Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Find Starbucks in Kakao Map, get a free drink coupon

If you've opened KakaoMap recently, you've probably seen this pop up:

KakaoMap 1st anniversary Starbucks promo 

KakaoMap 1st Anniversary Event

Just like they did back in July to celebrate the launch of KakaoNavi, Kakao is now celebrating their first anniversary with a free Starbucks drink

What you'll need

You'll need both the KakaoMap app, and the Starbucks app. You'll also need to be logged in to your Kakao account in KakaoMap, and be a "My Rewards" member in the Starbucks app. 

Don't worry if you don't have a Starbucks My Rewards card yet. It will give you a chance to make one, though I've never done that in Korea so I don't know how easy/hard a process it is. I'm one of those sickos who either drinks the 200 won vending machine coffee or else pours himself a nice stick of Maxim Mocha Gold from the giant Hefty bag they sell. 

What to do

Here are the official details in one giant infographic (click it to view it full size and up close), then I'll mention more about it.

KakaoMap Starbucks free drink instructions. Image: Kakao

How to get your free drink

Here's what you'll need to do to get your free Starbucks drink. This is all in the infographic above so check the imagery there if it helps. I'll just outline it here.

  1. Open KakaoMap
  2. Either tap on one of the Starbucks logos you'll see there, or else do a search for a nearby Starbucks (you can just type "Starbucks" in English).
  3. Do a route search to get directions to a Starbucks, any Starbucks
  4. A pop-up will appear (I just tried it; verified it works) with a button to click to open your Starbucks app
  5. Log-in to the Starbucks app, and a special event button will appear there to get your coupon


  • Don't forget you'll need to be logged in to both apps.
  • If you already have a Starbucks My Rewards card, it will add one "star" (whatever that is) to your account.
  • If you're making a new card, you will get an e-coupon for either a free tall drink or a tall Americano.

Event duration

  • Monday Sept 25 ~ Sunday Oct 1 (so hurry up).
  • Winners will be notified by Tues Oct 17, 2017


These kind of gimmicks seem like more hassle than they're worth. But if you've already got the Starbucks app up and running here, then it doesn't hurt to just download KakaoMap, do a single search, and boom, free credit. Erase it after that if you want .

Anyway just passing on the info.

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