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Starbucks starts selling Lyft gift cards next week

Engadget Engadget 9/08/2016 Brittany Vincent
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Lyft is teaming up with Starbucks to offer special $20 Lyft gift cards at participating stores across the nation.

Starting next week, when you head into the coffee shop for a quick caffeine fix, you'll also be able to pick up the gift cards for friends and family. With each gift card you purchase for someone else, you'll get a kickback of a $5 Starbucks gift card as well.

The promotion is more than a little symbiotic, with Lyft passengers being offered the opportunity to rack up Starbucks Rewards Stars for choosing Lyft rides. In a first for the brand's partnership, Lyft passengers who sign up for Lyft and link Starbucks accounts will receive 125 Stars to start with. That's enough to redeem for a free cup of coffee. Beyond that, anyone who links their Starbucks Rewards and Lyft accounts together will get 5 Stars to add to their total each time they take a Lyft ride on Monday through Friday between 5 a.m. and 10 a.m. It'll take a while to rack up points for a free cup of coffee, but hey...it's something.

If nothing else, the promotion should make it a lot easier for curious potential Lyft customers to get in rides, especially if there are tangible gift cards to purchase, and if you're already using Lyft to get from point A to point B in the mornings making Starbucks runs anyway, this could be a very good thing for consumers who dabble with both companies.

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