Posted: January 12, 2013

Walgreens recently rolled out a new rewards program called Balance Rewards, with which you can earn points on qualifying purchases.  Points can be redeemed in certain increments for money toward a future purchase.  These transactions are ideas that will get you the most product for the least money OOP!  Points can be redeemed as follows:
Balance Reward Points DO NOT ROLL, meaning you cannot earn points on a purchase in which you are redeeming points.


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  • Leng

    Pretty confused about the redemption of balance points. I have read elsewhere that if I have 5000 points and I redeem $4, the 1000 remaining points will be forfeited. But what if I have 13000 points and want to redeem $5 ? Will the remaining 8000 points be forfeited as well ? Appreciate it if someone here can explain to me. Thanks in advance!

    • Elizarae

      It is pretty confusing! See the table at the top of this post, you can only redeem in increments of 5,000, 10,000, 18,000, 30,000 and 40,000 points. In your example, if you have a $4 total and you have 5,000 points in your account, the register will ask you if you want to redeem your points, so the 5,000 points will count for the $4 and your order will be free, but you’ll have wasted 1,000 points. Since 5,000 points is actually worth $5, it’s smarter to make sure your order is $5 or more. Then when you redeem your 5,000 points, none of them will go to waste. In your other example of 13,000 points, it’s a little different. Say your total is $5, the register will ask if you want to redeem 5,000 points or 10,000 points (since these are the only 2 redeemable increments below the 13,000 points you have…you can’t redeem a 13,000 point increment). Be sure to pick the 5,000 point option, otherwise, if you chose the 10,000 point option, you would have wasted 5,000 points. After your transaction you’ll have 8,000 points left (only 5,000 of which are redeemable). Now, say you had the 13,000 points and you had an $8 total. The register will ask if you want to redeem 5,000 or 10,000 points. You should STILL choose the 5,000 point option and pay the $3. If you chose the 10,000 point option, your order would be free, but 2,000 points would have gone to waste. I always just make sure I have a total of $5+, $10+, $20+, $35+ or $50+ and then redeem points in the redeemable increments, so none go to waste. I hope that made sense…

      • Thanks for your great answer, Elizarae!

      • Leng

        Thanks so much for this detailed explanation. Your examples really help, I am glad I pose the question here. Thanks again!

  • Ellie

    My Walgreens in Iowa had pepsi products 12 pack 12 oz cans 4 for $10. Some of them had $1/2 12 pack coupons on them. So I ended up paying 4 for $8 plus tax and deposit…. after I checked out I realized I received 3000 points for buying them.

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