When it comes to making the world a more joyful place through humorous skits, catchy dances, or motivational reminders, TikTokers are in the lead. The platform’s big names like Lance Bass, Hunter Woodhall, and Nia Sioux shine, and we love them because we see ourselves in them — right down to their big-time appreciation for Starbucks Rewards.
You might not have their millions of followers, but you can definitely use their best tips on how to get more from Starbucks Rewards. From using mobile order ahead to save time in line, to the easiest way to customize your go-to drink, these tips will have you ordering like a pro and earning Stars in no time — and trading them in for Rewards like free drinks, food, merch, and even fun benefits like a free drink on your birthday.
Ahead, read about how three of our favorite personalities fuel their passions, create #relatable content to connect with followers, and get their Starbucks pro tips — sounds pretty rewarding, doesn’t it?
With his TikTok videos racking up millions of views, it’s clear Lance Bass knows his audience. When he’s not hitting choreography and playing up the boy band throwbacks, he’s tackling offline duties as a new father to twins. It’s a time-consuming role, but one he loves. With fatherhood and work keep him busy, self-care might mean an at-home spa day, or starting his day with Starbucks. Bass’ top tip? Using the Starbucks app’s mobile order-ahead feature. That way, he can breeze through the line, and get back to family time faster.
“I go to Starbucks pretty much every day. I used to always order black coffee with a splash of milk — I was such a basic person,” Bass laughs. To shake things up, he asked his TikTok followers to recommend their favorites. “Boy did they deliver,” he says. These days, Bass pairs his Egg White & Roasted Red Pepper Egg Bites with an Iced Flat White or Iced Brown Sugar Oatmilk Shaken Espresso: “That is by far my favorite drink on the menu right now. It’s just killer.”
Keeping communication open with his fans goes beyond his coffee order — it’s one of Bass’ key to success. “I’m glad I got to experience what fame was like in the late ‘90s, early 2000s,” Bass says of his boy band days. “It is completely different today. This younger generation really looks for authenticity with your TikTok. They can tell who’s playing a character and who’s being themselves. I just want to be my silly self and make people laugh.”
Nia Sioux has been a lifelong performer. For this multi-hyphenate dancer and actress, TikTok is just another stage — one where she’s earned an audience of almost 8 million. “If my younger self were to look at me, to see where I started and where I am now, she’d be really proud,” Sioux says.
Sioux calls this her “girlboss era,” and that includes college classes, plus staying on top of rehearsals, script readings, meetings, and more. When she does take a moment for herself, it’s with a Starbucks cup in her hand. Sioux’s favorite Starbucks tips are customizing her favorite drinks to match her mood — which she can do with just a few taps on the Starbucks app — and, when she earns a free Reward drink, to share it with a friend. It’s a little way of spreading the joy.
“I always get either the Strawberry Acai Refresher with three mango pumps,” she says. Or for the colder months, Sioux says, she gets a hot chocolate or a caramel Frappuccino. Her trick is getting the caramel drizzle just right, which is something she can easily customize in the Rewards app. It makes all the difference on her busiest days, so she can get back to performing and connecting with fans. “Since I was little, my mom would always say to me: ‘Be a star in your own life,’” Sioux says. She’s one in our book, too.
Hunter Woodhall is an athlete who’s won two bronze medals and one silver medal in international men’s 200 and 400 meter events. His resume is impressive, but with 2.7 million followers on TikTok, it’s easy to see it’s his infectiously positive energy that makes people want to watch.
Woodhall loves to share scenes from everyday life: playing with his dogs, spending time with his fiancée, and of course, his daily training routine. For Woodhall, a workout isn’t complete until it’s topped with his favorite reward: grabbing Starbucks on the way home. “I love stopping in and getting my favorite drink after a great training session,” he says. “It’s like saying to myself, ‘Hey, you did something really good, and this is your reward.”
That daily treat means Woodhall earns plenty of Stars toward his favorite free drinks. Woodhall loves that Starbucks Rewards makes it easy to earn perks for the drinks he orders every day — he picked up his most recent free Rewards drink just a few days before we spoke.
If carving out a reward in his day is great motivation for getting through a workout, so is Woodhall’s position as role model to others. “Growing up,” Woodhall says, “I never had someone I could look to and say, ‘Hey, this person is like me,’ whether it be the physical attribute of them missing their legs, or being an athlete with a disability. It’s always been a huge mission of mine to hopefully be that for other people.”