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FAQ

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About

About the Program:

+ What is Xbox Live Rewards?
A. Xbox Live Rewards is a loyalty program that rewards you for referring your friends to go Gold on Xbox Live, playing games, engaging with Xbox Live features, making purchases from Xbox stores and more. Earn Rewards Credits just for doing what you love on Xbox Live with your Xbox One or Xbox 360. Once you rack up 5,000 Credits or more, they'll be converted into your country's local currency and deposited right into your Microsoft account. Then it's off to Xbox stores, where you can spend your money however you'd like - whether on a game, movie, TV show, avatar item or more!
+ Is this an Xbox sponsored program?
A. Yes. Xbox Live Rewards is sponsored by Microsoft Corporation.
+ Who is eligible to participate in Xbox Live Rewards?
A. Xbox Live Rewards is open to users who have an Xbox Live account who live in the fifty (50) United States (including District of Columbia), United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Spain, Taiwan or Sweden and are 13 years or older. Please see Terms and Conditions for full eligibility details. If your country of residence is not currently eligible, please check back as we're always looking into adding new countries to the program.
+ How do I sign up for Xbox Live Rewards?
A. Go to the Xbox Live Rewards website and enroll by clicking the 'Join Xbox Live Rewards' button. You will need a Microsoft account to participate. Please use the Microsoft account associated with your Xbox Live Gamertag. If you do not already have a Microsoft account, you can create one for free. It will take up to 96 hours to confirm your eligibility and set up your account with Xbox Live Rewards. Head back to rewards.xbox.com in a couple days to view your newly created account.
+ What Rewards are available to members, and which ones am I eligible to earn?
A. A current list of Rewards is available on the MyRewards page, under MyMissions. For more details, please see the Terms and Conditions. Check back often to see what new rewards have been added!
+ Can I earn Rewards Credits for transactions made prior to signing up for Xbox Live Rewards?
A. You can only earn Rewards Credits once you're an Xbox Live Rewards member. Once your membership is complete, we'll begin tracking your activity and rewarding you for things like referring your friends to go Gold on Xbox Live, completing Punchcards, and giving us feedback through surveys. For full details on the Rewards available, please see the Terms and Conditions.
+ How do I earn more Rewards Credits?
A. Some ways to earn require an Xbox Live Gold membership. However, all members can still earn Rewards Credits for actions like taking surveys, playing new games or completing Punchcards. To get the most out of Xbox Live Rewards, click here to become an Xbox Live Gold member.
+ My Xbox Live Rewards account is not recognizing my Xbox Live Gold membership. What should I do?
A. Xbox Live Rewards can only recognize paid monthly or yearly standard, non-promotional Xbox Live Gold memberships. If you have a different type of membership, we may not be able to recognize you as an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member.
+ What happened to Microsoft Points?
A. Microsoft Points are officially retiring. Instead, you can use money to purchase content on Xbox (see Xbox.com Points FAQ for more information). With this change, it became necessary for us to evolve the way we reward you. Instead of Microsoft Points, Xbox Live Rewards members can now earn Rewards Credits, which are converted into your country's local currency and deposited as cash directly into your Microsoft account.
+ I still have questions!
A. Please create a post in our Support Forum and we'll get back to you within 3 business days. You can also follow us on Twitter at @XboxLiveRewards to keep up on the latest news!

Account:

