If there’s one thing that all gamers do at some point, it’s spend money on their favorite gaming products. Whether it’s new games to play, accessories for their hardware, or subscriptions; any gamer is going to need to spend some cash to engage with their favorite hobby. At the same time, most gamers aren’t afraid to showcase their love for gaming in a variety of ways, including wearing branded gear or using certain products that put their passion on display. Most recently, Microsoft announced another way for gaming fans to do so, while also getting rewarded in the process.
In a post on Microsoft’s Xbox News Blog, the company revealed the new Xbox Mastercard. The card is issued by Barclays and has no annual fee. The Xbox Mastercard will allow users to gain card points by using it with every day purchases, which can be redeemed for games and add-ons via the Xbox website. Those who are part of the Xbox Insiders Program will have the first chance to get the Xbox Mastercard starting on September 21st 2023, provided they live in the continental United States (including Alaska and Hawaii).
Points are earned on the card for every dollar that is spent when using the Xbox Mastercard. For specific purchases, card users can earn more points that are eligible for rewards. Products on the Microsoft store earn 5X points, streaming services like Netflix and dining services like DoorDash earn 3X points, and everyday purchases earn 1X points. The more that people use the card to buy things, the more points they can earn faster towards rewards they can redeem on Xbox’s website.
In addition to earning points, Xbox Mastercard holders can also gain access to other benefits. The blog post details all of the benefits, which include:
- A bonus of 5,000 card points (a $50 value) after their first purchase.
- Three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for new Game Pass members after their first purchase. If they’re already a Game Pass member, they can easily gift it to a friend to play together.
- Choice of one of five iconic designs for their card, with the option of personalizing it with their gamertag.
- Flexibility of use with contactless payments and digital wallets.
- Free online access to cardmembers’ FICO Credit Score, which allows users to keep an eye on their credit score and receive alerts when their score has changed.
- $0 Fraud Liability protection, so cardmembers are not responsible for charges they didn’t authorize.
Those who are part of the Xbox Insider Program will still be able to apply for the Xbox Mastercard on September 21st, which will be opened up in waves. Getting the card also gives users three months of Xbox Game Pass Ultimate. They also get a $50 bonus in points, but only after making the first purchase with the card. Unfortunately, those who are not part of the program can’t yet apply for the card, and no date was given on when the Xbox Mastercard will be open to everyone.
What do you think of the Xbox Mastercard? Will you be applying for it? Should more details about the card be given from Microsoft? Let us know your thoughts about everything in the comment section below!
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