App Pays You To Walk Around

July 30, 2018

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We live in a great country!  I mean, did you know you can get paid for just moving around?  Miles is a free app for Apple that rewards you points for just getting up and going somewhere, whether it's by foot, car, bus, or plane. Rack up enough points and you'll be able to redeem gift cards and discounts for retailers like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, and Whole Foods. The app is designed to encourage eco-friendly travel, so the amount of reward miles, or points, you earn depends on your mode of transport. One mile in a car translates to one mile earned through the app, but a ride in an Uber or Lyft will get you double the points. Public transportation yields three points per mile, biking is five points per mile, and walking is 10 points per mile. Granted it will take a lot of moving around to earn points and although your travel patterns are tracked, it is not shared with companies; only abstract insights about your movement patterns. For a $5 Starbucks or Amazon gift card, you'd have to accrue 2500 reward miles, which is 250 miles of walking. But if you are okay with sharing your travel patterns with companies, it's a passive way to cut costs on items you'd already be buying (like groceries, or your go-to morning latte). An Android app is in the works. 

SOURCE: Mental Floss

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