To redeem a Starbucks gift card, present it as a form of payment at the register at any Starbucks location, including Starbucks locations within airports and grocery stores. You also can use it as a form of payment when shopping online at Starbucks.com. You cannot redeem a Starbucks gift card for cash, although you can transfer balances between cards, check balances and reload cards online.
Starbucks identifies its family of gift cards as the Starbucks Card. There is a virtual card, the eGift, and two variations of the plastic version, the Teavana and the La Boulange Card. All are acceptable forms of tender at Starbucks.com, as is the corresponding mobile app.
When shopping online, you enter your card number and the eight-digit security code at Checkout, under Payment. The Starbucks Card translates any form of tender into Starbucks currency, so the card is also good at Starbucks locations in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, Hong Kong and Mexico.
There are special rewards programs that correspond to all Starbucks gift cards and the mobile app though not eGift. My Starbucks Rewards is a loyalty program you can join online at Starbucks.com. As a member you earn a Star when you pay at participating stores, buy specially marked Starbucks products or when you buy tea and coffee online.
After you earn a certain number of Stars, you can redeem them for special rewards, such as free food and drinks.