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#1 reddjoey

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Xbox Rewards:

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Please read the Xbox Rewards FAQ

All "rewards" are for rewards members. If you aren't a member, join before you try and take advantage of these "rewards."


Ongoing Rewards:

  • Complete a monthly survey - 20 Microsoft Points
  • Renew 1 month Gold membership - 10 Microsoft Points - MUST BE LIVE GOLD MEMBER
  • Renew 3 month Gold membership - 30 Microsoft Points - MUST BE LIVE GOLD MEMBER
  • Activate or renew Gold for the first time ever - 100 Microsoft Points
  • Renew 12 month Gold membership - 200 Microsoft Points - MUST BE LIVE GOLD MEMBER
  • Make your first marketplace purchase ever - 100 Microsoft Points
  • Activate Netflix for the first time ever - 100 Microsoft Points - MUST BE LIVE GOLD MEMBER
  • Refer-a-Friend and get 100 points for every friend who upgrades to Gold - 400 points for the referred, 100 for the referrer (referral link)

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April's PlaytoEarn Punchcard
Check your status - May take 3-5 days to update
XBLA DLC purchases do not count toward the April Punchcard - source

Cornelius's list of sources for last-minute XBLA purchase ideas:
  • The Wikipedia page for XBLA releases, sorted by MSP.
  • Xbox.com's sorted list of best-selling XBLA titles.
  • Major Nelson's most-recent list of top 20 XBLA games purchased.
  • The Twisted Pixel bundle ... seriously, it's 3600 MSP worth of games for 800 MSP!
  • The DOTW for April 30th, listed on our OP, as well as Major Nelson's blog, which will go live around 4/30 @ 2am PDT, and be valid for 14-15 hours up through the promo's deadline between 4pm-5pm'ish PDT (depending how they've configured the reporting servers to account for GMT).
    Note I was going to also suggest the "Angry Birds Trilogy" sale starting 4/30, but since it's a GoD title, it doesn't count. :cry:
  • Games your friends have picked up. Use the "Compare Games" feature on their profile, which will list their games in order of most-recently played by default.
  • Atari-published games, which you should assume will get de-published as soon as its game licenses/IP are sold off in bankruptcy court.
  • Games NOT found on compilation discs, because you can often find them "cheap" on eBay or used-game retailers. See this XBLA thread post (under "XBLA Discs") for more info & lists.
  • And finally, TylerH1701's list of XBLA games yet to go on sale
Hope this helps anyone's last-minute purchase dilemma. ;)


Q. What are the April Punchcards?
A. During the month of April, we are offering three Arcade Punchcards. That’s three different Rewards you can earn!

  • Eat. Sleep. Game.: Earn a punch per 5 HOURS of playing Arcade games.
  • Collect Games, Get Gold: Earn a punch for purchasing any Arcade game from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
  • Spend More, Get More: Earn a punch for spending 800 Microsoft Points on any Arcade game from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace.
Q. How can I earn a Reward for PLAYING Arcade Games?
A. During the month of April, earn a punch per 5 hours of playing arcade games. Play a total of 20 hours of Arcade games under the Xbox LIVE account tied to your Rewards account and earn an exclusive Arcade Avatar item. The Avatar item will be fulfilled via email to all eligible members on or before May 30, 2013.

Q. How can I earn a Reward for PURCHASING Arcade Games?
A. During the month of April, earn a punch for purchasing an Arcade game from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. The Arcade game must be equal to or greater than 400 Microsoft Points to qualify for a punch. Purchase a total of four Arcade games under the Xbox LIVE account tied to your Rewards account and earn a token for a 1-month Xbox LIVE Gold membership. The Xbox LIVE Gold memberships will be fulfilled via email to all eligible members on or before May 30, 2013.

Q. How can I earn a Reward for SPENDING 800 Microsoft Points on Arcade Games?
A. During the month of April, earn a punch for spending 800 Microsoft Points on Arcade game(s) from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Spend a total of 3,200 Microsoft Points on Arcade games under the Xbox LIVE account tied to your Rewards account and earn 800 Microsoft Points back. If you qualify for this Punchcard, the Microsoft Points will be added directly to your Xbox LIVE account on or before May 30, 2013.

Q. What happens if I complete all three Punchcards?
A. As a special bonus, all Xbox LIVE Rewards members who complete all three April Punchcards will be included in an upcoming VIP Exclusive!


