How to Get Free Xbox Gift Cards

How to Get Free Xbox Gift Cards

Last updated October 25th, 2019.

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I don’t often talk about it on this blog, but I have always been a fan of video games. And since I love serving up money-saving tips for you, I decided to help you save on video games. In this post, you’ll find out how to get free Xbox gift cards.

One of the reasons I decided to make this a post here at TFF is because a lot of “free gift cards” sites are spammy sites. It’s not uncommon for these sites to claim they will offer you 100% legitimate, FREE gift cards. Except they don’t.

Instead, they redirect you to a page to complete some kind of offer – or worse. It’s not outside the world of possibility that they could infect you with malware. So, I wanted to put together a resource that won’t do any of these things.

These methods will allow you to get both free Xbox gift cards as well as free Xbox One gift cards.

Note: there isn’t a huge number of ways to get free Xbox gift cards. Perhaps that’s why these sites are made to look so enticing; they know the reality is less tempting.

The truth is that there are only a few ways to get free Xbox gift cards, and most of them take time. However, in the interest of saving you from the spammy sites, I thought I would go through them.

Xbox Gift Cards vs. Microsoft Gift Cards

Microsoft offers a wide variety of products and services, all of which cost money. Some of these include:

  • Microsoft Windows
  • Microsoft Office
  • Surface Tablet
  • Laptops (Lenovo brand)
  • Xbox

Is there a difference between Microsoft gift cards and Xbox gift cards? Actually, there is not. When you sign into Xbox Live, Xbox’s online service, you sign in with your Microsoft account.

As a result, if you have a Microsoft store gift card, there is no difference between that and an Xbox gift card. You can use the same gift cards you use to make Xbox purchases on the Microsoft store and vice versa.

Ways to Earn Free Xbox Gift Cards

In the list below, we will go over the ways to earn free Xbox gift cards. Remember that these gift cards can be used anywhere on the Microsoft store. In other words, they are not exclusive to purchases of Xbox games and related items.

1. Microsoft Rewards

Of all of the ways to get free Xbox gift cards, this is probably the most sensible way. How it works is you complete basic tasks and earn points in return. It’s very similar to how a survey usually site works.

If you didn’t know, you actually earn Microsoft Rewards points every time you search on Bing. In fact, this program has been around since way back in 2010.

Every time you search on Bing, you earn a few points.

2. Complete Surveys to Claim Free Gift Cards

Another easy way to earn free gift cards is by completing surveys. There are literally dozens of survey sites out there and many of them have Xbox gift cards as a reward.

Not every single one offers Xbox gift cards as a reward, though. That’s why I went ahead and put together a list of all of the survey sites that do:

  • Swagbucks
  • Toluna
  • PrizeRebel

These are just a few of the sites that specifically have a free Xbox gift cards option. However, you can always just cash out via PayPal and then add the money to your Xbox account.

Check out this list of surveys that pay cash instantly if you prefer the cash option.

3. Xbox Game Pass Quests

First, a note: in order to be eligible for this option, you must currently be a member of Xbox Game Pass. That might be obvious based on the heading, but I want to be sure to mention it upfront.

How it works: it’s pretty simple. All you have to do is complete quests on games from the Xbox Game Pass catalog and earn points for doing so.  Those points can be used for gift cards – or you can simply keep them on your account to make purchases.
 
Head over to this page to view the Game Pass quests that are currently available.
 

When Do Xbox Gift Cards Expire?

Generally speaking, Xbox gift cards do not expire. In some cases, you may have older reward gift credits that could expire.

However, any gift cards you buy going forward should never expire. That would include Xbox gift cards you buy online or at a brick and mortar store.

Are Xbox Gift Cards Region Locked?

Yes, Xbox gift cards are region-locked. However, there is a workaround. More on that in a bit.

When a gift card is region-locked, that means it can only be redeemed where it was purchased. So if you are in the US, you can only redeem an Xbox gift card while in the US.

However, there is (at least) one workaround.  On an Xbox One, you can change your location in the following menu:

Settings > System > Location & Language

If you change your console’s location to match the location of the gift card, you should be able to redeem it. 

I have not tested this one, but the same should also be true if a use a virtual private network (VPN) which matches the gift card.

How to Redeem Xbox Gift Cards

Before you are able to actively use your Microsoft Store points, you will have to activate the Xbox gift card. There are several different ways to do so. Each gift card can only be redeemed once, so they will be no good any longer once redeemed.

See below for a list of the ways to redeem your Xbox gift cards.

1. From an Xbox One

To redeem an Xbox gift card on an Xbox One, first, sign into your account on the Xbox (the one you want to add the gift card to). Then, press the Xbox button.

