I’m going to start out with a warning: This app launched within the past few days has proven to be so popular in its first day or two that it is not acting particularly stably. It may take you a few tries to get in.
\Well, they’ve finally done it: Created an app that rewards you just for moving. It has the somewhat annoying name of “Miles” and rewards you based on how many miles you travel. It encourages “greener” travel, so you get a multiplier based on your mode of transportation. Walking gets you a 10X multiplier. A train is 5X. A plane is only 0.1X. You get the picture.
The “killer app” to the app is that you don’t need to launch it while you travel. If you give it location access, it’ll run in the background. The user data is supposedly anonymous, although it may give you offers based on what it calls a “predictive marketing IT platform.” I haven’t noticed any measurable impact on my battery. The other option, of course, is that you can shut off the location tracker, but you’ll have to launch it each time you go anywhere.
Obviously, this platform is less about environmental causes and more about gathering consumer data. If you are of the mindset that an app knowing your location is not a big deal, you can sign up here (on your phone) and get 2,000 points, which is enough for a $5 gift card at a few retailers, including Starbucks and Target. I do receive 1,000 points per referral, so I appreciate your using my link.
The app has been somewhat “volatile” the past few days, as it just launched, so you may have to be patient.