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Reminder: New Walgreens rewards program starts 9/16

Posted September 14, 2012


As I posted in late August, Walgreens is rolling out a new rewards program called Balance Rewards. The program begins this Sunday,. September 16.  Basically you can earn rewards by making in-store and online purchases and for making healthy choices like the Walk with Walgreens program.  You can then redeem the points for items in-store and online. Online enrollment begins September 2. At this time, the Register Rewards program will remain the same.

It will be interesting to see how many points you earn for making purchases. You will find the rewards amounts below, but we will have to wait to find out how easy or difficult it will be to earn those points. If the Register Rewards are going to remain intact  AND we get a new rewards option, it sounds like an opportunity to save more.  I look forward to seeing the new program in action!

What are your thoughts on the new Balance Rewards program?

Here are the details sent from Walgreens corporate:

Walgreens Balance™ Rewards


Balance Rewards is a comprehensive loyalty program that offers easy enrollment, instant points and endless rewards, as well as ways to get, stay and live well at Walgreens.
As part of the nation’s largest drugstore chain, Balance Rewards has the potential to reach more consumers than any other existing consumer loyalty program in the country. There are more than 7,900 Walgreens drugstores across the country, serving nearly 6 million customers daily.

• September 2-15th: Online Enrollment
• September 16th: National Launch

• Balance Rewards includes many of the best aspects of existing loyalty programs and has distinct features that competitors do not match, including:
• Members can earn points for making healthy choices.
• Members may earn and redeem points both in-store and online.
• Exclusive benefits for AARP members.
• A customer-friendly expiration policy.


Easy to Join and Use
• Customers can join in one easy step in stores at checkout or any photo kiosk, online at walgreens.com/balance or with their mobile devices and begin earning points immediately for their purchases.
• Members receive exclusive savings every week on popular products.
• Savings and points can be easily earned when members show their Balance Rewards card, provide their telephone number or scan their mobile phone.
• Members can easily access their point totals and see how many points they need until their next reward at checkout, online or through their mobile device.

Instant Points
• Members can instantly earn and redeem points for thousands of items in store and online.1
• Members will earn points for activities that help them stay well, like Walk with Walgreens, immunizations and — where states allow — for prescriptions.2
• Members receive exclusive access to the Walgreens online Pharmacy Chat service, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Endless Rewards
• Members can redeem points immediately in-store or online for a little something special or hold off until they have earned more points for an even greater reward.
• Points will not expire as long as members remain active by shopping at Walgreens at least once every six months and redeem their points within three years.
• Points go further as you earn more.


5,000 $5
10,000 $10
18,000 $20
30,000 $35
40,000 $50

1Restrictions apply see terms and conditions.
2Due to state and federal laws, points cannot be earned on some items. Points will not be awarded to anyone who currently is or was at any time in 6 months prior to purchasing Pharmacy Items covered by Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare or other government-funded healthcare program. Pharmacy Items must be purchased at participating Walgreens Drugstore, Rxpress, Duane Reade, or Walgreens Pharmacy locations (“Participating Stores”) to earn points. Excludes Pharmacy Items purchased from AR, NJ or NY pharmacies and prescriptions transferred to a Participating Store located in AL, MS, OR or PR. For terms and conditions for full details on all point earnings and redemptions, visit Walgreens.com/Balance.


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  • md593838 Sep 15, 2012

    thank you!

  • Dr D Sep 15, 2012

    md593838 - When trying to learn the Walgreens, Rite Aid, and CVS savings programs, I found Erica's "newbies" pages for Wags and CVS very helpful:

    (covers RRs only)


    Wish she had a similar page for Rite Aid! RA has a Wellness card (similar to CVS's Extra Bucks card) that tracks your purchases, and RA's rewards are called +UPs. The +UPs you earn at RA are now loaded onto your Wellness card unless you opt out and choose to have them print at the bottom of your receipt.

    RA also has store coupons called Video Values which you can earn each month by watching short promotional videos. More info on those here:


    Finally, Rite Aid also has a Single Check Rebate (SCR) program. Pick up the monthly SCR flyer near the front of the store by the weekly sales ad, or visit their site:


  • md593838 Sep 15, 2012

    Yea I did my walgreens list, and it is very short for tomorrow. I never really utilized Rite aid or CVS and was wondering if you could do a post explaining their savings programs?

  • luvstoQ Sep 15, 2012

    From what I can understand about this program so far, I don't like it :-(. Business changes like this are seldom to the benefit of the consumer. I am already *mentally withdrawing* from Walgreens to CVS or Walmart. Hope I'm wrong. Do points equate to $$'s spent? Can't seem to find out.

  • smolder13 Sep 15, 2012

    I think Walgreens will ultimately end up losing some business because people are not going to see the instant rewards that were seen with RR. It's a lot easier to see that you are ultimately getting a great deal when you know you pay X amount and instantly get a coupon for Y dollar amount. I'm just hoping that CVS and RiteAid don't decide to go this route until we can see how it ends up working out.

  • Nancy Sep 14, 2012

    This is going to be strange, and I don't know about anyone else, but the RR deals have been fading pretty quick the last couple months too, not as many per ad etc.

    Will have to see how we can work with this and make it work for us. If not, we still have CVS and Rite Aid :)

  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Sep 14, 2012

    I am working on the ad match-up for Walgreens now and they have basically replaced RR's with points which will convert to $ off in the store. This will definitely be a transition since now we will have to think in points instead of dollars and the points are in the thousands.

  • md593838 Sep 14, 2012

    Ugh Yeah... I get previews of the ads, and there are only a few register rewards. Doesn't look like we are gonna get as many deals now as I utilized the RR's on a rotation each week. now you have to calculate the worth of the points 1,000=1$. And you can only use them when you have 5,000 = 5$ so this will prob be a problem when your total is usually under 5$. We need to know more about redemption of the points...

  • Packy Sep 14, 2012

    from the way I was explained yesterday, RR will no longer be active... that may not be right, but the person that registered me yesterday, in the store, said this will replace RR.