How to Earn Unlimited Free Starbucks Stars, How to Search Travel to Cuba, and Spanish Airports May Go On Strike

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Gary Leff is one of the foremost experts in the field of miles, points, and frequent business travel - a topic he has covered since 2002. Co-founder of frequent flyer community, emcee of the Freddie Awards, and named one of the "World's Top Travel Experts" by Conde' Nast Traveler (2010-Present) Gary has been a guest on most major news media, profiled in several top print publications, and published broadly on the topic of consumer loyalty. More About Gary »

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  1. Personally, I find I get much more use out of buying a resold Starbucks card at a discount…

    Just bought a 15% off one at giftcardmart (dot) com

    Never had a problem with any of the cards I bought there

  2. Any idiot can find flights from the US to Cuba for $1,443. – Hopefully direct flights from the US for around $300 RT will be coming sometime soon.
    I keep on meaning to visit Cuba before the golden arches and starbucks go in. The US foreign policy towards Cuba should have alleviated in the 1970’s anyway…..

  3. The beverage I buy at Starbucks costs $2.75 after tax. When I redeem, it’s for $5.75 after tax. So every 5th time I’m in there, I go back before I leave and reload my card for $15. The extra star is worth $0.48, so even on a 2% back card I end up with 5.2% return.

    But I’m fortunate to have one of the old Citi Forward cards with 5% for restaurants, so even better.

  4. Gary, you may (or may not, I can’t tell from your post) have missed the point of the Starbucks post. It notes that you can buy a gift card with a gift card and earn a star for the transaction. Since you’re using existing gift card funds, no points are foregone bc you would not have paid with credit anyways. It’s a perpetual points machine (PPM).

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