Thanks to the Internet, now you don’t need to get the help of anyone to find answers to your questions. Be it a new gadget, movie or pop album, you can read the reviews about them as soon as it goes live. That’s why Google is sometimes referred to as “God” because it can provide answers about everything 🙂
However, many of us think that Google is the only search engine available in the world. No. It is just an illusion created by Google.
Besides Google, there are 13 popular search engines ( Bing, Yandex, Yahoo etc) which are widely used by millions of people all over the world. (Source: Wikipedia). And, some of the search engines like Bing and Yahoo rewards their users for making use of their platforms to search the web.
In our bing rewards review, let’s find out how you can earn money for searching your queries on the Bing search engine.
Bing Rewards Review: How To Earn Microsoft Rewards Points?
Microsoft Bing rewards is not a quick rich scheme. However, you can easily earn some dollars every month without putting a lot of efforts. Unlike the online survey sites, you will not be kicked out in the middle and you will always get paid for your time & effort even if it is small.
Especially for those who own Xbox, Microsoft rewards will help them to save some money or to get deals and discounts for their orders.
What is Bing Rewards?
Even though the Bing search engine was launched in 2009, it was not able to gain popularity by overriding the giant Google. So, Microsoft launched the ‘Bing Rewards’ ( also called Microsoft Rewards ) program to increase its share in the US market.
Basically, Microsoft Rewards will reward the users with points for every search that is made using Bing. Not only for doing searches, but you can also earn some points for using the Microsoft Edge browser.
Once the accumulated points reach the specified limit, you can redeem that for a variety of gift cards like Amazon, Walmart and more. Based on the data from Statista, 33% of the users in the US have used Bing to search their queries in 2017. It seems that the Bing rewards initiative is working well 🙂
Microsoft Rewards Review: How to get FREE gift cards for searching the web?
Check the below sections of this post to join the Bing rewards, collect points and redeem them for your desired gift cards.
- Sign up
- Understanding the Bing rewards
- Making Money
Repeat the step 4 daily so that you can request payout every month.
Now, let’s explore the steps one by one in detail.
1. Microsoft Rewards Sign Up Procedure
To make money from Microsoft Rewards, you need to create a free account on Microsoft. You can use either your phone number or email address for signing up on Microsoft.
Next, create a secure password to complete your registration process. Then, your screen will prompt you to enter the security code to activate your account.
2. Activating your Microsoft account
Look for an email from the Microsoft account team with the subject ‘Verify your email address‘ in your Inbox. (Don’t forget to check the bulk/spam folders too). Make a note of the 4 digit security code and enter the same in the provided box to activate your account.
Once your account gets activated, your screen will look like the one below:
Also, you will receive an email from Microsoft Rewards with the subject”IT’S CONFIRMED, xxx! You’ve unlocked Microsoft Rewards” (xxx – name of the user). Not in the Inbox, but on your Promotions folder 🙂
3. Understanding the Microsoft rewards
As mentioned already, there is no concept of disqualification in Microsoft Rewards. But, you cannot unlimited points for your every search on Bing. Then, How does it work?
There are two types levels in the Bing Rewards. By default, you will be in Level 1 status and you can move to Level 2 once your total Microsoft Reward points reach 500. To maintain the Level 2 status, you need to collect 500 points every month. Here is the summary of the two levels.
Get 5 points for every search on Bing. However, you cannot accumulate more than 50 points per day.
For every search on Bing, you will get 5 points and the maximum number of points per day is 250.
4. Making money – How To Collect More Microsoft Rewards Points?
You cannot make a lot of money from Bing Rewards. However, you can easily make $5-$10 per month for spending a few minutes with Bing every day.
Here is the list of options that you can use to accumulate Microsoft Reward points
The simplest option will be to make Bing as your default search engine so that you will reach the maximum points per day. If you don’t like that option, then follow the below approach.
- Search your desired keyword on Bing. Don’t click on any the results.
- Generally, for any given keyword, you will find at least 8 to 10 related keywords.
Keep clicking on the related keywords one by one till your points reach the maximum for the day (250 ).
So, you don’t need to break your head in finding more keywords and can easily get the maximum reward points within a couple of minutes.
Besides searches, you will also get points whenever you purchase something at Xbox/Windows store. For every $1 spent, you will get 1 point. You will also get discounts and offers from Microsoft store.
