Swagbucks Member Recognition: Reward Levels

Swagbucks* is one of my favorite survey/shop/get-paid-to sites and, when I get around to putting up my survey page, it’ll be ranked at the top. They make it relatively easy to earn money and, even more important, to cash out. They have their own currency, which you can convert to cash. 100 Swagbucks (SB) equals $1.

A few weeks ago, they introduced a member recognition program, which looks similar to the lifetime programs of the standard frequent flyer plans. Note that the program is new, so registration isn’t universally open. They have promised, however, that everyone will be able to register sometime in April.

Swagbucks Member Recognition: Prizes at (Most) Levels


The various reward levels

Swagbucks hasn’t told us what each level will get you, but I’ve done a bit of digging and come up with most of the answers. Suffice it to say, the awards aren’t quite as exciting as one would find in a traditional loyalty program, but they get better as you go higher. Level 9, for instance, gets you a $150 bonus.

I did a little digging and got most of the rewards for each level, but not all of them. Since level 9 gets you $150, I’m really curious what 10 produces. Here’s what I know so far:


Level 3: Onyx

You can redeem for gift cards, and level 3 members will get rebated 100 SB ($1) on their first redemption.  PayPal gift cards, by the way, are eligible for the added bonus.

The real benefit here, though, is the double points on your next two survey completions. Surveys can be worth up to several hundred SB, so a $5 survey, for example, becomes a $10 prize.


Level 4: Amethyst

Similar to level 3, although you’ll get double points on your first three completed surveys once you reach level 4.


Level 5: Jade

Getting more interesting. Your gift card rebate is now $1.25 and you’ll still get another double SB bonus on a survey. You’ll also get a bonus if you make a shopping purchase through the site. Use their shopping portal to earn extra cash back (in this case, an additional $3) on your first purchase once you hit level 5.


Level 6: Topaz

I started off at Topaz. Didn’t get around to using my shopping bonus, but I did make a few extra dollars for the bonus surveys and gift card redemption.


Level 7: Sapphire

Okay, they’re not the most creative folks, but the rewards are a little better. You’re up to a $5 bonus on the shopping, along with your other bonuses.

Level 8: Emerald

Level 8 introduces a new benefit, real-time shipping. In other words, there’s no 2-3 day delay when you redeem for most gift cards up to $25. You’re also now up to a 1,000 SB ($10) on your next shopping purchase.


Level 9: Ruby

Here’s where it gets really interesting. In addition to  the other benefits, you’ll pick up an instant $150 bonus. Of course, you need to have earned 1,000,000+ SB lifetime to get the benefit, so start collecting now.

There is a level 10, but I don’t know what you get there. Hopefully, the surprise will be revealed soon.

Overall, I’d expect the program to expand over time, but for now, it offers some basic rewards to those who dedicate a little more time to the site.


Swagbucks is a referral program and we both get something if you sign up with my link. Thanks!


Kellogg’s Family Rewards: Potential 200 Free Points

Every once in a while, I’ll get an email from Kellogg’s Family Rewards. They’ll tell me that I haven’t logged in in a while and my points will expire. They’ll offer me a few hundred points to sign in. That’s odd, since I get these emails frequently. Perfect. Free bonuses.

kellogg's family rewards

Kellogg’s Family Rewards: Costs you no money and get your points for free

In any case, I got another one yesterday. Don’t know if it will work for anyone else, but you can try getting your free 200 points here, just by signing in. It will take 24 hours for the points to show up.


Disney Movie Rewards: Five Points

Disney Movie Rewards again, but first…

One would think that unemployment would mean that I would have more time to write posts. And yet, I’ve slowed down. I’ve discovered that it actually is possible to relax. The stress level is way down, I’ve lost five pounds and I’m thinking of doing something fun with all the survey sites I write about. In any case…

Disney Movie Rewards Trivia

Pick up five free points from Disney Movie Rewards when you answer the once-every-two-weeks trivia question. Answer a few questions, get some points. Nice how it works out, huh?


$2.85 From Swagbucks Cash And Other Stuff

A couple of housekeeping items, and then we’ll get to the good stuff on Swagbucks..

First, I’d once again like to complain about the quality of the spam that I get. Seriously, if you name yourself “Cialis,” the filters are going to catch you. Put some effort into it.

Second, after 19 years in the financial services industry (with a brief interruption), it appears that my career has come to an end. On to the next thing, whatever that is. Don’t see myself making a fortune blogging. As far as I know, the only things that generate income on this site are clicks on the Google Ads. Do I even have ad banners? I’ll have to look into that.

Maybe I can make a living doing surveys. Hmm, $50/month from 50 different survey companies. $30k per year. I’ll look into that…

And now, back to our regularly scheduled programming…

Free And Easy $2.85 from Swagbucks (And Then Some)…


Not exactly the big bucks, but every bit helps.

If you’re not signed up for Swagbucks*, you really should be. It’s a search engine that randomly gives you points for searching. You never know where or when they will come. You can also earn points through surveys, offers, purchases, signing up for newsletters and other ways. The surveys are particularly good and generally pay more than other websites. But the easy return on capital (i.e., your time), comes from the sign-up offers. It’s easy. They have a bunch of merchants who are willing to pay you just to sign up for their newsletter. I have no idea why companies are willing to pay me just for my email. Don’t care. I have a secondary email where I send stuff that doesn’t get read as often. Added bonus: They’re instituting a loyalty program.

This is what I did in the past week. I didn’t work particularly hard at it, so there’s plenty more out there. Sorry i don’t have the direct links, but they’re pretty easy to find on the site:

Sign Up for Newsletter from:        Get:

Enfamil                                                   $.25

Domino’s                                               $.25

Kellogg’s Family Rewards           $1.00

Myrtle Beach Hotel                         $.05

Huggies                                                  $.50

Pillsbury                                                $.40

Betty Crocker                                    $.40

All of the above took me a few minutes, since all they wanted was an email. Some wanted a bit more information, but I’m not concerned with snail mail.

