Microsoft Rewards Review
Name: Microsoft Rewards
Owners: Microsoft Corporation
Trust Pilot Reviews: for Microsoft Support
Microsoft Rewards, Product Overview
Microsoft Rewards is a free program created by Microsoft that promotes and rewards searching on Bing.com, purchasing Microsoft products at Microsoft Store online and playing daily games to win points.
If you own a Microsoft product such as window 10, MS Office, and other Microsoft products, chances are you already have an account setup that you might not be aware of. If you do, why not take advantage of Microsoft reward program in which you can win some great prizes which include an opportunity to be in sweepstakes to win a surface pro, gaming PC bundle, gift cards for many popular vendors, and many more. If you don’t have an account, then you can create one easily.
The best part is that there are no fees or commitment.
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How Much Can you Earn?
Each day you can earn up at least to 320 points per day or possibly more without purchasing anything. There was one month that Microsoft gave double points for every search. That occasion was very rare but when it does, I took advantage of the point rewards. To be conservative, let’s say if you earn 320 points per day X 30 days = 9,600 points per month. Each point is equivalent to $0.001. You can earn a minimum of $9.60 per month for just searching and playing trivial games 10 minutes each day or less. I sometimes digress when I find an interesting article and get lost in time.
Let’s say you spend 5 minutes each day for 30 days, which totals 2.5 hours a month. If you want to be technical, you are making $3.84 / hour. That does not seem much. However, you can spend easily more than 2.5 hours in a week searching on the internet and doing mindless social media stuff. Why not get paid for your time searching with Bing?
The points have no monetary value to redeem as cash. With the points that you earned, you can redeem for gift cards such as Starbucks, movie tickets, a raffle for other big prizes, donate to a charity, and many more fun options. The rewards change occasionally. There is a deadline for certain items.
How Do You Earn Your Points?
You can earn your points in the following ways:
- Daily Set: Trivia, Quiz, and Daily poll (50 points and occasionally a little more)
- PC Search: If you click on Point Break down on the right-hand side
under Points earned, it will take you to a page of your point break down
that you can earn in one day doing searches on your PC. You can earn 5
points per search. The maximum points you can earn in a day is 170
points when you use Microsoft Edge to do searches with Bing. If you use
other browsers, you will earn up to 150 points.
Search: This is similar to search on PC however you will be doing
searches using your mobile phone. You can earn 5 points per search and
up to 100 points per day.
- More Activities: Under this category, there are sometimes random trivia, donation, test your smarts, quizzes, etc (30 to 50 points – not consistent to every day)
- Streak bonus: You can earn bonus points up to 75 for playing the daily set every day for 5 to 7 days in a roll without missing a day. If you miss a day, your streak bonus starts over again from day 1 which will earn you 45 instead of 75 points once you play the daily set 3 days in a roll.
- Shopping: You can earn 1 point for every $1 you spent at the Microsoft store at Level 1, 10 points per $1 spent at Level 2 for eligible items, or 20 points per $1 spent at Level 2 for eligible items with active Xbox Live Gold. Most of the time, I found Microsoft products cheaper or on sale elsewhere. The point system for purchasing through Microsoft online is yet worthwhile for me to take advantage of. If you purchase Microsoft games more often anyhow, then it may be worth it for you.
- Play to Earn: Download Microsoft Rewards on Xbox which you need an Xbox One device to qualify. I have not explored this because I do not have the device.
- Level Benefits: Technically, there are two levels. I find Level 2 is all I need since I do not have Xbox to pursue Level 2 +Xbox Live Gold. You can earn more with Level 2 than Level 1. You don’t need to worry about the levels as long as you are active with the searches and daily activities every day. You will automatically get to Level 2 with your participation.
How Do I maximize Microsoft reward points in 5 to 10 minutes?
It takes me 5 to 10 minutes to maximize the points (300 – 350) for one day. It is pretty simple. It is like a ritual for me every morning. It takes me 5 minutes then I am done. Unless I start reading the articles. Here is my procedure:
- Microsoft Edge: I open and use the Microsoft Edge browser ==> https://account.microsoft.com/rewards/ This will allow me to maximize my points and earn the Microsoft Edge bonus points at the same time. You will need to log into your Microsoft account.
