Walgreens Balance Rewards Program Changes (Start May 5th)

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Walgreens Balance Rewards Changes are happening starting May 5th, 2019. Here is what you need to know.


We love it when stores listen to the consumer! Apparently Walgreens listened after so many of you were unhappy with the balance reward redemptions they changed last year.  Hopefully ShopRite will listen too. But, I digress.

Walgreens Balance Rewards Changes 2019

Back in November of 2018, you could no longer redeem more than 5,000 points (which is worth $5) in a single transaction at Walgreens. However, that’s about to change.

Starting May 5th,  you will be able to redeem up to 50,000 points(which is worth $50)  in one transaction. So, yay Walgreens for listening!

If you are not familiar with Walgreens Balance Rewards, for every 1,000 points you have earned  (from a qualifying purchase) it equals $1 in rewards.

Walgreens Rewards Card

You do need to have a Walgreens Rewards Card to participate in this program so make sure to sign up for one if you haven’t already. You can find more about that here.

How much is 1000 points at Walgreens?

Here is the breakdown of the rewards:

  • 1,000 points is equal to $1
  • 2,000 points is equal to $2
  • 3,000 points is equal to $3
  • 4,000 points is equal to $4
  • 5,000 points is equal to $5
  • 10,000 points is equal to $10 (starting 5/5)
  • 20,000 points is equal to $20 (starting 5/5)
  • 50,000 points is equal to $50 (starting 5/5)

Is there a limit on Walgreens Balance Rewards?

You will be able to redeem a maximum of 100,000 (equal to $100) points per day.

What can I buy with Walgreens Balance Rewards?

Balance Rewards that you earned from a qualifying purchase can be used on be used on just about anything in the store however there are exclusion which are as follows:

Alcohol, dairy, tobacco, stamps, phone/prepaid/gift cards, money orders/transfers, transportation passes, lottery tickets, charitable donations, pseudoephedrine or ephedrine products, clinic services, prescriptions, pharmacy items or services, sales tax, shipping and the Prescription Savings Club membership fee.

Balance rewards will not be paid in case or as a store credit.

Do your Walgreens reward points expire?

Balance Rewards points expires after twelve months. Please note that points will also be forfeited when an account has no activity for six months.

What do you think of the changes? Will this bring you back to Walgreens to shop and participate in their rewards programs?

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