+ How do I make sure my Microsoft account is properly set up to receive Xbox Live Rewards deposits?
A. In order to receive deposits in the form of your country's local currency, your Microsoft account must be transitioned to currency. As long as you have a billing address on file in your account, you simply need to initiate a purchase or redeem a Microsoft Points card or code with your Microsoft account to begin your account transition.
+ How do I update the Microsoft account associated with my Gamertag?
A. In order to change your Microsoft account, please click here and follow the instructions. Please make sure that the Microsoft account associated with your Gamertag is current to ensure you receive your Xbox Live Rewards email offers and updates. To see which email address we have on file for you, go to http://billing.microsoft.com, log in with the Microsoft account tied to your Gamertag, and click on the 'Profile' link at the top.
+ Will I still receive Xbox Live Rewards Credits if I change my Microsoft account (email)?
A. Yes. Updating your Microsoft account (email) associated with your Gamertag will not impact your Xbox Live Rewards Credits deposits. However, if you do make this change, you won't be able to sign into the Xbox Live Rewards site with your old Microsoft account (email) until you take an extra step. After 72 hours, you will need to re-register for the program with the new Microsoft account (email). After 4 days you should be able to sign in with your new Microsoft account and view your information on the MyRewards page.
+ Why can't I access my account information immediately after registration?
A. While most users receive confirmation within 2 days, in some rare circumstances it may take up to 96 hours for your account set up to complete.
+ I'm having trouble logging in with my Microsoft account. What should I do?
A. If you've forgotten your password, simply go here click the 'forgot password' link and follow the instructions provided. Once this process is complete, go back to the Xbox Live Rewards home page to log in. For further assistance with your account, visit the Microsoft Account Sign-In Help Center.
+ What types of communications will I receive from Xbox Live Rewards?
A. As an Xbox Live Rewards member, you will receive a variety of emails, including registration confirmation notifications, monthly rewards program updates, special offers and more. In general, you shouldn't receive more than 2 emails per month unless you have been selected for VIP Rewards or exclusive offers. Please note that you may receive an email from XboxLiveRewards@eprizefulfillment.com on behalf of Xbox for updates. If you have not already done so, make sure your junk mail filters are set to receive emails from XboxLiveRewards@eprizefulfillment.com.
+ What if I want to participate in Xbox Live Rewards but I do not want to receive email communications?
A. Unfortunately, it's necessary to use email communications to inform members of the latest program updates and offers, as well as to provide status updates of their accounts. All VIP Exclusives and many prizes are sent via email as well. To stop receiving emails, you will need to opt-out of the program. You can do that by clicking here.
+ How do I remove myself from the Xbox Live Rewards program?
A. We love rewarding our members for doing what they love. However, if you would like to leave the program, you can opt-out at any time by clicking here.
+ Who do I contact if I have further questions about Xbox Live Rewards?
A. If you have additional questions that have not been answered here, please see our Terms and Conditions for full information. After reading our terms, if you still have questions, please create a new post in our Support Forum and the Xbox Live Rewards Squad will look into your inquiry and get back to you within 3 business days.
+ How do I update my Gamertag, Avatar and Xbox Live Rewards account information?
A. To update your account information, simply follow the links and instructions provided under the My Account section of Xbox.com. Xbox Live Rewards uses your existing information so you don't need to update in two places. Since changes in profile information can take up to 2 weeks to finalize, please continue to participate while our systems are updating.
+ What if I move to another country or change my region?
A. Rewards Credits are converted to the currency associated with your original country of enrollment. Any Rewards Credits already deposited are yours to keep, but changing your region will result in us being unable to deposit any Pending Credits that convert to your new region's currency.

Not to worry, though! If you would like to continue participating in Xbox Live Rewards, simply opt out of the program and then sign back up again. Your account will start fresh and you'll start earning Rewards Credits that will convert to your new currency. So, if you're planning on moving, be sure to request your Rewards Credits deposit early before you change your region.

Rewards:

+ What are Rewards Credits and how can I use them?
A. Rewards Credits are a way of keeping track of the cash you earn through Xbox Live Rewards. Once you accumulate 5,000 Credits or more, we will automatically convert them into to your country's local currency and deposit your cash into your Microsoft account. Then, you can head over to the Xbox stores to purchase your favorite games, Movies, Avatar props and much more!
+ What is the monetary value of Rewards Credits?
A. 5,000 Rewards Credits are equal to $5 USD.
+ When will I get my Rewards Credits?
A. Rewards Credits will automatically be converted into your country's local currency and deposited into your Microsoft account by the 15th and 30th of each month, once you hit 5,000 Credits. If you have less than 5,000 Credits, they will be held as Pending until a quantity of 5,000 is reached.
+ Can I get my Rewards Credits faster?
A.Yes. If you reach 1,000 Rewards Credits or more, a 'Request Deposit' button will appear on your MyRewards page. Click on the 'Request Deposit' button for an early deposit! The early deposit will be deposited into your Microsoft account by the next scheduled deposit date on your MyRewards page. Check out the progress bar at the top of your MyRewards page to see your Credits progress.
+ Can I get a Rewards deposit in another currency?
A. No. Rewards Credits will not be converted over to currency not associated with the countries eligible to participate in the program. Your Xbox Live profile must be set to an eligible locale.
+ Will my Rewards Credits expire?
A. While Rewards Credits do not expire, the cash that we deposit does, so be sure to use it! Once Rewards Credits have been converted to your country's local currency and deposited into your Microsoft account, the cash value will expire by June 2015. To view expiring deposits in your Microsoft account, go to the Billing and Account Management page. See Terms and Conditions for full details.
+ I received a Rewards Points token from Xbox Live Rewards. Will that expire?
A. Yes. Any Rewards Points tokens recently provided (in email) will expire on 12/31/2013.
+ How do I know how many Rewards Credits I've earned and how will I know when they have been converted to cash and deposited into my Microsoft account?
A. First, log in to Xbox Live Rewards and head over to the MyRewards page. Once you are on the MyRewards page, click on 'View MyStatement.' MyStatement is a summary of all your rewards activity. You can view:

