Don’t worry, you didn’t click on this article to find a long survey you have to take or a ridiculously deceitful offer to claim. This is the real deal. Every so often there is an album on iTunes or an item on Amazon I desperately want, but can’t justify the unnecessary splurge. So I think to myself… if only I had a gift card. Well, I’m going to help make that dream a reality for you.
Here are two free ways to earn a free Amazon gift card or iTunes gift card. They require a little bit of effort on your part, but no spending is required — just a passion and dedication for wanting to earn nice things.
1. Bing Rewards
Take a good look at Google Search because you’re never going to see it again. Your new internet companion is Bing. I’ve been using Bing for several years. I can testify that it’s just as good as Google for every day purposes and I search the web at least 40 to 50 times per day if not more.
But more importantly, Bing rewards you if you use it enough. With your Microsoft account, you can enroll in the Bing Rewards program (totally free) to start collecting points as you search. You get one point for every two searches, up to 15 points per day from your computer and up to 10 per day from your phone. (That’s right, change your search engine there too.) You can also complete a quick search quiz every day to earn an additional three points and complete other minor tasks for bonuses.
When you rack up enough points, you can redeem prizes. A $5 Amazon gift card is worth 525 points, though if you level up by performing enough searches, this drops down to 475 points which has been my rate for years. Many other gift cards and prizes are available too: Starbucks gift cards, ad-free Outlook.com, Xbox Live Gold membership, GameStop gift cards, Hulu gift cards and more.
Note: iTunes Gift Cards are not available from Bing rewards. If that’s what you’re after, skip down to the Swagbucks section below.
I’ve earned 8,339 lifetime points — that’s a whopping $85 in Amazon gift cards. I tend to earn a new $5 gift card once every five to six weeks, which really isn’t that bad at all.
To sign up for Bing Rewards, go to bing.com and sign in with your Microsoft account on the top right. Once you’re signed in, click the rewards icon immediately next to it and click Join Bing Rewards.
To redeem your accumulated points, click the rewards icon yet again in the top right corner of Bing and then click the Bing Rewards header.
In the navigation bar, click Redeem, then choose a prize you qualify for. For our purposes, I’ll choose the $5 Amazon Gift Card.
Click the blue Redeem button and then Confirm and order my reward once your account and delivery information is setup. (The gift card arrives via email.)
Swagbucks is yet another service that lets you earn points much in the same way as Bing Rewards, except Swagbucks has a much larger variety of activities to complete. It also has far more prizes.
If you want you could perform web searches through Swagbucks, an easy and convenient way to mindlessly earn points, but many other options are on the table. You can play sponsored games, take quizzes, shop through various affiliated websites, watch videos and more. Every activity earns you points to a varying degree, usually anywhere from one to three per completed task.
The fastest way I could find to earn a free gift with minimal effort is by signing up for an Audible subscription for only $1. When you sign up through Swagbucks for one month, you immediately earn 800 points — that’s good enough for one $5 gift card and one $3 gift card. The way I see it, I got a $7 gift card for free. Plus you earn even more points if you keep your subscription. Just search for Audible in the Shop section.
Visit swagbucks.com to sign up for free. To redeem your accumulated points, click Rewards under Redeem Your SB in the sidebar. Browse through the available awards or just get straight to the point by searching for Amazon gift cards or iTunes gift cards.
Click the prize you want, then click the green Snag This! button and fill out your information to receive it.
Note: Gift cards arrive under My Gift Cards in your account and can sometimes take several days, plus up to a week before it’s officially posted for redemption.
There you go, two free services to get you free stuff — namely those impulse Amazon and iTunes gift cards. Yes, they take plenty of time and a bit of effort on your end, but if you keep up with them consistently the goodies will pour in.