Starbucks revamps rewards
Starbucks is updating its rewards program on Tuesday and members will get more freebies with fewer stars.
The current program allows those in the free club to earn two stars for each $1 spent when paying with a registered Starbucks card or through the mobile app. Members must
earn 300 stars every 12 months to earn Gold status and get special perks. That won't change.
In the old program, members needed 125 stars to get a freebie. That changes. The new program offers more free items that can be redeemed with fewer stars.
The program will still offer free drinks for joining and on birthdays, and free hot coffee and tea refills for members.
Here’s a breakdown of the new plan:
25 stars: Free extra shot, flavor or soy milk
50 stars: Free any sized coffee, Butter Croissant or Iced Lemon Cake
150 stars: Free handcrafted beverage or breakfast item
200 stars: Free lunch sandwich, protein box or salad
400 stars: Free packaged coffee, tumbler or merchandise item
No word yet on whether the chain will still offer drink specials during Starbucks Happy Hours. Stay tuned.
Go to Starbucks.com/ rewards/comingsoon for more information or to join.
Best day to buy gas
Gas prices seem to fluctuate each week without warning. Fuel prices are up 50 cents since the beginning of the year, and spike even higher during peak travel times, such as Memorial Day and summer vacations.
But you can fight back by filling up your tank on the right day, according to a new survey by GasBuddy.
The fuel-savings app tracked prices in 30 cities from January through March to find the best and worst days of the week to buy gas. GasBuddy lists real-time fuel prices at more than 150,000 gas stations and convenience stores.
Gas prices in Florida averaged $2.71 per gallon last week, according to AAA. The national average was $2.74.
Friday was the worst day to fill the tank, the study found. The peak time when gas stations are busiest: 5 p.m. Friday. Saturday and Sunday weren't much better.
Save the most by filling up from 7 to 10 a.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays, the study said. Wait times are the best then, too.
Wednesdays and Thursdays were good days to top off the tank, but not the best.
"While filling up on a Sunday can save time, it doesn’t save money," says Patrick DeHaan, head of petroleum analysis at GasBuddy. "Our data shows that filling up on a Monday morning each week can collectively save drivers $2.1 billion and avoid the possibility of playing bumper cars at the pumps."
Monday also was the best day to buy gas the last two years, previous GasBuddy studies found.
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