Thank you for contacting Starbucks Coffee Company.
Many factors go into the ability to use your gold card in certain countries. I am unable to give you an exact reason. I can tell you that, the card can be used in the United Kingdom but even there you will not get the gold card benefits. I am sorry for any inconvenience.
If you have any further questions or concerns that I was unable to address, please feel free to let me know.
This is a response to an inquiry I made of Starbucks regarding using one of their loyalty cards in international locations. The line that strikes me most is, ‘unable to give you an exact reason.’ I do not know if the reason is so complex that Starbucks cannot articulate it or if the decision is believed to be beyond my intelligence. I imagine that once your company starts generating algorithms for loyalty cards the purpose of the card is getting lost.