Walgreens Rewards Program - KC is a Pilot Area!

Well, that long-time rumor of a new, improved rewards program to replace the Register Rewards program may be coming true. Walgreens is going to be piloting a new card-based program starting 5/9/10 here in Kansas City, Richmond VA, and Portland OR.
If you're interested in participating in the pilot, go here and register.

It looks like they are doing away with Register Rewards entirely, unfortunately, in favor of "points". Here's how the new program will work (thanks to iheartwags for the details):

  • Any family member who shops at Walgreens should sign up for an account because you can link your accounts and pool your points.

  • You must be 13 years of age or older to participate in Walgreens Rewards.

  • When making a purchase, present your card to the Store Associate or Pharmacist at the beginning of the checkout process to earn points. If you forget to use your card at the time of purchase, you can Log in to your Walgreens Rewards account and click on the "Look Up My Transaction" button at the bottom of the page.

  • 10 points are earned for every $1.00 spent, excluding prescriptions. State and Federal laws exclude some items from earning points.

  • 100 points are earned for every eligible prescription. 300 points are earned for every 90-day eligible prescription. Prescriptions paid for in whole or in part by a federal or state health care program are not eligible for points.

  • "Bonus Point Promotions" may be offered which will award additional Walgreens Rewards points with purchase of certain products. Bonus point promotions will not apply to rain check items.

  • Walgreens.com purchases that are paid for and picked up in store are eligible for points.

  • You can track your points balance, view your purchasing history, browse available rewards, and request Rewards Certificates, at WalgreensRewards.com.

  • Points will be posted to your account within 2 weeks of your purchase and expire three years after they are earned.

  • 2000 points may be redeemed for a $5.00 Walgreens Gift Certificate (and there are other gift cards and items that they can be redeemed for). Use these handy certificates like cash when you go to the register, combine them with other forms of payment, or give them as gifts.

  • Walgreens Rewards Certificates may be combined with other Walgreens or manufacturer discounts or promotions

  • Certificates cannot be used to purchase alcohol; dairy; tobacco; stamps; gift/phone/prepaid cards; transportation passes, lottery tickets, prescription items, or controlled substances purchased from Louisiana pharmacies.
Sounds like no more Register Rewards deals, and this may be the final reason why I stop going to Walgreens altogether.

What do you think? Would you sign up for the pilot?


Mamamanda said...

I JUST signed up and got 500 points for doing so! I will definitely recommend this to my parents. They fill about 12 prescriptions per month at Walgreen's. Definitely worth it for them!

CJ said...

If there will be no more register rewards I wouldnt buy as much so it will be hard to earn enough points to make it worth my while. I'd have to spend $200 to get a $5 gift certificate.

Jen said...

I am curious if it is 10 points per dollar BEFORE or AFTER Q's. If it's AFTER q's then there is no point whatsoever and they have effectively driven away ALL of their couponer customers.

Anonymous said...

How much I like this will depend on how they are adding points. If they only count your total after all qs and such then this would take me years especially since I won't be buying diapers anymore! I do think it is interesting that KC is a test area. Because there are so many more CVS stores? I do prefer CVS but since they gave me 500 points and I still have some rrs I will at least give it a shot.

CJ said...

I read somewhere that points are based on the final total you pay out of pocket. So that would be after all coupons, sale prices and any other discounts :(

ThriftyPuppy said...

Oh,gosh....I hope that's not true. Did any of you get your card yet?

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