+UP Rewards to become Plenti Points
From the Rite Aid website:
Starting May 4th, begin earning Plenti points from Plenti partners in-store and online. Visit plenti.com/partners to learn more about how Plenti works with each partner.
Keep reading for more info and my thoughts about this new program so far...
Continued from the Rite Aid website:
Look for your welcome email from Plenti on May 4th if you provided an email in-store to finish signing up online, or you can also visit riteaid.com/plenti.
- You will still earn wellness+ points at Rite Aid on purchases and prescriptions towards savings of up to 20% OFF almost the whole Rite Aid store for a year.
- Now you can also earn Plenti points on things you buy every day at Plenti partners, including Rite Aid, valid for at least two years instead of two weeks
- 200 Plenti points gets you at least $2 in savings at checkout at Rite Aid and certain other Plenti partners
- +UP Rewards will transition to Plenti points.
Since this new program hasn't been implemented yet (it begins May 3rd), I cannot tell you anything about it other than what's been provided on the Rite Aid site HERE. However, I CAN tell you that the +UP Rewards that we know and love are now gone. This week (4/26 - 5/2) is a transition week, meaning that there are no +UP Rewards offers this week, as you'll see in my weekly drugstore sale wrap-up today, and there are also no Plenti Points offers, since this program rolls out on 5/3.
Starting on 5/3, you'll begin to see offers like this:
image source: iheartriteaid.com
Sally Hansen sale at Rite Aid for week of 5/3
Above is a photo of one of the sales at Rite Aid that will begin on 5/3. As you can see, the BOGO1/2OFF deal is nothing new. But underneath, you can see that when you spend $15 on any of these Sally Hansen products, you'll receive 500 Plenti Points. Under that it states: "Use them for at least $5 in savings." The limit on the Plenti Points offer has not changed (it was almost always limit 2 for +UP Rewards offers). Also, the value of earned points seems on par with the value of earned +UP Rewards (we've seen lots of "spend $15 get $5+UP" offers in the past) and it appears that 500 Plenti Points has about the same value as $5 in +UP Rewards.
Plenti Points appears to be similar to Walgreens Balance Rewards points. You make qualifying purchases and you end up with a certain amount of points, which you can redeem in-store like store credit. BUT, you can also use these points at other participating retailers like Exxon/Mobile, Macy's and other retailers (more info about that here).
What I like about this so far: according to the Rite Aid website, your Plenti Points are valid for "at least two years," so they don't expire nearly as quickly as +UP Rewards did. That's very nice if you want to save up points and purchase something big (or make a big beauty haul). Also, as mentioned above, the value of Plenti Points seems equal to the value of +UP Rewards, and it looks like you won't have to spend any more than usual to earn them.
What I don't like about this so far: I'm old-school. I opted to have my +UP Rewards print on my receipt (vs. loaded to my card) because I like to have real, tangible coupons in my wallet (like CVS Extra Bucks). I feel like I'm more prone to strategize and maximize my savings when I actually have paper coupons in my wallet, vs. like at Walgreens where I just have to remember to redeem my points when I'm at the register. I couldn't find anything on the Rite Aid website about an option to have Plenti Points print on your receipt, so I don't think that's an option here (please correct me if I'm wrong!).
I really have no idea how I'm truly going to feel about Plenti Points until I actually get in there and start earning/using them. It's far too early to tell how this is going to change (if it will at all) my spending at Rite Aid, or have any type of opinion about the program aside from what I've stated above. I just wanted to do a post about Plenti Points before my weekly drugstore wrap-up, so that it doesn't take you by surprise when you see that there are no +UP Rewards this week.
I hope that helps, and if you have any questions about Plenti Points, I cannot answer them because this is all new to me as well. The only thing I can do at this point is refer you to the Rite Aid website here, and hopefully you can get your answers there.