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Rite-Aid is the 3rd largest pharmacy chain in the United States, second to only CVS and Walgreen/Duane Reade. It's wellness+ rewards program was instituted in 2010 and allows members to join for free by filling out a short application in-store or online. What should you know about their rewards program? We'll tell you!
Wellness+ Rewards Program
Using the wellness+ rewards card at RIte-Aid will help you earn a substantial amount in discounts and savings depending on how much you spend on an annual basis. Wellness+ is a tiered program meaning it's cardholders are able to achieve higher reward levels when they spend up to certain thresholds. Here it is in a nutshell: Rite-Aid will give you 1 point for each $1 you spend in-stores and online. They will also dish out additional rewards points for certain activities like filling or refilling your prescription which is worth 25 points.
Don't forget: Your points will accumulate throughout the year but will reset to 0 at the end of each calendar year. However, whatever tier you have reached in the current year will carry over to the next year.
Bronze level rewards require you to earn 250 points before you're eligible. Once you've hit that mark you'll start to receive 10% off most regularly priced Rite-Aid Brand products when you use the wellness+ card.
Once you hit 500 points you become a Silver member and will receive a free "Wellness Reward" in addition to 10% off almost any item in the store. These wellness rewards change throughout the year and you can always see what their current rewards are if you go to RiteAid's website. As of the time this review was published, the closest thing to cash that was being offered was a $25 Restaurant.com Gift Certificate. Assuming you can find a participating restaurant you're interested in, your 500 wellness+ points essentially earned you a 5% rewards.
Having earned 1,000 points by the end of the year makes you a Gold member and saves you a lot of money in the process. Gold members earn 20% almost all items in the store. And since this carries over to next year (as it also does with Bronze and Silver members) that means you can continue to save 20% for some time to come.
Summary of Rewards
|Bronze||250||10% off future Rite-Aid Brand Purchases|
|Silver||500||10% off all future Rite-Aid purchases|
|Gold||1,000||20% off all future Rite-Aid purchases|
Plus a Wellness Reward worth at least $25 (5% of total spend to date)
Are there exceptions to what I can earn points on?
There are a few and they're similar to restrictions you'll see from other drugstores. Items like tobacco, alcohol, money orders, gift cards, and lottery tickets won't earn you points.
More savings ideas for Rite-Aid shoppers
Use a cash-back credit card
Cash back credit cards are a great way to put extra money in your pocket at the end of each month. But there are so many options out there, which card should you use? We have a couple of suggestions. If you're willing to stomach the $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95 annual fee, the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express is quite possibly the best cash back card on the market. Spending at Rite-Aid will earn you another 1% in cash each month in addition to the 10-20% savings you're already receiving using the wellness+ card. What's better, the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express offers even better rewards: 6% Cash Back at U.S. supermarkets on up to $6,000 per year in purchases (then 1%), 6% Cash Back on select U.S. streaming subscriptions, 3% Cash Back at U.S. gas stations and on transit (including taxis/rideshare, parking, tolls, trains, buses and more), 1% Cash Back on other purchases.
Don't want to pay an annual fee to use the AmEx? Consider using the $0 introductory annual fee for the first year, then $95-fee Chase Freedom Flex℠ card. With the Chase Freedom Flex℠ you are eligible to Earn a $200 Bonus after you spend $500 on purchases in your first 3 months from account opening. Your shopping at Rite-Aid will also, like the Blue Cash Preferred® Card from American Express, earn you 1% cash back on each shopping trip. Unlike the 6% and 3% you earn on fixed categories with the American Express, the Chase Freedom Flex℠ allows you to earn 5% cash back on rotating bonus categories. These categories change every quarter and range from cash back on groceries, to restaurants, to Amazon.com.
Rite-Aid +UP Rewards
This program is separate from their wellness+ rewards program but has some similarities. Basically, there are tons of items available everyday that can earn you +UP points. If you want to see which items qualify if you area you can enter your zip code here. If you don't want to deal with the hassle of looking up the items, that's fine too, Rite-Aid's computer system will automatically load the +UP points onto your wellness+ card if you happen to purchase any of the featured products. These rewards are essentially money off your next purchase...just make sure you swipe your card each time and everything else takes care of itself!