There is a trick to using these programs without getting annoyed by them. Most of them take a little time (a few seconds to half a minute) to down load anything after you click on something that gives you miles or money. If you simply stare at the screen waiting for the down load to happen, you will quickly conclude that it's not worth your time to do so. The trick is to always be doing something else while the down load is happening. I do all of my clicking while reading and acting on my e-mail. I have at least two screens open. I go the site and click, then instantly go to my e-mail. After doing something there, I instantly switch screens and click again. Etc. So the clicking costs me virtually no time, and I earn a free ticket or a few dollars every once in a while.
The MyPoints program is one of my favorites. It gives me a free ticket on United Airlines about once a year, or a free Home Depot gift certificate regularly, for doing virtually nothing, with almost no inconvenience. You usually earn 5 per click. And then there are much larger points offers for signing up for free things, visiting web sites, and actually buying stuff through the huge MyPoints shopping portal. That shopping portal is becoming one of the better ones.
You can convert points to United Airlines at a ratio of 11,500 points for 5,000 miles or 5,700 points for 2,500 miles. There are other travel awards, including some from large hotel chains like Marriott Bed & Breakfast, plus a huge list of gift cards and merchandise for which you may trade your points. You can also use points to get Amazon.com gift cards, Visa gift cards, or even cash to your Paypal accounts. To look at the rewards offered, travel or otherwise, click on the Rewards tab on the MyPoints site, and choose the category the interests you.
There are lots of very easy ways to earn those points:
|Eurmiles.com for United Kingdom residents||
Eurmiles.com is a program for United Kingdom residents only. They offer 3,000 points for signing up, and up to 5,000 points for referrals. (Their rules seem to indicate that they are very sensitive to fraudulent referrals, so be honest and be careful.) Then you earn points for clicking (you can use only up to 7,000 per ticket redeemed), shopping, or signing up for free things on their excellent special offers page. 25,000 points gets you a ticket within the European Economic System, or a generous credit for a higher priced ticket. See the FAQ's and the rules for details.
This looks like a very good program, but I have no way of monitor it, since I do not live in the U.K. So you are on your own with it.
On February 27, 2008, a reader wrote:
"I see you still have Eurmiles shown on your site. They are a disingenuous company who does not provide what they say at all, NEVER provide the additional points for any transaction, and take 4-6 weeks to respond to any e-mail to customer services. All comments I have seen about them are very negative. I have canceled my account with them. It was a waste of my time and I strongly suggest you remove them from your site."
A number of programs offering miles or points towards miles for completing surveys are listed in the Surveys section of my Other Programs I Like page. Most require only clicking to get the credit.
Please use the links I provide to join the programs, as I get some money for your doing so, at no cost to you.
Swagbucks provides "Bucks" for searches, entering special SwagCodes, doing a daily one question survey (often fun), shopping, referring others, interacting on Swagbuck's Facebook page, commenting on Swagbucks's blog, using its Visa credit card (could be of value to you - read my write-up on it), and other stuff. Bucks can be redeemed for a very large selection of gift cards and other goodies. Some samples I found on March 17, 2015:
Not all searches result in bucks. This seems to be random, with some limit on how many successful searches will give you credit each day.
Be sure to provide a date for your birthday in you profile. They have been sending out an email giving you Swagbucks on that date.
SwagCodes are codes provided by Swagbucks on its Facebook, Flickr, and Twitter pages, in its emailed newsletter for which you may sign up, on its toolbar which you may download, and on its blog. Sometimes the code comes in the form of an interesting puzzle which you must solve. That toolbar could be useful, and you get one SB/day for simlply having it on your computer.
Swagbucks now has a credit card that might be of interest to you.
A reader provided me with a list of many other easy ways to earn Swagbucks. He says he gets around 20-25 bucks/day from these.
Whenever you successfully refer someone, you earn 10% of the Swag Bucks they earn for life. This, of course, is why I hope you will use my referral link to join the program. Thanks.
I have not checked out the validity of any of these causes. Presumably the businesses financing the causes have done due diligence.
I also list a nifty way to contribute your unused computer power to do some very useful research.
If you find other good causes I might want to list here, please tell me about them. Thanks.
All of these require a simple click to support a good cause. Easy. I just bring up this list in a separate window and click while doing other things on my computer.
GreaterGood. Hunger, Breast Cancer, Animals, Veterans, Autism, Alzheimer's, Diabetes, Literacy, Rainforests. Click on each at the top, then on the button. You can sign up for a daily e-mail reminder. You will see either a list of clicking opportunities, or one opportunity which, when clicked on, gives you the list.
EcologyFund.com. Save rainforest, coastal habitat, and Wilderness, protect endangered species. Click on a brown button. Click on an ad on the page you get to increase the contribution. Then go back and click on the next brown button. There is a a way to register, but it is not clear if this is necessary.
Big Cat Rescue. Feed a rescued big cat.
Solar site. A click has been converts to 1 Kw of solar energy.
Brother Earth. Choose one activity you want to support and click the "Donate" button daily. Brother will make a donation of one yen (approximately equal to one cent U.S.) per one click on your behalf.
The Sloan-Kettering Institute. Help the The Sloan-Kettering Institute conduct research to fight cancer.
ClicAnimaux (In French). Help to animals, mainly cats and dogs. I click on the yellow box and don't worry about the daily details.
Free Rice. Answer multiple choice questions on vocabulary as often as you like. Whenever you get a correct answer, 10 grains of rice are donated through the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) to help end world hunger. A caution from personal experience: My S.O. found this website. Now I must use it regularly, or soon I will not be able to understand a word she says.
TheNonProfits.com. A huge list of websites on which to do good by clicking. Categories are Hunger & Poverty, Health, Education, Environment, and Animals. Many are in languages other than English - perhaps one you can read?
|Share Your Unused Computer Power For Good Causes||
Most computers aren't using all their computing power at a given time. Even when you are engaged in a game, creating graphics, surfing the web, you may only be employing a fraction of your machine's available computing power. Distributed computing involves a small, secure software agent for individuals to download to their machine that can save this wasted power and put it to use. The software acts as a cool looking screensaver, and does computations for very large worthwhile projects that otherwise could not be accomplished.
The first and most famous of the projects was SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence), but currently there is a huge number of them. Categories on March 31, 2008, included
I have been using this type of software since 2001 and have had no problems with it. It is a very smooth, easy way to contribute to valuable research at no cost to you.
Click here to read about the process and find the links to the various programs.
|Help research Alzheimer's disease by finding blood vessel blockages||Stall Catchers is an online game that anyone can play. By analyzing blood vessels in a live mouse brain, you can help speed up ground-breaking Alzheimer's research at Cornell University. Stall catchers recruits an army of people to find blockages in blood vessels of the brains of mice with induced Alzheimer's disease. Such clogged vessels are found in human victims of the disease. First step in understanding this is to study same in mice. Since there are zillions of blood vessels in one brain, it would take forever for scientists to find those which are clogged. So they crowd source this, asking us to find them. Explanation and training is provided, and it is fun and interesting to help. I would start with the short videos at the fifth button from the top on the right, and then on the bottom button. It doesn't take much time to get good at it. The study is run by Cornell University. I found it via partner Cal Berkeley, my alma mater|