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Walgreens: Now Redeem Balance Rewards Once You’ve Reached Only 1,000 Points

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If you are a frequent Walgreens shopper, you may be excited to hear about the new update to their Balance Rewards Program! Starting today, 5/5, you will now be able to redeem your Balance Rewards points once you have reached just 1,000 points (instead of the usual 5,000). Keep in mind that during checkout you will need to let the cashier know that you would like to redeem your Balance Rewards points and how many you would like to redeem. Also, you do not have to redeem all of your points, but you do have to redeem them within the following values:

Go here to see full terms and conditions.

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36 Hip Readers Commented

  • Jess G. says:

    Is there a way to check how many points you have online?

    • Catie says:

      Yes you can go to the walgreens page and there is a link for balance rewards. You have to register online if you haven’t already

    • Tamara says:

      It is easier to just call on your phone. I just called and it’s automated. They just pull your phone number up by the phone you are calling from and they tell you your points right away. It literally takes about 20 seconds!

  • Sandy says:

    I’ve got 48,000 points and plan on redeeming 40,000 to use towards geraniums this year.

  • Beth says:

    I like this a lot better than having to start at $5!! I didn’t redeem any points today -if only the cashier would have told me this I would have used some of them.

    • sshyne says:

      I had to ask the cashier once could I used my reward points on a transaction, the cashier told me the computer have to ask, I then asked to see a manager, the manager told me all the cashier have to do is hit a certain key and it will use your rewards, such a shame the cashier told me that.

    • Craig says:

      AGREED!!!!

  • michele says:

    IT IS ABOUT TIME!

  • Alison says:

    This was the best surprise at checkout today!

  • DealGirl says:

    This is great news! There are times when I only want to spend a few dollars, so this should benefit us a lot!

  • Allison says:

    Does anyone know if you are eligible to receive $20 Balance Reward dollars and you only spend 15 in your transaction, can you use the leftovers on another day or do you lose them? ive tried to read the fine print but can’t find an answer.

  • Moria says:

    I was wondering why this week’s ad had low value points=this much money off.

  • Melissa says:

    I still hate the balance rewards system. I find it too complicated with too many “gotchas” so that you don’t get the “rewards” promised.

  • Deana says:

    I went today to WAGS and did not get to redeem any points as I only had 3500. I told the cashier that it should allow me to redeem at 1000 points but was told the computer would prompt me, which it did not. She had no idea about the rewards policy. My receipt still says you may redeem at 5000 not 1000. What’s up with that? Walgreens….ugggg. Why do I do this to myself? I did however, make a trip to CVS afterwards where I actually walked out of the store with CVS paying me to take their items out. Making $7.25 and getting free stuff is awesome. I spent $2.75 OOP and received $10 ECB. I love CVS!

  • CouponBBB says:

    CVS is waaay better than Walgreens at rewards and I shop at both, including Rite Aid, which also sucks for making you wait 24 hours to redeem up+ rewards. CVS rocks – and whoever is running that company is a genius because it prompts me to shop there more. There are 3 stores in a block radius where I live, CVS Walgreens and Rite Aid. CVS is the only one that’s always busy. LOL! Give us rewards and we will come!! :)

  • K.V. says:

    My receipts still say you can only redeem at 5,000 minimum. The Walgreens website still states this too. Are you sure this policy has changed? See here right from their site:

    Redemption
    Q: How do I redeem my points?
    A: You can redeem your points at any Walgreens or Duane Reade store during a purchase or online at Walgreens.com with as little as 5,000 points. The more points you accumulate, the larger the reward. See the complete redemption chart below.
    Points earned Reward
    5,000 $5
    10,000 $10
    18,000 $20
    30,000 $35
    40,000 $50

    I wasn’t prompted to use mine until I reached over 5,000 or $5

  • Ruth says:

    I now have over 84,000 points. Are you saying if I redeem 40,000 points in one transaction, I will LOSE the rest? An employee said I could redeem any amount however,
    no mention of losing any. I was only accumulating to save for Christmas shopping.

    • Allison says:

      I’m really not sure. I think if you follow the dollar amts above you are okay if your final transaction is at least the same as the balance rewards…so if you spend 21 on a transaction you can use a 20 reward…but if you have a 19 transaction and use a 20 reward the extra dollar does not roll over. call the balance reward number and confirm!

  • Daniel Kelley says:

    as often as i am in walgreens and use my rewards card it has never gone over 4000 point is it really worth it? i mean 4000 points = what $3 bucks not much of a savings for what i spend

    • barb says:

      I earned 120,000 points this week on the monitors and only paid tax. Thats over $120 dollars to spend on whatever, love Walgreen’s!! Its worth it.

  • sirk says:

    at my local walgreens, i cannot use any of the denominations. the system only allows so much. i.e. angel soft t.p., wanted to use points for the entire package, but the cashier said it can olnly be $1.00.

