E-Miles Program Review

November 17, 2006 · 15 comments

Updated, April 2012
Launched on 11/1/06, e-Miles.com is owned by the same company as e-Rewards.com. The idea is that you can earn frequent flier miles for providing demographic info and then watching ads keyed to your profile.

In the 2006 press release announcing the program’s launch, e-Miles promised, “At no cost and in just four to five minutes spent each day engaging with e-Miles, a member can earn enough miles for a domestic roundtrip award ticket each year.”

I don’t think the earnings possibility is anywhere near that high.  In 2012, their Facebook page they claimed that you can earn  hundreds of miles per week.  Perhaps, but not with “no cost” as they originally promised.  I don’t respond to all of their email opportunities, granted, but I earned just 300 e-Miles last year from viewing ads only (not making purchases).

You have to have a minimum of 500 miles to request a transfer to your favorite frequent flier program — it’s not automatically transferred — and miles can only be deposited in 500 mile increments, once a quarter.

The program is open by invitation only to residents of the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or U.S. Virgin Islands, age 18+, with their own email address.

Currently, the participating frequent flier programs are those for Delta, US Airways, United, Air Tran, Hilton HHonors, Priority Club Rewards, Frontier Airlines, or Alaska Airlines, or you can select instead Amazon gift cards.  Choose your preferred program carefully, because they will not allow you to change it unless you meet certain conditions (such as moving over 50 miles away, a significant change in service to your city by your frequent flier airline, etc.).  You can quit and rejoin with another sponsor, but you’ll have to forfeit all miles earned in your original account.

If you’re hoping to earn free travel rewards online, I’d suggest you check out the paid surveys available on sites like QuickRewards.net (cash out to PayPal with no minimum required, as often as you’d like), MyPoints (receive gift cards including gas cards), and Memolink.

Or if you shop online and want to receive cash back on travel bookings (hotels, vacation packages, etc.) or cash back on other purchases that you can use toward travel, I’d suggest you join Extrabux.com (they had the highest overall shopping cash back rates in my comprehensive research study last year) or MrRebates (another favorite of mine).

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Michael C. Thomas December 16, 2006 at 9:40 am

This is a good program.

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anonymous July 24, 2009 at 10:44 am

As a member of e-miles.com, I take part in surveys to earn sky mile points. Surveys often give you an offer to gain large sums of points for making a purchase. I purchased a product through one of the surveys in order to gain 100 points and was told to wait 4-6 weeks for the purchase to process. After that time period was up, I was then told they couldn’t find my order and was told it would take more time. After an exchange of several emails and 4 months, I was told I would need to send them my frequent flyer number and registration confirmation and that it would take another 5-7 weeks to investigate. I supplied them with my frequent flyer number, but I was never told the registration conformation for the products site would be needed and has been deleted for many months. I was then told that they could not help me and that I would not be getting the points.
Anyone that runs such a web site can review the activity on their own web site. This information should not be difficult to locate on their end and quite honestly is their responsibility.

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Jennifer August 31, 2009 at 9:44 am

Unless you purchase products through the site, there is no way you could get enough points to make the site worthwhile. I’ve been a member since May and by the end of August I have only been able to accumulate 480 points. That includes the 300 points you get when you sign up. I typically get one offer worth about 5 points every week or two. As points are only transfered to your frequent flier account when you reach 500, I plan on leaving the program as soon as I get to 500. There is no way I’ll be able to collect another 500 points with so infrequent offers. Consider joining MyPoints if you like rewards. In the same time period I’ve earned about $70 worth of gift cards.

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chucke October 27, 2009 at 11:51 am

Whenever you purchase something for the bonus points it is a real hassle to get the bonus points. They never seem to have a record of your purchase and continue to ask for more time to investigate. Definitely not worth the time or effort unless you are absolutely desperate for the miles and your time is worth less than 25 cents an hour.

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sandstones June 13, 2011 at 5:03 pm

They don’t give you miles for signing up – as another poster said, all they do is delay and obfuscate.

So in return I give them random answers, just want to get 500 miles so I can transfer them and my miles won’t expire.

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carme frias July 6, 2011 at 3:27 pm

I just learned today that e-miles and e-rewards both belong to the same company.
Is it possible to add the 2 rewards in some way. ..? Otherwise the process gets so so long to be able to accrue 500 points… or $50.00, and then when you are close, to getting them…, they expire!!!
WHICH IS MY OTHER COMPLAINT: The complicated system used for making your points or miles expire. Months…,, quarters of years, what not…,They surely shouldn’t expire at all because every cent or mile you have won you have sweated it out, wearing yourself out, sometimes tired …, sitting in your chair till late at night…, answering questions for a prize… just to have it deleted later…!!!???! Please answer…!!!! THANKS

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Ladyd October 20, 2011 at 9:50 pm

I just signed up for e-miles less than 24 hrs ago. So far I’ve seen the survey’s are really short. When I enrolled and completed the profile, I ended with 275 miles. Now I have 330. I agree that it is tedious to do so many to get to 500 but I remind myself of the reward.

I prefer e-rewards even though the surveys are lengthy. I find that I am able to rack up miles a lot faster with them. And the surveys aren’t all that bad.

Does anyone know if I can use my miles for one way on a round trip ticket with Continental? I don’t want to buy 2 separate tickets. Some insight would really be helpful…thanx! Good luck everyone earning your miles…just remember the reward :)

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Conrad January 12, 2012 at 9:55 pm

This program is a scam. When I purchased a product from an organization through this program I was never given the miles. I had to chase down a lot of people to get to someone who would take action. After giving me them miles I deposited them into my miles program with Delta Airlines. The miles were never acknowledged, deposited or shown in that account. No one is accountable in this program, they all blame the other guy. Such a fraudulent program.

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Harry May 10, 2012 at 10:50 am

On the other hand, both of us, my wife and I, have been in this program for years.
We haven’t bought anything through them so I can’t speak to that issue, however,
we have both redeemed 500 miles a number of times with no problem whatsoever.
At 5 points a pop does it take a little time to aquire 500 miles, yes, but it’s doable and costs nothing – what’s the gripe?

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Amanda May 22, 2012 at 2:36 pm

I beg to differ on your opinion. I have earned over 1100 emiles just this week alone through e-miles.com and not paid one penny for them. i am now only 1,500 miles away from a reward flight =)

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dahlia s April 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm

I used e-miles for sometime and it was fine. However they must have sold the comp or have different people working there as my miles take forever to be credited to my account. Noone gets back to you to resolve issues and I have even donated alot of money to some of there offers and not received my miles > dont sign on to E- Miles

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Stone June 4, 2013 at 12:26 pm

This program is seriously flawed. Points are frequently NOT awarded for completed activities and the is no closed loop to correct this.

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Jeff October 24, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Joined the e-miles program a couple years ago. After about 1.5 years I finally have enough for another deposit only to realize they no longer transfer to Delta, at least not the usual 500 mile denomination. Not only this, but apparently this “miles” earning site has partnered with hotel programs, and they don’t partner with either of my preferred hotel programs, Marriott and SPG. I did just enough to get my $10 amazon card (they said I should have the rest of my points sometime by 12/10, another rip-off) and as soon as I get that I’m out. What a waste.

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Rick November 26, 2013 at 9:32 am

This site is not at all worth using. I hvae to keep a spreadsheet of all of my activities and you better capture an image of every offer that you respond to or they will NEVER give you the miles that you have coming. Sure wish I had read this blog before wasting my time with this site. What a pain.

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