Can you really make extra money by taking surveys online?
LifePoints answers “Yes” by offering survey opportunities that trade a few minutes of your time for a set number of points, which can be redeemed for rewards like gift cards or a charity donation.
Since signing up is free and there’s no purchase necessary, LifePoints can seem like an easy way to grab some gift cards to benefit your daily life.
But is it really worth your time to answer a bunch of questions for what could amount to pocket change?
That’s what we’re here to find out.
In this LifePoints review, we’ll talk about how the site works, how much you can make, and how it compares to other paid survey options.
LifePoints is a legit paid survey site used by many people to make extra money online. Signing up is free and easy, but our testing found few available surveys and a high disqualification rate. Because of this, how much you can earn on the site largely depends on how your demographic profile and purchasing habits match up with the brands and manufacturers LifePoints works with.
LifePoints: Our Take
LifePoints, which is also known as “LifePoints Panel,” promises to be “the place to be for those who want to be heard.” In exchange for answering survey questions about your behavior regarding certain purchases, you receive a set amount of points.
These points can then be exchanged for free gift cards from a number of popular retailers. You can also donate your points to a number of charities.
It’s free to sign up and there’s no requirement to spend any kind of money in order to use the site. However, the seemingly boundless earning potential does reach a cap — and rather quickly.
After you sign up and complete your profile, a number of surveys are listed on your dashboard. Unfortunately, many of these surveys quickly reach their maximum number of participants.
So rather than having the chance to earn 50, 75 or even upwards of 150 points (each point is worth about 1 cent, depending on how you choose to redeem them), you end up with a “thank you” message letting you know that the survey has “filled up.”
While you may receive a couple of points in compensation, the number pales in comparison to what you were expecting.
Plus, those handfuls of surveys disappear after a short time, leaving you in a holding pattern until the next day’s surveys are posted.
In short, LifePoints is a website best used for downtime, with very low expectations in terms of earning extra cash.
You might find yourself only completing a handful of surveys before the well dries up. And since it takes 600 LifePoints to earn a $5 gift card, it may be difficult to earn enough points to actually cash-out.
What is LifePoints?
LifePoints is a website designed to match up consumers with brands wanting to do market research via online surveys.
The sign-up process is free and requires basic information, such as personal details, specifics about your income and household size, and information regarding the kinds of purchases you’ve made or will make within certain periods of time.
You’re compensated for your time in points, which can be redeemed for free gift cards to popular restaurants, Starbucks, eBay, Amazon, Kohls, Macy’s, Barnes and Noble, Bass Pro Shops and Google Play, to name just a few. Gift card amounts range from $5 to upwards of $100, depending on the retailer.
Surveys are listed on your LifePoints dashboard, along with an estimated timeframe necessary to complete the survey, as well as with the number of points you can expect to earn.
Some surveys are given a “TOP” designation, but there’s no indication of what exactly this means.
For example, in the screenshot below you’ll see a “Top” survey that takes 10 minutes and pays 75 points, while the one next to it, which is not “Top” rated, takes 11 minutes and also pays 75 points. Thus, “Top” surveys do not seem to award extra points.
Users should take the numbers they see in the Dashboard with a grain of salt.
Based on your demographic information and purchasing behavior, you may not qualify for any particular survey. In this case, you can expect to receive either zero points, or very few (less than five) as a thank you for participating.
New surveys are reportedly released daily, so LifePoints sends out emails to members inviting them to complete the day’s list of surveys. There’s also a large community area, where you can participate in giveaways, polls and task-related promotions. These may require you to have accounts on social media websites in order to be eligible.
Note that not all of the community activities reward your efforts with points.
LifePoints Sign-Up Process
Signing up for LifePoints takes about 15 minutes total. There are four steps outlined in the registration process, beginning with a page to enter your name, your email address and a prompt to create a password.
Next, you’ll enter your gender, birth date and mailing address.
Each task box includes a hyperlink to the corresponding terms you’re agreeing to, and the final question is basically just accepting the fact that you’ll be added to their email list.
Once you’ve completed those agreements, you’ll be prompted to check your email. After verifying your email and returning to the LifePoints website, you should be met with a second set of questions regarding your purchases within a certain time frame.
You may also be asked about your household size, how many children are in the house, what your race is and how much you make annually. Completing these questions finishes up your profile and rewards you with 10 points, in addition to the 10 points you receive for signing up.
After completing your profile, you’ll be brought to the dashboard. It’s here that you can choose from the available surveys.
You can also click on the “Rewards” tab in the top right corner to peruse rewards options; the “Community” tab to see what polls, giveaways and promotions there are to participate in; the “Help Center” icon for answers to FAQs; and “Account” to update your personal details or cancel your account.
Ways to Earn
Earning money via LifePoints consists of completing surveys and participating in giveaways and promotions.
Surveys are often hosted by third-party websites, which structure their questions in a variety of ways. Each survey lists an estimated time required for completion, along with a points value.
Navigating to the “Rewards” tab will allow you to access a log of your points earning history. Popups, denoted as “Quick Polls” on this rewards list, sometimes appear when you first sign in. These surveys ask singular questions but they don’t always show up when you log on to the site.
You may be asked to agree to sharing information regarding what ads you’ve been exposed to via certain online advertisers. You can change these settings at any time under your “My Account” tab on the upper right-hand corner.
Surveys are not rewarded based on the estimated time it takes to complete them. For example, when using the site for this review we found a 20-minute survey that listed 400 points as the reward, as well as a 25-minute survey that paid only 150 points. That said, it’s generally true that longer surveys reward more points.
The “Community” tab is potentially another source for earning points, but the results are similarly non-guaranteed.
