Is Starbucks’ new tiered rewards program worth it?

Anger is brewing among some Starbucks Gold members who feel burned by the Seattle coffee giant’s new rewards program.

Starbucks revealed Tuesday that it’s moving to a tiered rewards system next month, which will scrap its elite Gold level that customers had reached by spending $150 or earning 300 “Stars” (aka points) within a year.

Under the current system, Gold members could get a free drink or food item for every 125 Stars that they earned (getting two points for every $1 spent), or two free drinks, two food items, or one of each if they accumulated 250 Stars.

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