Regular readers know that I’m a fan of the Swagbucks rewards program, which randomly awards points (“Swag Bucks”) for searches and also gives out rewards for watching videos, playing games, shopping and other activities.
As of March 2 the rewards redemption process will morph slightly – a change I believe is to the good.
Currently you can get a $5 Amazon gift card (my personal favorite) for 450 points. As of March 2 that particular scrip will cost what other five-dollar cards cost: 500 points. However, you’ll be able to redeem one $25 gift card of your choice (except for PayPal and gasoline brands) every month for just 2,200 points.
Here’s how that shakes down for me: Normally I redeem five of the $5 cards for 2,250 points. Starting March 2 I can order a single $25 card for 50 points less. I’m OK with that. In addition, the program is removing the current monthly limit of five $5 Amazon cards per month.
Note that Amazon isn’t the only choice for that discounted $25 card. Other popular options include Target, Visa, Starbucks, eBay, Best Buy, CVS and Wal-Mart. For a full list, see the Rewards Store section of the Swagbucks site.
Another option that starts March 2 is a $3 Amazon card for 300 SBs, which is the same ratio as a $5 card for 500 SBs (unless, of course, you save ’em up and cash in at 2,200). The program plans to offer low-denomination cards for other popular brands in the coming year.
If you’re not already a member, I hope you’ll join using my referral code. Do it now and start earning.
Seriously: I paid for a nice chunk of holiday shopping with Amazon GCs from Swagbucks, and earlier this month I “bought” some health-related items free of charge thanks to this program. Yesterday I cashed in points to get $20 worth of buying power at The Cracker Barrel, so I can treat my daughter to lunch when she picks me up in Phoenix next month.
And if you are already a member? Hope you’re as excited about the 2,200 = $25 as I am. That would mean I’m not the only freebie geek out there.