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Tomb Raider Offers

Uncover Zac Levi Offer

Q. What is the Tomb Raider - Uncover Zac Levi Offer?
A. Between March 19 and April 20, 2013, be one of the first 4,500 Xbox LIVE Rewards member to purchase the Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace to receive a token for Zac Levi, an exclusive multiplayer Tomb Raider character (ARV: 160 Microsoft Points). Purchase(s) must take place between March 19, 2013 00:01 UTC and ending April 20, 2013 23:59 UTC.

Q. Who is eligible for the offer?
A. All Xbox LIVE Rewards members who are 13 years or older and are in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and Singapore are eligible for the offer. Xbox LIVE Rewards members are only eligible to receive this Reward once during the offer period. Join now for free if you haven’t already: http://rewards.xbox.com. Registration must take place during the offer period to participate in the offer. The first 4,500 Xbox LIVE Rewards members to purchase the eligible content for the offer will qualify for the reward.

Q. When will I receive my Reward token?
A. If you are one of the first 4,500 Xbox LIVE Rewards members to purchase the Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack, you will be sent an email with instructions on how to download the exclusive Zac Levi character by April 30, 2013. The email will be sent to the contact email you have listed on the Microsoft Billing site.



Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes
Secret codes :

  • 3/28 - 4/20 - explorer
    • Embedded in an image on the Rewards home page
    • Spoiler
  • 4/5 - 4/7 - artifact
    • Embedded in an image on the Xbox Facebook page
    • Official schedule says it should have been posted 4/1, but was posted 4 days late
  • 4/10 - 4/14 - navigate
    • Embedded in an image in the XBL Rewards March statement e-mail
    • Spoiler
    • Official schedule says it should have been revealed on 4/8
  • 4/15 - 4/20 - shipwreck

Q. What is the Tomb Raider - Scavenger Hunt Sweepstakes?
A. Between March 28 and April 20, 2013, register for the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt, play Tomb Raider, purchase the Caves and Cliffs Multiplayer Map Pack and find secret codes for a chance to win amazing Tomb Raider prizes!

Q. Who is eligible to participate in the sweepstakes?
A. All Xbox LIVE Rewards members who are 18 years or older and are in the United States are eligible for the sweepstakes. Join now for free if you haven’t already: http://rewards.xbox.com. Enrollment in Xbox LIVE Rewards, registration into the sweepstakes, purchase, play, and submission of secret code(s) must take place during the sweepstakes period.

Q. How do I enter the sweepstakes?
A. First, register by visiting the sweepstakes landing page here: http://rewards.xbox.com/tomb-raider. If you are not already an Xbox LIVE Rewards member, you will be prompted to sign up. Once you are signed up, you will then be redirected to the Tomb Raider Scavenger Hunt registration page. Complete the registration form to register for the sweepstakes and earn one sweepstakes entry.

Q. How can I earn sweepstakes entries for playing Tomb Raider?
A. If you have never played Tomb Raider prior to the sweepstakes period, you can play it for the first time to earn five sweepstakes entries. You can earn additional entries for playing five hours (2 entries), ten hours (3 entries), and twenty hours (5 entries) of Tomb Raider. Play hours must occur during the sweepstakes period. Please make sure that you are signed into the Xbox LIVE account tied to Xbox LIVE Rewards for your play hours to count.

  • Register for the sweepstakes = 1 entry
  • Purchase the Caves and Caverns Map Pack = 5 entries
  • Play Tomb Raider for the first time = 5 entries
  • Play Tomb Raider for 5 hours = 2 entries
  • Play Tomb Raider for 10 hours = 3 entries
  • Play Tomb Raider for 20 hours = 5 entries
  • Find the secret codes = 1 entry per secret code found, total of 4 entries
Registration into the sweepstakes, purchase of Caves and Caverns Map Pack, Tomb Raider game play, and submission of secret code(s) must take place between March 28, 2013 00:01 UTC and ending April 20, 2013 23:59 UTC. Purchase of Caves and Caverns Map Pack must be from the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. Please reference the Sweepstakes Official Rules for more details.

Q. In order to earn an entry for playing Tomb Raider for the first time, does this have to be my first time ever?
A. Yes, in order to earn the 5 sweepstakes entries for the first time play, it needs to be your first time playing Tomb Raider ever. If you've played Tomb Raider prior to the sweepstakes, you will not be able to qualify for that action. However, you can still earn entries for playing for 5, 10 or 20 hours. Please reference the Sweepstakes Official Rules for more details.

