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How to earn free gift cards and cash online with MyPoints

Updated on February 15, 2012

I've earned hundreds of dollars with MyPoints -- You can, too!

There are many point-earning programs currently on the internet. I've been a member of MyPoints since 1998, and I've redeemed my earned points for a variety of rewards, ranging from gift cards for to cash added to my Paypal account. Let me explain how you, too, can earn rewards through the MyPoints program.

MyPoints works on a point system. Members sign up for free or via a referral link sent by an existing member. Different activities are assigned different point values, quick and simple free activities are generally worth 5-10 points each, whereas points earned for purchases earn considerably more.

Start earning right away

You can start earning points by simply completing the various sections of your "profile" at When you complete the entire profile, you'll earn an additional 60 points (one time only). Based on these profile responses, MyPoints sends you emails they believe will be of interest to you. Therefore, the more categories you select, the more point-earning opportunities will be sent to you.

Okay, but what kind of rewards can I earn?

  • Gift cards. From to Walmart. Many, many merchants and restaurants from which to choose.
  • Cash. Who doesn't love cash?! Choose from a Visa prepaid card or money added to your Paypal account. You can also opt to donate an amount of cash to charity.
  • Travel miles. Also available are airline and hotel miles/points.

How do I earn points?

Reading Emails

Each email contains information on how to earn points. For some emails, simply click and visit a website for 5 points. Others ask you to complete a free registration for 25 or so points. (Remember that you can always cancel these subscriptions or opt-out later on, check the terms of each site prior to registering to see how to do this.) Some suggest a product or service in which you may be interested in purchasing, and indicate a point amount you will receive if you do sign up or purchase.


MyPoints has teamed up with over 1,100 merchants to offer points earnings for purchases of merchandise or services. For example, I just had an eye exam and received a new prescription for contact lenses. But... I chose to purchase my contacts through a MyPoints merchant versus my eye doctor's office. Not only did I get a better deal through the online merchant (with free shipping, too!), I qualified for the same rebate available in the store, and I earned 1,500 points. That's nearly enough for a $10 gift card! Just for making one purchase I would have made anyway. In addition, I was able to pay using my FSA (Flexible Spending Account) debit card provided by my insurer, so no out-of-pocket expenses. My only added task is to submit my receipt to my vision insurer to claim reimbursement. This is one simple example.

Other examples are a current offer from Netflix -- 2000 points to sign up for their service, and earning 2 points per dollar for shopping online at Walmart, JCPenney, or many, many other retailers. Did I mention there are over 1,100 to choose from?

Bottom line, if you're a MyPoints member, you should check the MyPoints website before doing any online shopping to see if you qualify for points for your purchase. This is a bonus feature of the MyPoints Toolbar, which gives you an alert when you enter a site that is affiliated with MyPoints.


Are you coupon-savvy? MyPoints has a point-earning opportunity for you -- from the MyPoints coupon site, print name-brand manufacturers' coupons and redeem at your favorite stores. For each coupon you redeem, you earn 10 points. Redeem 10 or more in the same month, and get a 25-point bonus.

Search the web

You can even earn points by simply searching the internet as always. Just use the MyPoints search box from their home page, or better yet, download the MyPoints toolbar for PC or Mac (get 100 points once, when you do this) and search from there. One to 10 searches in a month earns 10 points; 11-20, 25 points; 21-30, 50 points; and 31 or more earns 75 points.


Invite your friends to join MyPoints under your referral network, and you will earn 25 points when your friend accepts, and then 10% of their points earning (unlimited) thereafter. If your friend makes a $20+ purchase through MyPoints, you each earn 750 points as a bonus for this first purchase.

I would love to refer you to the MyPoints program, if you are interested after reading this article, and would allow me to add you to my referral network. If so, please message me your name and email. I promise not to send further emails after the MyPoints invite. I don't appreciate unsolicited emails any more than the next person.

The MyPoints program offers a number of different methods by which to earn points, which can quickly add up to be redeemed for rewards cards and/or cash in the "bank". Thanks for reading, and happy point-earning adventures!!


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      Jen Womeldorf 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      The "Shop" section on the MyPoints website will take you to the stores which will earn you points for shopping. It lists how many points for a purchase or how many points per dollars for a purchase. For instance, right now you can earn 2 points per dollar for a purchase at, but ONLY if you click on the Walmart link on the MyPoints page. That's what gets you the MyPoints relationship for your purchase. It doesn't work if you just log on to without going through the MyPoints home page. Hope that helps, and good luck earning points!

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      Jennie McCormick-Killian 4 years ago from Michigan


      I just join MyPoints not to long ago, but I didn't bought anything yet. While I was exporing how it was working when I purchase something, I wasn't sure how I was going to receive points after my purchase. I don't see any message saying that I'll be receiving ___ points after the purchase or I don't see anywhere on the store website that my purchase is related to

      So what will happen after a purchase?

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      Jen Womeldorf 5 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Thanks, alocsin.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'll check this out. Always looking for websites where I can gain benefits. Voting this Up and Useful.