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The Inside Scoop on Walgreens New Balance Rewards Program

Kaylyn.Powers

If you’re still scratching your head over the Walgreens Balance Rewards Program, watch our video and then read this!

About a month ago, Walgreens launched a new customer loyalty program called the Balance Rewards Program. Essentially, this is a program where you earn “Balance Rewards Points” for buying certain products. You can redeem these Points at a later date for in-store dollar credit.

If you have not yet signed up for the program, do so in a Walgreens store or sign up online. If you have already signed up online and would like to receive a physical card, you can attach your account to an actual card in the store. Every time you check out, be sure to swipe your card or enter the phone number that is attached to your Balance Rewards account.

 

 

 

To Earn Points

Each week, there will be several items listed in the weekly ad that will earn you Points. For example, here is an old promotion on Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes. Earn 500 Points with the purchase of two.

You can earn multiple Points in a single transaction. Certain items, such as soda or bottled water, do have a limit listed in the ad. Other than that, there is not a limit on how many times you can receive Points from the same promotion.

Manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards do not interfere with any Points earned. In other words, you will still earn Points when using manufacturer coupons and Register Rewards. As an example, take a look at this old promotion for Gas-X and Prevacid. Note that the total is greater than $30.00 before the use of manufacturer coupons, and the deal still generated 10,000 Points.

Buy 1 Gas-X, 18-20 ct $4.99, sale price 
Buy 1 Prevacid 24 Hour Acid Reducer, 42 ct $25.99, sale price 
Spend $30.00, Receive 10,000 Balance Rewards Points 
Use one $1.00/1 – Gas X Product – (bricks.coupons.com)
And use one $3.00/1 – Prevacid 24 Hour Product, 42ct, Redeem at Walmart  – (coupons.com)
Pay $26.98, Receive 10,000 Balance Rewards Points (10,000 Points = $10.00 – $12.00)
Final Price: $13.49 each, when you buy both, Receive 10,000 Balance Rewards Points

The monthly Walgreens Savings Book coupons are the exception to this rule. They do count against your total. If you are doing a “Spend X amount of dollars, Receive X amount of Points” promotion, you need to meet the specified total before manufacturer coupons but after the monthly Walgreens coupons.

Your Balance Rewards card does not keep track of purchases. If you need to spend a certain dollar amount to receive Points, you need to reach that dollar amount in a single transaction.

At the end of your transaction, the Balance Rewards Points you earned will show up on your receipt right away! If they don’t, call Walgreens Customer Service, and they will credit the Points to your account.

You can also log on to your account online and view a summary of your available Points, look up your Balance Rewards activity, and request any Points that may be missing.

To Redeem Points

Once you reach at least 1,000 Points on your card, you can redeem them. 1,000 Points equal a $1.00 reward. 40,000 Points equal a $50.00 reward. It is advantageous to save your Points so you get more bang for your buck!

(1) 1,000 Points = $1.00
(2) 2,000 Points = $2.00
(3) 3,000 Points = $3.00
(4) 5,000 Points = $5.00
(5) 10,000 Points = $10.00
(6) 18,000 Points = $20.00
(7) 30,000 Points = $35.00
(8) 40,000 Points = $50.00

 

To redeem Points, follow the prompts on the debit card pad or ask your cashier.

If you are using your Balance Rewards Points reward dollars as payment in a transaction, you cannot earn additional Points. In other words, Points cannot be earned when you are paying with Points. However, you still can earn Register Rewards even if you pay with Points.

As long as you shop at Walgreens and use your card at least once every six months, your Points will not expire for three years.

You cannot redeem or earn Points on purchases of: dairy, stamps, prescriptions, alcohol, tobacco, phone cards, lottery tickets, charitable donations, transportation passes, or money orders.

To read more, access the full Balance Rewards Terms and Conditions or read Walgreens’ Balance Rewards Q&A.

 

Summary

  • You will not earn Points in a transaction in which you redeem Points.
  • You will earn Points in a transaction in which you use Register Rewards as payment.
  • You will earn Register Rewards in a transaction in which you redeem Points.

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