Still, I’ve read a lot of blogs that recommend MyPoints and there’s a good reason for it. For one thing, the company has been around since 1996, so it’s had a few decades to get things right. It’s also built up an industry reputation, which is really important for a survey site.
How MyPoints Works
MyPoints rewards you for doing a variety of tasks. When you complete those tasks, points are added into your account. Once you have enough, you can redeem the points for gift cards to places like Amazon, Bass Pro Shop, eBay, The Home Depot, iTunes, the list goes on and on.
Some tasks are quick and easy. Some are hard. The easy ones earn you just a few points. The harder ones reward you with more.
How to Earn Points with MyPoints
To earn points, you can:
- Take a survey – These take the longest to complete but have the highest reward.
- Complete the Daily 5 – Basically, you have to complete five tasks on MyPoints to earn 5 bonus points. Some of the tasks are as easy as following a link to another website. You don’t have to buy a thing, just go to the website.
- Watch videos – MyPoints will give you points for watching things like movie trailers, interviews, and ads. Trouble is, the average is something like 6 points for 45 minutes. I tried it twice since I can let it run and do other things, but the videos froze and I never received those points.
- Shop – The best way to earn MyPoints is to shop its affiliate sites. I needed new shoes, so I shopped at Macy’s.com. I snagged some new sneakers and earned 6 points for every dollar I spent.
- 5 points, 10 questions – You can take a survey, or you can spend your time answering random questions. MyPoints allows you to earn 5 points every time you answer 10 random questions.
- Purchase travel – You can book flights, hotels, rental cars and more through MyPoints and receive bonus points for every dollar you spend. Like shopping, the number of points you receive depends on the travel site you purchase through.
The exact value of the points depends on the gift card you want and the amount you want. For example, a $3 Amazon gift card will cost me 480 points. A $5 Lowe’s gift card will cost me 700 points.
How do You Sign Up for MyPoints?
Signing up is easy. Fill out the basics, name, age, household income, etc. All the basics of the other survey sites.
You’re rewarded with points once you fill out the basic questionnaire.
Following that, you go where you please.
The Quickest Way to Earn Points on MyPoints
I’ve found the surveys and the shopping earn you the most points. Survey rewards are tough to pin down as some surveys take longer than others and some earn you more points than others. The survey length and points earned don’t always correlate.
My first go around, I earned 500 points for a 50-minute survey, so I’m guessing about 10 points per minute on average.
I tested out a few more aspects of the site. I tried to watch some videos, failed to qualify for a few surveys and finished the Daily 5. When all was said and done, I had spent about an hour and a half on MyPoints and had earned 528 points. That was enough for an Amazon gift card.
MyPoints gets a wide variety of screener surveys, including ones that lead to studies that pay actual money.
While I was doing the random surveys, I ran across one that needed registered voters in my specific county. Turns out they were looking for people willing to be part of a mock jury.
I qualified and ended up on the mock jury. The jury review could be done online whenever (i.e. when the kids were in bed) and would pay $85 for my time. It took about two hours to complete.
I have not been paid yet, but I have faith that I will. I will let you know if anything changes.
The Bottom Line
- You earn points faster and have more options to earn points than other survey sites.
- I did everything while watching TV, which means it’s not very taxing on the mind.
- As I explained in my Bonus Money section, I was connected to a survey that paid actual money.
- The rewards are good. There are a number of gift cards I can redeem my points for that I would actually use.
- Like most survey sites, you’re not going to get rich doing it. It takes time to earn points, though less time than a site like InboxDollars.
- Some surveys ask questions that are way too personal. For example, one asked me my exact household income reported on my taxes. As I said in my safety tips post, private info like that is off limits!
- Lots and lots of emails, about 4-6 per day. I get that I can turn these off or opt out, but truly testing the system meant taking the good with the bad.
As with all survey sites, MyPoints is something you can do with the kids. Naptime or after bedtime, it’s a satisfactory money earner. Plus you get the bonus of being redirected to research groups that pay actual money.
You won’t get rich, but when it comes to ranking survey sites, MyPoints is top of my list.