The giveaways, promotions and polls you’ll find here really just act as ways for LifePoints to elicit your opinion — just on different platforms, and/or with no promise of rewards. That is to say, you’re still responding to a prompt, but there aren’t always points attached to your efforts.
Participating in LifePoints surveys requires little effort, admittedly. A fast internet connection does make it easier; a larger computer screen allows you to scroll through prompts faster as well.
Assuming you’re answering the prompts honestly, there’s little to no preparation required. It’s simply based on what you’ve purchased and how you feel about those products.
Regarding your return on investment, LifePoints lacks the quantity and quality of surveys found on some other sites. Surveys tend to fill up quickly (more on that below), so you’re really only completing a few at a time that are worth a handful of points.
The number of surveys is limited, too. This means you may only earn five points per day, which makes earning the minimum of 600 points — which is required to cash-out for the lowest-value reward option, a $5 gift card — difficult.
Surveys populate your dashboard, so I figured I would start with the first one on the list and move to the right horizontally to complete them.
The first survey listed said it took approximately eight minutes and rewarded 50 points. I entered in my gender and age, and was taken to a screen that notified me the survey had already filled up.
I was not awarded any points. Instead, I was taken back to my dashboard, where I clicked on the next survey that was first in line.
This second survey quoted 11 minutes and 75 points. Again, I didn’t get very far before I was met with the screen notifying me the survey had filled up.
This time, however, I did receive two points for attempting the survey. This process was repeated for my third survey, which quoted 25 minutes and 150 points.
After my third survey, I was met with a message that I had done all the surveys available for that day and that I should check out the “Community” page for more activities.
I was met with this same message when I logged in the next day, therefore preventing me from earning any LifePoints unless I were to check back in at a later time.
I closed the tab but did not log out. But when I navigated back to the LifePoints website to check on the “Community” tab, I was met with a “Quick Poll” that rewarded me one point.
In the end, I was only able to earn 26 points after two days of testing — and I never actually got to proceed to a survey.
This may be due to my demographic profile, or any other number of factors, and other users may experience different/better results.
As far as getting paid by LifePoints goes, you can either choose a gift card or a donation. Both gift cards and donations list how many points are required to obtain them, as well as the corresponding dollar amounts.
While it may seem like a single point would equal a penny — as is true with Swagbucks, where every “SB” you earn is worth 1 cent — that’s not always the case.
For example, to get a $5 PayPal gift card, you’ll need to earn 600 points. But in order to donate the same amount to the Special Olympics, you only need 550 points. Meanwhile, A $25 gift card from Target will cost you 2,700 points — a slightly better deal than using your points for PayPal.
PayPal gift cards require you to have a PayPal account. Most other gift cards simply require you to meet the points minimum.
Points are available to use as soon as they post to your account. The only obstacle you might face in terms of getting paid is earning the minimum of 550 points (about $5) to cash-out.
The fact that surveys were full at the time of our logins does not instill much confidence when it comes to maximizing earning potential.
LifePoints Pros and Cons
- Little to no effort or skill is required to complete surveys.
- Points are redeemable for gift cards for many popular retailers, so there’s plenty of opportunity to use points in your everyday life.
- Low-maintenance membership only requires you to sign in every so often to earn points; there are no daily minimums or other commitment requirements necessary to be eligible to earn LifePoints.
Note: Your points expire three years after being issued or after 12 months of account inactivity.
- Earning opportunities are few and far between.
- Unless you fall into specific demographic categories, you may not qualify for many surveys.
- The return-on-investment is limited; you can probably make more money on other survey sites.
Yes, LifePoints is a legitimate website that offers you access to earn gift cards or the ability to donate based on how many surveys you complete.
Anyone over the age of 14 is eligible to join LifePoints. Simply complete their registration process to obtain a membership. LifePoints is available in a number of countries, including Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Russia, and Thailand, to name a few.
LifePoints states that “personal data will never be revealed, sold or traded.” However, there is an option to opt into letting LifePoints know which ads you’ve been exposed to. This is a prompt that will show up shortly after you log in for the second time. Know that you can change these settings at any time by going to the “Account” and “Data Usage & Preferences” tab.
No, points are only redeemable for a PayPal payment, gift card or charity donation. There is no cash redemption option.
The LifePoints app that’s available in the app store is not related to the online survey site of the same name. Rather, it is an “app that lets you earn rewards for the time you spend working out.” While it might use the same type of basic point-earning system, it’s focused on exercise and not purchasing habits.
LifePoints claims to offer product testing, but beyond mentioning it on their “How it Works” page, there’s no way to sign up for or inquire about it, beyond the help button. If you’re interested in product testing, we recommend signing up for i-Say by Ipsos.
LifePoints Panel Review: Summary
In short, LifePoints is a legit online survey site but the earning potential is limited compared to the other options in the marketplace.
Going into this review, our plan was to spend time researching the different types of surveys available, evaluating how difficult they are to complete and how much they actually pay for your time.
Unfortunately, we were never able to get to that point. We attempted a handful of surveys, were disqualified from all of them, and were then told we’d attempted all of the available surveys for that particular day.
All survey sites have limited inventory and disqualifications are a common complaint among online survey takers. However, we’ve never run out of surveys on sites like Swagbucks and Survey Junkie, two sites where inventories are fairly large and disqualification rates are relatively low.
So while LifePoints is legit, we recommend starting with those two sites.
That said, your experience on LifePoints may differ from ours. Many people use and like like the site, so your demographics and purchasing habits may be a better fit for the platform. Since becoming a LifePoints member is a simple task that only takes a few minutes, it doesn’t hurt to give it a try.
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