Q. What are the secret codes, and where can I find them?
A. A secret code will be released once per week during the sweepstakes period across various Xbox channels. Once you find a secret code, head over to the Code Entry page to submit it for a sweepstakes entry. One (1) sweepstakes entry is earned per correct code submitted. There will be a total of four (4) secret codes.

Q. How many sweepstakes entries can I get?
A. Xbox LIVE Rewards members who register for the sweepstakes can earn a maximum amount of twenty-five (25) sweepstakes entries via any method.

Q. What are the sweepstakes prizes?
A. The following awesome Tomb Raider prizes are being given away:

Number of Winner(s) & Prizes:

  • (1) Life-sized Lara Croft statue (ARV: $7250)
  • (2) Limited Edition Tomb Raider Xbox 360 consoles signed by members of the Tomb Raider development team (ARV: $1500)
  • (50) Limited Edition Tomb Raider Xbox 360 controllers (ARV $60)
  • (10) Tomb Raider Sweatshirts (ARV $60)
  • (200) Tomb Raider T-shirts (ARV $20)
  • (200) Tomb Raider Lithographs (ARV $20)
Q. When will the winners of the sweepstakes be selected?
A. The sweepstakes drawing will take place after the sweepstakes period on or around April 20, 2013. The Sweepstakes winners will be contacted by May 7, 2013 via email. The email address we have on record for you is the contact email you have listed on the Microsoft Billing site.



March 2013

Black Ops II Revolution Rewards Offer


Q. What is the Black Ops II Revolution Rewards Offer?

A. Between February 26, 2013 and March 31, 2013, purchase the Revolution Map Pack and receive 100 Points back OR purchase the Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Season Pass and receive 400 Points back. The offer is capped at 10,000,000 Microsoft Points and awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Q. Who is eligible for the offer?
A. All Xbox LIVE Rewards members who are 13 years or older are eligible for the offer. Xbox LIVE Rewards members are only eligible to receive this Reward once during the offer period. Join now for free if you haven’t already: http://rewards.xbox.com.

Q. What Xbox LIVE Marketplace content is eligible for the offer?
A. The Revolution Map Pack and Call of Duty®: Black Ops II Season Pass are eligible for the offer. You must be connected to Xbox LIVE with the Gamertag associated with your Xbox LIVE Rewards account when you purchase the content in order for your purchase to be eligible. Purchase must take place between February 26, 2013 00:01 UTC and March 31, 2013 23:59 UTC.

Q. How many Points am I eligible to earn for this offer?
A. There are 10,000,000 Microsoft Points to give away for this offer. The Points will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Xbox LIVE Rewards members are eligible to earn a maximum of 400 Microsoft Points for the offer.

Q. When will I receive my Microsoft Points for this offer?
A. Your eligible purchases will be calculated in the beginning of April. If you qualify, your Rewards Points will then be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account by April 30, 2013. During the Offer Period, your Points will not show up under Pending.



Hitman Absolution Rewards Offer

Q. What is the Hitman: Absolution Offer?
A. Between March 8, 2013 and March 31, 2013, purchase HitmanTM: Absolution from Games on Demand and receive a code redeemable for HitmanTM: Sniper Challenge (ARV: $19.99). Purchase must take place between March 8, 2013 00:01 UTC and ending March 31, 2013 23:59 UTC.

Q. Who is eligible for the offer?
A. All Xbox LIVE Rewards members who are 13 years or older are eligible for the offer. Xbox LIVE Rewards members are only eligible to receive this Reward once during the offer period. Join now for free if you haven’t already: http://rewards.xbox.com. Purchase must take place during the offer period under the Gamertag tied to the Xbox LIVE Rewards program.

Q. When will I receive my exclusive Hitman Reward code?
A. If you are eligible for the Hitman: Absolution Offer, an email containing your Reward code will arrive by April 20, 2013. The email will be sent to your contact email listed on the Microsoft Billing site.





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FAQ:
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Q: So what is this and how much does it cost?
A: Xbox Rewards is a free loyalty program run by ePrize for the Microsoft Corporation. They offer free and Gold Xbox Live members "rewards" for completing survey, making qualified purchases, or other actions during a specified period.

