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New gift card redemption method at Swagbucks

Posted September 20, 2014

 

 

Heads up!  Swagbucks has modified the way you redeem gift cards. They are trying to make it a more secure system. Make sure you read the info in this post so you know what to expect. It's not that big of a change, but you'll need to know how it works to get your gift cards as of September 18.

 

Here's how it works:

* All Gift Card codes are now delivered to the email address listed on your account.
* Once you click the button in the email, you'll be prompted to provide your password or login to your account.
* Once you've successful completed that step, you'll receive your gift card code!
* The link in your email is valid for 24 hours. If the link has expired, just go to the My Gift Cards area and request a new email.
* This new upgrade will affect both new gift cards as well as any gift cards you have previously redeemed.

 

New to Swagbucks?

If you don't know about Swagbucks yet, it's the largest rewards website that gives people free gift cards for the things they do online. You earn points (called Swag Bucks) for online activities and then you can cash them in for gift cards to places like CVS, Amazon, Starbucks and many more options!

How do you get these super Swag Bucks? Each time you need to search for something online, use the Swagbucks search engine on their website (instead of Google). I actually have the Swagbucks toolbar installed on my desktop and it places a search box right on my screen making it super easy to search. Every once in a while, they award Swag Bucks just for doing the searches I used to do using Google. There are also a number of other ways to earn Swag Bucks including taking surveys, answering polls, watching videos, playing games, referring friends and more.

Swagbucks also posts additional bonus codes on their Facebook, Twitter and blog pages. When a Smart Shopper reader finds a code (usually one per day), they post it here on the blog so we can all get it. The codes are only valid for a couple hours usually. Once you find a code, you then copy and paste the code into the Swag Code box at the top of the homepage of Swagbucks HERE . Look for the circle with the words Swag Code next to it.

New member bonus Swagbucks sign-up code!

It's free to sign up for Swagbucks and only takes a minute. New members usually get 30 Swagbucks when you sign up HERE but right now, you can score an additional 70 Swag Bucks for a total of 100 Swag Bucks! To get the bonus Swag Bucks, click the text that reads "I have a sign up code" during registration and then enter the code: SMARTSHOPPER to get the bonus. Make sure you use all caps since it is case sensitive.

 

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  • pecola Sep 20, 2014

    Does this mean we no longer have to wait 10 business days for gift cards to show up in our accounts?

  • claytonsaver Sep 20, 2014

    Thanks, Faye! Will check out the "on sale" area.
    Great info as always!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 20, 2014

    claytonsaver - actually , they do! Go to the Rewards store and click on the "On Sale" link on the left. Right now, the CVS gift cards are all on sale! I am glad you asked this because I didn't realize it and now I am going to get a $10 one on sale for 940 SB (instead of the usual 1000 SB). Home Depot and some others are also on sale. Hope that helps! :-)

    Regarding cashing out, I try not to hold on to too many points at most rewards sites. I usually cash them out soon after I am eligible because you never know when things may change with the site. Swagbucks has been around for years, but you just never know, especially with some of the newer sites.

  • claytonsaver Sep 20, 2014

    Thanks for the info.
    Do any of the rewards ever go on "sale" for lower points?
    Have a lot of points and am wondering if there is any reason to hold on to them.