A few weeks ago, Microsoft and Xbox announced that Xbox Rewards in Canada would become Microsoft Rewards starting in October. It appears that the transition has already started as some users, myself included, can successfully complete Microsoft Rewards tasks for reward points.
In case you need a refresher, Xbox Rewards is a program for the Xbox One that allows gamers to gain reward points by spending money in the Xbox Store, completing surveys, and taking on missions. Those points are then redeemed for cash when they reach a certain threshold and added to their Microsoft Account in their local currency. Microsoft Rewards, on the other hand, assigns points for taking daily quizzes, searching with Bing and browsing with Microsoft Edge, and spending money at the Xbox and Windows Stores.
As part of the launch, it appears that Microsoft is offering some boosts to get you started. Everyone starts off at Level 1 which allows access to a specific set of rewards. After earning 500 points in a month, you are then bumped up to Level 2 for the following month. In order to stay there, you need to earn another 500 points that month. Level 2 not only allows you to earn even more points, it also gives you access to exclusive Level 2 bonus offers and 10% when redeeming rewards from Microsoft brands.
To be honest, it’s pretty easy and completing all the quizzes and browsing/search requirements in a few days will get you there. However, you can get an easy 100 points for setting up a goal — basically picking which redemption prize you’re shooting for — and another 50 points for taking a tour of the Microsoft Rewards program. Coupled with the regular tasks, you can easily pick up 350 or so points to start.
Under the Microsoft Rewards program, you can donate your points to various charities, or redeem them for Xbox digital gift cards, Xbox Live Gold memberships, Groove Music Pass, or to enter contests like your chance to win an Xbox One S or Surface Pro. In the case of the Xbox One S, the reward is actually a $500 Microsoft Store gift card while the Surface Pro is a $2000 gift card at the Microsoft Store. Both these monthly contests end in June 2018.
Are you living in Canada and able to access Microsoft Rewards without using a VPN? What do you think about the move to shutter the Xbox Rewards program in Canada and replace it with the Microsoft Rewards program? Let us know in the comments below or on Google+, Twitter, or Facebook.Source: Microsoft Rewards
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