Top Reasons Why I Love Survey Programs

Survey programs is a great way to boost your miles and points balance. In some cases, it is also a great way to make some extra cash.

It is no secret that I am a huge fan of surveys. So today, I will list all my top reasons for being such a big fan of surveys. But before I list the positives, let’s just list the key negatives to get them out of the way.

Reasons to Avoid Surveys

  • Too much work to figure out
  • Time-consuming
  • Low return

That’s really it.

For the newbies, it may seem very complicated to figure out how survey programs work. The first thought is always that it is a scam. Therefore, if you cannot get over this hump anyway, you mine as well forget about surveys.

Even if you do figure out how surveys work, the next issue is opportunity cost. Many consider the amount of time spent on a survey is not worth the return, even if you fully qualify for all the surveys. It gets even more frustrating whenever get kicked out of a survey, after already answering a bunch of questions and then getting a zero return.

What I would say to all this is that of course there are better things to do in life than answering survey question. If you choose to focus on the negatives, then all the frustrations that come with survey programs will just push you over the limit anyway. You definitely need to have a positive attitude going it. If you treat it more like a game, just for fun, then it can be great!

So let’s start listing the positives of survey programs.

Working While Waiting

Speaking of which, I actually do not have any video games on my phone. How often do we find ourselves waiting for something anyway? Doctor or dentist appointment, waiting to board a plane, renewing your driver’s licence, buying a bus pass, waiting for the bus, being on the bus, etc. Instead of playing video games on my phone, it’s survey time! I treat surveys like a game, which is why I do not find it frustrating at all.

Working from Home

Being able to do this from the comforts of my own home is always a plus for me. Doing surveys while watching TV, especially commercials works out so nicely for me.

Keeping your Miles and Points Accounts Active

If you do not have any other way to keep certain loyalty accounts active, survey programs may solve that issue.

This is actually the first reason why I joined survey programs from the beginning. I needed a way to keep my American Airlines’ AAdvantage account active, so I joined E-Rewards (my first survey program), some 6+ years ago, and I have been addicted every since.

If you have trouble keeping your Aeroplan account active, I suggest signing up for the AskingCanadians. I earned thousands of miles this program already. It helps a lot whenever I need to top up my account for a specific reward redemption. It push less pressure on my credit card portfolio.

No Credit Hit / No Need to Deal with Credit Card Companies

Don’t get me wrong. I love getting my sign up bonuses, but it can be a pain in the butt dealing with credit card companies, and worrying about my credit score. If you know what you are doing, credit scores should generally not be an issue. But that’s also the problem, you need to know what you are doing, which not everyone is a fan of researching about. Simpler to just do surveys to avoid all the hassle.

Earn some Extra Cash

There are so many survey programs to choose from. If you aren’t a fan of earning miles or points, just go for the extra cash instead. I suggest visiting the Survey Police website to read some reviews to help you determine which program suits you the best.


  1. Tip: if you want to increase your chances of not being dismissed from a survey, be aware that while you are completing a survey, you can “choose” to be in a demographic that is more likely to be targeted. For example, unless it is a survey about retirement home options, never check off the over 65 age range. If you do, you will always find that after a few decoy questions, you will be dismissed, as surveyers don’t have the mandate from their clients to survey what the oldsters think. Choose to answer as a person in their late 20’s to 45 years old and you’ll get to fill out the whole survey!

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