  • Pending Rewards Credits: Credits you've earned that have not yet been converted to cash and deposited into your Microsoft account
  • Rewards Credits Deposits: Credits that have already been converted to your country's local currency and deposited in your Microsoft account.
  • Previous Month: Activity over the past month
  • Past 6 Months: Activity over the past 6 months
  • Lifetime: All your activity for the entire duration of your Xbox Live Rewards membership.

You'll also receive a MyStatement email each month that shows your Rewards Credits activity summary.
+ How long will it take for rewards activity to show up on the MyRewards page?
A. Some activities will display in the MyCredits progress bar and in MyStatement within 2 days. Others, like special offers, won't show up until the offer is over. When in doubt, check the offer FAQ or the offer Terms and Conditions found in the footer of the webpage that references the offer.
+ My Rewards Credits balance seems wrong. What should I do?
A. Please contact us via the Support Forum so we can take a look at your account.
+ What happened to the Gold renewal Rewards?
A. At this time, the Gold renewal Reward has been replaced with better, more exciting offers. You're about to have even more chances to get rewarded as an Xbox Live Gold member, plus opportunities to earn faster and easier by enjoying your favorite entertainment or games content in the Xbox Store. We're always introducing new ways to get you rewarded for doing what you love. So, check back often to make sure you don't miss out!

MyMissions

Shark Card Rewards

+ How do I earn rewards with the Shark Cards Rewards?
A. All purchases must amount to a minimum of $10 to qualify to earn a Reward. Any purchase that is not a qualifying Shark Card is not considered as an eligible purchase towards completing the offer. Eligible purchases must be made in Xbox Games Store between July 1, 2014 00:01 UTC and July 22, 2014 23:59 UTC. Please visit http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ or another world time database to determine local time.
+ Who is eligible for this offer?
A. This offer is only open to Xbox Live Rewards members 17 years and older. It runs from July 1, 2014 until July 22, 2014. Please see Terms & Conditions for full eligibility details.
+ When will I get my Rewards Credits?
A. If you purchased at least $10 in qualifying Shark Cards during the eligibility period, your 1,000 Rewards Credits will be deposited into your Xbox Live account on July 25, 2014. After that, your Credits will automatically be converted into your country's local currency and deposited into your Microsoft account by the 15th and 30th of each month, once you hit 5,000 Credits. If you have less than 5,000 Credits, they will be held as Pending until a quantity of 5,000 is reached.

Binge Watch and Play

+How do I receive rewards with the Binge Watch and Play offer?
A. Receive up to 25,000 Rewards Credits with the Binge Watch and Play offer! During the offer period, eligible Xbox Live Rewards members can receive 5,000 Rewards Credits once every two weeks, by spending a minimum of $60 on both game AND video content from the Xbox stores. Purchases will need to fall between the following qualifying weeks:

  • June 24 – July 7, 2014
  • July 8 – July 21, 2014
  • July 22 – August 4, 2014
  • August 5 – August 18, 2014
  • August 19 – September 1, 2014

Eligible purchases must be made in the Xbox stores between June 24, 2014 00:01 UTC and September 1, 2014 23:59 UTC. Please visit http://www.worldtimeserver.com/ or another world time database to determine local time.
+What Xbox stores content are eligible for this offer?
A. Games on demand, arcade games, add-ons, movies, TV, season passes qualify for the offer. Purchases of eligible content can be made for the Xbox 360 and/or Xbox One.

The following Xbox stores content are not eligible for the offer: In-game content, avatar items, themes, Xbox Live and Xbox Music Pass subscriptions, and music.
+ Who is eligible for this offer?
A. This offer is open to Xbox Live Rewards members 13 years and older. Please see Offer Terms & Conditions for full eligibility details.
+When will I get my Rewards Credits?
A. After you have spent a minimum of $60 on eligible Xbox stores content during the qualifying weeks, your 5,000 Rewards Credits will show up under Pending on your MyRewards page within 96 hours. You can receive up to 25,000 Rewards Credits during the offer period.

