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Rewards for Your Thoughts: Online Surveys with Real Rewards

Updated on February 6, 2012

© 2012 by Aurelio Locsin.

You’ve seen the come-ons. Sites that ask you to fill out a few easy surveys in exchange for rich rewards. You go through a laborious sign-in process asking for your shoe size and middle names of all your children only to discover that the so-called rewards are a raffle to win something. Or worse yet, it’s a scheme to force you to buy products.

Don’t lose hope! Here are three legitimate survey sites that I personally use to earn free goodies. There’s also one site to avoid.


United MileagePlus or Continental OnePass miles, which are soon to merge, expire unless you have activity in them every so often. This requirement may force you to spend money you don’t have or take trips on them despite their cost just to renew your miles. E-miles lets you add miles to these accounts without spending a dime.

You’re presented with a list of its merchant advertisers and the number of points you earn from filling out their surveys. This is typically 5 points. You can also remove a survey from the list. If you click the survey button, you’re presented with the ad offering, which you can take advantage of to get up to 1,000 points. However, this option costs money. If you skip the ad, you reach the regular survey, which asks about three product-related questions such as if you have need of the product and how often you would use it. Completing the survey instantly deposits the miles into your E-miles account.

Once you’ve received 500 miles, you can deposit that into your MileagePlus or OnePass accounts. Overages remain in your account, where they can stay until you earn 500 again. E-miles expire one year after the quarter in which they were earned, so they need to be deposited into your airline account more frequently than that.


E-rewards offers surveys on products and services for both consumers and businesses. What I like about their offerings is that they state approximately how long it takes to finish them and display a progress bar on most of them. (Surveys may have an inconsistent appearance as they come from different companies.) The intros also clearly state the reward amount if you complete all the questions, and the amount you receive if you do not qualify. The qualification questions can be extensive, so it’s nice to receive some money for those efforts. You typically receive $2.50 for a ten-minute survey, with longer surveys paying out more.

Rewards start at $10 and are in the form of discounts with such partners as Hertz, JC Penney, Macy’s, Golfsmith, Blockbuster Express , Delta and La Quinta Inn. I use mine primarily for yearly subscriptions to magazines. Options start at $15 for Smithsonian, Details or Maxim, and go up to $130 for The Economist. Other available titles include Conde Nast Traveler, GQ, Travel and Leisure, Real Simple, Time, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated and The Wall Street Journal.

Valued Opinions

I just signed up with ValuedOpinions and have yet to receive a payout but all the reviews have been good and my experiences have been positive. You need to fill in your initial profile survey as thoroughly as possible. It grants $1.

Be sure to fill in the six surveys under your personal profile, which you reach by clicking the drop-down by your name and choosing Personal Profile. You get no rewards for this but they are critical to determining what surverys you receive. You receive your survey invitations by mail and they typically cover consumer goods, entertainment, your personal interests and travel.

You normally receive $2 to $5 for each survey and up to $50 for specialized surveys. You need a minimum of $20 before you can receive a gift card from Amazon, Macy’s, FragranceNet or You can also redeem $25 for a Marriott gift card or $30 for a Visa virtual account, which can be used online or on the phone at any place that accepts Visa cards.

One to Avoid: Opinion Outpost

This was once an excellent site that used to reward cash via Amazon credit or PayPal. It’s recently merged with SurveySpot and rewards have become sparse and difficult to obtain. Forget this one.


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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Interesting sites, Aurelio. However, E-Miles is not open to Asia and many other countries. And E-Rewards needs an invitation from a member to join. Anyone here who can invite? I have already joined Valued opinions.

      Great list. Voted up and sharing.

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Hi Alocsin, I came back to this as I hadn't been doing much in the survey scene. However, when I tried the last link for Valued Opinions, the link doesn't seem to work ... have they closed, or moved?

      Sharing again, as the other sites may still interest others.

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Voting this up, useful and interesting. Always nice to hear from someone who has actually benefited from doing some of these surveys. Nice that there is another way to keep one's E-Miles from expiring by doing something other than travel. Thanks!

