Program: Bing Rewards
Rank: 80/100 – a legit program that can earn you gift cards to companies like Amazon and Starbucks. Not a way to get rich, but may be worth it for loyal Bing users.
Bing Rewards is Microsoft’s loyalty program that rewards users for signing up and searching with Bing. It’s a legitimate program that is very easy to earn points, and won’t leave you wasting a bunch of time just to earn a few pennies. I’ve been a member of the program for awhile now, so I thought I’d write up a complete Bing Rewards review so others can decide if it’s a good fit for them or not.
How does the program work?
You simply sign up for an account with Microsoft and from there, you can become a rewards member. You can install a toolbar to search from, or go directly to Bing and search from there. As long as you are signed in, you’ll receive credit when you perform searches.
The program focuses mostly on giving credits for searches, although it does incorporate a few other daily fun tasks. Depending on how many points you’ve earned, you can reach higher member levels for added benefits.
Standard – this level gets you credits for searching with Bing and completing their daily offers
Silver – Silver level is achieved by earning 200 lifetime credits, and cashing out your first reward. The only difference between the silver and standard member is you get a one time 50 point bonus.
Gold – Gold level is achieved by reaching 750 lifetime credits, and performing 150 rewardable searches every month. This membership level gives you a 10% discount on your rewards, so you can cash out for less points.
Points – How do they work?
Searching will earn you points, which are cashed out for rewards. Points are given when you do basic searches in Bing or participate in one of their daily offers.
You are restricted on how many points you can earn in a day. As a standard member, you can earn a maximum of 15 points per day for searching on your computer, plus 10 for mobile searches. You can also earn a few points for completely daily tasks. A daily max allowance is around 30 points.
Gold members may get an increase to 30 points per day for searches, plus an extra 10 for mobile. However, many Gold members have complained they did not get the increased daily allowance, and according to Bing they experiment with different daily allotted points for different members.
Each point is equivalent to around 1 cent when redeeming for gift cards. For example, a $5 Amazon gift card is rewarded to those who have earned at least 525 points. Due to the daily point restriction, for most members it’d take about a month of consistency to reach a $5 gift card reward.
Payment – how do you get paid?
You get “paid” by gift cards, or you can alternatively choose to enter your points in sweepstakes or give to a charity. Each has its own defined points for cash out, and varies depending on your membership level.
Unfortunately there’s no cash option, so you can’t redeem your points for PayPal deposits or checks. This may make the program way less appealing for some people.
Options for payment:
Gift cards – Amazon, Starbucks, Burger King, Sephora, Toys R Us, XBox Live, Game Stop, and more
Sweepstakes entries – much lower point threshold but much less likely to get rewarded
Charity donations – Teach For America, Boys and Girls Club of America
In order to earn a basic $5 gift card you need to accumulate at least 525 points if you’re a standard or silver member. (Gold members can redeem for $475) Sweepstake entries can be entered for 20 points, and they also offer a selection of less desirable prizes that can be redeemed for a bit less.
- Not a huge time waster if you are already using the Bing search engine on a daily basis
- Doesn’t incorporate too many extra time wasting activities, focuses mostly on rewarding for search
- Basically “free” money for searching the internet
- Can’t earn actual money through PayPal or check, only gift cards
- It takes a pretty long time to accumulate enough points for a $5 gift card
- Have to use Bing search engine (deal breaker for many)
- Many users claim they get their accounts banned for violating the terms of service, but are unsure what they did wrong
- Only available to US residents
Is the Bing Rewards program really worth it?
This is no way to get rich, but it can be a nice laid back way for some people to earn an extra buck or two online doing what they’re already doing. I like the fact you don’t have to waste time like other “get paid to” sites will make you do like taking lengthy surveys, watching videos or staring at ads.
Although it does take a long time to accumulate enough points for the $5 gift card and doesn’t pay out in cash – if you are already a loyal Bing user, it may just be worth it. If you’re a Google lover, the few extra bucks may not be enough to entice you to add it to your search routine.