If you’ve visited your Albertsons lately, you might have seen or heard a little about the new Preferred Rewards Card. Last night at my Albertsons, someone was actually on hand to upgrade my card – right in the store!
I thought I’d take some time to break down what this program is and how you can benefit.
What is the Preferred Rewards Card?
Simply put, under the new program, you’ll now earn 10 points for qualifying $1 you spend with your card. When you reach 5,000 points, you’ll automatically receive a $5 Rewards Certificate at the bottom of your receipt. Your card will track how many points you’ve earned, and you’ll be able to see how many points you’re at by looking at the bottom of your receipt. You can then turn around and use this on your next grocery purchase.
What I like about this Rewards card is that you’ll earn a $5 for each 5,000 points you earn. The gal that helped me at the store last night told me that you can redeem as many as you wish in a single transaction, too! (Just make sure your coupons don’t exceed your pre-tax total.)
Ways to Earn Points
There are a few ways you can earn points, particularly as the program ramps up in select cities.
- Buy your groceries! You’ll receive 10 points for every $1 spent.
- Fill a prescription. You’ll receive 500 points for every filled prescription.
- Watch for bonus items. Keep your eyes peeled for items throughout the store that will earn you double points!
Here’s something cool. You can get 1,000 bonus points just for signing up, and then 500 bonus points for enrolling and another 500 bonus points for providing a valid email address!
When I upgraded my card in-store, I was also given these puppies… (there were actually four, but I redeemed the one for this week today!)
You should also note that the Rewards program runs in quarterly cycles. Pay attention to this because your Rewards will return to zero on four “reset days”:
Your Rewards Certificates will be good one month following the earning period. The earning periods and expiration dates are as follows:
March – May Earning Period: Rewards Expire June 30
June – August Earning Period: Rewards Expire September 30
September – November Earning Period: Rewards Expire December 31
December – February Earning Period: Rewards Expire March 31
As an example, we’re in the September – November earning period. You will rack up points through November 30th, and then they will return to zero on December 1. Any $5 Rewards Certificates you earn will expire on December 31.
Coupons and Rewards
I’m sure the question you really want an answer to is: “so what about coupons?” Here’s the good news. You’ll earn 10 points for every $1 on qualifying items you spend, pre-coupon! So that means if you go to buy a $2 yogurt and you have a $1 coupon, you’ll actually receive 20 points total!
Store coupons, however, do change the game. You won’t receive any points for dollars saved with store coupons, like Twice the Value coupons.
Not all Albertsons are part of this program. Here is the complete list of stores that launched with this program in September:
236th & Redmond-Fall City, Redmond, WA
Port Angeles, Port Angeles, WA
Gig Harbor, Gig Harbor, WA
Tumwater, Tumwater, AL
Magnolia, Seattle, WA
HWY 99 & 130th, Seattle, WA
Five Corners, Burien, WA
North Marysville, Marysville, WA
Thomas Lake, Bothell, WA
212th & 44th, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Pacific & Lilly, Olympia, WA
Bellingham, Bellingham, WA
White Center, Seattle, WA
Sedgwick & Sidney, Port Orchard, WA
Lake Forest, Seattle, WA
Juanita, Kirkland, WA
Wheaton Way & Sheridan, Bremerton, WA
Eastgate, Bellevue, WA
Mercer Island, Mercer Island, WA
Sunset Blvd., Renton, WA
Bothell, Bothell, WA
Mill Creek, Mill Creek, WA
Woodinville, Woodinville, WA
128th & I-5, Everett, WA
Pearl & 26th, Tacoma, WA
87th & Steilacoom, Tacoma, WA
Poulsbo, Poulsbo, WA
40th & Bridgeport, Tacoma, WA
Summit, Puyallup, WA
Mukilteo, Lynnwood, WA
140th & Petrovitsky, Renton, WA
Marysville, Marysville, WA
Milton, Milton, WA
1st & 128th, Burien, WA
Benson & 208th, Kent, WA
Port Orchard, Port Orchard, WA
Monroe, Monroe, WA
Lake Stevens, Everett, WA
South Everett, Everett, WA
Lacey, Olympia, WA
Auburn, Auburn, WA
Lynnwood, Lynnwood, WA
Kingston, Kingston, WA
North Auburn, Auburn, WA
Bucklin Hill & Mickelberry, Silverdale, WA
152nd & Pacific, Tacoma, WA
Bonney Lake, Bonney Lake, WA
312th & Pacific, Federal Way, WA
38th & Pacific, Tacoma, WA
Lewiston, Lewiston, ID
Clarkston, Clarkston, WA
Spokane and San Diego have already been participating in this program for awhile. Albertsons also plans to launch in other cities in the near future, so stay tuned!
If you’re interested, you can upgrade your account right now (or sign up if you don’t have a loyalty card yet).
What do you think of this program?