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Did you know that you can earn United miles by completing surveys?
You can earn 300 United Mileage Plus award miles if you join Opinion Miles Club and complete your 1st survey. If you have a Chase United card, you
will earn 600 miles instead of 300 miles. It costs ~12,500 United miles for a 1-way flight within the US.
I’m always looking for easy ways to earn more miles and points, so I gave it a try.
How Easy Is It?
Signing up looked pretty simple. First they ask you for your basic information (name, gender, email address, and United MileagePlus membership number).
Once you’ve signed up, they’ll send a confirmation email to activate your membership. They then ask you for some more demographic information, including address, birthdate, race, employment status, and household income.
So far, so good.
It Takes a Lot of Time!
Before I could take my first survey, I had to complete a screening questionnaire, which included random questions about banking, the type of car I drive, what kinds of insurance I had, and if I suffered from certain medical conditions. This took about 5 minutes.
I was then offered a survey about banks and banking products, which took about 20 minutes to complete. It was rather detailed and asked some personal questions which some people might not feel comfortable answering!
For example, they wanted to know the value of my bank accounts and whether I carried balances on my credit cards.
But I finished the survey, and the bonus miles were immediately credited to my Opinion Miles account.
After completing the first survey, I was offered another survey. Except this time, the offer was for only 70 United miles for a survey that would take 41 minutes!
70 United miles for 41 minutes is not the best use of my time, so I declined.
Keep in mind that sometimes they will offer you a survey, but after completing the screening questionnaire, you might not qualify to complete the survey. So you may waste several minutes answering questions before being told you don’t qualify. This is extremely frustrating!
At that rate, you’d have to answer ~358 surveys at 41 minutes per survey (~10 entire days!) to earn enough miles for a round-trip domestic United low-level award ticket (25,000 miles).
That’s a lot of time for 1 ticket!
You May Have to Wait for the Miles
MileagePlus® miles accrued, awards, and benefits issued are subject to change and are subject to the rules of the Loyalty Program. Please allow 6-8 weeks after completed qualifying activity for MileagePlus® miles to post to your account.
However, the miles posted the next day. I like these kind of surprises!
A Good Way to Keep United Miles Alive
United Airlines miles expire after 18 months of no activity in your account. So this could be an easy way to earn a few miles and keep your miles from expiring. You can read about other ways to keep miles from expiring without having to fly on the airline.
I spent about 25 minutes signing up and answering questions to earn 300 United miles. That’s a fair bit of time to spend for that amount of miles! The miles posted to my United frequent flyer account within a day, but it could take 6 to 8 weeks. You get 600 miles if you have a United credit card.
After you complete your first survey, you’ll earn less miles for more of your time. Sometimes you might spend time answering questions and get nothing in return!
Some of the questions can be rather personal. Not everybody will feel comfortable answering them. But, if you have a lot of free time or like taking surveys, it could be worth it for you.
Earning a few United miles by answering surveys could be an easy way for you to keep your miles from expiring!
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