To promote its new app update that allows you to gift coffee directly from iMessage, Starbucks is currently running a promotion that lets you gift $5 to someone, and receive $5 from Starbucks. The promotion is valid until April 23rd, and is limited to 45,000 gifts sent, but I can confirm that as of this morning, this limit had not been reached.

In order to get this going, all you need is to download the Starbucks app and activate its iMessage counterpart. From there, go through the process of gifting $5 to someone, and pay with Apple Pay. The recipient will receive your $5, and if you’re eligible, you will receive an email from Starbucks with a $5 redeem code for yourself.

It is pretty straightforward, but I still suggest you check out the basic rules of the promotion. If you’re going to take advantage of this, you probably want to make sure you do it as soon as possible, because these 45,000 gifts will go pretty quickly.

It is indeed a pretty neat way to promote their application. A real win-win for everybody. Now if you feel like gifting me coffee, don’t hesitate one second!

  • Jamessmooth

    used it yesterday!

  • malhal

    The Starbucks app seems to have ground

  • triggerhappypunk

    I just gifted one to myself and got the bonus!

  • Nathan

    I wish I could get my app to work! It isn’t picking up my Apple Pay… Plus the app is getting slower by the minute. There is some sort of memory leak.

  • ciscog1234

    Is the free card immediate or should I assume that the offer has reached its limit? I sent my friend $5 and still haven’t gotten anything in return. Thanks

    • I received the email almost instantly after. The limit could have been reached.

    • nova12

      same, sent the gift a couple of hours ago. bummer. thankfully it was to my dad, and this Friday is his day to pay so I’m good. 🙂

    • Emmanuel

      Talk to customer service and they might give it to you anyway.