Xbox gamers may want to check their Microsoft account balance
How often do you check your Xbox Wallet? If it’s been a while since you’ve checked your Microsoft account balance, you might want to jump online and remind yourself if you have any funds left waiting to be spent.
Your Microsoft account balance is used to purchase Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One games from the Xbox Digital Store. But as Redditor Cg6554 recently pointed out, any funds added to your digital wallet won’t last forever.
They had the sad realization that their current balance was set to expire on July 9, leaving them little time to decide what to spend their money on. If they hadn’t reached the expiration date so soon, the funds might have disappeared before they could even be spent.
The post generated a lot of discussion on the Xbox subreddit about account balance expiration dates. Some players have wondered how to check when their funds are going to disappear and what they can do to prevent them from completely expiring.
How to check your Microsoft account balance
Fortunately, the whole matter is quite simple. Any money added to your account using a non-promotional method will last forever. If you redeemed a gift card or added money directly to your account using a credit card, you can rest assured that the funds will be safe and sound as long as Microsoft’s servers are active. Basically, don’t worry.
If you’re using a gift card, though, double check. Gift cards purchased from third-party retailers often have additional restrictions, which limit the time after they are purchased the codes can be redeemed. Make sure you redeem them in time so you don’t accidentally go past their expiration date.
Things get a little trickier when promotions kick in. If you’ve added funds to your account by redeeming points through Microsoft Rewards, you To do need to be careful.
The Microsoft Rewards loyalty program allows users to earn redeemable points for using various Microsoft services, such as searching with Bing or taking a daily quiz. Earn enough points and you can redeem them for a host of Xbox perks. Right now, you can redeem 6,300 points for a £5 Xbox gift card, the value of which will be added directly to your Microsoft account.
But stay alert, because funds added through Microsoft Rewards don’t last forever. You will only have 90 days to spend the gift card before it expires. This is probably the reason why Redditor Cg6554 backgrounds are expiring.
If you want to know when your balance expires, go to the Payment and billing section of your account. You should see a “manage” option in the upper right corner. Click on it to open a sidebar and show all your funds. If part of your balance is about to expire, it will be shown below. Be sure to spend this money before the specified date, otherwise it will evaporate into the ether.