Is Microsoft Rewards Worth It? A Detailed Review

Is Microsoft Rewards Worth It? A Detailed Review

Microsoft Rewards (previously Bing Rewards) is a program run by Microsoft that rewards you points for searching the web with Bing. Points can be redeemed for Sweepstake entries, gift cards, and more. In this review, I’ll cover everything you need to know in order to determine whether it’s actually worth your time or not.

 

Microsoft Rewards homepage

Website: Microsoft.com/rewards

Owner: Microsoft

Price: Free

Rating: 88/100


 

 

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What is Microsoft Rewards and How Does It Work?


Microsoft Rewards basically pays you to browse the web with Bing. You can use any browser that uses the Bing search engine, although Microsoft Edge is the most popular.

You get paid in “points”, and 1 point is worth about $0.001 (one-tenth of a cent).

For every search you perform, you’ll earn 5 points.

There are two “status” levels you can achieve. The first level, level 1, is what you start out at. Level 2 is achieved by earning 500 points in one month. As long as you continue earning at least 500 points per month, you’ll remain at level 2.

The main difference between the two levels is the amount of points for searching you can earn per day. In level 1, you’re limited to 50 points per day. Level two limits you to 250 per day.

So essentially, you can get paid for 10 searches per day with level one, and 25 searches per day with level 2.

Although paid searches are the most popular way to earn, MS Rewards offers a few other ways to earn points as well.

 

Following is a list of ways to make money with Microsoft Rewards:

 

Actively browse using Microsoft Edge

You can earn up to 150 points per month, 5 points per hour, for actively browsing the web with Microsoft Edge.

 

Complete Fun Offers

 

Microsoft Rewards offers page

 

Unlike other “get paid to complete offers” sites, Microsoft Rewards has offers that pose no risk, and don’t ask for any personal information. All the other offer sites I’ve seen require you to give out personal information such as your email and phone number to third-parties, but that is not the case with MS Rewards.

This is obviously a huge pro, because the offers are literally risk-free. For example, a few of the ones I tried were fun quizzes, doing a quick search, and taking an MS Rewards tour. I also got paid 100 points just for setting a goal.

 

Get Points for Shopping at the Microsoft and Windows Stores

You’ll earn 1 point for every $1 you spend at either the Microsoft Store or the Windows Store. This seems like a tiny amount in my opinion. It’s literally a PENNY for every TEN DOLLARS spent. But hey, I guess it’s better than getting nothing back right?

 

Get Points for Referrals (Coming Soon)

Back when it was called Bing Rewards, you could refer others to the program, and when they joined through your unique referral link, you’d get a certain amount of points when they leveled up. However, since they’ve changed the name to Microsoft Rewards, the referral program is unavailable.

Thankfully, it looks like they’ll institute it once again, based on their FAQ:

 

The Refer-a-Friend program is temporarily unavailable. We’re working on an update to the program, but we hope you’ll still share Microsoft Rewards with your friends and family!

 

How Much Can You Earn with Microsoft Rewards?


This really depends on how actively you search with Bing and complete the offers. This is also dependent on your status level. It’s pretty easy to rack up 500 points (I did it in just a couple of days) in order to achieve level 2.

As a level 2 member, this is what you can earn assuming you’re a regular user:

  • Max out the paid searches every day – 7,500 points per month
  • Earn 50 points per day for completing offers – 1,500 points per month
  • Earn up to 150 points per month for actively browsing with Microsoft Edge – 150 points per month

Total: 9,150 points per month, or $9.15.

Not bad, especially compared with the majority of “Get Paid To” and “Reward” sites out there. And if you use Microsoft Edge anyway, that’s an easy $9 a month for virtually no work.

 

How Does Microsoft Rewards Pay?


When the times comes to redeem your points, there are several options to choose from.

You can redeem your points for Xbox and Windows gift cards, Microsoft Store gift cards, and sweepstakes entries, or you can donate them to charity.

Apparently, Microsoft Rewards will also offer gift cards from third-parties like Amazon and Starbucks on a promotional basis.

Unfortunately, you can’t cash out your points to you PayPal account, since the points don’t really hold any cash value.

 

Is There a Minimum Payout Threshold?

Yes, but it’s different depending on what you want to redeem your points for.

  • Most sweepstakes entries cost 200 points, but a couple of them are 100% free.
  • You’ll need a minimum of 1,600 points in order to cash out a Windows Store gift card worth $1.25.
  • If you want Microsoft Store discounts, you’ll have to save up 24,500 points.
  • You can also donate $1 to a variety of charities once you reach 1,000 points.
  • There are several other things you can redeem your points for, such as Skype Credits, and Xbox Live Gold Memberships.

