[Microsoft Rewards] 25% off Points Required for Xbox Live Gold Memberships (12 Months 22,500 Points)

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Xbox Live Gold 12 month memberships are the most cost-effective use of Microsoft Rewards points (assuming you want Xbox Live Gold), and the "Hot Deal" makes it the best time to redeem!

25% off (12 months for 22,500 points) is even better than the previous two hot deals, which were 20% off (12 months for 24,000 points):
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/426087
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/385072

12 months is usually 30,000 points, or 29,000 points for level 2 users. (Unfortunately, the 25% discount applies to the full cost of 30,000 points)

1-month and 3-month also discounted (but not as cost-effective use of points).

Ends 15th of May, but the 12 month memberships sell out, so get in asap! (I missed out last time, when they "sold out" less than halfway through the hot deal!)

You can stack up to a maximum of 3 years (36 months) of Xbox Live Gold on your account.

There is also the $1 for 1 month deal still going, which is arguably even more cost effective:
https://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/450332

So your best option may be to claim the $1 deal first, and then add 12 month subscriptions on top of that through Microsoft Rewards. :)

Thanks to Ge3ks on Whirlpool for the heads up! :)

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    Looks like you can't buy points anywhere. I don't use it enough to earn points. For those looking for cheap subscriptions, CDKeys is legit: https://www.cdkeys.com/xbox-live/memberships/12-month-xbox-l...

    This is cheaper but I've not used them before: https://www.g2a.com/en-au/xbox-live-gold-subscription-card-x...

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    OP, you said you missed out last time…do you know how often this comes around? I don't have anywhere near 22,000 points yet but would be good to know if i can ever reach close to that amount.

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      The last deal was Dec-Jan (4 months ago). I believe the time before that was Jun-Jul (6 months earlier). I believe both of those were 20% off (24,000 points), while this is 25% off (22,500 points).

      So my guess is a hot deal on 12 month Xbox Live Gold should come around every 4-6 months.

      FWIW, I got a notification the other day of my 12 month anniversary of signing up to MS Rewards. I've earned around 70k points in that time (plus another 10k or so my fiancé has earned).

      Depending how dedicated you are to earning points, you could probably earn 22k points in 4-6 months.

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        Wow, you earned 70,000 points in a year…are you buying a few games, movies etc. to get there so fast? In addition to the daily quizzes, I utilize PC/mobile searches (not everyday) but only started doing them more frequently around 2 months ago and I rarely buy digital content - so not earning extra points. I'm on just over 4,000 points at the moment.

        • +3 votes

          Between PC and mobile searches you can get slightly over 200 points a day, so 70,000 points in a year is achievable.

          I have a Bing link on my taskbar and just click through the news stories each morning, and open any suggested searches in a new tab, which takes about a minute.

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          I've only purchased one game, and I used a MS giftcard from MS Rewards to pay for most of it! :)

          The bulk of my points are just earned through the website, with 2min of searches and clicks every morning at work. (There's also streak bonuses, but I often lose those because I forget to do it on the weekend.)

          90pts - PC (or Ipad) searches
          60pts - mobile searches
          12pts - Microsoft Edge searches (I have a Windows Phone)
          30-60pts (approx) - daily set (links, polls, quizes)
          0-60pts (approx) - more activities (more links, polls, quizes)

          So that provides 192-282pts per day through the website (average of 200pts per day is very conservative). Then there are the streak bonuses every so often (150pts?), random bonuses (which can range from 50-500pts), and the MS Rewards app on Xbox which can provide another 0-50 points per day (when I remember to do it!). There are also MS Rewards emails every now and then, which can give you an extra 10-100pts from clicks / quizzes.

          Even at 200pts a day just from the website, that's 73k points a year (which means I've actually missed quite a bit of points!).

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            @caprimulgus: Thanks for the breakdown caprimulgus. I need to make a effort to remember to them daily if I can and great effort on your behalf to accumulate so many.

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              @cheepo: No worries!

              I would recommend going hard at it for the next 4-6 months, to earn enough points for when the next hot deal comes around. Try to make it part of your daily routine, eg. 2min at work in the morning if you have an office job, or on your commute to work (even if you only manage to do it Mon-Fri, at 200pts a day, that should get you about 1,000pts a week).