Q: Where do I start?
A: You should start by reviewing the official FAQ. Once you are done there, and you have decided to join, you are ready to start earning rewards.

Q: I never got my reward for my first purchase after joining the rewards program?
A: According to the official FAQ. You will only earn that reward for your first purchase from the marketplace ever. If you made a purchase before joining the program, you are out of luck.

Q: I never got my reward for activating Netflix after joining the rewards program?
A: According to the official FAQ and some discussion with @XboxSupport You will only earn that reward for the first time you ever activate Netflix on your specific gamertag. If you did that before joining the program, you are out of luck. If you are still good, you have to have had Netflix activated for 1 month and have watched 2+ hours of streaming content during that time period.

Q: When will this end?
A: According to the official T&C, the program is scheduled to end at 3:59 p.m. GMT on June 30, 2012. It is possible that the program will be renewed or go after that, but there hasn't been more info on that yet.

[B]Q: Will my Xbox LIVE Rewards Points expire?

A: Rewards Points do expire, so be sure to use them by June 30, 2012.

[B]Q: How do I use my expiring Microsoft Points first?

A: Promotional points with expiration dates are automatically redeemed first before purchased points. [source]

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#2 Gabrius

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 07:25 PM

Great idea reddjoey! Also, I would like to let everyone know: there have been problems with the March 5% rebate promotion - Microsoft knows about the situation and says everything should be resolved by April 20th. If you do not receive your points by the 20th, you should email Rewards @ Xboxliverewards@eprizefulfillment.com in order to receive your points.

#3 Brother Daz

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 07:30 PM

Good idea, thanks joey

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#4 reddjoey

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 07:58 PM

I just covered the basics for now. Please feel free to edit in whatever CAG deems to be important.
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#5 Necrozilla

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:03 PM

Finally accumulated 100 points and got my email confirmation, but do these have expiration dates?

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#6 Obiwan456

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:06 PM

I didn't know about this. This is great! I've been a member for a while and never really got anything from it, but now today I'm spending 1600 points and will easily stay gold for the whole month, so I'll get the rebate and the Halo avatar item.

#7 reddjoey

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 08:10 PM

Finally accumulated 100 points and got my email confirmation, but do these have expiration dates?


From the official FAQ page:

Q: Will my Xbox LIVE Rewards Points expire?
A: Rewards Points do expire, so be sure to use them by June 30, 2012.


I'll stick that in the OP
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#8 Bloomy

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:02 PM

From the official FAQ page:

Q: Will my Xbox LIVE Rewards Points expire?
A: Rewards Points do expire, so be sure to use them by June 30, 2012.


I wonder how they differentiate between Rewards points and purchased points. I may have missed it, but I didn't see anything in the Rewards FAQ or Terms and Conditions that state which points are used first.

For example, say I have 1,000 MS points and I receive 200 Rewards points. Between now and 6/30/12, I only spend 1,000 points. Were the 1,000 spent points all purchased points, and the 200 points expire? What if I buy X points after receiving Rewards points, and spend X + 1,000 points, still leaving 200 on 6/30/12? Will those be considered purchased or Rewards points?

I don't expect anyone here to know the answer, I'll e-mail their support for clarification. Just putting it out there that there appears to be a loophole in the rules that may allow them to expire points unless you can show your points balance got zeroed out at some point after receiving Rewards points.

#9 reddjoey

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:09 PM

I haven't seen any "official" answer, but I'd assume they would use Free points fist.

If/when you get an official answer please add it to the FAQ with a link to the answer
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#10 Necrozilla

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:26 PM

I've read multiple times that Microsoft uses points expiring the closest first.

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#11 Firvagor

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Posted 15 April 2011 - 09:31 PM

I've read multiple times that Microsoft uses points expiring the closest first.

This.

#12 JollehRoger

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 10:32 PM

Great idea for a thread, I will bookmark this.
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#13 drawingboard

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Posted 16 April 2011 - 11:47 PM

Thanks, joey!
Although, I can see the inevitable comments with people complaining about how they never got their points/rebates in the future. Hopefully I wont be one of them.

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 02:32 PM

Thee smaller increment rewards will be nice, I've had 130 points for a really long time and I usually don't buy themes or avatar items. I was thinking about selling them to someone in my fam plan, but now I don't have too!

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 03:55 PM

Thanks to reddjoey for this awesome idea! One question, though: Can someone clarify where to find these surveys I can answer for 20 pts?