If you do not have Microsoft Edge installed, please visit https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/microsoft-edge to download the browser.
- Daily Set: Click on the 3 Daily Sets. You can earn from 30 to 50 points. The points may vary from day-to-day. The daily sets include a topic for the day, “Test your Smarts” (3 to 10 questions), and a daily poll. You do not have to answer the questions for “Test your Smarts” correctly. Answer them to the best of your ability. They have interesting facts and trivia.
- PC Search: On the top right, click on Points Breakdown.
Once you clicked on Points Breakdown, another window will pop up. Choose PC Search. Make sure you are doing your search on a desktop or laptop computer. The total points you can earn is 150 points.
Once you clicked on PC Search, a new Bing browser will popup.
The tab should be under News. On the left-hand side, there is a list of categories such as For You, Top Stories, Sports, etc. Click on each category. Each category is 5 points. You will need 35 clicks to earn a total of 150 points & also 20 points for using the Microsoft Edge browser. You do not need to read the articles to get the points.There are a total of 13 main categories. In addition, there are subcategories. Four categories are with subcategories such as Sports, US, World, and Entertainment. Keep clicking the different categories until you reach 35 clicks. Also, notice the points on the corner screen of the right-hand-side will update. When it stop updating, then you may have reached the maximum points for PC search.
- Mobile Search: For mobile search, you will need to use your phone and Microsoft edge browser app which you can install using Play Store. Login to Microsoft reward -> https://account.microsoft.com/rewards/dashboard. Then click on the middle picture — Mobile device.
This is will bring you to the following screen:
Click on the pictures below “Trending on Bing”. Each picture represents an article in the news. You will receive 5 points per click. You will need to click on 20 different pictures to earn a maximum of 100. Again, you do not need to read each article to earn the points.
- Extra Activities: The extra activities and streak bonuses do not happen every day. Definitely, take advantage of them when you have the opportunities.
PRO #1 It is free: no fees or commitment. You don’t have to give out your personal information to other 3rd party providers.
PRO #2 Minimal soliciting emails
PRO #3 Receive rewards in terms of gift cards, donate to charities, enter into sweepstakes for prizes such as trips to Microsoft in Australia or Seattle, Washington, Game consoles, Surface Pro, etc…
CON #1 Lots of complaints regarding customer services or tech support.
CON #2 The activity point tracking system sometimes has a glitch in it. Even though you haven’t missed a day it still thinks you did or your points accruing is out of whack now and then. It doesn’t want to update.
CON #3 Be rewarded to search on Bing only. This could be a deal-breaker for those who do not want to participate in this reward program.
CON #4 Currently, no reward programs for referral friends and families. There was one but it ended on August 31, 2019. Maybe, it’ll come back again. I’ll keep you posted if anything changes.
Who is Microsoft Rewards For?
Microsoft rewards is great for people who enjoy receiving discounts, playing trivia games here and there, reading the news and search online, and get rewards for doing the stuff that they are enjoying doing.
Microsoft Rewards Support
There is an online support request. The website claims that a member of the support team will contact you within 24 hours. I have not explored this option yet. I do receive a glitch on my reward points now and then and with an occasional missed 1 day even though I didn’t think it was worthwhile to submit since all these points are free anyhow and I don’t want to spend more time than I need to in earning points.
My Final Opinion of Microsoft Rewards
My final thoughts of Microsoft Rewards is a legitimate program. I have already redeemed a handful of Starbucks gift cards, a bunch of scratches and win games, a bunch of sweepstakes (has not won anything yet), and donated to different non-profit organizations.
Yes, I do agree it is sometimes a waste of time. However, I enjoy doing mindless little tasks in between writing articles and answering interpreting phone calls. It is fun and I get points for taking a break.
Doing these tasks alone will not pay your bills or make a living. If you are looking for something that is more substantial, check out My Honest Wealthy Affiliate Review – Is It Too Good To Be True?
What are your experiences with Microsoft Rewards? Do you think it is worthwhile? I love to hear your thoughts, complaints, or questions. Please write in your comments below.
Microsoft at a Glance…
Name: Microsoft Rewards
Owners: Microsoft Corporation
Trust Pilot Reviews: for Microsoft Support