So, here's something you didn't know about me - I'm a huge Red Hot Chili Peppers fan. It's been that way since about 2003-ish, and since then I've collected all the albums, all the DVDs, a lot of merch, and I've seen them multiple times. That latest time was at the Olympic Stadium in London a few weeks ago, and Xbox and Microsoft are the reason why I didn't have to pay anything for my ticket.
We've talked many times here at Pure Xbox about how Microsoft Rewards is a great way to earn points for things like Xbox Gift Cards and Xbox Game Pass Ultimate memberships, but something that often gets overlooked is that you don't have to limit yourself to just those. Microsoft Rewards offers lots of other types of gift cards for a variety of retailers, and that includes Ticketmaster, which is ultimately what I ended up spending my points on.
Leading up to the event, I'd been building my points using the likes of Bing searches, Xbox Game Pass Quests and all sorts of other Microsoft Rewards tools for probably over a year, and I hadn't really decided what I wanted to use them on. When I realised that I had over £100 worth of points that I'd been building up, I ultimately decided to redeem a couple of £50 Ticketmaster gift cards and book my premium seat at London Stadium.
It might not look like it in the photos, but the seats were nearly as close to the stage as you could get!
Now, if you're wondering if there are any downsides to redeeming your points this way, there are a couple of things to be aware of. Firstly, gift cards for anything other than Xbox and Microsoft tend to require more MS Rewards points in order to redeem them, which is a bit of a bummer. Additionally, when you redeem a gift card for certain retailers, you sometimes have to wait up to 24 hours in order to get the code. Currys PC World in the UK sometimes does this, for example, and it means if you need to buy something quickly, it might not be practical to use Microsoft Rewards — you could potentially be forced to wait an extra day for your gift card.
Otherwise, go for it! This isn't the first time I've bought something other than Xbox credit with my Microsoft Rewards points — last year, I bought New Pokémon Snap for my Nintendo Switch using a gift card for another retailer, as well as accessories for my Oculus (or "Meta") Quest 2! Microsoft Rewards really offers a fantastic array of options.
So, there you go! I'm already back up to 20k Microsoft Rewards points at the time of writing, and I'm so glad and grateful to the program that I was able to see the Chili Peppers for free in London a couple of weeks ago. I highly recommend checking out MS Rewards if you haven't already, even if you don't have an Xbox console yet!
Have you redeemed anything particularly unique with Microsoft Rewards yet? Tell us down below.
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Amazing! Looks like you had a great time! The harsh reality is that you could start saving your points at the launch of a new console and be able to pay for the next generation with just points. I started in January this year and have around £130 in points already. Crazy value!
I used what points I had to buy Black Flag this week. Annoyed it isn't frame boosted but I think 30fps suits the look and feel of it.
The gift that keeps on giving. Ms rewards is awesome. RHCP in concert is awesome! They were on my bucket list of bands to see. Glad you enjoyed yourself.
I do remember back in the day with the, give it away now video, where turned camera to portrait mode so his mouth was long ways to look like....
Well you know. Lol
@Daniel1221 it soon adds up with the Xbox app daily quests ( if you have them ) daily searches / daily /weekly /monthly game pass quests and Xbox rewards app ,its amazing
Whilst that is cool, I could never go to a Chili's gig and sit down! It would be stood up or nothing 😅
The Rewards are Great, Just got a Xbox Series S a week ago, Only took 3 days From order to delivered.
sounds like a punishment to me, everything they've done since 1991s masterpiece blood sugar sex magik just sounds like a nursery rhyme, and they've caved into Middle Of The Road dullness.
Recently got Outer Worlds with points and I have enough for RDR2 but I'm holding off until I can get enough for a full game. It is a great program.
It's keeping me in Gamepass! I've not spent a penny on Xbox since December when I got my S had 6 months of GPU & £35 in gift cards that's just doing the console rewards and the daily searches
Definitely great value if you've got the time to sink into them.
Recently bought The Quarry and Dying Light 2 on sale, all using Reward Points.
Chilli peppers aren't as good as they used to be. ROLLING Stones however, now thats worth seeing. Or Journey.
I got a 150€ discount to buy my SX and I could buy 2 years of GPU in January 😃
my rewards points paid for my series X
Microsoft rewards are fantastic, really wish I had been using them earlier but happy to be now. Never have to pay out of pocket for gamepass and get a gift card here and there also, hope they don't switch it up like other companies did!
Love reward as I got an expansion card for free! The customer service is very poor at the moment. I did a deal to spend £30 on games on a deal and I did but 1 didn't track. I've taken pictures of the deal page with the game in question on it and have been told its not on the deal and only games on the deal page count. Sent them the pictures and they say the same thing, won't say why its on deal page and close the case. Very poor customer service. I just keep opening a new case. I just want a answer to why and they can't answer it. No trust or respect. Terrible service.
Unfortunately is not available in many countries... Even in europe
This is great for those who wish to do it.
However, my time is a precious commodity to me and im happy to miss out out on these rewards and choose for myself what I play and when. Not interested in dancing to any corps tune no matter what the bribe!
However, those that are prepared to, get rewarded well for their effort, cant deny😁
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