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 06:01 PM

  • Make your first marketplace purchase ever - 100 Microsoft Points
I still haven't received these points. I signed up for rewards in December. I've been getting 10 pts for the 1 months I used a while back every month. Also received my points from the surveys I remembered to do.

and yes I have made purchases since I signed up. I bought a several things in April and already had things from Feb/March

#17 reddjoey

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 07:03 PM

Thanks to reddjoey for this awesome idea! One question, though: Can someone clarify where to find these surveys I can answer for 20 pts?

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The surveys are in a window to the right when you log-in to the rewards site. You have to click-through to start them.

  • Make your first marketplace purchase ever - 100 Microsoft Points
I still haven't received these points. I signed up for rewards in December. I've been getting 10 pts for the 1 months I used a while back every month. Also received my points from the surveys I remembered to do.

and yes I have made purchases since I signed up. I bought a several things in April and already had things from Feb/March


Ever means "EVAR! on that gamertag", as in you never made a purchase before joining the rewards program. If that is true, then you need to send an email to the CS team.

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#18 davyd

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Posted 17 April 2011 - 07:10 PM

I had 140 points pending at the beginning of the month, the 15th came and went and...no deposit. Guess I'm waiting another month for them.

#19 gantt

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:12 AM

Are Xbox LIVE Rewards Points different than Microsoft Points? A. No, there is no difference between Rewards Points and Microsoft Points.


Will my Xbox LIVE Rewards Points expire? A. Rewards Points do expire, so be sure to use them by June 30, 2012.


When I purchase Microsoft Points, do they expire?
If not, how is it again that there is no difference between Xbox LIVE Reward Points and Microsoft Points?

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 02:16 AM

I had 140 points pending at the beginning of the month, the 15th came and went and...no deposit. Guess I'm waiting another month for them.


I know how you feel. I have 100 points pending.

#21 nCogNeato

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 01:03 PM

Great thread, reddjoey! We needed a designated place to discuss Xbox Rewards. :)

On a related note, I finally got my 5% March rebate credited to my Rewards account.
BONUS - 5% of my total spending in March should have been 192 points, but they rounded up and deposited 200. :) I know it wouldn't have made sense to deposit an uneven number, but it's still nice to know they round UP instead of DOWN.
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#22 nCogNeato

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 01:13 PM

I haven't seen any "official" answer, but I'd assume they would use Free points fist.

If/when you get an official answer please add it to the FAQ with a link to the answer


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Q: How do I use my expiring Microsoft Points first?
A: Promotional points with expiration dates are automatically redeemed first before purchased points. [source]


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#23 GunstarRed

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Posted 18 April 2011 - 03:08 PM

If anyone else is wondering: Game Room games DO count toward the 5% off rebate. Got my March rebate back and the total included my GR purchases, so can confirm for sure.

#24 drStaton

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 12:48 AM

i know a lot of people have had their 5% back finally show up but are they still pending for everyone else or have they actually been deposited?

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 01:46 AM

My 5% showed up finally, just sucks I have to wait until next month on the 15th for them to be transfered into my account.
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#26 reddjoey

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 03:27 AM

When I purchase Microsoft Points, do they expire?
If not, how is it again that there is no difference between Xbox LIVE Reward Points and Microsoft Points?


The difference is that rewards points (and other "promotional" points like one you win in various Xbox Sweepstakes) can expire. That is it. So if you win points or earn rewards points, be sure to spend them before they expire.
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#27 gantt

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Posted 19 April 2011 - 05:45 AM

The difference is that rewards points (and other "promotional" points like one you win in various Xbox Sweepstakes) can expire. That is it. So if you win points or earn rewards points, be sure to spend them before they expire.


Exactly. The point is (no pun intended) that the initial XBLR FAQ statement "there is no difference between Rewards Points and Microsoft Points" is false and potentially misleading. Thanks to this thread, in part, we know what we're getting.

#28 Dark Rider

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 02:53 PM

Out of curiosity, has anyone actually had any points deposited?

#29 Ryuukishi

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Posted 20 April 2011 - 03:32 PM

I've had 120 points deposited, another 230 still pending. All of the points that have been deposited were from back in December and January.

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Posted 23 April 2011 - 04:26 PM

So, I bought the Halo Map Pack on April 1st. Shouldn't the 400 be in my pending section? It's not. Maybe it takes a lottt more time.