Your Credits will automatically be converted into your country's local currency and deposited into your Microsoft account by the 15th and 30th of each month.

MyPunchcard:

+ What is MyPunchcard?
A. MyPunchcard is part of the Xbox Live Rewards program and is open to all members. Through MyPunchcard, Xbox Live Rewards members can get rewarded for performing a specific set of actions. Every Punchcard is linked to a specific Reward. Once a member completes all the criteria associated with an offer, they will get the Reward.
+ Who is eligible for MyPunchcard?
A. All Xbox Live Rewards members are eligible to participate in MyPunchcard. To start earning punches for completing specific actions, join Xbox Live Rewards now for free if you haven't already: http://rewards.xbox.com.
+ How does MyPunchcard work?
A. Each Punchcard has a set amount of punches required to complete it. Once a specific action is completed and a punch is earned, it can take up to 2 days for it to appear on the MyRewards page. Xbox Live Rewards members are only eligible to receive a Reward once all punches have been earned and the entire Punchcard is complete. There is a limit of one Reward per completed Punchcard, unless otherwise noted.
+ When will I receive MyPunchcard Reward?
A. Depending on the Punchcard offer, you will receive your Reward for completing the Punchcard after the end of the offer period or within 96 hours. Please reference the FAQ for that particular Punchcard offer for more details.
+ Where can I find the available Punchcards?
A. To check out the available Punchcards, log into the Xbox Live Rewards site and visit the MyRewards page. The amount of available Punchcards each month will vary. New offers could pop up at any time, so be sure to check back occasionally!
+ Do specific Punchcards expire?
A. Yes. Once a Punchcard expires, no further punches will be provided for actions completed after the expiration date. Expiration dates for each Punchcard vary and are listed on the MyPunchcard page found here.
+ How do I know if I have met the minimum purchase requirement to get a punch for a Punchcard?
A. The pre-tax amount of the item must meet the minimum purchase requirement for each punch for that particular Punchcard. Visit MyMissions for more details.

Refer-a-Friend:

+ What is Refer-a-Friend?
A. Refer-a-Friend is an Xbox Live Rewards program available to Xbox Live Rewards Gold members in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, France, New Zealand, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Italy, Spain, Taiwan and Sweden. It allows members to earn Rewards Credits for referring their friends to sign up for Xbox Live Rewards and go Gold!
+ Do I need to have an Xbox Live Gold membership to refer friends?
A. Yes, you must be an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member to refer friends.
+ How many Rewards Credits can I earn for referring friends?
A. While you can only refer up to 5 friends a day, there is no limit to the number of Rewards Credits you can earn for successfully referring friends. A successful referral hinges on a referred friend(s) upgrading to an Xbox Live Online Gold membership within 14 days of receiving the referral email and signing up for Xbox Live Rewards (if they weren't already a member). Credits will be awarded once your referred friend(s) has been Gold for at least 30 days.
+ A friend referred me. How many Rewards Credits can I earn for upgrading to an Xbox Live Gold membership?
A. You can only receive the Refer-a-Friend Reward for personally upgrading to an Xbox Live Gold membership one time. However, Xbox Live Rewards Gold members can earn unlimited rewards for referring new members.
+ I was referred by an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member and purchased an Xbox Live Online Gold membership. I'm also an Xbox Live Rewards member. When can I expect to receive my 5,000 Rewards Credits?
A. To receive your 5,000 Rewards Credits, you must join Xbox Live Rewards and upgrade your Xbox Live account to Gold Online membership within 14 days of receiving the referral and retain your Gold membership for at least 30 days. If you meet all these requirements, Credits may take up to 45 days to be deposited into your Microsoft account.
+ Why can't I refer some of my friends?
A. There are multiple reasons a friend may not be eligible for the Refer-a-Friend Reward. Your friend may already be an Xbox Live Gold member, or have recently acted on a referral and upgraded to Gold. Also, the Refer-a-Friend Reward may not be available in your friend's region. Please see the Terms and Conditions for full details.

