As a stay-at-home blogger I’m more of a Starbucks fanatic than I care to admit. It’s not that I think their drinks are especially good, but when you work from home it’s nice to make your local Starbucks a temporary “office” for a few hours for a change of scenery.
Even though I’ve been going to Starbucks several times a week for years, I only really learned about the Starbucks Rewards program last June, and earned Gold status with them within a few weeks (Gold status takes 30 “swipes” per year). It’s nice to get a few extra perks for the drinks you buy anyway…
Then my Gold card arrived in the mail, and I thought I was badass. I figured there would be a secret handshake, a priority Gold ordering line, and that Barista’s phone numbers would be flying my way. And then I realized that everyone else was Gold, and that there was none of that.
Fast forward to a few days ago. A friend of mine who doesn’t drink coffee was telling me how he has the metal Starbucks card. A what…?
He explained it to me. Late last year Gilt and Starbucks sold 5,000 limited edition metal Starbucks cards that come with Gold status, and they sold out instantaneously.
Have you ever had elite status in a program and then had that epiphany that there’s a higher secret tier? Yeah, I felt kind of like that. I’m not going to lie, I was kind of ticked that he didn’t tell me about these cards before they went on sale, given that he knows how addicted I am to Starbucks. Apparently he thought I knew about it, which is why he didn’t tell me.
He’s far too good of a friend, because yesterday one of these bad boys arrived in the mail:
I took it for a spin yesterday, and the fanfare is downright uncomfortable. Think comments like “OH MY GOD THIS IS ONE OF THOSE CARDS,” or “hmmm, there’s something wrong with your card, we’re going to have to confiscate it.”
Anyway, while at the end of the day there are no benefits of substance to this card (other than Gold status which I earn anyway), it has had the effect of convincing me to at least shower before visiting my local Starbucks, which I guess is a win-win.
Any fellow metal cardholders out there?