A rewards program that helps shoppers buy tech items is launching a pilot program this week in three US states. Microsoft Stores in Arizona, Massachusetts, and Washington are part of the program titled “Microsoft Earn.”
VentureBeat recently contacted Microsoft about the program, and part of Microsoft’s response to VentureBeat stated “Microsoft Earn helps Visa and MasterCard customers turn Earn Credits received for purchases at their favorite retailers and restaurants into technology rewards at Microsoft stores.”
Users simply enroll in the program with their debit or credit card and their information and then earn between 5-10% in “Earn Credits” when they shop at participating retailers. Some of the participating retailers include Starbucks, Whole Foods, 7 Eleven, PetSmart, Papa John’s and 1-800-Flowers.com. In addition to those popular retailers there are hundreds of restaurants participating in the program. The earned credits can be used to purchase items from Microsoft stores ranging from Xbox One’s to laptops, phones, and more. For full details from Microsoft and to enroll you can visit EarnbyMicrosoft.com.
Microsoft Earn has a variety of retailers already participating so customers who enroll will be able earn credits from a wide range of stores. Hopefully if this program succeeds in the Arizona, Washington, and Massachusetts it will expand to other areas.Further reading: Microsoft, Microsoft Store, Rewards program