Major Rite Aid Changes and How We’ll Deal With Them


Today, Rite Aid announced that they are rolling out their Load2Card program nationwide. The changes go into effect on September 2nd. According to a Rite Aid response on their Facebook page, here's how to switch back to them getting them printed; "All you need to do is visit your local Rite Aid store and ask the cashier to switch you to the paper +UP option". You can also call 1-800-RITEAID and have them do it, but you can't do that until Sept. 2nd. :/

Let's get the worst news out of the way first.
Here are the bad changes:

  • +Up Rewards will be available for use at 6am the FOLLOWING day. This means no separate transactions and rolling +Ups on the same day.
  • +Up Rewards now expire after 14 days, instead of the old ones which used to last for a month or so.
  • Unless you manage them online, (yay, more work) the +Up Reward with the highest value will come off first. This means if you have (2) $5 +Ups expiring that day and one $10 one expiring in 13 days, they will use the $10 one first because it is the highest value, leaving you holding the two $5 +Up Rewards that will expire that day.
  • Since it's all electronic now, and their testing had TONS of glitches, you may as well have 1-800-RiteAid on speed dial.

So is there any good news?

  • Your +Up rewards will be loaded right onto your card. This means you don't have to worry about losing them, so if you had a problem with that, this is a good thing.
  • This is a new program, so maybe they will come fast and furious with promotions at the beginning. Use that time to stock up!
  • We'll still be here finding the best deals available! :D
  • CVS is right around the corner!

So that's the info we've got so far. We'll have to see how this plays out.

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