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Quick points: Earn points and miles for completing surveys

March 11, 2022
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There are countless ways to earn airline miles and hotel points. Today, we'll teach you about a way to earn points and miles without spending any money or opening any credit cards. All it takes is time, an internet connection and a frequent traveler account.

We're talking about earning points and miles by completing surveys.

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You can earn Hilton Honors points for filling our surveys. (Photo of the Conrad Punta de Mita courtesy of Hilton)

How it works

Major travel providers receive a commission from survey companies for sending people who are willing to take surveys their way. In turn, hotel and airline loyalty programs can incentivize their members to complete surveys in exchange for frequent traveler points and miles.

These surveys ask you a variety of questions about nearly anything, ranging from politics to marketing.

With American Airlines, you'll even earn elite-qualifying Loyalty Points for taking surveys. This means that you could theoretically qualify for AAdvantage status without spending a dime or once boarding an American flight. In reality, though, each survey takes 15 to 30 minutes, and you generally earn fewer than 50 AAdvantage miles per survey, so it's not really feasible to earn the 30,000 Loyalty Points required for AAdvantage Gold exclusively this way.

Real-life example

I decided to sign up for American's Miles for Opinions program to see what the process was like. After filling out the first survey, AAdvantage members can earn 250 bonus miles.

It wasn't hard to add my AAdvantage number to the landing page. From there, I was taken to a page with a variety of personal demographic questions.

(Screenshot from surveymyopinion.com)

I wasn't keen on providing answers to these demographic questions, and without doing so, there weren't any surveys provided for me to answer, meaning that I couldn't earn any miles. So rather than being pressured into revealing deeply personal information, I called it a day.

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A user who is willing to answer these questions, however, would presumably be offered a survey to complete.

Related: How 6 TPG staffers are already earning American Airlines Loyalty Points

What airlines and hotels allow you to earn miles through surveys

The following airlines and hotel companies partner with survey companies, allowing you to earn points and miles with their respective loyalty programs:

  • Alaska Airlines
  • American Airlines
  • Hawaiian Airlines
  • Hilton
  • JetBlue
  • Southwest Airlines
  • Spirit Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Wyndham

For a more in-depth guide on how to earn points and miles for surveys with each of these programs, see this guide.

(Screenshot from theopinionterminal.com)

The rewards can sometimes be paltry. One TPG writer was able to earn about 195.5 Alaska Mileage Plan miles per hour. Based on our latest valuations, that's only $3.51 per hour spent completing surveys.

However, sometimes you can score a generous sign-on bonus for completing your first survey.

Sign-up bonuses for surveys can be generous. (Screenshot from Hilton)

In this case, a user received a 10,000 point Hilton welcome bonus for just filling out one survey. That's worth $60, per TPG valuations — which might be more worth your while.

Related: The award traveler’s guide to Hilton Honors

Bottom line

Earning points and miles without having to spend any money is appealing. However, you'll likely need to be comfortable answering personal demographic questions to actually earn any points and miles through taking surveys.

Additionally, beyond the occasional welcome bonus, you're not going to get much in terms of a return on your time investment.

Still, it's worth considering as a way to earn a quick bump in points and miles, particularly American Loyalty Points.

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Editorial disclaimer: Opinions expressed here are the author’s alone, not those of any bank, credit card issuer, airline or hotel chain, and have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by any of these entities.

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Apply for American Express® Gold Card
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Best for the well-traveled foodie
TPG Editor‘s Rating
Card Rating is based on the opinion of TPG‘s editors and is not influenced by the card issuer.
4 / 5
Go to review

Rewards Rate

4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S.
4XEarn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
3XEarn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • Intro Offer
    Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.

    60,000 bonus points
  • Annual Fee

    $250
  • Recommended Credit
    Credit ranges are a variation of FICO© Score 8, one of many types of credit scores lenders may use when considering your credit card application.

    670-850
    Excellent/Good

Why We Chose It

There's a lot to love about the Amex Gold card. It's been a fan favorite during the pandemic because of its fantastic rewards rate on restaurants (that includes takeout and delivery in the U.S.!) and U.S. supermarkets. If you're hitting the skies soon, you'll also earn bonus points on travel. Paired with up to $120 in Uber Cash (for U.S. Uber rides or Uber Eats orders) and up to $120 in annual dining statement credits at eligible partners, there's no reason that the foodie shouldn't add this card to their wallet. Enrollment required.

Pros

  • 4x on dining at restaurants and U.S. supermarkets (on the first $25,000 in purchases per calendar year; then 1x)
  • 3x on flights booked directly with the airline or with Amex Travel
  • Welcome bonus of 60,000 points after spending $4,000 in the first six months

Cons

  • Weak on travel outside of flights and everyday spending bonus categories
  • Not as useful for those living outside the U.S.
  • Some may have trouble using Uber/food credits
  • Few travel perks and protections
  • Earn 60,000 Membership Rewards® points after you spend $4,000 on eligible purchases with your new Card within the first 6 months of Card Membership.
  • Earn 4X Membership Rewards® Points at Restaurants, plus takeout and delivery in the U.S., and earn 4X Membership Rewards® points at U.S. supermarkets (on up to $25,000 per calendar year in purchases, then 1X).
  • Earn 3X Membership Rewards® points on flights booked directly with airlines or on amextravel.com.
  • $120 Uber Cash on Gold: Add your Gold Card to your Uber account and each month automatically get $10 in Uber Cash for Uber Eats orders or Uber rides in the U.S., totaling up to $120 per year.
  • $120 Dining Credit: Satisfy your cravings and earn up to $10 in statement credits monthly when you pay with the American Express® Gold Card at Grubhub, The Cheesecake Factory, Goldbelly, Wine.com, Milk Bar and select Shake Shack locations. Enrollment required.
  • Choose the color that suits your style. Gold or Rose Gold.
  • No Foreign Transaction Fees.
  • Annual Fee is $250.
  • Terms Apply.
  • See Rates & Fees