What is Microsoft Rewards and How to Earn Reward Points
Most of us have been using Microsoft products and services like the Windows operating system, MS Word, or Outlook for ages. But what some of you may not know is that by using these (and many more) products, you can also win exciting prizes and benefits as well – through its Microsoft Rewards program.
To earn from Microsoft Rewards, you don’t need to solve a puzzle or finish a quest, all you need to do is just use the Microsoft Edge browser and go on with your daily activities.
How, you ask? Well, this is what this post is all about. Let’s take a look.
Note: Users can also earn Microsoft Rewards through various Microsoft products e.g., Shopping at MS Store, using Bing search, or gaming through XBox etc. However, this post focuses on earning points through Microsoft Edge only.
What is Microsoft Rewards?
Microsoft Rewards is a legit, and interesting program that allows you to earn points and get rewarded for what you already do on a daily basis – surfing the Internet.
You can also earn points by playing games or shopping on Microsoft Store and buying their products.
What’s interesting about the Microsoft Rewards program is that you can redeem earned points for prizes or donate to someone else.
In a nutshell, you do tasks to earn points, and with points, you can redeem gifts, or you can choose to donate them.
How to Be Eligible and Get Started?
To benefit from Microsoft Rewards, first and foremost, you need to use the Microsoft Edge browser.
You’ll also need a Microsoft account, and once you have the two lined up, you need to log in to your Microsoft account in Edge, similar to how you would log in to your Google account when using Chrome.
Note: Make sure the “I want to join Microsoft Rewards” is also checked.
How to Earn Microsoft Reward Points?
First, hit the reward icon on the top right corner of Edge to check the list of tasks you can do in exchange for points.
The number of points you can earn per task is listed on the right side of each task.
You can also check your current points earned and what you can do to earn more points via the Status tab, or simply go to this page – rewards.bing.com/status/.
Accomplishing the "Daily Set"
The "Daily Set" is a group of 3 activities that, when accomplished, guarantees you 45 points per day and opens up a streak of bonuses.
You can also take a peek at what might be the set of activities for the next day on the rewards.bing.com page.
Search with Bing
You can also earn points by using the Bing search engine.
For Level 1 members, you get 5 points/search query, with a maximum of 50 points/day or 150 points/month; Level 2 members can earn up to 20 points/day or 600 points/month.
On top of that, you will also be rewarded with 5 bonus points/day by just using the Edge as your internet browser.
More Ways to Get Points
Go to rewards.bing.com and check out ‘More activities’, most of them are extremely easy to accomplish.
Here are some examples of tasks and their respective points:
100 points for participating in the program.
30 points for taking a 2 minutes quiz.
5 points for generating secure password using Edge.
And much more…
What Can I Do with My Points?
Now, with some points earned, you might be thinking, what can I do with my Microsoft Reward points? Well, there are basically 3 things you can do with your earned points. You can either:
Partake in Sweepstakes
With a small number of points, you can participate in sweepstakes and stand a chance at some really attractive prizes.
For example, to enter the Microsoft Surface Bundle sweepstake, you need 200 points. You can also go all the way up to 25 entries if you have enough points. (500 points for 5 entries, 1000 points for 25 entries).
The best part about sweepstakes is that the prizes are pretty attractive. Plus, each sweepstake usually has more than 1 winner. Some of its prizes include the Surface Pro 9 bundle, a $5000 worth of Amazon Gift Card, a Surface Pro 8, an Xbox Series S console, and more.
To check if you’re among the lucky ones to win in the sweepstakes, go to this page.
Redeem for Prizes
While the rewards here may not be as attractive in prizes as those in sweepstakes, they are totally guaranteed, provided you have enough points.
As of writing, here are some prizes you can redeem with your points:
- 1700 points for a $1.25 Xbox Gift Card.
- 14000 points for a 1 month Xbox Game Pass
- 6500 points for $5 worth of Starbucks card, and more.
Note: If you’ve successfully redeemed a reward, click the Status tab (or go to this page), and scroll down to “Check out your rewards” to get an update on your rewards redemptions.
You can also donate your points (which will be converted to USD and made available) to charities and welfare organizations if you feel generous.
For example, you can donate 1000 points, equivalent to $1 to Code.org.
Other organizations you can donate to include:
- Teach For America
- The Nature Conservancy
- Special Olympics
- World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
- UNICEF, and others.
It feels really good when being a regular user of a product, you get to earn benefits from it. And this is exactly what Microsoft Rewards is doing for you. No matter you earn prizes for yourself or donate your points to a charity, it is a win either way.
Honestly, a lot of other companies need to learn from this and allow their loyal users to earn rewards from usage. For Microsoft users, happy winning!