As you can tell, the value of points fluctuates depending on what you want to redeem them for. There’s no set “cash out” amount either. It’s a bit confusing, I know, but that’s the way they have it set up.

 

Microsoft Rewards Complaints

Even though this is Microsoft, their Rewards program is not perfect. Here are a few complaints people have about it:

 

Points fluctuate while searching

For whatever reason, sometimes while searching your point total will go up and down. I actually experienced this myself. I was at 457 points, did a search, and it went down to 432 points. It took several searches of it jumping around, until it finally stopped at 457 again. Not sure what this was about, and I’m not very happy that I wasn’t paid for those searches. At least they were only worth a couple of cents, so I can’t complain too much.

 

Banned when trying to cash out

A few members have been banned for violating the Terms of Service when trying to cash out their points, and never received an explanation of what they did wrong. Obviously, they violated the terms, but perhaps unknowingly. To avoid this happening, be sure to read and abide by the ToS carefully. (This goes for any site you join, not just Microsoft).

 

Only available in the United States and Canada

Unfortunately, Microsoft Rewards is only available in the United States and Canada at this time.

 

Microsoft Rewards Pros and Cons


Pros

  • 100% free to join and participate
  • It’s basically free money for doing something you already do
  • Very easy to earn points
  • You don’t HAVE to search in order to earn points, you can also do the safe and easy offers

 

Cons

  • You have to use Bing as your search engine. For many, this is a deal breaker.
  • Currently, there is no affiliate program
  • Not available outside of the US and Canada

 

Final Opinion


Microsoft Rewards is a legitimate way to make some extra pocket change online. It’s very easy to use, and I love the fact that the paid searches earn you passive income.

I would highly recommend Microsoft Rewards to anyone who regularly uses Bing. However, if you’re a loyal Google user, it might not be worth it.

If you’d like to join, you can do so by going to www.microsoft.com/rewards.

 

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Have you ever used Microsoft Rewards? What do you think of it? Feel free to leave a comment below, and if you have any questions, I’d love to help out!

23 thoughts on “Is Microsoft Rewards Worth It? A Detailed Review

  1. Microsoft rewards look easy and something which might require no special work from my side. I think it is the best program and I’m joining it right now. It is a great way to earn some extra cash every month. However, can you recommend some programs through which I can make more money online?

    • Hi Shrey,

      Yeah, Microsoft Rewards is definitely one of the best ways to make some pocket change online. Let me know how you like it. 🙂

      Check out my #1 recommendation if you’re looking to earn a full-time income online.

  2. An excellent work around for those who don’t want to switch to using Bing as their default search engine is to pick a browser you don’t use, set that search engine to Bing, and only use it for getting Microsoft Rewards. That’s what I’ve done for years.

  3. Don’t waste your time when you get close to what you want with your points they raise points you need to get the item. So it just goes on and on. Don’t waste your time.

  4. While it’s interesting Microsoft rewards you with points, it’s likely the high-spenders (i.e. those who buy expensive Microsoft products, which rewards high points) are the ones winning the free stuff because they are the ones buying the most contest entries, scratch cards, etc.

    It’s the same idea as mobile games, the whales (big spenders) are rewarded, the free players are not. It’s an illusion of being rewarded because it’s “free”, but how much do you value your time? Unless you are an absolute idiot, you will not be doing 30 searches a day on desktop, let alone the 20 they require on mobile. Even a research project for schoolchildren does not take 30 searches (if it does, that likely just shows how awful the search engine is). I guess they’re happy with inflating their numbers with fake traffic, but it’s definitely not a great solution to the long-term problem of Bing having inferior interface/design/search engine in contrast to competitors.

    Right approach by Microsoft, but really poor execution.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts, John!

      I personally use Google Chrome, but I know plenty of people have no preference, or even prefer Bing. In these cases it makes sense to use Microsoft Edge and get rewarded for it. 🙂

  5. I think I’ll just save time, and remain uncontrolled. I don’t recall ever asking to join this rewards program; it just began sending me email notices, and I had to google or bing it just to figure out what it is.

  6. Honestly, I just got it so I could watch the points get higher and higher. I mean, I always end up using Bing at school anyway, so why not?

  7. After looking today to get a feel for the new rewards program I did a little digging. Now with my level 5 rewards in Xbox Rewards I was receiving 10% on store purchases. I would get 5 pounds for spending 50 pounds. Not a bad deal with inflated digital game costs.

    Had a look to compare to Microsoft Rewards. I need 5850 points as a max rank member or 6300 as a newbie for a 5 pound Xbox Gift Card. You get 1 point per pound/dollar spent. 30 a day for 10 bing searches and at rank 2 they will give you a minimum of 500 a month. They also have a 300 a day cap apparently.

