when it falls below a set balance so you never run out of funds on your card. The easiest way to set up automatic reloads is with the Starbucks app. Here’s how:

  1. Open the app and log in.
  2. Tap the face icon in the upper right corner.
  3. Select “Starbucks card & payment.”
  4. Tap the card you want to reload automatically.
  5. Select the “Turn On” option.

Where To Buy a Starbucks Gift Card

Physical Starbucks gift cards are available at Starbucks locations and many retailers. Starbucks also offers e-gift cards on its website in preset denominations of $10, $25, $50 and $100. Alternatively, you can enter a custom dollar amount.

There are limits to how much money Starbucks gift cards can hold. You can typically load your Starbucks gift card for as little as $5, but you cannot have a card balance that exceeds $500 at any time.

Good To Know

One of the best ways to save money on Starbucks purchases is to find and buy discounted Starbucks gift cards. Some warehouse clubs sell large packs of gift cards online, and some websites focus specifically on offering discounted gift cards.

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How To Take Advantage of the Starbucks Rewards Program

Coffee lovers who want the most out of their Starbucks experience can join the Starbucks Rewards program. Starbucks rewards customers for their loyalty with Stars for every dollar spent in its stores. When you rack up enough Stars, you can cash them in for great rewards like free food and drinks. Members also receive free refills on brewed Starbucks beverages, such as coffee and tea, during the same store visit.

You can sign up for the rewards program on the company’s website by navigating to the Rewards page, clicking the “Join now” button in the upper right corner and following the instructions.

When you make purchases at Starbucks as a member of the rewards program, you can ensure you’ll get your Stars by using your Starbucks Card or by paying directly through the app. You can also get your rewards with cash, credit and debit payments by letting the cashier know you’re a Starbucks Rewards member.

Key Takeaways

If you’ve received a Starbucks gift card, you might consider joining the Starbucks Rewards program. It’s free and may help you save on your Starbucks visits. Additionally, registering your card will allow you to quickly check your balance and protect it in case of loss or theft of your physical card.

FAQ on Starbucks Gift Cards

Here are answers to some of the most common questions about Starbucks gift cards.
  • What is the phone number for checking my Starbucks gift card balance?
    • The phone number to check your Starbucks gift card balance is 800-782-7282.
  • Do Starbucks gift cards have fees?
    • There are no activation fees, service charges or other fees associated with Starbucks gift cards.
  • How do I check my Starbucks gift card balance without redeeming it?
    • You can check your Starbucks gift card balance without redeeming it on the Starbucks website or mobile app or by phone.
  • Where is the security code on a Starbucks gift card?
    • The security code on a physical Starbucks gift card is on the back of the card. Remove the scratch-off coating to reveal the eight-digit security code. On an e-gift card, the security code can be found below the card number.
  • What can I use a Starbucks gift card for?
    • You can use Starbucks gift cards to purchase food, beverages and other items at participating Starbucks locations. You can also use them to pay for items online.
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Andrea Norris, Daria Uhlig and Miriam Caldwell contributed to the reporting for this article.

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