For those of you who are curious about Mypoints.com, here is some information about the program, and how to get started with it.
My Points is an online rewards program. Once you sign up, they will send offers via email that match your interests. You build up points through signing up for the offers, or shopping at the advertised merchants. Many merchants are involved in the program, and you probably already shop with them. Barnes and Noble, Overstock.com, and Target are just a few of the merchants you can earn points with. For a full list, check out the website.
Even if you don’t sign up for the offer, or choose to shop through the merchant, just reading the email and clicking on the link to view the offer earns you five points. It takes a lot longer to build up points this way, but that’s the way I do it. I often can’t afford to take advantage of the offers, but I still build up points.
Now why exactly are you building up these points? At certain pre-determined levels, (again, check the website for more) you can redeem your points for gift cards to a wide variety of merchants and for varying amounts. With the recent news of gift card scams and best advice being to purchase them directly from the merchants, some of you may have doubts. But, don’t worry. I’ve been with the program two years now, and I have redeemed for multiple gift cards. All the gift cards I’ve asked for have been received, and valid with the requested amount available on the card.
They host contests for referrals and other things related to the site to help boost points. You can earn points through email referrals. The amount changes from time to time depending on any promotions they may have going on, so you will want to check that on the site as well. There is a monthly cap on the referral points, and it is usually 1,000 points.
Before points will be posted to your account, Mypoints will verify that you completed the offer or the transaction required to earn those points, so be patient when waiting for them to show. They have an account section where you can view pending and posted points, and dispute anything if you think something is wrong. Points earned through the emails are immediately credited.
I use the program to redeem once a year around Christmas time (usually at the end of October to give them time to arrive by Christmas) and it helps with a gift or two for the people that I really have no clue what to buy, and it saves me the money and time because I don’t actually have to purchase the gift card myself. It’s also great for birthday gifts if you plan enough in advance and have the appropriate points for the merchant and amount.
I would create a separate email account for the emails. They don’t bombard you necessarily, but there are quite a few of these offers daily, and they can easily get deleted in the mix with your other mail. I certainly get more of these offers than those paid to read email offers.
I hope this program will help you as much as it has me. Happy clicking, shopping, and redeeming!