You will easily get few points for browsing with Microsoft Edge. Keeping Edge as your default browser will help to earn points quickly.
Make sure you check out the Microsoft Rewards page every day. Because you will see something like Supersonic Quiz, Daily Poll, and more options. You can easily get 30 to 50 points easily for taking the quiz. The next question will be shown only after you give the correct answer to the previous question. So, you don’t need to know the answer to completing the quiz 🙂
5. Cashout: How to redeem your Microsoft Rewards Points?
You can use your Microsoft Reward points in three ways as given below:
If you are someone who is interested in donating to charity, then you can do that by using your Microsoft Reward points. You can donate your points (1000 points = $1) to any one of the following organizations:
- Special Olympics
- Teach For America
- Boys & Girls Clubs of America
- The Nature Conservancy
Do you wish to try out your luck? Then, you can use your reward points to participate in the various sweepstakes and win exciting prizes. 1 entry will cost you 100 or 200 points. Generally, the duration of these giveaways will be one month or more. And, the winners will be announced at the end of the sweepstakes.
You can request the PayPal payment once your total reward points reach 6500 to get $5.
Otherwise, you can redeem the points for a lot of Microsoft based products/services like Skype, Xbox Gold membership, Xbox Games etc. Also, you can use the points to get an additional discount when you buy apparels or other gifts from the Microsoft Store.
Besides Microsoft, you can exchange the points to gift cards from a lot of retailers which are given below:
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Note: Most of the gift cards listed above are applicable only to members in the US.
Update 10/1/2018: Bing rewards is now available to residents of UK.
Microsoft Rewards Payment Proof
The above screenshot is the payment proof from Microsoft rewards for 2016 & 2017. I did not get the Bing Rewards in 2018 as I had moved out of the country. And, I am not interested to use any VPN services just for getting the rewards.
Microsoft Rewards in the UK
Recently, Microsoft has extended its Microsoft Rewards program to its members in the UK. Technically, it works in the same way as in the US. But there are few minor changes which are listed below:
– For every search on Bing, you will get 3 points (5 points in the US)
– Besides redeeming on Xbox/Skype, you can use the points to get e-Giftcards for Marks & Spencer, House of Fraser, Debenhams and more.
Microsoft Rewards Mobile App
The mobile version of Microsoft Rewards is not available yet. However, you can either use the Bing app or by visiting Bing.com on your browser to get the points for searching on the web. Just make sure that you are logged on to your account while shopping on the Microsoft Store or browsing the web using Microsoft Edge so that you will not miss the points on the go.
Microsoft Rewards: List of Supported Countries
Besides the UK and the US, Bing Rewards is also available in the 17 countries listed below:
- New Zealand
What are the Pros and Cons of Microsoft Rewards?
- Offers a variety of gift cards to redeem the reward points
- Easy to use
- Earn points for all the listed activities without getting disqualified
- Fast payout (within 24 hours)
- Can only make 250 points per day
Alternatives to Bing Rewards
You don’t like to search on Bing? No worries.
Microsoft Rewards FAQs
1. How much can I earn from Microsoft Rewards?
You can easily earn $5 to $7 per month for searching in Bing every day.
2. How do I receive payment?
The points can be redeemed for various gift cards like Walmart, Target, Starbucks and more. If you are located outside the US, then the retailers will vary based on your location.
3. How do I contact the support in case of any issues?
You can contact the Microsoft Support as the search engine is powered by Microsoft.
4. Is there any easy or guaranteed earning available in Bing Rewards?
Sort of, Yes. If you make Bing as your default search engine, you will get points for whatever you search.
5. Is there any referral program available in Microsoft Rewards?
No. There is no concept of referral program here.
6. Is Microsoft Rewards a scam?
No. It is 100% legit.
7. How many points can you get in a day from Microsoft Rewards?
It depends on your level. If you a level 1 member, you can earn up to 50 points per day. Level 2 members can make up to 250 points per day.
8. Is Microsoft Rewards available worldwide?
No. It is available only in selected countries. Check the title “Microsoft Rewards: List of supported countries” on this post.
Update 10/1/2018: Microsoft rewards is now available to residents of UK.
Bing Rewards Review: Final Verdict
You can easily earn $5 to $10 per month for spending few minutes in Bing every day.