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.