Microsoft today announced that it is killing its Earn program, a service which allowed users to earn rewards by making purchases at a handful of retailers in the United States. These rewards can then be used by users to buy products from the Microsoft Store, including Surface devices, Xbox, and more.
Microsoft says the company is focusing on “other reward and loyalty programs” which is why it is ending Earn. Existing Earn users will be able to receive credits until November 15, 2016. However, you won’t be able to redeem the rewards after March 5, 2017. Here’s the email Microsoft sent to Earn users announcing the program’s death:
All good things must come to an end
The Microsoft Earn program is ending on March 5, 2017. We want to thank you for being an Earn member, and we hope the program has been beneficial to you. Between now and March, you can spend your Earn Credits, as usual, in the Microsoft store (online and in-store).
Why is Earn ending?
The Microsoft Earn program is ending on March 5, 2017. Although the program was well received by our customers, we decided to focus on other reward and loyalty programs with the potential to provide even greater benefits for our customers in the future.
What is the last day I can receive Earn Credits?
You can continue to receive Earn Credits through Tuesday, November 15, 2016. You can continue to shop and dine at any participating merchant through this date and you will receive your Earn Credits.
What is the last day I can redeem my Earn Credits in the Microsoft Store?
You have until March 5, 2017 to redeem your Earn Credits.
Can I add new credit cards to my account?
Yes. You can continue to manage the credit and debit cards on your account on the Settings page as always.
Can I still refer people to the Microsoft Earn program and receive my referral bonus?
As of today, new enrollments are not being accepted. However, if someone you referred has already enrolled, they can still make their first purchase before November 15, 2016 and you will receive your referral bonus.