From there, select the store tab, choose use a code, then enter the 25-character code. You can ignore hyphens.

At that point, simply follow the prompts and the card’s balance should be added to your account.

2. From a Web Browser

In your favorite web browser, go to redeem.microsoft.com.

Make sure you are signed into the Microsoft to which you’ll add the points. You will see that on this page:

Redeem Xbox Gift Card
Why yes, I *do* still have a Hotmail address. But I don't actually use it for sending emails.

Once you’ve verified you are signed into the right account, simply add your claim code and follow the prompts.

3. On a Windows 10 PC

Another way to redeem an Xbox gift card is on a Windows 10 PC. Here’s how to do it:
 
Sign into the PC with the Microsoft account that should get the points. Note that in order for this to work, you will have to sign into the PC with your Microsoft account and not a local account.
 
Once you do that, press Start, search “store” and open the Microsoft Store. Then, click “more…” and select “redeem a code.”
 

Then, you can add your 25-digit claim code. Follow the prompts and it will be added to your account.

4. On iOS, Android, or Windows 10 Mobile

You also have the option to redeem your Xbox gift card on a mobile device.
 
First, sign into the Microsoft app using the account that should receive the points. Then, press the Menu button in the upper-left corner of the app.  When the menu opens, select Microsoft Store, and then select “redeem a code.”
 

Lastly, enter the 25-digit code and it will be added to your account.

5. On the Xbox Console Companion App in Windows 10

First, open the Xbox Console Companion App on your PC. Be sure you’re signed into the PC using the Microsoft account that should get the points. 

Then, select Microsoft Store from the left navigation bar and click redeem a code. On that screen, enter the 25-digit claim code and follow the prompts. The points will then be added to your Microsoft account.

6. On an Xbox 360

Still running an Xbox 360? No problem. On an Xbox 360, sign in with the Microsoft account that should receive the points.

Then, press the Xbox Guide button your controller. Select Games & Apps, then Redeem a Code.

Enter the 25-digit claim code, follow the prompts, and the points will be added to your account.

Who Sells Xbox Gift Cards?

There are a number of different stores that sell Xbox gift cards.
 
The most obvious place to do so is probably directly through Microsoft. You can buy gift cards in almost any dollar amount up to $100, which makes it convenient. You can use your credit card, PayPal, or any online account to make these purchases.
 
Xbox gift cards are available at a variety of other stores, too:
In reality, most major retailers sell Xbox gift cards. They will usually have a board close to the front of the store (often at the end of an aisle) that has several different types of gift cards. You can usually find Xbox gift cards there, too.
 

Can Xbox Gift Cards be Used on Windows Store?

Generally yes, Xbox gift cards can be used on the Windows Store.  Xbox gift cards will normally be added to your Microsoft account, meaning once you add them, they should work for the Windows Store as well.
 

To verify this, use the instructions above to add the gift card(s) to your account. Once that is done, you should see the balance in the Microsoft Store as well. At that point, you will be able to use them for any purchase in the Microsoft Store.

This is the nice thing about having a unified platform. Rather than having to buy separate gift cards for each one, you simply buy one gift card and it will work for any type of purchase. Definitely convenient.

Are Xbox Gift Cards Refundable?

No, Xbox gift cards not refundable (unless required by law). They can not be exchanged for cash, check, or credit.
 
So, as a rule, you should not except these gift cards to be refundable; all purchases should be considered as such. And this makes sense, anyway. Gift cards are not like clothing purchases; you know what you are getting when you buy a gift card. In most cases, you shouldn’t need a refund on them.
 

Conclusion on Free Xbox Gift Cards

There are a few ways to get free Xbox gift cards, although the list is fairly short. It includes earning points through Microsoft rewards for tasks such as searching on Bing. This program has been around since 2010 and is one of the easiest ways to earn free Microsoft Store points. You simply use Bing to search which then credits your account with points.
 
You could also earn free Xbox gift cards by completing surveys on popular sites such as Survey Junkie. This is a less direct way as you would have to complete surveys that pay via PayPal and cash out.
 
One other way is by completing Game Quest challenges, but Game Quest does require a subscription.
 
Hopefully, you found this list helpful. Let us know in the comments if you have any other ways to earn free Xbox gift cards.
If you want to earn a free Xbox gift card, these are the steps you need to follow.

Hey there. My name is Bob Haegele and I blog about personal finance here at The Frugal Fellow. I’m also an alternative energy and EV enthusiast and have recently become semi-vegetarian. Another thing I started doing recently? Dog walking. I’m now doing that as a side hustle and loving it! I’m now working toward financial independence making money via my own ventures. If you’d like to work together, send me an email.

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