You probably love the convenience of door-to-door food delivery services, just like I do – and the rise of gift cards adds to the convenience of shopping for food whenever I want (as long as the gift card is valid). I have several Starbucks gift cards myself, as I am a frequent visitor when I stop over their store to get my morning coffee fix, but I sometimes wonder where I can use those gift cards, or whether they are valid for use if I was to order food on DoorDash or Uber Eats.
Unfortunately, you cannot use a Starbucks gift card for your Uber Eats or DoorDash deliveries, as they do not accept these gift cards – or any restaurant gift cards, for that matter – as a form of currency when making your orders. You will need to stick to DoorDash or Uber Eats gift cards if you order food from their service.
When you use a Starbucks gift card, it will limit you to their Starbucks stores, as I eventually learned. The good news though is that they are valid in any Starbucks location you visit, as they accept them as interchangeable payment forms in most stores within Mexico, Australia, Ireland, the UK, Puerto Rico, Canada, and the US.
What is the reason behind not using my Starbucks gift card on DoorDash or Uber Eats?
Both Uber Eats and DoorDash are third-party services that deliver food to your doorstep through their partnerships with restaurants. Their structure allows them to come up with their unique payment systems, which happen to be independent of the restaurants you order from.
Due to this, they do not need to accept your restaurant’s gift cards as a form of payment when delivering food to you. In the case that you have a gift card for your restaurant or café, you will need to go there in person to use the gift card; in this case, you will need to go to a Starbucks store to use these cards.
In the place of a Starbucks gift card, you can apply to get a DoorDash or Uber Eats gift card instead, which allows you to pay for your food when you make any purchase on their platform – this will apply regardless of the specific restaurant you are ordering from. When you do this, your DoorDash or Uber Eats account should reflect the value on the gift card as the system redeems its value, and you can use the resulting money to pay for any deliveries you make through the app.
How you can use your DoorDash or Uber Eats gift cards on their apps
Both platforms make it easy to add their gift cards to your account, regardless of whether you do so on the app or their websites, as well as purchasing them online and physically. You have the freedom to spend them as you wish once you add the gift card to your account.
In terms of DoorDash gift cards, you can either purchase them online or in a store, especially in Safeway, Target, Best Buy, Giant Eagle, and Albertsons stores. If you are buying them online, you can get them from the DoorDash app or website. In Uber Eats, you can buy the cards on their website or app, as well as on Amazon and various retail stores.
To use both cards, you will need to:
- Log into your account on the app or website
- Search for the menu icon and click on ‘Gift card’.
- Put in the gift card’s code number, and redeem it to add its balance to your account.
How can I use my Starbucks gift card?
Like all companies offering gift cards, you can get both digital and physical Starbucks gift cards, and their value can range from $5 to a maximum of $500. You are not limited to coffee purchases either; any product that Starbucks offers is up for purchase using their gift cards, and you can redeem them in stores or online.
To be eligible for the card, you will need to register on their platform and use the cards they provide. The more cards you use, the more stars you earn, which you can use when applying for rewards and redeeming your money. Additionally, Starbucks allows you to use your gift cards to treat your friends and earn more stars, increasing your chances of gift card renewals.
As I mentioned earlier, Starbucks has a policy of allowing you to use your Starbucks gift card at any Starbucks store within North America and select countries – including Australia, Ireland, the UK, and Puerto Rico.
What you should know about Starbucks gift cards
- Starbucks does not impose additional fees, which include inactivity, activation, dormancy, and card servicing. This is because these gift cards do not have expiry dates, and their value does not diminish over time.
- In terms of activation, your Starbucks gift card will automatically activate when you purchase it, and this is for free. You may need to activate some extra perks though before you can use them, which you can do when ordering from Starbucks stores.
Both Uber Eats and DoorDash are excellent food delivery apps that allow you to order your favorite foods from your favorite restaurants to your door. However, they do not accept restaurant-specific gift cards, as they are both third-party services, although you can purchase DoorDash and Uber Eats gift cards then use them to order your take-away food and pay for the services.
How can I load my Uber Eats or DoorDash gift card?
Both platforms allow you to get gift cards in two forms: physical and digital. To load both of them, you will need to log into your account, add your money through the payment menus, and enter the gift card code number to load your account.
How can I use a gift card to pay on the Starbucks app?
You simply need to open the Starbucks app and scroll to the bottom of the screen. Tap on the ‘Cards’ menu, and ‘Add card’ to apply for your card payment.