Most coffee stains offer loyalty programs, but some are much more generous than others
The shopping streets are now full of coffee shops and almost everyone has a loyalty program.
But while some give you the right to have a free cappuccino after spending just £ 7, others require you to pay at least £ 55.
Here we look at what is on sale at some popular coffee stains.
HOW DOES IT WORK? You will receive a stamp every time you buy a coffee. Nine stamps give you a tenth drink for free. For example, if you buy nine medium sized cappuccinos for a total of £ 23.85, you can get a free drink worth up to £ 3.95.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? You will receive a bonus stamp if you hand in your own reusable cup.
Customers with the Caffe Nero mobile phone app will receive four bonus stamps if they carry out four transactions during the first week.
If you do both and buy the cheapest drink, an espresso for £ 1.80 can get a free drink after only £ 7.20.
O2 Priority customers can often claim a free drink every week. There are 665 Caffe Neros in the UK.
HOW DOES IT WORK? You can activate a plastic card in the store or download the app.
Costa Coffee Club awards customers five points (valued at 5p) for every £ 1 spent in the store.
But you only get the points for every full £ 1, so a bill of £ 5.50 (for example two medium, or & # 39; mid & # 39 ;, cappuccino & # 39; s for £ 2.75 each) would only be 25 points (25p).
You should spend at least £ 55 to qualify for a free medium of cappuccino – or £ 77 if you only buy one £ 2.75 cappuccino per transaction.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? App users can collect points on coffee purchased from Costa Express machines. There are more than 2,400 Costa stores in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
Difficult to swallow: although some loyalty programs entitle you to a free cappuccino after spending just £ 7, others require you to pay at least £ 55
COFFEE # 1
HOW DOES IT WORK? Once you have registered your card online, you can collect a virtual stamp for every drink you buy.
To get one for free, you have to buy ten. With ten normal cappuccinos you pay £ 25.50.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? You can collect points for each drink, with the exception of bottled drinks and baby drinks.
If you are not online, barista's tickets can register via the cash register or call 029 2040 2068. There are 91 Coffee # 1 stores in the UK.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Every time you buy a hot drink, you get a stamp and you need nine free stamps. Nine normal cappuccinos cost £ 23.40.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? The chain only offers paper cards. Extras can still be charged, such as cream or marshmallows, even if the drink itself is free. There are 23 coffee republics in the United Kingdom.
HOW DOES IT WORK? With the Greggs coffee collector card and the mobile call app Rewards from the bakery chain, you receive a stamp when you buy a hot drink of any size. You need seven to get a free drink.
For £ 1 a cup of tea is the cheapest drink, but prices can vary in different industries. If you bought seven regular cappuccinos, you would spend £ 13.30.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? If you download the Greggs Rewards mobile app, you will receive a free cake on your birthday. There are 1,950 Greggs stores across the UK.
Costa Coffee Club awards customers five points (valued at 5p) for every £ 1 spent in the store. But you only get the points for every full £ 1
McDonald & # 39; s
HOW DOES IT WORK? All normal or large hot drinks are supplied with a McCafe customer card and a sticker on the outside of the cup. If you have six stickers, you get a free drink.
If you download the mobile app and register a debit card to pay for drinks, you will receive a virtual stamp. Six regular cappuccinos cost £ 11.34.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? You can fill your paper card and use the mobile app at the same time. So you can get two free drinks after buying six. There are 1,300 restaurants in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
HOW DOES IT WORK? You can ask a barista to download a My Starbucks card or a digital card via the Starbucks app.
You have to charge at least £ 5 on your card to go to the green level of the rewards program.
You will then receive one star for each transaction. This means that if you were to pay three drinks in one transaction, you would only get one star. You must collect 15 stars to get a free drink.
In one Starbucks Money Mail visited, a grande cappuccino was £ 3.15. So 15 costs you £ 47.25.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? Reward accounts are upgraded to the Gold level as soon as you execute 50 transactions within a 12-month period. Benefits of Gold-level members are free syrups and extra shots of espresso. There are around 355 Starbucks cafés in the UK.
HOW DOES IT WORK? You will receive a stamp with every hot drink and receive a free drink after collecting nine stamps.
A cappuccino costs £ 2.50. If you buy nine cappuccinos, you can supplement your card for £ 22.50. You can claim another 50 p discount per drink for the use of a reusable cup.
WHAT DO I HAVE TO KNOW? The loyalty program does not have a mobile app. There are 76 cafés in Waterstones stores across the UK.