Some tips for saving with the Xbox Rewards program
May Microsoft give everything for the user of Xbox it is a fact that we live daily, but the rewards program Microsoft Rewards This is the maximum in the search for the player. We keep in mind that the Redmonds have been doing this for years, but recently the schedule has changed for the better and we can save a lot of money if we complete certain missions.
From the Xbox community, we wanted to guide you so that each month you earn points and have the Xbox Game Pass you take more than 10 dollars per month with Microsoft Rewards. By following a few simple instructions and being consistent, we can buy two AAAs per year without spending $ 1 out of our pocket, but it does take discipline and a bit of our time.
But here doubts arise with the points, about whether they expire, when and in what way, so we will give you some tips so that you do not get lost. It should be clear that it is necessary to distinguish between Microsoft Rewards Points and balance on our account.
As you well know, and if we do not explain it to you briefly, Rewards points can be exchanged for various prizes, among which gift cards from Nike, Zalando, El Corte Inglés, IKEA, Cepsa, Decathlon and many more. other stores. Additionally, we have Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live Gold, Freebies, Donations and what concerns us in this text: money for our Microsoft / Xbox account.
Well, first of all we are going to clarify the REWARD POINTS: these points that we accumulate daily go to our Microsoft Rewards profile and, paying attention to what is important, They will only expire when we stop marking or using after 18 months. That is, if we do points sporadically they don’t expire, and obviously if we do frequently either, then don’t spend them for fear that they will disappear, because they should go 18 months without doing a single one. point or not to redeem anything.
With that, it is clear that we can save reward points for years if we want to, so let’s move on, when we redeem prizes with these points
We need to clearly differentiate the gift cards that we buy from digital stores (Eneba or Instant Gaming codes for example or the Microsoft Store itself) or from resellers such as Game Videogames. This balance that we add to our account never expires, and we never insist, because it’s like putting money in our bank account, but associated with our Xbox profile (gamertag).
But when we redeem our Microsoft Rewards points for Xbox gift cards (there’s $ 2, $ 5, and $ 10), they have an expiration date. This balance is in addition to what we have in our Microsoft account, but expires after 90 days to add it to the account, but don’t worry, because MS will notify us by email that this balance will expire x day. Since Xbox they also take this into account, so when buying something from the Microsoft Store, first the expiring balance will be spent, then the normal balance
As an example, the image above, where there is a balance that will expire soon and you specify it on the Microsoft website or from the console itself in the profile menu. To access this information, you must go to xbox.com, click on Your account in the gamertag at the top right Microsoft Payments and billing Payment options then on “See details”. There the expiring balance (with the expiration date) and the rest of the normal balance will appear. You can also access this information from your console, in the profile options of the Payment options section.
As a personal tip, save the reward points without redeeming them until there is something in the Microsoft store that interests you, and you will also be wondering “What can I buy with this balance?“: Well, anything from the Microsoft Store except gift cards (obviously) and what we found in the clothing store. So we can buy digital games, accessories (such as controllers or headsets), subscriptions, SSD expansion cards for Xbox Series X | S, Xbox consoles themselves, and even physical games from the same store.