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      I did some surveys like this, but I just wound up getting more and more phone calls asking for more surveys, without pay.I haven't tried the ones you listed though. I am now a member of two marketing firms that will call for product testing, etc., but so far, they ask lots of personal questions to see if you qualify and I have been told I don't qualify. I don't know if they use the information about the qualification or not, but it seems a waste of good info if they don't.

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      Richard Ricky Hale 5 years ago from West Virginia

      I tried these for a little while but they were too much work for very little pay. I haven't heard of these ones though. Great write up Alocsin.

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Great information!

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      John Bittner 5 years ago

      Instead of wasting your time doing nothing on the internet why not try out online surveys. You will never make a ton of money but you can make between 1 -3 $ for just answering a few questions that will take between 5 -20 minutes of your time. you have nothing to lose with only money to gain so why not give it a try.

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      freelanceauthor 5 years ago

      Great list, thanks for sharing them.

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      L.L. Woodard 5 years ago from Oklahoma City

      Thanks for sharing these online survey sites and your experiences with them with us. Appreciate, too, the heads-up on Opinion Outpost.

      Voted up and SHARED.

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      Justin W Price 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      aurelio, I've actually found okay results with opinion outpost, but I think the prizes offered at e rewards are uninteresting.

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      BabyCheetah 5 years ago from Melbourne

      Nice hub. I hope you add more to this in the future. I'm a member of Valued Opinions in Australia, it's not my fave but I am waiting on a $20 voucher now to be delivered. Hopefully it does arrive :)

      I'll look into e-rewards too thanks :)

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      Brett Caulton 5 years ago from Thailand

      Up and useful, as many sites promise the world and never deliver. I'm going to look at the last one you suggested, as that is pretty good cash for surveys!

      Thanks for SHARING.

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I'm not sure what types of residents they apply to, hoteltravel. But you can always check at the links. Thanks for reading.

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      hoteltravel 5 years ago from Thailand

      Surprised that there are genuine surveys as well. I have heard many sob stories about them. Are these open only to US residents?

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Yes, folks, these are all real and legitimate, and I continue to gain rewards for them. Let me know if they work out for you.

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I've been burned a few times by surveys,(including Opinion Outpost) but e-Miles seems to be the less labor intensive of the lot with fair mileage reward credits. Good luck!

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I have heard about surveys but I didn't realize it was a true story. This is very helpful and a great way to supplement income. Thanks for sharing. I am going to try these!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      Alocsin, I am going to look into E-miles, even though my MileagePlus Shopping Toolbar has pushed my expiration date into 2013. Excellent Hub! Voted Up and Useful.

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      Susan Holland 5 years ago from Southwest Missouri

      I will look into these sites. What is frustrating is to get a message about a survey then a big flashing screen pops up about winning something. That is a red flag to me to back out of the site.

      You gave good information here, so I will look into it. Thanks for SHARING! :-) Votes and Shared!!

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Thanks for stopping by everyone. I'll check out Pinecone Research, Eclectic Fusion. Sorry about there being no Africa, Belladino. Unfortunately, I don't know of any surveys that to out there.

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I'm not a fan of those raffle messages. This is a very useful hub to many who will think twice before clicking. Voted UP!!

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      Belladino 5 years ago from Lagos Nigeria

      What about Africa

      how can we get the reward, when the surveys doesn't have African listed no benefit

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      Lisa 5 years ago from Tennessee

      Excellent hub! Very informative! Voted up and useful.

      Another wonderful site is Pinecone Research. They are hard to get into because you have to wait for invites from them that post on various sites. I got in through a link I found at a coupon site. They pay $3.00 for every survey and you usually get anywhere from 3 to 6 per month. It varies. There are times that they will send you products to try, too. Oh, when they send you a link for a survey, you don't have to qualify, you are already in and will get paid $3. I hate those surveys that tell you you're not qualified after you're 20 minutes into it!


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      Rasna Aisha 5 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      Useful hub. :)

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      Maximizer 5 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

      I've never been a fan of surveys but I might check some of these out if I have some free time. Loved your hub about posting on Reddit. Thanks for SHARING