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Monday, June 09, 2008


Update 1/25/09: Read the comments for others' experiences and be aware that it might be best not to make any purchases via MyPoints.

Update 11/1/09: I've never made a purchase through MyPoints, but I can accumulate a couple hundred points a month just by printing and redeeming coupons through their portal.

About a year ago, I read a post at The Frugal Duchess that mentioned a program called MyPoints as a means of earning points that could be redeemed for gift cards. Intrigued, I set out to learn more. Conveniently, Mighty Bargain Hunter wrote up a nice review at about the same time, confirming what I'd already learned and offering some additional tips.

So what's MyPoints? The great appeal of MyPoints is that points can be earned without spending any money. Every member receives "bonus" emails, and clicking on the link in the email usually earns 5 points. And multiple emails go out every day. When you have enough points, you can redeem them for a variety of gift cards.

It really has been that simple. The lowest value gift cards are 500 points, so you can earn rewards extremely quickly.

On the other hand, the higher value gift cards require fewer points, proportionally. For instance, a $25 CVS gift card costs 3600 points, but a $50 CVS gift card is less than twice that at 7100 points.

In fact, I had been saving up all of my points for a $50 Amazon gift certificate (no longer available). But then I started burning up my ECBs at CVS buying things my family needs, so I redeemed 3600 points for a $25 CVS gift card. I'll be able to stretch that $25 into hundreds by playing The Drugstore Game, so the loss of points is more than worth it. If not for the CVS gift card, though, I would have continued to save my points like David of My Two Dollars. (Note to self: It took about three weeks for my CVS gift card to arrive, so I can't wait until my ECBs are gone to order my next gift card!)

In addition to clicking through bonus emails, you can earn points by answering questions on the MyPoints site and taking surveys that they email you. The surveys are typically 10 points if you don't qualify (and more points if you do). They don't take very long, particularly if, like me, you select "prefer not to answer" whenever possible, since that seems to disqualify me quite often.

Other ways to earn points for free include downloading and using the MyPoints tool bar, playing their promotional games (usually held around holidays), and completing registrations and "exclusive offers". You can also earn points by shopping through their portal (though I generally try to go through Ebates since that gives me cash back), playing their online games, using the MyPoints Visa, and referring other users.

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  • At 6/9/08, 6:16 AM, Blogger ktoth04 said…

    I haven't redeemed from mypoint yet, but I find that just clicking on the emails it takes forever to accumulate points... I think I have like, 1300 points and have been a member for almost a year... But then again, none of my friends will join, so that makes it hard to acquire points

  • At 6/9/08, 8:25 AM, Blogger Trheel4vr said…

    I've been a member of mypoints for over 11 years now and have gotten tons of free stuff (including more magazine subscriptions I'll ever have time to read) just by reading emails and "registering". Here are my tips: 1) subscribe using an email addy that you have set up specifically for it (when you register for trials, etc. the spam will go to this email and not your main email). 3) set up a filter/label in your email account so that you can keep them all together and they don't get lost in all the spam registering for stuff will create 3) Let emails accumulate for a week or so and then read all at once 4) you don't have to wait for the web page to load, just click on the email, let the page start to load, immediately return to the email, delete, click on the next 5) Register for anything that doesn't cost money, that's a no brainer, but 6) If you do register for the free trials, put an appointment on your calendar (with a reminder) that has the cancellation info so that you don't forget. Oh, and if you want to spread the wealth on who gets bonus points for referring a friend, feel free to drop me an email with the subject "MyPoints Referral" to hazelscoupons (at) gmail (dot) com

  • At 6/9/08, 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Thankss for the other info about MyPoints. A company I work with just moved their rewards system to MyPoints, so I'm now a member, but haven't had much time to investigate.

  • At 6/9/08, 12:02 PM, Blogger Gina said…

    I have a friend who's accumulated gift cards quickly too, but I've been with MyPoints since December and have yet to get past 500 points. I don't seem to get many surveys or things. I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong. I'm wondering if it's because my friend (and you) are in a higher salary category; maybe you get more offers?

  • At 6/9/08, 12:21 PM, Blogger Kacie said…

    I love MyPoints as well! I've already gotten two gift cards from them since January, and I have enough to get another now, but I'm hoping to accumulate even more points and get a larger gift card.

    Doing the bonus offers helps. I try to visit the site daily to click on those one-question "surveys" they sometimes have to earn an additional 5 points.

    I don't think I've gotten any points from friends signing up.

  • At 6/9/08, 8:35 PM, Anonymous mbhunter said…

    Thanks for the link CFO! ;)

  • At 6/9/08, 8:38 PM, Anonymous Jonathan said…

    I do what tarheel does, just make a MyPoints e-mail folder and filter everything in there. It allows you to ignore the e-mails for a while if you don't feel like dealing with them.

  • At 6/12/08, 8:56 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @trhee14vr & Jonathan - Thanks for sharing your tips!

    @Gina - I can't remember for sure, but I doubt I gave them my salary info. Maybe the more times you visit the site, the more emails and surveys they send? I usually visit the site every day to click on the little polls that give 5 points.

