An easy way to earn rewards...MYPOINTS
Jan 3, 2002 (Updated Aug 31, 2003)
|Site Ease of Use:
|Effort vs. Reward:
With so many rewards programs out on the net, I have gotten to wondering which ones are good and which ones are a load of crap. I have certainly had my experiences with the bad ones but that does not include MyPoints. I started the MyPoints program about four years ago and have loved the program so much that I visit the Website almost every week, sometimes more, to see what I can earn! And what is even better is that every member of your household can have an account as long as they are 18 years of age! Your chance for earning rewards here is doubled with adding on another person.
~ Registration ~
It is a very easy registration process. All you have to do is go to www.mypoints.com. You dont even have to click on anything else...the sign up screen is already there. You just have to enter some basic information, an e-mail address, a password, check your interests and then hit submit. You are a member! You can earn up to 125 points just going through the sign up process.
~ Earning Points ~
As a member of MyPoints, you are able to earn points through various ways.
Within the Travel Center, you can book airline flights, buy travel books, and sign up to earn dining rewards if you eat out a lot. Which I do not, so I have never taken part in this program. They have such merchants as United Airlines and Hotwire available to book flights with.
The Finance Center allows you to become a part of the Buyers Assurance Program, look at and apply for various credit offers, do your taxes online, and browse through various finance control websites.
Located within the Business Center, is the ability to browse through and buy office products, magazines, and software. This section used to have the option of signing up for Direct TV, but has since taken that option out since I wrote this review the first time.
The Gift Center is great if your looking for a unique or personalized gift for that special someone, or even just a friend or family member. You can also purchase gift certificates for various stores and order flowers if you just cannot decide what to purchase.
Option number five is the Try It Out icon. Here, you can sign up to receive magazine and newspaper subscriptions, credit offers, movie information, mortgage and loan information, AOL, and frequent dining programs. Also available is opportunities to join the various gaming and gambling websites offered on the Internet. There is even a place where you can research online learning for children (who said the internet was all bad for children).
With the sixth option, the Entertainment Center you can join the MyPoints Movie Club or the Connections Super-Savings Club.
In the Visit Web Sites section, there isnt that much to do. This has changed in the last few years from when I joined. Now, all that is offered is opportunities to visit gambling websites. MyPoints used to offer a lot more opportunities to earn point in this section but they have been gradually disappearing, over time.
The Survey section allows you to earn points by taking MyPoints various surveys. I don't earn very many points this way because there usually isn't anything available. After completing the initial About You survey, I have only been offered two other surveys to complete.
Since I wrote this review the first time, they have included a couple more categories for earning possibilities which include: Beauty Center, Career Center, Book Center, Home Center, and the Photo Center.
The last icon available, is the Shopping section. You can do some serious damage to your wallet in this section. MyPoints shopping offers a huge merchant list to do your shopping from. With most stores, you earn two points for every dollar spent. Every once in awhile (especially around holidays), MyPoints offers five points per dollar spent. At other times, they offer double points, but that to is also on special occasions. I usually wait to order until they offer this incentive if I do not need the item right away.
accessories and apparel
art and photography
books and media
children and infants
computers and electronics
department and megastores
education and learning
flowers and greetings
food and restaurants
health and beauty
hobbies and collectibles
outdoor and garden
sports and fitness
toys and games
travel and vacation
Some Stores Include:
Barnes and Noble
There is also a section on this site where you can refer-a-friend to MyPoints. If that friend signs up to become a member of MyPoints, you automatically get 100 points. This process takes hardly any effort and hardly any time at all. The e-mail that is sent to your friend is already made up by MyPoints you just have to cut and paste your friends information into it. Piece of cake and a quick way to earn some extra points!
~ Mypoints Sweepstakes ~
Not offered when I first wrote this review, and not offered now that I am updating (at least that I could find), I figured I would add this in just in case Mypoints brings this back. You can now register to win a pair of roundtrip tickets to anywhere in the United States in their sweepstakes. A pair of tickets is given away every week. All you have to do is register (update your account information) and then shop on the site at your favorite stores, try out offers, or answer your point e-mail. For every 25 points that you earn, you will be entered into the drawing.
~ Spending Points ~
There is not much to say in this section. Spending your points is fairly an easy process. Most the categories that you can pick from, I have already mentioned above. After you click on a category, you are brought to another screen that will show you all of the stores available in that category. Then you just click on a store. The next screen will show you the various offers that store provides. Most of the stores offer gift certificates of five, ten, twenty-five, and fifty dollars. You click on a certificate, depending on how many points you have accumulated, and you order that certificate. A very easy going process that takes no time at all. You should receive your certificate in the mail within a 1-2 month time frame.
The average cash in rates are:
750-800 pts. = $5
1,250-1,350 pts. = $10
3,000 pts. = $25
5,750 pts. = $50
~ Account Statement ~
This section of the site allows you to access your account. You can view how many points you currently have, the points you have spent to date, and the total points you have accumulated since signing up. Weekly totals and monthly totals can also be viewed. That is if you are curious and doubtful about everything and everyone, and believe you are getting cheated around every corner (conspiracy theory anyone?)
~ Member Services ~
There is also a section on this Website where you can get in touch with the people running the show. I have never had to use this section, because I have never had any problems with the site. So therefore, I do not have any more comments about this section. But I have heard that a lot of people do, so the contact information could come in handy.
~ Other Offers ~
Two other offers available to you are the MyPoints Point Alert and the MyPoints Mastercard. The point alert gives you 25 points for downloading this onto your computer. It comes in handy when you are looking at purchasing things at different sites and forget to go through MyPoints. If you do happen to do this, the point alert will pop up and remind you that the site you are at is eligible for purchasing rewards and that you need to go through MyPoints to get them. The mastercard offers you 1,000 points if you sign up and qualify. You can also earn so many points per purchases that you make with your mastercard.
~*~ MY THOUGHTS ~*~
It may seem hard to keep up with the site at times, because you really have to spend a lot of time browsing around the site to earn your points. If your like me, and dont have 24/7 to spend on one single site, you may not be able to earn a lot of points through visiting the Website.
I receive most of my points through e-mails, from MyPoints that are sent to my personal e-mail address. They are mostly just nonsense things like signing up for offers, but they do offer points for most of these. All you have to do is click on the offer, let the web page load and youve got from two to ten points added to your account, without ever signing up for anything. Good deal! Also included in the e-mail is your account balance. This is great for me because I do not have to waste my time going to the site, just to check my balance.
These days, the only time I visit the actual site is to make an online purchase through one of there merchants. I only visit the site to browse around probably every few months or so to see if anything interesting has been added. I still receive those point e-mails every week in my mailbox.
My experience with MyPoints has been extremely satisfying. I have been a member for almost four years and have cashed in my points many times already, and will be doing so again very shortly. I have received gift cards from Barnes & Noble, Target, and JCPenneys and have never had a problem receiving my rewards in the mail. It could take up to two months to receive your reward, but hey, Im not complaining since it is something that I am basically getting for free anyway. I would recommend MyPoints to anyone as I have found that they are one of the better sites out there for earning rewards. This site is actually one of the few that does not take a million years to earn your rewards!
~ Happy Pointing!
Read all comments (9)