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Free reusable cups? Starbucks changes up this year's red cup season for holiday drinks

Starbucks's latest batch of seasonally themed cups. [Starbucks]
Starbucks's latest batch of seasonally themed cups. [Starbucks]
Published Nov. 2, 2018

The Starbucks on Fourth Street N in downtown St. Petersburg was doling out free red plastic reusable cups on Friday as the coffee giant launched its holiday beverages.

Patrons who ordered "grande" (medium) holiday drinks — peppermint mocha-whatevers, gingerbread-what-cha-ma-call-its — are being gifted the red plastic cups, which also allow discounted refills for the rest of the holiday beverage season, while supplies last at participating stores.

It's heeere! Get the limited-edition #Reusable #RedCup, free today (Nov. 2nd), when you buy a holiday beverage!

(US + Canada, at participating stores while supplies last.)

Every year, a social media frenzy usually revolves around the so-called Red Cup Season. The designs this year feature holly leaves, green stars and red stripes. The holiday menu began today at 5:45 a.m.

Twitter this morning was filled with Starbucks diehards admitting they were waiting in crazy drive-through lines to grab eggnog lattes and a free cup.

The red cup offer means customers can bring the plastic cup back in store any day after 2 p.m. to score 50 cents off their holiday beverage order until Jan. 7.

Reminder: Halloween was just two days ago.


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