  • Wally says:

    At our store we ask every transaction if they would like to redeem any points they have & we notify them how many/dollar amts. they have even if they don’t want to redeem! The pin pad will only show an option when it reaches 5,000 pts ($5) so you will have to ask for anything less -which they can because “redeem points” button will light up if you have the minimum amt of eligible items in your transaction BEFORE tax and coupons are applied

    A few weeks ago an email came down and per CORPORATE we are told NOT to tell customers about the 1, 2, or 3 dollar amounts to “cut down on lower amount transactions”

    Needless to say, this policy of $1-$3 option was put in due to CUSTOMER suggestions..the CUSTOMERS earn them while paying my paycheck as well so I therefore will continue to tell customers they have points.

    Also, from now until March 1st ask the employee to activate the “Winter Beauty Event”. You must have a beauty product in your transaction but once active you will earn 50 points per DOLLAR spent in beauty on top of any regular points (as long as you don’t redeem points…per state/federal laws we can’t do both)

    On your reciept it will show “BONUS POINTS EARNED” w the BEAUTY points
    then at the bottom it will have all the points added (from anything else you might have earned in store)

    A good way to earn a lot of points is items like P&G products…. spend $10 and earn X,XXX (you will earn the X,XXX in addition to the extra pts for each whole dollar you spend!)

    Once activated, you don’t have to scan it again…

    Also, if you have a smart phone download Walgreens app and enter in your acct number (you can call the 1-800 # if you don’t know it) and you can digitally “clip” manufacture coupons that are stored on your phone until they expire..once your rewards card is in the transaction it pulls up all your coupons and applies them if you have the items! (also shows you how many and the redemption amt of points you have and pulls up every transaction you have used your rewards card with & how many (if you have) points you’ve earned in that transaction)

    The amts are now

    1,000 points = $1
    2,000 points = $2
    3,000 points = $3
    5,000 points = $5
    10,000 points = $10
    18,000 points = $20
    30,000 points = $35
    40,000 points = $50
    70,000 points = $85
    80,000 points = $100

    $85 & $100 will NOT be in print on anything walgreens in addition to the $1, $2 and $3 amts not sure why….

    if you look at the point values, it pays off more if you rack them up you get more “money” for less points!! Remember if stocking up, points do expire after 36 calendar months from earned. Also, it is no longer an option to redeem a higher amt for a lower transaction, like the issues above due to the issue of not rolling over. This was also changed because of customer suggestions….you should have been told at the register that the left overs didn’t roll over by the cashier as well….I guess some locations are better than others. :/

    I know this is really old discussion but hopefully some people see this and I save someone time/hassles!

    • Rose says:

      Thank you so much! I just came from Walgreens and was super confused as to the point/RR system. Your explanation is truly helpful. Thank you for your time :)

    • Elisabeth says:

      Thank-you!! I just signed up for the card and your post really helped me understand it all!!

  • I recently purchased an item at Duane Reade and my receipt said and I qoute,”To see your points balance, please go to duanereade.com/balance”. However, that proved to be untrue and misleading because the page has absolutely no options to check balance reward points. So, in the spirit of common courtesy, common decency, and integrity, I’m asking Duane Reade/Walgreens to please have the moral compass to prove a seamless, clear cut, and uncomplicated online option on their web page to check reward point balances for both PC’s and Smartphones!! – Mr. Sanford Kelly – Card No# 7140 4528 10693

  • Jeanne Crockett says:

    I am truly disappointed with the program because after being told at the pharmacy that I would earn a lot of points because of the cost of the medicines I just found out that I get nothing. The reason being because I am on medicare. One way or the other you lose !!

  • Wendy says:

    Does anyone know if you can buy gift cards with points? If so, that would be a way to get around the fact that you can’t pay for prescriptions with points. I would think you could pay for prescriptions with a prepaid Mastercard, for example.

  • Barb says:

    Can’t redeem points for gift cards. It’s in the terms and conditions on the Walgreens site.

  • Jodie Finney says:

    I was there yesterday and I had 2000 points that I wanted to redeem toward my purchase so I told the cashier that I had a couple bucks in balance reward points. She then said I couldn’t redeem them until it hit 5000. Wish I knew better then.

  • Beatrice says:

    I just googled how to redeem your points. It sounds very complicated to me and people that don’t know or forget to ask loose points = money. I never knew what the points were for or how to redeem them. It would be nice if you like (all) other stores would make it easy for customers to get money back with immediate price deductions or gift cards or printed out money back points to use! Or at least have the cashier offer to use points for people (like me) that don’t know thy have them (instead of the constant candy pushing- the 2 reasons why I hardly ever shop at Walgreens any more). I buy a lot and it is nice if stores give cash back without me having to ask or it.
    Anyways thanks to google now I know and I will try but for other people that don’t have the time to figure it out make it easy like other stores ;-)
    Have a great day… B

  • susan says:

    This program is the most complicated I have ever used. No one likes it., no one understands it. Too hard. Can’t get points and use points, wtf. After 30 years changing over fully to CVS.

    CVS ROCKS, TRY THEM!!! Every time I go, I get get cash back coupon of at least 5 or 10 dollars. Then,annually. Beauty program soooo easy.

    Life is complicated, shopping shouldn’t be. Since beginning thus program Walgreens has robbed us blind. U can’t even get sale items unless show card. Fire whoever made this genius program.

    CVS is so much more pleasant experience, money saving.

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