Last night, I crossed a milestone with a company that you may never have heard of. In the past three years, I have now earned 30,000 JetBlue points with e-Rewards, worth $450 in spending.* And I haven’t tried very hard.
e-Rewards: Surveys for Fun And Profit
e-Rewards is a company that rewards you for taking surveys and, with the decline of eMiles, it’s clearly the best one out there. Best of all, it’s easy.
They’ll send you surveys, most of which take 5-20 minutes. In return, you’ll get e-Rewards currency, which is simply dollars. Sorry, they’re not real dollars. Instead, they can be used for miles, points or gift cards (You’ll probably earn enough to help support an iTunes or Starbucks addiction.). While the amount of currency that you earn generally correlates with the length of the survey, you’ll occasionally find short ones that pay a lot and long ones that are worth only a little. Once you earn enough points, you can trade them in for rewards. I’ve found fulfillment to be much faster than the 4-6 weeks that they advertise.
A Few Things to Note:
- You can’t actually sign up for e-Rewards; you have to be invited by one of their partners. Invitations go out frequently. I get them all the time, even though I’m already an e-Rewards member.
- The company that invites you will be the only reward option in its category. For example, if you get an invitation from American Airlines, it will be the only airline mileage option that you have, although you’ll still have numerous hotel and gift card options. So if you’re really excited about earning JetBlue points, don’t accept an e-Rewards offer from United. Instead, wait for one from JetBlue or one of the non-airline partners.
- You’ll get something, even if you don’t qualify for the survey. This is one of the best attributes of e-Rewards. Sometimes, you’ll start a survey but, after a minute or two, you’ll get disqualified because you didn’t meet the characteristics of the desired panel. I’d say that I get disqualified from 70-80% of the surveys that I start. But even if you get knocked out, they’ll still give you a small reward, just for trying. Those smaller rewards can add up!
- Finally, every once in a while, they’ll throw you a question that tests whether you are actually paying attention or simply checking boxes. For example, in a long list of questions, one of them might be, “Check the box all the way to the right.” Companies are paying for the data and they want to make sure that it’s accurate.
Bottom Line: e-Rewards is an easy way to pick up some extra points. They credit quickly, the surveys are not particularly onerous and the rewards are good.
*Beginner’s Hint: JetBlue’s TrueBlue points are worth about 1.5 cents each. Unlike many major airlines, you can use points for any flight. The cost in points simply goes up as the cash ticket price goes up. For example, a $150 flight would cost about 10,000 points (1.5 cents* 10,000), while a $200 ticket would be about twice that.
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