Is MyPoints Worth It?

There are so many shopping portals you can use online nowadays to earn cash and gift cards; but when the internet first became mainstream, there were only a handful. One of the first was MyPoints; and I’ve been a member with them for many years.

The concept is simple: You register with MyPoints and then use them to link to online retailers. Various point amounts are assigned to each retailer – some offer a bulk amount of points per purchase while others offer so many points per dollar spent (for instance, you earn a point for every $10 you spend). Earn enough points and you can redeem them for gift cards.

Another way I’ve earned points on MyPoints is through their email program. Again, it’s a simple concept: I receive emails from MyPoints about various companies. I then click a link in the email to visit that company’s website and I earn 5 points. They also have a Search Engine program where you earn points when searching the web, but I’ve never used that. Finally, you can earn points by referring friends: You send them a message through MyPoints, and if they sign up, you are awarded points.

Over the years, I have gotten a number of gift cards through MyPoints, usually for Applebee’s, Olive Garden or Panera Bread. They have a number of retailers to choose from when you want to redeem your points – what gift cards you pick are up to you. Gift cards have always arrived promptly, and I’ve never had an issue using them.

So, is MyPoints worth it? The answer is….maybe. One recent change I’ve noticed is that the majority of emails I get from them do not give points for clicking the links to the websites. Out of the 4-5 emails I get from them a day, maybe 1 will now have a 5-point click. That is quite a bit of email traffic flooding my inbox that I have to sort through, as you have to open the email to see if there are any points available.

However, there are still some companies that are giving better incentives on MyPoints than, say, Ebates. Before I shop, I check both and MyPoints to see who has the better offer.

The bottom line for me is that I’ve been with MyPoints for so long that I will likely continue with them, at least until I earn my next gift card. After that, I will have to reevaluate whether it is worth it for me to keep sorting through the daily emails. I have also started using SwagBucks more, which is a very popular program. Once I get the hang of that, I will write more about it.

Is MyPoints worth it to you? If you are on the computer a lot and can manage the emails and have time to comparison shop between the rewards companies, then it certainly doesn’t hurt to sign up. It is very easy to use, and there are no requirements for how much or little you may use it. Between Ebates, MyPoints and SwagBucks, I am signed up for all of the online rewards programs I can handle!

CLICK HERE to visit the MyPoints website and see if it is for you!