              By the time that hot deal comes around, you should have enough for 1x 12 months subscription. Then you can either keep it up, and try to rack up enough points to grab another one at the following hot deal, or just relax and take it easy - effectively you have 12 months to earn enough for the next one! :)

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            @caprimulgus: Streak maxes out at 105 points for every 7 days.

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          You can also make it easy to reach the search point rewards by typing a search term and hitting enter, then simply delete one letter off the end of the search term and hit enter each time. Each new search with one less letter gets you the 3 points or whatever it is. Easy to get Max points each day this way if you remember to do it. Good luck!

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          I've only been going since Dec last year when the last deal came around and I'm over 33k now. 70-80k per year is definitely achievable with a few minutes per day. I use the tactic that was explained last time around and search thru the periodic table elements. Start with 'h element' and it will come up with arrows, then just click across. 30 times on desktop then emulate a mobile and do another 20. Add another 4 if you're using Edge for the extra 12 points.

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    BTW redemption of the 12-month reward is by emailed code, it is not automatically applied to your account.

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    I have 6 in my Microsoft family. Like Xenocaust said, you can earn over 200 points per day. So if you want to put the time into it each day over all of your accounts, you can transfer points within your xbox family. I've only just started doing this and have only 3000 odd points, but it won't take long to earn the required points for a 12 month xbox live subscription and a 12 months game pass.

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    How long does the claimed XBL code remain redeemable?

    Do Rewards points expire?

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      How long does the claimed XBL code remain redeemable?

      Not sure, but I have emailed customer support to ask.

      Do Rewards points expire?

      "4. Cancelling Your Participation in the Program. Your Program account will be cancelled if you do not log in at least once in an 18-month period. Additionally, Microsoft reserves the right to cancel the Program account of a specific user for tampering with, abusing or defrauding the Program, or for breaching these Terms. Upon Program cancellation (by you or us) or if the Program is suspended, you will have 90 days to redeem your points; otherwise, those points will be forfeited. At the point of cancellation, your right to use the Program and accrue future points ends."

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      I got a response from customer service saying that XBL codes do not expire.

      HOWEVER: in my quick search for a answer to the question (while waiting for a response from customer service), I read some complaints from people who claim that their codes did not work when they later went to use them - and Microsoft will not do anything about it. There was some suggestion (speculation?) that there are scammers that use bots to brute force codes, and that once your code has been generated, if one of these scammers happens to try your code, then you are screwed - you can't prove to Microsoft that you didn't give/sell the code to the scammer.

      So, codes don't expire. But there MAY be some risk of someone claiming your code if you leave it for too long. (But I have no idea how much of a risk there really is)

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    Shame the collective OzB Brain Trust can't create an Macro that could automatically do the requisite daily Bing searches via a single activation! :-)

  • +3 votes

    Fantastic news for me, I've been churning away most days trying to get to 29000 since I learnt about this on last offer, and now I find it's discounted.
    I'm above 22500 so 12 months free :)

  • +1 vote

    This comes as a code if you wanted to gift it or onsell it if you already have 3 years stacked.

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    You can Stack up to three of these for three years? huh. And here I am like an idiot waiting for my current 12 months to reach its last month before I redeem the code I got in .. Jan (I think).

    another quick bonus I have noticed since they changed the system around a bit a little while back. If, Like me, they removed your "Goal" during the refresh, you can get another one off lump sum 100 points. The HAX here is the $25 gift cards are no longer available, so I didn't bother setting one. Since I now no longer have a goal set, every now and then (haven't worked out a particular timeframe for this, but I have seen it fairly often) they offer me 5 points just for clicking through to set the goal. At this rate, NOT setting a goal is going to end up more "profitable" 5 points at a time, than the 100 points for setting one.

    I'm hoping to get enough points via gift cards to eventually pick up Forza 3 (Australia!). With a 12 month code in my email waiting to be redeemed, and just over 16,000 points banked, hopefully I'll be able to get it before they have to delist it due to licensing like they did for the first two games.

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    just came to post this :)
    woot for free XBL haha

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