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Click for Miles, Money, and Good Causes

I started this page many years ago for the several good programs that allow earning of miles or points convertible to miles just for clicking. They were so good I listed this as the first page on my website. Alas, most of these programs went out of business. But there are still a few left that are worthwhile (especially MyPoints and Swagbucks.) Recently I have discovered a few really easy to use programs that offer money instead of miles for receiving emails and clicking on them, and several that help causes by clicking on them. I include them on the bottom of this page.

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.

 

 
   

Click for Miles

Here is what's left of those original programs, plus a few new ones.

 

 
MyPoints 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:

  • The easiest is to sign up for their BonusMail program and tell them you want to receive advertising e-mail for as many categories as they list, and as frequently as possible. I receive about 10 - 30 mailings a week. Simply click on the button at the bottom and you are given 5 points. Many of the offers are incredibly good and offer hundreds or thousands of points in addition to the points you receive for just accepting the email and clicking on the button.
The MyPoints site itself has lots of ways to earn points:
  • Shopping sometimes offers very good offers, like mega points for first time purchase, or double points for certain periods of time. There is a very large list of merchants on this very successful shopping portal. Sometimes the best or only deal for a merchant is found here.
  • The Easy Points section is particularly lucrative. Many points are offered for simply registering at a site.
  • Log into your account and update your profile in 12 categories for 5 points each. This may be important for receiving the maximum number of Bonus Mails.
  • MyPoints has a travel center page wherein you can receive points for booking flights, hotels, and car rentals.
How to enroll:
  • Get 750 United Airlines miles when you sign up for MyPoints, and an additional 1,000 miles for making a purchase of at least $25 with any MyPoints retailer within 30 days.
  • You can ask me to refer you (750 points after spending $20 in your first 90 days as of January 25, 2014). I get some points at no cost to you. After you join, you can start referring, too. But first read the items below:
    • Before sending your request, check my What's New page to see if I am traveling, so you will know when to expect a response.
    • I need your first and last names, and your email address.
    • In the past, some people I have referred have attempted to defraud MyPoints, probably by enrolling more than once under different email addresses. MyPoints is very good at detecting this. Alas, they have threatened to close my account because too many of my referrals have tried this. So, in order to refer you, I must have your written promise that you will sign up for MyPoints only once.
    • I have only a limited number of referrals. If you ask for one, and then don't sign up and participate in the program, a referral is wasted. So please ask me to refer you only if you are certain you will sign up and participate. You must earn 125 points (easy) for me to receive credit. Thanks.
  • View from the Wing tells us how to earn 750 United Airlines miles for joining. This may or may now work. Read the comments before trying this.

 

e-miles e-Miles Members earn e-Miles miles or points through earning opportunities for the Member's time spent viewing marketing or advertising messages and answering a few easy questions about the messages. The amount of e-Miles miles or points that can be earned will be stipulated with each earning opportunity. Miles can be earned with your choice of major U.S. and international airlines, including United Airlines, U.S. Airways, Alaska Airlines, Southwest Airlines, or Frontier Airlines. Also, Hilton HHonors, Starbucks, or Priority Club points can be chosen, or Amazon.com gift cards can be earned. This is a very easy way to earn a few mile or points via a few clicks. You may read about the program here.
  • The system works quite well and is easy to use.
    • Links to ads are posted on the page you get when you go to your home page. This is automatic if you accept cookies.
    • Clicking on each ad gives you a pop-up after you click on the link. But the original page changes to a list of a few questions at the same time. You must always answer the questions to get the miles. The questions are easy and few. I consider this worth my time.
    • Sometimes an email is sent to you telling you that you have earnings opportunities, sometime not. I recommend checking the site frequently to see if you have an earnings opportunity.
  • You receive 25, 25, and 200 miles for joining, confirming, and completing 5 or more offers, respectively, for a start of an easy 250 miles.
  • This Flyertalk discussion indicates that 1 e-mile = 2 HHonors points (post #7).
  • You choose the program when you join, and you may not change it unless one of the following conditions applies:
    1. You move fifty (50) miles or more from your current address.
    2. There is a significant reduction or elimination in service to your city with your selected Sponsor airline.
    3. Your selected Sponsor airline is no longer an e-Miles participating sponsor.
    4. Other conditions could apply on a case-by-case basis, subject to e-Miles Member Agreement.
    5. You may cancel your membership at any time and then re-enroll in the program with a different miles or points partner. However, any e-Miles miles earned that have not already been deposited to your preferred frequent flyer or sponsor account would be lost. So if you do this, be sure you empty your account first and wait for the miles you have sent to an airline to actually arrive.
  • Miles are deposited into your airline account in 500 mile increments whenever you request them to do so.
  • e-Miles miles will expire if a member does not reply to one (1) or more earning opportunities each month.
  • e-Miles miles not deposited or redeemed toward a selected redemption option expire one (1) year from when the e-Miles miles were earned. For example, e-Miles miles earned in January will expire in January of the following year if the e-Miles miles have been deposited. e-Miles miles earned in calendar year 2012 will be considered and treated as 1st quarter 2013 earnings. Of course, the reason miles would not be deposited would be that you haven't earned 500 of them. Presumably miles are moved out on a first in - first out basis, though they don't say this.
  • e-Miles miles will expire if a member does not reply to one (1) or more earning opportunities each month.
  • Carefully read the Member Agreement before signing up for this program.

