Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Bing Rewards Account Levels

The Bing Rewards program added new membership levels to help earn more points and get discounts.  The pictures below are the 3 membership levels: Member, Silver, and Gold.  The left column is the requirements and the right column is the rewards.

The basic member level is where everyone starts.  There isn't much that needs to be said about this level.

The next step up is the silver level, this is what I have achieved so far.  You must complete the welcome to rewards tour, Welcome to Bing tour, and pick a reward to set as your goal.  These steps take about 5 minutes to complete.  You must have also earned 200 credits over the lifetime of your account.  This means that you have done 400 searches and received 200 credits for those searches.  You don't have to still have the credits or have had them all at once.  Once you reach this level you get 50 credits added to your account and can start working towards the next level.

The final membership level is gold and I am almost at this level.  You must redeem credits for your first reward, if you bought some Microsoft points with credits this step is already done.  Over the lifetime of your Bing Rewards account you must have earned 750 total credits, I don't believe the 50 bonus from silver counts towards this.  The biggest hurdle for me is completing 150 rewardable searches, up to 20 per day.  I am almost there for this month, but there is a slight catch.  If you complete 150 rewardable searches in April and then don't use the program as much in May, you will revert back to a silver membership.  Once you receive the gold membership you get 5% discounts on Microsoft Points/Xbox Live Gold subscriptions and 10% off of all other rewards.

All in all the rewards aren't really that fantastic, this would be the difference between spending 500 credits and 475 credits on 400 Microsoft Points.  However, the 25 credits saved could be a day or 2 of earning, so it is kind of nice.  The free 50 credits for earning silver is a nice touch, but you should also receive credits for earning and maintaining a gold membership level.

I hope this helped all of you out there that like to participate in the Bing Rewards program like I do.  All of the multiple Bing accounts that I get points from are currently silver memberships, so I will be getting some free DLC or games soon!


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  16. Bing Rewards is a scam. I reach redemption level, all of a sudden I find I'm banned, when I email them and say this is wrong, they insist I was using automation and not manually typing my queries.

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    I have been a loyal Bing user since before Bing existed and was known as MSN Search. I also own a Windows Phone. This will change when it comes time to buy a new phone. Good riddance Microsoft, you scam artists.