I’ve been playing a lot of Battlefield 3 lately and one of the new services they offer, which was clever on EA’s part, was the ability to rent servers. I like the idea of owning/renting a server but I really didn’t want to set it up, so when my friend set one up I thought it would be great if I could just give him points.

You can send Microsoft points to your friends by sending them a message with the Microsoft code, the string of letters and numbers, in the message. Apparently this works pretty well though I haven’t tried it, but this isn’t much different than emailing it to them and having them enter the code manually themselves. I suppose it saves them one step.

While you probably don’t want to enter it into a message with your controller (unless you have a keyboard) so I suggest you do it online via xbox.com after you buy a 1600 points code (online delivery FTW!). Just copy and paste into a message.

There’s a way to get free Microsoft XBox Points – Bing’s search reward system. Sign up and earn 500 credits to get 400 Microsoft Xbox Live points (or 525 points for a $5 Amazon gift card) by searching using Bing. Or cheat and use this auto-searching tool to get the points.

Unfortunately, there is no way for you to transfer them points that you’ve already added to your account. I have a bunch of points I thought would be better served renting servers (until the new DLC comes out in a couple weeks) but it appears the only way to give points is to buy a code and just send the code.

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