Earn Free United Miles – If You Have a Lot of Spare Time, That Is!

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Earn Free United Miles – If You Have a Lot of Spare Time, That Is!

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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.

Earn Free United Miles If You Have A Lot Of Spare Time That Is
You Can Earn Up to 600 United Miles by Completing a Survey!  But it Takes a L-O-T of Time!

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).

Earn Free United Miles If You Have A Lot Of Spare Time That Is
Signing Up Is Easy – So Far!

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!

Earn Free United Miles If You Have A Lot Of Spare Time That Is
The Next Survey Offer Was Not Very Good!

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!

Earn Free United Miles If You Have A Lot Of Spare Time That Is
You May Spend Time Answering Questions for Nothing!

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

Keep in mind that miles might not post immediately to your actual United MileagePlus account.  According to the Opinion Miles terms and conditions:

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!

The Miles Posted the Next Day Even Though It Could Take 6 to 8 Weeks

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.

Bottom Line

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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I have waisted lots of time on multiple occations answering lots of invasive questions only to be told after providing lots of information that I don’t qualify, or that they already have enough responses for their project. In fact after completing the initial survey, in spite of relentless repeat efforts, I have not beer able to complet any subsequent surveys and be rewarded with any miles for doing so. Seems very questionable

Okay — I searched for the website and discovered the “take survey” selection.

Because I’d recently bought a water heater I had double the questions. So the time also increased. You really have to be in the mood for these — I picked up 50 miles, though, and that’s fifty dollars I don’t have to put on my Explorer card….

I’m sure I’ll do them from time to time as my patience allows.

I’ve signed up, done the survey, received the miles. Now what — just sit around and wait for an email? Is there a “clearinghouse” site where you can sign up for more surveys?

Today, for the second time since I signed up for Opinion Miles, I was redirected to the “This isn’t the right survey for you” page after spending more than 20 minutes on a survey.

In this instance, it happened after nearly a half hour of answering questions about Whole Foods Market and bulk food purchases. When I submitted what appeared to be the last response, concerning household income.

Opinion Miles is an insulting waste of time.

Milan Lin-Rodrigo

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I completed the above survey on 8/12/14 around 9:10 PM. At the end of the survey it displayed the following:

Thank you! You have completed the survey. Your answers have been collected and your ID has been captured.

We appreciate your opinions.

But it did not direct me to Reward page. The survey web was

EMI redirector

At the beginning of the survey it said


Where are the 50 points?

Is this the new norm of the Opinion Club?

Please answer me honestly. I will stop participating and wasting my time.

Thank you.​

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