You, too, can sign up for Swagbucks and become a billionaire millionaire at least $2.85 richer. Yup, that’s a referral link, but they’ll also start you with a bonus of some sort (I don’t actually know how much. I’d appreciate it if somebody who signs up throws a note in the comments.).



Disney Movie Rewards: Newsletter Points

Yes, it’s that time. Disney Movie Rewards’ monthly newsletter should be in your mailbox. Ooh, Dumbo! But even better, scroll to the bottom and click on the link for your mystery points. I got a whopping six this month!


LifePoints, The Improved Global Test Markets

Global Test Markets has rebranded itself as LifePoints. Let’s take a look at it.

Typically, I’m pretty skeptical of sites that claim to be new and better. New? Possible. Better? Usually not. Still, LifePoints actually made a few improvements and the new sight is worth seeing.

LifePoints (Formerly Global Test Markets)


The new LifePoints

LifePoints, formerly Global Test Markets, is one of several survey sites on the interweb. It’s pretty typical: Take a survey, get points. If you’re trading in for PayPal, the exchange rate is 100 LifePoints (LP) equals $.83. Some of the changes include:

  • An upgrade to the interface. LifePoints is definitely more user-friendly than Global Test Markets was.
  • I’m qualifying for surveys at an amazing rate. Normally, I DQ on 80% of surveys that I attempt. On LP, I’m probably qualifying for at least 50%.
  • If you attempt a survey and are booted, you now get two points. You can get up to 10 “failure points” per day. At the old Global Test Markets, you got nothing if you didn’t qualify for a survey.
  • On the downside, the new site has a bad habit of timing you out. Every third or fourth survey seems to result in a message saying that I’ve been timed out. Sometimes I get the points for completing the survey, sometimes I don’t. Here’s what they have to say about it. It’s not particularly helpful:

If you are receiving a message that you have timed out of a survey, please return to your dashboard and click on the “start survey” button again.

If the survey allows you to restart the survey, you will pick up where you left off.

If the survey does not allow you to restart the survey, we sincerely apologize and look forward to your future participation.

Unfortunately, some surveys are only accessible once. These surveys do not allow you to go back to correct mistakes or pick up where you left off and we are unable to reset those surveys.

Overall, the new site is a pretty good one. I hope that the timing out issue gets solved but, other than that, it’s definitely an improved experience.


Disney Movie Rewards Trivia: 10 Free Points

Sorry folks, it’s been kind of a rough week, so I’ve been offline. I’m coming back with yet more Disney Movie Rewards.

Disney Movie Rewards

Pick up 10 points from DMR Trivia. First, go to the link I just provided. Then, look at the URL and change the “113” at the end to “114.” You’ll get a hidden quiz and another ten points. Sneaky buggers.


Two Search And Survey Sites Making Changes (At Least One Is Good)

Want a little free cash? There are a ridiculous number of sites that you can find online. The problem is differentiating the good for the bad. You can get paid to search, take surveys, watch videos, etc. How much you’ll get paid depends on the site. You won’t be quitting your day job to take surveys or click links all day, but it gives you some money makers while you watch TV or are supposed to be sleeping.

Two of the programs that I use are making changes, and we know that at least one is favorable. I’ll give you the lowdown on both. We’ll give priority to the better one:

Swagbucks Adds A Loyalty Bonus: Elite Levels!


The new Swagbucks Membership Rewards Program

Okay, anything that includes leveling-up gets my attention. Yes, I’m a sucker. Fortunately, this one is worth it.

If you’re not signed up for Swagbucks*, you really should be. It’s a search engine that randomly gives you points for searching. You never know where or when they will come. You can also earn points through surveys, offers, purchases and other ways. The surveys are particularly good and generally pay more than other websites. Often, there are offers that will give you more back in points value than they actually cost to complete, meaning that you’ll get a free product and make a profit. 100 Swagbucks (SB) is worth a dollar.

Swagbucks is adding a membership rewards program, based on your lifetime earnings. It launches in the next 45 days, but you can pre-register today (and only today). After today, you have to wait for the actual launch date. They’re not revealing what you’ll get at each level, but it represents another reason to use the site. I’m currently eligible for Amethyst.

Global Test Market

Global Test Markets, a survey site, is changing its name and, theoretically, making other changes. They’ve been sending me emails for weeks, but have given me very few details.

The only relevant detail that they have mentioned is a positive one: If you try a survey but get rejected for it, they’ll give you two points. A normal survey will give you 50-100 points, so it’s not exactly a fortune, but at least it provides a reason for people to click their links.

What we don’t know is how they will value points. Currently, they’re worth a little less than a penny each. A new program, with a new name, is a perfect chance for them to devalue the points, while telling us that it’s a great “enhancement.”

Remember, you won’t make millions on any of these sites. But a few bucks here and a few bucks there begins to add up.


*This is a referral link. You’ll get $3 if you sign up through me (and I’ll get a bonus based on what you earn). It doesn’t cost you anything and it helps me buy shoes. Seriously, forget the kids. I need new shoes.


Disney Movie Rewards: Five Free Points

Bi-weekly trivia has popped up, so you get free points. Woo-hoo!

Head over here, answer the questions, bask in your glory. Then collect five points. Remember, you don’t need to get the questions right to get the points.


Free Coke Code

For those of you who still collect the My Coke Rewards caps, or whatever it’s called, here’s a freebie for you. It’s only one use, so if you use it, please note that in the comments so that others don’t waste their time. Thank you.