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Edited By BradNicholson

Microsoft's Xbox Live customer rewards program is now a real, working program. A year or so after testing the waters with a beta of sorts, Microsoft has launched "Xbox Live Rewards," a loyalty program not unlike Club Nintendo or even Sony's forthcoming PlayStation Rewards. By spending Microsoft Points, taking surveys, or renewing your Xbox Live subscription, Rewards members will be able to earn free Space Dollars and can even be entered into "exclusive promotions" for chances to win "cool prizes." 
  
Here's the chart of what's available now: 
 

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As with all good rewards programs, there's no apparent downside to being a part of Xbox Live Rewards. You just get free stuff for being a customer. But you should note that rewards aren't retroactive; once you sign up, you start fresh. For example, old Live subscribers who use Netflix won't be able to get the 100 MSP for activating the video streaming program since it's already been activated.  

Getting in on the action is simple. If you're from the US or UK, just hit this link, sign in, and wait until Microsoft sends you an e-mail.

In other somewhat related news, Microsoft has kicked off another "Bonus" rewards month. In December, if you buy two Xbox Live Arcade games, you'll get 400 MSP back towards the purchase of anything. This one requires a few hoops to jump through first, so definitely visit the registration page before you start spending.

[Thanks for the tip, Devon!]
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#1  Edited By BradNicholson

Microsoft's Xbox Live customer rewards program is now a real, working program. A year or so after testing the waters with a beta of sorts, Microsoft has launched "Xbox Live Rewards," a loyalty program not unlike Club Nintendo or even Sony's forthcoming PlayStation Rewards. By spending Microsoft Points, taking surveys, or renewing your Xbox Live subscription, Rewards members will be able to earn free Space Dollars and can even be entered into "exclusive promotions" for chances to win "cool prizes." 
  
Here's the chart of what's available now: 
 

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As with all good rewards programs, there's no apparent downside to being a part of Xbox Live Rewards. You just get free stuff for being a customer. But you should note that rewards aren't retroactive; once you sign up, you start fresh. For example, old Live subscribers who use Netflix won't be able to get the 100 MSP for activating the video streaming program since it's already been activated.  

Getting in on the action is simple. If you're from the US or UK, just hit this link, sign in, and wait until Microsoft sends you an e-mail.

In other somewhat related news, Microsoft has kicked off another "Bonus" rewards month. In December, if you buy two Xbox Live Arcade games, you'll get 400 MSP back towards the purchase of anything. This one requires a few hoops to jump through first, so definitely visit the registration page before you start spending.

[Thanks for the tip, Devon!]
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#2  Edited By Jumbs

Hooray! 
 
Except it's not available in Australia. Great. 
 
Got the quest done though!

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#3  Edited By RecallBerserk

yeah, cool points. Free points FTW

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#4  Edited By ZimboDK

Surveys? Huh, seems kinda stupid.

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#5  Edited By dr_eiff

aaa frst? 

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#6  Edited By skrutop

There's no better way to test than with a test, eh Brad?
 
I'm 60 points shy of being able to get the Lynyrd Skynyrd pack for Rock Band 3.  Fortunately, it's time for me to renew XBL.

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#7  Edited By Visari

no not to all =_= to USA and UK as fucking always... the rest of the world pays the same if not more and gets basicly not even half of the shit... but complaining will never help..

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Will I get points if I buy a Live card, or do I have to renew it over Live?

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#9  Edited By jaqen_hghar

Yeah, seems this is only open for residents of the US and UK. Which is kind of a bummer seeing how I live in the cold north, aka Norway. 
And I just saw the article stated that very fact. -1 point for reading.

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#11  Edited By fwylo

WTF is wrong with them.  God damn all they have to do is say redeem your gamerscore for a ridiculously reduced amount of Microsoft points and I'll be happy.

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#12  Edited By gorydeath

Canadians gets shafted again for being north of the border...oh well...didn't need to spend money anyway
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#13  Edited By Mutt

Well you know this was coming. They copy from everyone else. Still a good idea though.

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#14  Edited By wipu
@Jumbs said:

" Hooray!  Except it's not available in Australia. Great.  Got the quest done though! "

 
Neither in Finland... 

     Unfortunately, residents of your area are not eligible to participate in Xbox LIVE Rewards.  

  

   btw. Nice save Brad changing the title ;)  "Opens To All" turning to "Kicks Off"
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#15  Edited By mnzy

Only US and UK? I think I've seen this before...