    Now to put it simply, taking the minor things aside it would literally cost you 585 pounds to get 5 pounds back vs the 50 it used to cost to get the same back. As a loyal Xbox owner I am furious as I’ve invested for years to get the 10% back in the first place.

    Now if your just a simple pc user then sure, something for nothing but compared to the service that it is replacing/merging with this is truly awful.

  8. Hey Man,

    They seem to have discontinued the PayPal $5 cashout. I was able to make this money once in a while. I feel sad!

    This is the message I see on my dashboard. I sent them an online request to keep the PayPal program alive.

    Have they done this before? Removing the PayPal program and reinstating it afterward. Kindly enlighten me as I’m new to the Bing and Edge ecosystem.

    ——

    $5 PayPal Payment
    6,500 points
    803 of 6,500 points

    SET AS GOAL

    Note: This reward will be removed from the program after 12pm PT on 5/23/2018. If you’d like to recommend new rewards or provide feedback, you can tell us here.

    • Hi Jerry,

      That is sad! It says the same thing on my account.

      I am not aware of them doing this in the past.

      According to this Bing Listens thread, “some of our redemption offers are only available for a limited time for qualifying members”.

      Hopefully they’ll reinstate this reward!

  9. I wasn’t even aware they had a paypal payout option. I just get a 5.00 amazon gift card for every 5250 points and it takes me about 3 weeks. I’ve never done anything but the pc search, mobile search and daily tasks to keep my streak going for the 10 bonus points per day. Although I did just start the microsoft edge 20 point a few days ago.

    I don’t know when I started this but I figure I’ve made about 180 bucks. Not a lot but when I need vaccum cleaner bags or belts or a lid for my blender or a new battery for my landline phone or a new charger for my camera battery or some other cheap gadget my amazon balance is always there.

    It takes me about 5 minutes a day maybe a few more if I get sucked into reading any of the articles during the mobile search

    I’ve participated in maybe a dozen rewards programs similar to this over the past few years and they all seem to get more restrictive over time. This one and two receipt capture ones are the only ones I have kept up with. The payouts are small but the effort is practically zero.

  10. I appreciate micorsoft for introducing bing rewards. I have used these rewards at many place like burger king, free skype credits. Now i am collecting bing rewards for getting free onedrive space. I hope i will get it soon.

  11. Microsoft Bing Rewards is a legit and cool way to make a few dollars every month. I have been using that for the past few months and have already redeemed the points more than twice.

    In my view, the best part of the Bing rewards scheme is the guaranteed earning. Like surveys or offers, you will not get disqualified in the middle.

    The only drawback that I can think of is that there are not many options to increase your reward points except shopping products/services from Microsoft.

  12. basically just from doing the searches you can buy a 1 month xbox live membership (only cost 7000 points currently on a promo for 5 something thousand) is this an oversight by microsoft or do they just assume theres no way someone will search everyday or is there a limit to how many times you can buy the gold offer or something like that. If this is a permanent thing at the price of 7000 then that is free gold for life right???

  13. You can never find any evidence of big ticket item winners. Giveaways like taco bell have endless winners bragging about it. If anyone actually won a surface laptop they would probably post about it.

  14. in the chrome extensions, i found 1 called “binger” that searches bing for you. & i found another extension called “chrome UA spoofer” that can make your browser seem like internet explorer, firefox, android kit kat, IOS, Windows phone, opera, or safari .
    in order to get the daily bing searches, the binger has 3 settings….search 5, 30, or 90 times. i just tell it to do 30 searches & i get my daily points for searching with the pc.
    then i set the chrome UA spoofer to android & set the binger to do 30 again so i get the daily for mobile searches

  15. I have 64,214 points now and was banned when I tried to redeem a Gift Card. Their response was: Our research shows that you or your Microsoft Rewards account has one or more violations of the Microsoft Services Agreement, which may include, but is not limited to:
    · Maintaining more than six (6) user accounts per household;
    · Opening more than one (1) user account per individual;
    · Residing outside of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Hongkong, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan and United Kingdom;
    · Providing inaccurate account information, including your true first and last name, your complete and accurate mailing address, a working phone number and your email address;
    · Using a service intended to confuse your true IP address or your location;
    · Using a bot, cheat code, macro or other automated method to participate in Microsoft Rewards;
    As a result, your Microsoft Rewards accounts have been closed, any points accumulated in your accounts have been voided, any pending prize orders have been cancelled, and you’re disqualified from participating in Microsoft Rewards.

    I’ve been used it for years and redeemed successfully in the past. I manually searched by my desktop and cellphone. Never cheat. Really don’t know why they claimed I violated their agreement. I’m so upset!

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