Sometimes, I just don’t want to have to leave my house to enjoy my Americano. 

I’ll admit that there’ve been times I don’t even want to make a coffee at home and look to Starbucks on UberEats or DoorDash!

I thought the apps would be the perfect opportunity to use my Starbucks gift cards, now dust-ridden. 

Unfortunately, they can’t be used on the platforms. 

Does UberEats Accept Starbucks Gift Cards?

Even though you can purchase beverages from Starbucks using Uber Eats, you can't use your Starbucks gift card for your Starbucks order.

Instead, you must pay with cash, a debit/credit card, or a Uber Eats gift card.

It would be logical that you could use a Starbucks gift card for purchasing, but there is a reason why it is so, and I will explain that to you later in this article.

How To Get Starbucks Delivery Through Uber Eats

If you still want to order Starbucks products via Uber Eats app even though you cannot use your gift card, here is how you can do it.

It is very simple to order Starbucks products using an Uber Eats account and anything else through this food delivery service.

However, don't be surprised if you fail to find a particular coffee type or item you usually buy at your local Starbucks coffee store.

The difference is not significant, but a few things will probably be missing. The same applies to customization options for most Starbucks locations.

I believe that it will not significantly affect your order anyway.

You can also opt for a free Uber Eats Pickup instead of a driver delivering it to your doorstep.

If you're in a hurry, order ahead and just pick it up once you arrive at the participating Starbucks store locations, but before you have to show a physical Starbucks card.

Delivery is not eligible for Starbucks Rewards benefits, so don't expect you will earn stars on your Starbucks rewards visa card.[1]

Delivery of an iced latte for Dylan through Uber Eats

Can I Use My Starbucks Gift Card On DoorDash?

DoorDash is also affiliated with Starbucks and delivers coffee and other products but does not offer you the option to use your gift card.

The situation with this food delivery app is precisely the same as with Uber Eats. Payment methods are cash, card, and DoorDash gift card - everything is exactly the same as with the rival Uber Eats app.

Whether the offering on the DoorDash app will differ from the one on Uber Eats depends primarily on the location.

Maybe one delivery service works with one coffee store and another with a coffee store in a different part of town.

That's why I suggest always checking both apps, because you may find that one of your favorite restaurants is delivering food and coffee you couldn't find in the other one.

The in-store pickup option is free, although both delivery services charge a commission to restaurants.

Remember that the prices of the products will be higher when you order them, either for delivery or pickup, compared to prices when you walk to your closest Starbucks.

It's standard procedure everywhere.

DoorDash App On Phone

Reasons Why You Can’t Use Starbucks Gift Cards On These Apps

It is self-evident why you can't use Starbucks gift cards on these apps - they are different companies and therefore do not have a unique card and gift system.

As third-party services, Uber Eats and DoorDash have their own payment systems.

It would be too complicated to coordinate and sync them with every restaurant and all the delivery drivers they work with, even if it's a major client like Starbucks.

It makes sense to apply for card/gift cards for all who use one or both services.

In that case, you will use a Starbucks card when you go to one of the Starbucks locations for coffee, while you can take advantage of cards issued by the delivery company when ordering online.

How Do I Use A Starbucks Card?

If you recently got a Starbucks Card, let's review the basics.

Using a Starbucks Card is super easy and convenient, and it's a great way to keep track of your coffee budget, whether a gift card or a digital Starbucks card for rewards and points.

When choosing a gift card, you can select a design through your Starbucks account. The choice is vast; you will surely find what you want.

If you apply for a Starbucks card, you'll need to load some money onto your card.

You can do this in-store or on the Starbucks website and add any amount you want - a minimum of $5 and a maximum of $500. You can even add funds with Apple Pay at Starbucks.

Next time you're at Starbucks and ready to purchase, simply hand your card to the barista or use it on the Starbucks app for Starbucks delivery.

You can use your card to buy anything from the Starbucks menu, from a classic espresso to a seasonal drink or even a sandwich.

There are no additional fees nor expiry date, which is really great.

Setting up DoorDash and Uber Eats reward/gift cards requires almost identical steps.

Twix Frappuccino At Starbucks

Questions About Using Starbucks Gift Cards On Delivery Apps

Can I use a Starbucks gift card on Grubhub?

No, you cannot use a Starbucks gift card on Grubhub. Unlike Uber Eats and DoorDash, Grubhub accepts restaurant gift cards as a payment method, but Grubhub and Starbucks are not affiliated at this time.

Where else can I use a Starbucks gift card?

You can use a Starbucks gift card in all stores across the U.S. or Canada. The gift card should be valid in most airport and grocery locations as well. Most stores across Puerto Rico, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and Mexico will accept it.[2]

Can I use Uber Eats gift cards to buy Starbucks beverages?

Yes, you can use Uber Eats Gift cards to buy Starbucks beverages. 

How can I load my Uber Eats or DoorDash gift card?

You can load your UberEats or DoorDash gift card by opening "Wallet" on Uber Eats or "Gift Card" on DoorDash. On DoorDash, enter the "Gift Card Pin" and redeem it. Click the "Add Funds" button, select "Gift card," and enter the gift card code.

How do I transfer a Starbucks gift card to another account?

To transfer a Starbucks gift card to another account, go to a participating Starbucks retail location or login into your account using the app or website. On the website, go to "account," and there you will find the option "Manage" under "Card Management." On the iOS and Android apps, look for "Starbucks Cards & payment" in the upper right corner.

Conclusion

So, it turns out that while Starbucks gift cards can’t be used on DoorDash and UberEats, the actual gift cards for those apps CAN be used for Starbucks.

I hope that makes sense!

If anything, it’ll just motivate me to get out of my house more and enjoy a nice drive with my coffee in tow.

References:

1. https://www.starbucks.com/rewards
2. https://customerservice.starbucks.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/2010/~/where-can-i-use-my-starbucks-card%3F

Caitlin Shaffer

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Caitlin Shaffer
Caitlin Shaffer, is a knowledgeable coffee expert and passionate writer. Her articles are a mix of personal experiences, insights gained from her travels, and interviews, offering an extensive view of the global coffee scene. Caitlin enjoys embarking on new travel adventures, often to destinations celebrated for their unique coffee offerings, from Indonesia to Italy and Colombia, adding a worldly flavor to her articles. Her go-to coffee? Cold brew with homemade vanilla syrup – a personal favorite that keeps her love for coffee fresh and exciting.

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