The Ultimate Guide To Microsoft Rewards

The Microsoft Rewards programme sees you earning points when you search, complete activities, buy from Microsoft or play Xbox. It’s not the easiest Rewards programme to understand straight out of the gate so this guide is designed to put all of the information in once place. If you’ve got any more questions, make sure to leave a comment for a fast reply.

How To Join Microsoft Rewards

Head to the Microsoft Rewards Sign Up Page and register. Microsoft Rewards is available in a number of countries including the UK (full list below) and there’s no minimum age. However, anyone under 13 will need the consent of a parent or guardian to join.

Microsoft Rewards Levels

There are 2 Microsoft Reward levels and then there’s a bonus if you’re also an Xbox Live Gold Member. Level 2 improves your point earning rate when you search on Bing or buy Microsoft products. It also determines the amount of points required when you redeem for certain Microsoft products.

Thankfully, the threshold for Level 2 is very low, at 500 points earned per calendar month. Bing searches, daily points and a few trivia questions (more on these below) can get you to 500 points easily. Plus, once you reach Level 2, your points-earning rate increases, so Level 2 is easy to maintain once achieved.

Level 1 Level 2
Eligibility - Earn 500 Points Per Month
Bing Search (Desktop) 3 Points (Max 20 Per Day) 3 Points (Max 90 Per Day)
Bing Search (Mobile) 3 Points (Max 10 Per Day) 3 Points (Max 60 Per Day)
Use Edge Browser 3 Points Per Day 12 Points Per Day
Microsoft/Xbox Store 1 Point Per £1 10 Points Per £1
Sales/Discounts ✓ + Exclusive Discounts
Point Earning Limit 1000 Per Month 5000 Per Month
Point Redemption Limit 550K Per Year 550K Per Year
Family Gift Limit 1000 Per Month 5000 Per Month

If you’re a Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you’ll earn a boosted 20 points per £1 on Microsoft/Xbox Store spending if you’re a Level 2 member.

How To Earn Microsoft Rewards Points

There are multiple ways to earn Rewards points. Here’s a breakdown of all your options:

Search With Bing

This is, by far, the easiest way to rack up your Microsoft Rewards points. You earn points whenever you search on Bing, whether it’s on your mobile or desktop. You can earn more points per day once you reach ‘Level 2’. You earn bonus points per day if you use the Microsoft Edge Browser to search too.

  • Level 1 Microsoft Rewards - 3 Points per Bing search on desktop (20 per day maximum) or mobile (10 per day maximum) + 3 Points per day if you use Edge

  • Level 2 Microsoft Rewards - 3 Points per Bing search on desktop (90 per day maximum) or mobile (60 per day maximum) + 12 Points per day if you use Edge

If you set Bing as your default search engine on your phone/browser, this whole points-earning process becomes completely passive.

If you max this out every day, you can actually hit (or get close to) the Level 2 monthly earning limit of 5000 points entirely passively. Maxing it out will earn you 59,130 Rewards points per year.

Quizzes, Trivia and Daily Points

If you’re looking for a more active and instant way to boost your points, you can rack them up quite quickly by with Daily Points, Quizzes and Trivia Questions. You’ll find these on your Microsoft Rewards account page, under ‘Earn’.

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Daily Set - 3 quick Bing quizzes, polls and searches per day - Earn 10-30 points per activity

  • Streak Bonus - Earn point bonuses by ‘checking in’ each day

  • Punch Cards - Earn points by completing slightly longer activities on Bing (eg. Quizzes which require multiple Bing searches)

  • Quests - Earn point bonuses when you buy select items from the Microsoft or Xbox store (eg. “Spend £30, get 4000 Points”)

  • ‘More Activities’ - Additional quick Bing quizzes, polls and searches - Earn 10-30 points per activity

Buy From Microsoft

You’ll earn Microsoft Rewards points when you buy from the Microsoft Store (Online or Xbox). Your points-earning rate depends on your Level and whether you have an active Xbox Live Gold subscription:

  • Level 1 - Earn 1 Point Per £1 Spent

  • Level 2 - Earn 10 Points Per £1 Spent

  • Level 2 + Active Xbox Live Gold - Earn 20 Points Per £1 Spent

Microsoft Rewards - Earn 20 Points Per £1 With Xbox Live Gold and Level 2

You won’t earn points on everything you buy from the Microsoft Store. Here’s what’s included and what’s not:

  • Included: Full games on demand, arcade/indie games, game add-ons, game season passes, movies/tv shows, full TV seasons, apps

  • Excluded: Surface Hub, Xbox Live gold sub, Game Pass/EA Access, Microsoft Movie/TV Pass, in-game consumables, gift cards, items in punch card/special offers

Bear in mind that your points might not credit immediately. It can take 72 hours after digital purchases for points to show or 14 days from purchase or delivery of a physical product if you buy from the Microsoft retail store.

Earn on Xbox

On top of the above, you can also earn Microsoft Rewards points on Xbox. Head to the App Store on your console and download the free ‘Microsoft Rewards’ app.

You’ll see all the ways you can earn on the app. These include:

  • Weekly Streaks - Earn up to 500 bonus points when you complete 3 weekly points-earning activities

  • Achievement Unlocks - Earn 50 points when you unlock an achievement on Xbox (must redeem manually)

  • Own Certain Games - Earn points if you own certain games (usually the latest title)

  • Rent or Buy Movies - Earn points when you buy or rent movies (or a certain amount per month)

  • Shop on Xbox Game Store - Earn 1 Point/£1 if Level 1, Earn 10 Points/£1 if Level 2, Earn 20 Points/£1 if Level 2 + Active Xbox Live Gold

How To Redeem Microsoft Rewards Points

You can redeem points easily by heading to Microsoft Rewards Redemptions.

