The Xbox LIVE Rewards scheme
was introduced back at the start of December 2010, and rewards both Free and Gold LIVE members for doing simple tasks, or purchasing select marketplace content. Previously the program had only been open to residents of the United States and United Kingdom, but the FAQ
has now been updated to specify that residents of Canada have now been added too.
Bear in mind that it takes up to 36 hours for your gamertag to be linked to your rewards account once you have signed up. Members can only earn reward points once your rewards account is active - prior transactions do not count. Here is a list of activities that will earn you reward points, but please see the terms and conditions
for full details on earning rewards: US and Canada residents have to activate and use a new Netflix subscription on Xbox LIVE to gain the equivalent 100 MSP earned by UK Sky subscribers
The 'purchase select Xbox LIVE Marketplace content' activity varies each month. July's requirement is the purchase of two Xbox LIVE Arcade games priced at 800 MSP or more. Doing this rewards members with a 200 MSP rebate.
All rewards points are displayed in your account as pending. Once you have earned 100 or more pending points, they will be deposited into your Xbox LIVE account by the 15th of the following month. These points will expire on June 30th, 2012, the day that the Rewards program is due to finish.