I noticed this morning that Rite Aid had announced the following on their Facebook page:
“As we continue to enhance our wellness+ program in ways to deliver even more value and convenience that you’ve been asking for, we’ll be testing an exciting new Load2Card feature in three markets: Richmond, Salt Lake City and Seattle beginning today. In this test, we’re making a few changes: 1) +UP Rewards will be automatically loaded to members’ wellness + cards so you no longer have to worry about keeping track of your paper receipts and 2) a +UP can be used starting at 6 a.m. on the day after it was earned and will remain valid for 14 days. Nothing has changed outside these test markets – the +UP’s generated on your register receipt can still be used on same-day next purchases.”
So for those of you in Richmond, Salt Lake City and Seattle, you should have seen these changes take place as of today (2/5).
I hesitate to express my opinion here, as there is a lot we don’t know yet. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I truly believe that Rite Aid does their best to keep their customer’s interest in mind. While I’m not 100% sure how these changes will work out, I can appreciate the fact that they are trying them out in test markets first. This is what they did with +UP Rewards and the Wellness+ program as well.
I will do my best, as always, to continue to try and find you the best deals and savings at Rite Aid. I rarely post scenarios that require multiple transactions anymore, as I had an inkling these changes were coming and I honestly only do one transaction most of the time. I do my shopping once per week and have found that rolling my +UP Rewards has never been an issue. I have found I can keep my out of pocket low by rolling my rewards from week to week.
Here’s what I hope:
- I hope that Rite Aid will provide the test markets with an easy and manageable way to track their +UP Rewards. Personally, I would love to see the information printed on the receipt. The hardest part for me in not seeing the actual +UP Reward would be when there is a problem, which happens from time to time. It would be tough if the only way you could find out if a reward didn’t print was to log in to your account. Update: I had a reader comment on Facebook that your Rewards will in fact print on your receipt, but without a bar code. This is good news, as you can tell immediately if you received your correct +UP Rewards.
- Although I don’t see how this would be possible, I truly hope that the +UP Rewards don’t automatically come off before any manufacturer coupons. This seems like it would make your transactions a lot more complicated.
I will continue to keep you updated as I know more. If you live in a test market and have tried this new program out, please let us know any details you may have. There is always a lot going on in the “Rite Aid Rumor Mill”, so I would love to hear from someone who has personally tested it out.
I would love for you all to weigh in on these changes, but please remember that most of us don’t have all the information yet. Constructive criticism and thoughtful opinions are fabulous, but let’s stay from any “I hate Rite Aid with the fire of a thousand dragons and will burn down every store in site” comments. Not that any of you wonderful folks would ever say those things.
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