Here, you can redeem points for vouchers, spend points to enter sweepstakes or convert your points to charitable donations.

How Much Are Microsoft Rewards Points Worth?

One Microsoft Rewards point is worth between 0.066 pence and 0.22 pence per point

It may be higher than that if Microsoft are offering any limited ‘Hot Deals’ and do bear in mind that points are really easy to earn. One Bing search will get you around 3 points and it’s relatively easy to hit the 5000 points per month maximum. Points earned by searching alone can get you close to that.

5000 points per month (the maximum) would get you 60,000 per year which is worth up to £132!

Top Microsoft Rewards Redemptions

You might be wondering what the best value Microsoft Rewards redemption is. I’ve outlined the redemptions, the value of each, the point cost and the effective ‘Microsoft Point Value’ in GBP (pence), in the table below. I’ve ordered the table from most, to least efficient redemption (highest to lowest MS Point Value).

The table assumes you’re a Level 2 Microsoft Rewards member. Level 2 is easy to achieve (see above) and it’ll get you up to 10% off some rewards:

Redemption Value MS Rewards Point Cost MS Point Value (Pence)
Skype Credit Voucher £2 900 0.22
Xbox Game Pass (PC) - 3 Months £23.99 17000 0.14
Xbox Game Pass (PC) - 1 Month £7.99 6800 0.12
Xbox Live Gold - 3 Months £17.99 15000 0.12
Xbox Live Gold - 1 Month £7 6800 0.1
Charitable Donation £1 1000 0.1
Xbox Voucher £5 5850 0.09
Microsoft Voucher £5 5850 0.09
Caffe Nero Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Currys/PC World Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Decathlon Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Great British Pub Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Halfords Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Hotelgift Voucher £25 37500 0.066
John Lewis Voucher £10 15200 0.066
Lastminute Voucher £30 45600 0.066
New Look Voucher £5 7600 0.066
TK Maxx Voucher £5 7600 0.066
M&S Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Pizza Express Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Starbucks Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Tesco Voucher £5 7600 0.066
Ticketmaster Voucher £10 15200 0.066
UBER Voucher £15 22500 0.066

Pro Tip: Be on the lookout for ‘Hot Deals’ on the redemption page which work out at higher point values.

Convert Game Pass/Gold/Gift Cards To Game Pass Ultimate (GPU)

You can convert Xbox Game Pass Vouchers, Gold Vouchers and Gift Cards to Game Pass Ultimate at various conversion rates. Game Pass Ultimate combines the benefits of Game Pass and Gold. So what’s the most efficient way to redeem your points for a voucher that can be converted into Game Pass Ultimate?

From most to least efficient voucher/GPU conversion:

  1. Game Pass Voucher (3 Months) - 17000 Points = Converts to 60 Days GPU = 283 Points Per GPU Day

  2. Xbox Live Gold Voucher (3 Months) - 15000 Points = Converts to 50 Days GPU = 300 Points Per GPU Day

  3. Game Pass Voucher (1 Month) - 6800 Points = Converts to 20 Days GPU = 340 Points Per GPU Day

  4. Xbox Live Gold Voucher (1 Month) - 6800 Points = Converts to 20 Days GPU = 340 Points Per GPU Day

  5. Xbox Gift Card (£5/£10/£25) - 5850-29250 Points = Converts to 13-68 Days GPU (Rounded) = 429 Points Per GPU Day

In other words, if you want to redeem your points for a voucher that can be converted into Game Pass Ultimate, it’s best to get and then convert a 3 Month Game Pass, followed by a 3 month Gold Voucher.

Other Microsoft Reward FAQs

Do Microsoft Rewards Points Expire?

Yes, Rewards points do expire after 18 month of inactivity. Fortunately, ‘activity’ is a really low bar. Complete one Bing search or one daily activity on the Microsoft Rewards page to extend your points expiration date by another 18 months.

What’s The Difference Between Lifetime Points And Available Points?

‘Available Points’ shows the points that you’re yet to redeem. Your ‘Lifetime Points’ balance, on the other hand, shows all the points you’ve ever earned, including points that you’ve already redeemed.

Can I Gift or Transfer From One Family Member To Another?

Yes, first, go to Microsoft Family and set up a family group. Then, go to your Family Dashboard in Microsoft Rewards to transfer points.

There are monthly transfer limits depending on your Microsoft Rewards Level:

  • Level 1: Transfer 1000 Points Per Month Maximum

  • Level 2: Transfer 5000 Points Per Month Maximum

Where is Microsoft Rewards Available?

It’s currently available in the UK, US, France, Germany, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, Italy, Brazil, Mexico, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, Netherlands, Japan, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Can You Earn Rewards Points Using Bing When You Travel?

Yes, you can still earn points when you search using Bing abroad. However, you may get more or less than 3 points per search, depending on the country you’re in.

Is Microsoft Rewards Worth It?

If you’re a frequent Bing user, then it’s pretty easy to get close to the 5000 point maximum each month on search points alone. If redeemed efficiently, that can be worth up to £132 per year. The best part about that is that it’s passive points that are earned when you don’t even think about it.

If you’re not a Bing user and you don’t want to switch search engines, you can still earn a decent amount of points through the Rewards page, Xbox earning and points from purchases but it does require a lot more effort. Remember to shop around whenever you’re buying and use a decent points-or-cashback earning debit or credit card to maximise your savings too.

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