VIP

MyAchievements:

+ What is MyAchievements?
A. MyAchievements is an exclusive Xbox Live Rewards VIP Reward that gives you cash back for your hard-earned Gamerscore. With MyAchievements, you can unlock 4 levels of payback based on your Gamerscore – Contender, Champion, Legend or Master. The higher your tier, the greater your rebate on eligible purchases in the Xbox stores. To participate in MyAchievements, all you have to do is play your favorite Xbox 360 games and enjoy the benefits of being an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member.
+ What is the difference between Gamerscore and Achievement Points?
A. Your Gamerscore is a sum of your Achievements across all Xbox 360, Windows Phone 7, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8 and Windows Live games. Achievements are earned by completing specific tasks within a game. To view details on your Achievements and your overall Gamerscore, visit Xbox.com or check your Xbox Live dashboard. Click here and watch "Xbox 101 – Gamerscore and Achievements" for more information.
+ How will I know which tier I qualify for and what do I get?
A. MyAchievements tiers are unlocked based on your Gamerscore by the first of any month. To qualify, you must be an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member as of the first of the month.

  • A score of 3000 - 9999 makes you a Contender, where you will receive 50 Credits for every $10.00 USD you spend.
  • A score of 10000 - 24999 makes you a Champion, where you will receive 100 Credits for every $10.00 USD you spend.
  • A score of 25000 - 74999 makes you a Legend, where you will receive 200 Credits for every $10.00 USD you spend.
  • A score of 75000 or higher makes you a Master, where you will receive 300 Credits for every $10.00 USD you spend.
+ Do I have to get new Achievements and build up a new Gamerscore to be placed in a tier? How is my tier calculated?
A. No, you don't have to start from zero! Your current Gamerscore will be used to determine your tier. Your tier is calculated based on your Gamerscore by the first of the month in which you qualify.
+ My Gamerscore is enough to qualify for a certain tier of MyAchievements, but the MyAchievements site still says I'm not eligible. Why?
A. MyAchievements tiers are unlocked once around the beginning of each month. To unlock a tier, you must be a current Xbox Live Rewards Gold member on the first of any month. If you just enrolled into the program, you must wait until the following month to unlock the appropriate tier. Please see the Terms and Conditions for more details.
+ I was an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member and I was previously in a tier, but I'm not Gold anymore. What happens to my status?
A. If you are not a current Xbox Live Rewards Gold member, you are not eligible for the MyAchievements program this month. You can always obtain a new Xbox Live Gold membership and unlock MyAchievements again next month!
+ My Gamerscore went up and should have qualified me for a higher tier in MyAchievements. However, the MyAchievements site still isn't updated. Why not?
A. You must connect to Xbox Live using the same Gamertag you use for Xbox Live Rewards in order for your most recent achievements to synch with your account. Also, please note that MyAchievements tiers are only unlocked once at the beginning of each month, so you will want to synch a week before month's end to ensure we have your current information. If you missed it this month, just make sure you take the appropriate steps and you'll be able to qualify next month!
+ What Xbox stores purchases are eligible for the MyAchievements rebate?
A. Most purchases for the Xbox 360 from the Xbox stores qualify, including full games on demand, arcade games, indie games, game add-ons, game season passes, Movies, TV shows, TV seasons, themes and Avatar items. However, the purchase or redemption of an Xbox Live Gold membership, Xbox Music passes, Xbox Video TV season passes, and the purchase or redemption of Microsoft Points or Xbox Gift Cards, do not qualify.
+ When will my MyAchievements Rewards Credits be deposited into my Microsoft account?
A. For every $10.00 USD you spend on eligible Xbox stores content, you will be eligible for Credits. The rebate Credits earned will be calculated at the end of each month, and then will show up on your MyRewards page by the 15th of the following month. Then, your Rewards Credits will follow the program's current deposit terms. For more information, please read the Terms and Conditions.

VIP Exclusives:

+ What are VIP Exclusives and how do I earn VIP Rewards?
A. VIP Exclusives are special offers and rewards that are part of the Xbox Live Rewards program. To be eligible, all you have to do is become an Xbox Live Rewards Gold member and stay active on Xbox Live.
+ I should have been a VIP, but I never received my email. What should I do?
A. Please be sure that you are checking the email address listed as the contact email on your Microsoft Billing profile. If you see a VIP Exclusives or other special offer on your MyRewards page, but you haven't received the email, please contact us via the Support Forum. All VIP Exclusives and other special offers expire one year from the offer date.

More Questions

+ I have still a question about my specific account.
A. Please make a new post in our official Support Forum and we'll get back to you within 3 business days. Our hours of operation are Monday through Friday, from 9am to 5pm Pacific Standard time.

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