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Starbucks Launches New Rewards Visa Credit Card Built For The Chain’s Fanatics

If you’re someone who drinks Starbucks on the daily and are looking for a new credit card, the coffee chain just created one that’s built for its most obsessed fans.

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According to Nation’s Restaurant News, the new Starbucks Rewards Visa Card capitalizes on two of the company’s biggest growth trends: the rewards program and card transactions. While overall sales fell, these categories increased, with 42% of all purchases in the US and Canada coming off of the Rewards card. The new credit card, made in partnership with Chase, aims to increase those numbers.

There’s a lot of freebies that come with the card, including 2,500 Bonus Stars (aka 20 free drinks/food items) if you spend $500 within 3 months of receiving it. You can also get another 250 Bonus Stars (2 free drinks/food items) when you use the Starbucks credit card to load money onto your regular Rewards card for the first time.

Using it in Starbucks stores gets you varying additional stars per dollar, while all other purchases get you a star per four dollars (given you spend more than $500 monthly). As usual, 125 Stars gets you a free reward. Card members will also get eight additional “Barista Picks” rewards automatically added to their account throughout the year. All holders will also be Starbucks Gold rewards members as long as they hold the credit card.

There are some drawbacks to using the new Starbucks credit card, however. You’ll be charged a $49 annual fee to keep using the card, and you won’t get any other cash back or travel point benefits, just Starbucks Bonus Stars. Those will expire six months after they’re earned, so you’ll need to utilize them quickly or risk losing them.

Nonetheless, if you go to Starbucks all the time, you can easily take full advantage of the credit card’s benefits, making it worth picking up. Applications for the card are already open, and it’ll take about 7-10 days to get to you if approved.


Visa And Pizza Hut Want Us To Order Pizzas With Our Cars

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Visa, Pizza Hut and management consulting firm Accenture announced the new frontier in laziness at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona this week.

You can pay with your smartphone and your smartwatch, but what about your smartcar?

Later this year, these companies are pilot-testing a new ordering system in Northern California that involves minimal human interaction. Customers can order pizza from their connected car on their way to a participating Pizza Hut using a feature called Interactive Voice Control (IVR — really, this is their official acronym). This feature allows you to place your order, hands-free, using your Visa Checkout account.

But it doesn’t end there.

Once in a parking spot designated for pickup, Bluetooth sensors and Beacon technology will notify the Pizza Hut staff that they can bring the order out to the car. Because walking is hard.

The concept car, designed by the three companies, is being demonstrated at MWC today.


No Sh*t: McDonald’s Releases Chart Saying It’s Impossible to Live on a McDonald’s Salary

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McDonald’s wants their thousands of employees to know that anyone can survive on Mickey D’s minimum-wage paychecks . . . as long as they have a second job. And don’t buy food. And all of their expenses are way, way below the national average. Then they’re good to go.

Think we’re exaggerating? Take a look at McDonald’s step-by-step budgeting guide for their employees, most of whom are paid minimum wage to flip burgers and mop up gallons of “special sauce” from bathroom floors. McDonald’s partnered with Visa to create a bizarrely out of touch list of basic expenses that tells their employees to spend $20 a month on health insurance (for the record, McDonald’s cheapest health insurance plan charges employees $54 a month), $600 on rent/mortgage payments (average monthly rent in the United States is $804) and exactly $0 on heat (guess the employees at the twenty-one Alaskan locations are sh*t outta luck).

But wait, it gets better. Even after dramatically downplaying average monthly expenses, McDonald’s still couldn’t stretch the numbers enough to justify making a living on rock-bottom wages. So the list assumes that all McDonald’s employees have a second job that pulls $900 a month. And that they can survive without food, since the projected food budget is . . . nonexistent.

After taking a look at this list, we’re impressed by McDonald’s commitment to minimum-wage fantasyland. But we’re betting their employees would be more impressed with a raise. Peep the budget guide below.


H/T + PicThx Gothamist