Thanks to its speed, security, and the fact that you don’t have to give your card information every time you pay for something, Google Pay continues to grow as a payment method. As a result, more and more retailers are adapting their cashiers to receive Google Pay payments.
This begs the question, does Walgreens, one of the largest retailers in the United States, accept Google Pay among its payment methods? Below, we’ll walk you through Walgreens’ position on digital wallet payments.
Walgreens does accept Google Pay
Walgreens accepts Google Pay as a payment method for any of its shopping styles. Either face-to-face in-store, at checkout, by pharmacy or drive-through, or virtually via the website. However you feel most comfortable shopping, you can always pay with Google Pay at Walgreens.
This is true at each of the more than 9,000 Walgreens locations across the United States, seeking to provide its more than 8 million daily customers the possibility of adapting to the new payment method that takes over the world.
So if one thing is clear, is that if you are a Google Pay user, the days of long waits to pay at Walgreens or having to give your data to cancel are over. With Google Pay, you are assured that your payment will be fast, secure, and contactless.
How to use Google Pay at Walgreens?
Using Google Pay at Walgreens for in-person purchases is simple. All you have to do is go to the cash register when you have chosen the products you want. Once you’re there, it’s simple what you do next. It doesn’t matter if you go for the self-checkout or the assisted checkout.
Whether you have the smartphone app or a smartwatch, you will need to scan your items through the checkout (or have the Walgreens worker do it if you go for the assisted checkout). Once that’s done there’s nothing left to do but place your Google Pay-enabled device near the NFC scanner.
This scanner, which is usually right where the credit card would go, will alert you with a beep and an on-screen checkmark that your payment has been made. In most cases, you will be asked for some verification, but it’s nothing too complicated to do.
How to shop online at Walgreens using Google Pay?
To make purchases with Google Pay as a payment method through the Walgreens app, you will not go through a different process than normal. Once you have chosen the products you want, you must choose Google Pay among the available methods.
In any case, you will have to make the Google Pay transfer as if it were a classic payment. Once you have done this you will have your purchase ready and your product will be delivered to you within the established period in case it is a delivery.
Possibility to get Walgreens reward points
Something that many users don’t know is that purchases made with Google Pay also have the possibility of giving you points for rewards from the MyWalgreen rewards program as it uploads the bill for your purchases, either to acquire gift cards or take items as rewards.
In the same way, users who have Walgreens loyalty points can make use of these to get discounts on their purchases paid using Google Pay. So you don’t have to worry about your gift programs when you cancel with this new method.
Payment limits on Google Pay transactions at Walgreens
One point to note is that Google Pay has certain transaction rules that are followed at each Walgreens location. So if your payment is rejected it is likely that you have exceeded one of these limits.
As a maximum amount to transfer in one day you have about $2500, of which only a maximum of $2000 will be allowed per purchase at Walgreens. Likewise, you are not allowed to make more than 15 purchases on the same day.
A solution for moments of urgency
With Google Pay and the ability to pay by a drive through you can find a solution in moments of clinical urgency. This considering that Walgreens pharmacies are among the most chosen by users in the United States.
So, if it is an emergency, you can easily make use of this new payment method that has been revolutionizing the world since 2012. With just the action of passing your device through the scanner for a few seconds, you can make the payment and go on your way.
“Help Payment Methods.” Walgreens, www.walgreens.com/topic/help/shophelp/paymentmethods_help.jsp.
María Laura Landino is a journalist who graduated from Boston University with more than four years of experience in the financial sector. He has been responsible for several research papers published by major universities.
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