Who has experience spending the "promotional credit" you get with MS Points (that expires after 90 days) on a physical pre-order from the Microsoft Store? Since Hot Deals seem to be dead, I reckon I'll just keep saving up for the Scarlett and cash out at the regular levels. Assuming pre-orders go live at E3 in June, I can have a good amount of credit redeemed and ready to use (not enough to cover the whole thing)... but if it's not shipping until November, will that credit expire if it's "allocated" towards an order but not technically "spent"?
The wording on the website is a little iffy so firsthand experience would be ideal:
If you use money in your Microsoft account, we'll charge you right away. If you use any other payment option, including payment backup, we'll charge you when the item ships.
Additionally, if I redeem $200 credit in June but earn enough for another gift card before launch, do you think it's possible to also apply that credit after the order is placed?
EDIT: Googled and answered my own question: https://answers.micr...22292fcd?auth=1
(Tl;Dr: I think I'm best redeeming as many points for credit as I can ready for E3 when pre-orders go live, and buying the additional MS credit with actual money so that the entire balance can be paid off with MS credit at the time of the order, thereby spending the promo credit before it expires.)