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#16  Edited By wefwefasdf

Not really a fan of these but might as well try it...

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#17  Edited By WiFiPirate

Ok, but what is "Sky"? 
*nevermind. I wonder if they will have any subscription promotions for the US like Sky?*

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#18  Edited By ToxicAntidote

Not available in most parts of Europe I guess. At least not in Sweden.
But I had the ad in my dashborad though. :S

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#19  Edited By kilaen

Oh sure, launch this a week after I purchase the Family Plan......

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#20  Edited By Riddell

So basically the only thing that applies to me is taking part in a survey every month for 20 points (17 pence in GBP) a go? No thanks.

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#21  Edited By MrYevrah
@WiFiPirate: its a satellite tv service in the UK 
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#22  Edited By rahulricky

I got 400 points just for signing up, i'm already happy with it

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#23  Edited By White_Silhouette

Really seems odd that this isn't available to canadians

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#24  Edited By mazik765

Lame, not even available in Canada :/

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#25  Edited By ashton

hmmm Microsoft may have just convinced me to voluntarily do surveys.

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#26  Edited By Genjai
@WiFiPirate said:
" Ok, but what is "Sky"? *nevermind. I wonder if they will have any subscription promotions for the US like Sky?* "
Oh, yeah, that's Bioshock Infinite.
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#27  Edited By turbo_toaster

Club Nintendo is worth doing surveys for because you get REAL ACTUAL THINGS as a result. I dun't care for fun-bucks that buy more fun-bucks.

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#28  Edited By EVILfunkster

Seems like it's fucked to me, not got my 20 points yet and keep getting errors.

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#29  Edited By iam3green

good idea for them. it's going to take a while for me to get 800 points to get something i think.

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#30  Edited By LegalBagel

This sounded really cool until I saw the chart of what you get rewards for.  So basically I get a small discount on renewing my account?  Thanks Xbox.  But I'd rather you just not jack up the price on Gold Members next time.

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#31  Edited By SilenceUK

They can go shove it tbh theres no back dating of points and noreward for current members 6 years means nothing to them it seems real kick in the teeth 
 
i love the service but really? no nothing for being around for the past 6 years ?
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#32  Edited By cookiemonster

I'll do anything for free moneyz 

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#33  Edited By Lazyaza

Seems alright, will be nice when its actually available in my country though.  I'm sure like everything cool we'll get it several months/years later.  :p

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#34  Edited By Aviar

I love that they did this about a month after they raised the price for the gold membership, and offered that 2 year deal with a renewal.  Is this retro-active a point?  If not, that kind of sucks.

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#35  Edited By FuzzYLemoN

Earn points by spending points!

Preposterous!
*monocle pops out of eye socket*
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#36  Edited By ProjekD

I was one of the people who was part if the closed testing and I got free live points for just renewing my account. So it's pretty good if you don't mind getting stuff at random.

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#37  Edited By SIL

Could be interesting

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#38  Edited By adamfedoruk

I signed up yesterday, still no email. Anyone else with that issue?

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#39  Edited By CaptainCody

So many quarters!
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#40  Edited By Aaron_G

I need to sign up for this. 

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#41  Edited By HubrisRanger

"Cool prizes"?!?

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#42  Edited By Andheez

Kinda blows, I just renewed my subscription under the early renewal  program & i saw a 1 year card for $35 so I bought it and am now good for 2 years and get nothing for it.  Guess its better than  $60 though.

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#44  Edited By Damian

Well, that explains the price hike.

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#45  Edited By dreadhead

Hmm I am Canadian and was able to sign up. No idea if it will work or not though. I am guessing it wont since they have no way of doing a "skill testing" question.

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#46  Edited By LtKetch

Let me know when this becomes available north of the 49th.

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#47  Edited By RsistncE

Sweet, does this new rewards service mean dropping the price to play on Live for some people? It doesn't? Well I guess I'll just keep playing on my superior and free online service then. Get fucked Microsoft.

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#49  Edited By Julmust

All of us non UK and US members gets fucked up the ass so much with your shit Microsoft I'm getting fucking tired of it. Give me the same stuff you assholes, goddamn...

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#50  Edited By MattyFTM  Moderator
@Jamer91 said:
" does anyone know what "Sky" is? "
It's a UK satellite TV service. You can set up a 360 to access their online "Sky Player" in the UK