     

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."

 

Surveys   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.

 

   

Click for Money

Here are the programs that offer money for clicking. Don't quit your day job, but do enjoy the occasional check you receive for doing almost nothing. (Come to think of it, you could spend the money at an iDine restaurant to earn some miles, if you like.)

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 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:
  • A very large number of gift cards from Amazon and a great many others - $5.00 for 500 "bucks". But note that Swagbucks discounts your first $25 gift card of the month to 2,200 SB. To see the list of gift cards, click on Rewards at the top of the page, then on Rewards Store in the pull-down, then on All Rewards. I found 542 of them on March 17, 2015.
  • A PayPal credits priced at 100 Swagbuck per $1.
  • Gift cards are put on sale regularly.
  • Please tell me if any of the specific prizes I mentioned disappear, or if a good one of general interest is added. Thanks.
The web site says that searches are by Yahoo. If you do several searches per day anyway, it would cost you little time to simply open your Swagbucks account in a separate window and use it to do your searches.

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.

  • 20 Swagbucks per day gets you (about two successful searches), for example, a $5 Amazon.com certificate every 23 days. Easy. Just do the searches you would do anyway via Swagbucks.
  • I seem to regularly be awarded around 7 - 10 bucks each for my first, second, third or fourth search in the morning and again at night.
  • Frequently clicking on page two or three of a search result gets me a swagbuck. So now I automatically do this for every search.
  • Searching, clicking on a result, refreshing the search page or going to the next search pages sometimes results in bucks.
  • When you see the usual notice of award for a search, sometimes you must enter a 3 letter code to actually receive the buck. You must do this promptly, or the offer of the Swagbucks will expire. The code is case sensitive.
  • SwagBucks will deactivate your account if they think you are doing "unatural" searches. I suggest you just open a separate window for SwagBucks and simply do your normal searches there.

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.

  • Entering Swagcodes found at various places on the website is a very easy way to earn Swagabucks. Fortunately there is a very easy way to find these. Swagcode Spoilers reliably lists swagcodes. The site also has the means to sign up for text alerts and email alerts. Also, there is a flyertalk thread to which you may subscribe to receive alerts whenever someone finds a code.
    • Swagcode Spoilers reliably lists swagcodes. It now has a nifty code checker page that gives you a drum roll whenever there is a new code. I simply open it in a separate window whenever I am online and look at it whenever I hear drums. Easy. The site also has the means to sign up for text alerts and email alerts.
    • Flyertalk has a thread that posts codes as they appear. You may subscribe to the thread and opt to receive a emails for any new post.
    • SwagCodes usually earn about 3-10 easy bucks. To get credit for a code, click on the circular icon at the top of the home page, enter the clode, and then on you Enter key.
    • Please do contribute your finds of SwagCodes on these threads.

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.

  • Click on Daily Polls, answer the single question, and receive 1 SB.
  • Click on Trusted surveys - 1 SB even if you don't do any.
  • Click through the NOSO link - decline everything [between 3-6 pages] - get 2 SB [currently requires a code that they provide on the final page].
  • Click through 'Special offers'. They have several sites to try in turn to play videos.
    • Ad Rewards gives you 5 videos per day to watch. Watch for the numbers and key them in. You get at least 1 SB per video, often more
    • Click though the other sites and press videos, or free. Click on any videos. You get 1 or 2 SB per video. You do not need to watch these; just let them run.

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.

 

   

Good Causes

You can help some good causes by going to their websites and clicking once on each button. It's easy money for them, and easy to do for you. Its free to you. Businesses provide the money by advertising on the websites. I have all of these bookmarked in one file in my favorites folder. It takes me about 4 minutes a day to do all of them, and it makes me feel good.

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.

 

Just Click   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.

Care2. Rainforest, baby Seals, Wolves, oceans, big cats, animal rescue, primates, breast cancer, violence against women, children. Be sure you are logged in before you click. You can sign up for a daily e-mail reminder. Clicking daily without fail gives you "butterflies", which in turn give you opportunities to contribute more. I am saving 10 square feet of rainforest daily.

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.

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.

Land Care Niagra. Provides services and information to rural landowners and other users of private and public lands in Niagara, Ontario, through educational outreach, training initiatives, and land stewardship activities. Click near the bottom of the page to plant a tree.

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 first cat picture I see 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

  • Science (22 projects)
  • Life Sciences (22 projects)
  • Cryptography (7 projects)
  • Internet (9 projects)
  • Financial (2 projects)
  • Mathematics (44 projects)
  • Art (4 projects)
  • Puzzles/Games (5)
  • Miscellaneous (2)
Currently my computer is working on the Folding at Home project listed in the Life Sciences category, which seeks to discover a way to predict how various human proteins fold, essential to cancer research. There is a polite and very helpful support forum for this program.

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.

 

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