  • At 11/9/08, 7:11 AM, Anonymous MyPoints Review said…

    Excellent "paying" website .. Many satisfied members all over the place .. I think MyPoints is one of the best GPT around right now. Not to mention it has been online since 1996.

    Thumps UP for MyPoints :)


  • At 12/16/08, 1:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was a member of this site for 3 years but suddenly for some reason they wrote me a terrible mail and closed my account which had almost 2500 points ready to be redeemed. The mails was really pathetic and no firm reason was given before closing my account.

  • At 1/25/09, 1:18 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    Reader Joanne sent this comment via email on Jan. 24, 2009:

    Hi-read your 6/08 review about mypoints program. Have used it for years, including the Visa card. Couldn't agree more up until now. "Visited" some sites-just to check out and get points. Charges appeared on card for something called "searchgrant" and FTD florist-neither of which interested in. I received no purchase confirmation or points. The card was cancelled, then received notice from Columbia House dvd outfit that they needed card info. I didn't want that either. The bizarre thing is that I received the flowers with a birthday card -it's not my birthday. My information is out there --through mypoints. My advise--be very careful about "visiting" sites at mypoints.

  • At 2/12/09, 6:04 PM, Blogger ll said…

    Mypoints has closed my account for no reason after 4 years. I did not even get a notice. I guess because I had saved up enough points for a 50.00 gift card I planned to use for my son's birthday coming up in March. I now have to pay for all that I ordered through them, they get paid and I get dumped for no reason. And there is NOTHING I can do about it! No address, No phone, NO THANKS. I won't trust any of these scammers anymore! I will be posting what they did every chance I get to warn others.

  • At 4/27/09, 1:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    i have redeemed points 4 times and never had trouble! i received 2 waqlmart gift cards and 2 old navy gift cards. i received the FTD cards too as part of a promotion - they told me they were coming- but i wasn't interested in them so i tossed them. i have been super pleased with my points. i never buy anything- just read emails and do easy points and surveys. points add up quick!

  • At 9/15/09, 2:49 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I was a member for 3 years.They simply terminated my account when i redeemed $50.00 and two months later they gave no reason but closed my account..

    MyPoints..WASTE OF TIME....

  • At 2/9/10, 10:28 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Mypoints has been cancelling a lot of accounts without warning. They recently cancelled mine with no warning and no explanation. I emailed them 3 times and they will only reply with a form email. I had close to 3000 points and they are GONE! After it happened, I googled closed mypoints account and found that it is happening to a lot of people. It seems like they are claiming people have violated terms of service but conveniently refusing to say what they have done. It also seems like 3000 points is the "magic number" for getting your account cancelled. Some complaints I found suggested that the bad economy may have hurt them and they need to re-coup some $$$! Beware Mypoints!

  • At 11/10/10, 8:05 PM, Blogger Johanna said…

    They are absolutely AWFUL about crediting points for purchases!!! It's a fight every single time and even then they come up with some BS excuse why some minor thing invalidates the points. I just spent close to $1500 through their website that I'm not getting ANY credit for. Now that I've seen the previous couple posts, they will probably cancel my account as soon as they see this posting.

  • At 3/21/11, 11:53 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I LOVE! I heard from a customer at my work, or seemed to alwasy pay for her order with a gift card. I decided to join last October. I won the Daily Spin n Win several times giving me over 100 points, and then continued clicking on the bonus emails each day. I easily earned points shopping for Christmas gifts(for stuff I would normally buy anyway) on I've already redeemed a $50 Regal Cinemas gift card, and cards for restaurants in $10 denominations. I really don't mind clicking through the bonus emails, sometimes I see great deals(like the double points for mag subscriptions, or 500 points for starbucks gift cards), and the points add up FAST. I'm really glad that I joined, unfortunately I've only gotten one friend to join, who is inactive. I noticed people are very skeptical about it.

  • At 5/27/11, 6:48 AM, Blogger Alissa said…

    I've been using MyPoints for over 10 years now, and I love it! I usually save my points throughout the year and then redeem in early October so that my gift cards arrive in time to do our Christmas shopping. I've also been known to redeem for gift cards for wedding presents or baby shower presents if the need comes up. I redeemed in December for a $25 gift card to give as a gift to someone at Valentine's Day, and I've already wracked up over 10,000 (yes, the comma is in the right place and that is the right number of 0's) more points. I've done quite a bit of online shopping - I ordered an Entertainment Book, which is something I get every year because I enjoy the savings from it, and I've ordered from sites like Lakeside Collection and Oriental Trading. I've been able to earn points at some of the photo sites by ordering prints or postcards (I use the postcards as direct ship to recipients on Postcrossing). I am a member of Bzzagent, which allows me to earn Mypoints points by writing reviews and sharing information about products I am given to sample. There are so many great ways to ear the points, and they can add up quickly.

    As far as saving up for something and then it not being there when you were ready to redeem - this happens on occasion, but the ones that are no longer there usually reappear within a week. I think there is a limited number of gift cards that can be redeemed from each place in a given amount of time and they just have to get more before they can put it back up.

  • At 5/27/11, 7:11 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Alissa - Thanks for sharing your experience. After all of the warnings, I've been very cautious about letting my points build up too much for fear of my account being canceled. It's good to know that hasn't happened to you!


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