How to Get Free Xbox Gift Cards (MS Points)

Xbox Live Rewards and Bing Rewards make it easy

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In 2013, Microsoft shifted to real currency instead of Microsoft Points. That meant you could buy Microsoft gift cards in the money denominations you want, rather than calculating how many points something is. However, points didn't completely go away. We've compiled tips for you to rack up points in two different Microsoft awards programs.

We aren't talking about taking advantage of those free point giveaways that pop up now and then. You know, the kind that just asks you to register and then they email you a code for 100 MSP, and then use multiple e-mails to score a ton of free points. That's kind of shady and not what we're after.

What we are talking about is using Xbox Live Rewards and Bing Rewards — two official programs from Microsoft that offer you free points for very little effort on your part.

What Are Microsoft Points/Xbox Gift Cards?

Microsoft Gift Cards work on Xbox 360 and Xbox One, and since your Xbox Live Profile and Gamertag is the same on both, funds in your account apply to both systems.

Microsoft Points are the currency that fuels Xbox Live. We recommend buying points cards in stores rather than using your credit card on your Xbox since it will save you a lot of trouble if you happen to get FIFA Hacked or have other security issues.

There are other (legal) ways to earn MS points for free, however, and if you are patient you can earn a fair amount of points pretty easily.

Xbox Live Rewards

All you have to do is register your Gamertag with Xbox Live Rewards. You'll log in with the same name and password you use for or Xbox Live, and you'll earn points for renewing Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and other things.

New users are rewarded too when you make your first Xbox Live Marketplace purchase or start using Netflix. Depending on your Gamerscore (75k and up), you can also earn up to 10 percent back on every purchase you make. Lower Gamerscores get a lower percentage. 

Bing Rewards

Bing Rewards is a program where you earn rewards by using Bing search. You can register on the Bing Rewards homepage. Once a member, you'll earn Bing Credits for doing searches using Bing or clicking on specially marked Rewards links.

Generally, you'll earn only about 13 credits per day, but there are extra bonuses now and then that let you get more. A 100 point Microsoft Point code costs 125 Bing Credits. So, in roughly 10 days you'll earn 100 MSP.

Again, like Xbox Live Rewards, it doesn't sound like a lot, but you don't have to put any effort into it. You just search like you normally would, and earn free stuff — there isn't really a downside here.

In the time that we've been doing Bing Rewards, we've earned about 2000 Microsoft Points. 2000 extra MSP for not really doing anything differently than we would anyway.

It does require you to use Bing instead of Google.

You can also use your Bing Rewards Credits on other things like Xbox Live subscriptions, gift cards for Amazon and other retailers, and more.

Enter Xbox 360 Dashboard Contests

Another way to earn free stuff is to actually enter the contests and promotions that pop up all the time on the Xbox dashboard. You know what I'm talking about — the promotions for cars, Doritos chips, Wendy's, Taco Bell, and whatever else where you just have to download a free gamerpic to enter.

You can actually win and, again, there is no downside. You spend a second downloading a tiny gamerpic and are entered into a contest. Since these are contests and are up to chance, you aren't guaranteed to win anything, but for no effort, you definitely can win something, and that is better than nothing.

Free stuff for doing nothing is awesome.