People want free things. One way to earn on the web is searching through Bing. Bing Rewards (now known as Microsoft Rewards) is a free program from Bing that rewards you for using their search engine service. You can earn reward points by searching on a mobile device, on a desktop, on a surface tablet, Xbox, and more.
You can earn more points for using Microsoft Edge, taking surveys, checking your emails for points, completing quizzes, and much more. In this blog post, I will show where to sign up for Bing Rewards, the level differences, some hints about how to earn extra points, and more!
How to Sign up for Microsoft Rewards Program
From there, you put in your Microsoft Account email that you use, or you can put in an email address like Gmail, outlook, yahoo, or something else. When you begin with Microsoft Rewards, you will default to level one. There are two levels which I will get into more detail below.
Level 1 vs Level 2 Microsoft Rewards Member
The benefit of being level two is that you will get discounts on prizes like 10% off Starbucks gift cards. The goal is that you need to achieve 500 points each month to keep your level two status. If you are looking for a complete breakdown between the two levels, you can check out this picture below.
Bing Rewards Dashboard
The Bing Rewards dashboard acts as your main hub. This dashboard is a good place to check on any daily offerings. As you can see below, I like to set a goal for Bing Rewards Xbox Live Gold Membership. If you think of the math for a second, I am getting a 29 dollar membership that would cost 60 dollars if I paid for it myself. In my opinion, I can get Xbox Live for free in about three to four months and then have it for the rest of the year.
How To Earn More Microsoft Rewards
There are many ways to earn reward points, but I want to break down how to get the most points per day. As a note, you will see a different amount of points to earn every day, so it is hard to say how many points you will get each day. I have been a rewards member for a while and can say that if you do all of your searches everyday, you should be able to get 10,000 or more points per month.
Some of the things I want to highlight in the picture below is how many points I can earn today. The number two reflects that I have earned all 150 points today for PC searching, but I can still earn more for my mobile searches. Let’s begin with PC searching and how to earn points.
For every two searches you do on a desktop with your Microsoft Account, you will get ten points. These searches can be any combinations of searching for videos, images, normal web searches, and even Cortana results.
Browse and Earn with Microsoft Rewards Extension
Microsoft Edge is the new browser for Windows 10 and Microsoft really wants you to use this. Since that is the case, they will give you an extra amount of points every month for something that they call active browsing. If you want to learn more about the privacy concerns you can click here.
At one point the reward was 1,500 points, so this number will change all the time.
Just like on a desktop, you can earn points by using your mobile phone. Same as before, you need to sign into your account to collect the points. You can use the Bing app for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or you can just use whatever browser you want and do your searches on it with Bing.
Microsoft Edge is now out for iOS and Android devices. As of now, Microsoft is giving more points if you use Edge for your mobile searches, so you should take advantage of this.
Checking Your Email
Once you sign up for Microsoft Rewards, you will receive emails with more ways to earn. For example in March 2017, March Madness was in full swing and fever. In honor of this, Bing has emails that have quizzes about March Madness. Clicking on the email will come up with extra points to learn more about March Madness and receive extra Microsoft Reward points.
In that email example above, I had a quiz that I took. Don’t worry if you don’t know the answer, you can guess until you get the right answer. You will see that you got the correct answer when you see a screen like this that says you got the answer right.
Another way to earn more points is to click on your rewards medal to see the daily offers. The offers are simple to earn points for. You can do this on both desktop and mobile, but you click on the icon that says 0 out of 10 points and you will get rewarded ten points for clicking on that. Here is an example of thirty more points I can earn to my daily rewards by clicking on these offers.
Shopping in the Windows Store
Every month, Microsoft will reset the counter down to zero and allow you to earn points for shopping on the Windows Store. It’s their way to urge you to use their store to rent movies, rent music, pay for apps, or even buy bigger things like computers. Whatever it is, you will get points for whatever you buy. The exchange rate is for every 1 dollar you spend, you get 1 point.
What are the Prizes for Microsoft Rewards?
Some of the rewards are things like Amazon, Starbucks, Xbox Live Membership Cards, Windows Store credit, and much more. Don’t worry if you don’t have the same prizes as me. Microsoft continues to update the rewards, so that you will get a variety of different offerings. My girlfriend did not have Starbucks for a few months, but now has that reward, so sometimes it takes a few months.
How Do you Redeem the Points for Rewards?
Let’s say you finally have enough for that Microsoft Groove pass. You click on the redeem rewards section and you are brought to a screen like this.
If you want to join and you are outside of the U.S, I would recommend leaving a comment at Bing Listens.