Walgreens Makes a Big Change to its Register Rewards Policy
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These changes to Walgreens’ Register Rewards policy will affect how you shop in-store.
Recently, we heard from a reader who noticed some changes to the way that Walgreens’ Register Rewards are being awarded.
Customer service confirmed with her that from now on, Walgreens Register Rewards will only be applied if you meet the minimum spend requirement after all discounts, percentages-off, and manufacturers’ coupons have been deducted. 😱
It appears that the details on Walgreens’ Promotion Terms page support this reader’s observation, so our very own Hip sidekick Stacy set off to her local Walgreens to test this new policy.
Here’s what Stacy had to say about the results of her Walgreens Register Rewards experiment:
- I purchased $10.49 in Almay, which was supposed to earn me $4 in Register Rewards.
- In the same transaction, I purchased $12.98 in Revlon, which was supposed to earn me $4 in Register Rewards.
- I used a $5 Almay coupon and a $2 Revlon coupon.
- No Walgreens Cash or other Rewards were redeemed.
Currently, Walgreens is offering an in-store $5 RR when you spend $20 on beauty. I was supposed to get $5 RR for that, $8 RR from the Almay and Revlon deals, and $5 Walgreens Cash Rewards.
I did get $5 RR from spending $20 (to be spent in the beauty section only) and $5 Walgreens Cash from my booster. Unfortunately, neither the Almay RR nor the Revlon RR printed for me. That means that my manufacturer’s coupons did drop me below the required minimum spend. 😞
On a related note, I saw that some prices were significantly higher in-store. For example, the Revlon quad eyeshadow palettes were $9.49 in-store, vs. $5.19 online. 💩
Here’s the new fine print regarding Register Rewards that appeared in this week’s Walgreens ad:
Valid in store only. myWalgreens membership required for rewards. Rewards valid for two weeks from date of purchase. Rewards valid with spend on select Walgreens brand products. Purchase requirements must be met in a single transaction, before taxes and after discounts, store credit and redemption dollars have been applied. Excludes products with pseudoephedrine.
So, yes – it would seem that at some point, Walgreens quietly updated their policy for printing Register Rewards, and these changes have already taken effect.
Going forward, this will definitely affect the way that myWalgreens members plan for any potential Register Rewards deals.