Earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Points to Complete a Survey: Worth It?

You have probably seen other articles at BoardingArea through which you may have found out about a way to earn 1,000 IHG Rewards points to complete a survey — but is that opportunity worth it?

As your stalwart reporter, I decided to be the guinea pig and try the process out in order to find out for myself.

Earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Points to Complete a Survey: Worth It?

After completing the short form at what is known as Opinion Check-In as seen at the top of this article, an e-mail message confirming the activation of my membership was sent to me…

1,000 IHG Rewards points for survey.

Click on the image to see an enlarged view. Source: Opinion Check-In.

…but it did not arrive immediately, as it was sent to me at least twenty minutes later. After a few minutes of waiting for the e-mail message, I decided to go and do other things while I was waiting. Once I received it, I activated my membership with Opinion Check-In, which is a free Internet survey community exclusive to members of the IHG Rewards Club frequent guest loyalty program which allows you to earn IHG Rewards Club points for sharing your opinions in surveys about the products and services you use everyday.

I was asked to complete forms pertaining to additional information about myself; and despite the warnings in the privacy policy pertaining to revealing sensitive information, certain questions pertaining to what I consider sensitive information — such as income and race — have choices of either Prefer not to answer or Prefer not to state are available in case you do not want to answer those questions.

There were several “pages” of questions — none of which were too difficult or time-consuming to answer. They were basically questions about employment.

Time For My First Survey

Once I completed the series of questions…

1,000 IHG Rewards points for survey.

Click on the image to see an enlarged view. Source: Opinion Check-In.

…I was then invited to participate in my first survey pertaining to business — but after spending seven minutes on it, I was informed that I was not qualified to complete it. I earned five IHG Rewards Club points for my effort.

Immediately afterwards, I was invite to complete another survey — this one pertaining to traffic and transportation in the greater Atlanta metropolitan area. That survey seemed like a shorter survey, as I only needed ten minutes to complete it…

…and when I successfully completed the survey, I received confirmation that I had indeed earned my 1,000 IHG Rewards Club points.

1,000 IHG Rewards points for survey.

Click on the image to see an enlarged view. Source: Opinion Check-In.

The points posted immediately into my IHG Rewards Club account.

1,000 IHG Rewards points for survey.

Click on the image to see an enlarged view. Source: IHG Rewards Club.


The duration of the entire process was approximately one hour and twenty minutes, which includes the wait for the activation e-mail messages; completing my profile; and participating in two surveys — the first one for which I was not qualified; and the other which I completed.

Opinion Check-In is quite similar to e-Rewards where you participate in surveys to earn points — the main difference being that you have a choice of where to earn points from the e-Rewards “dollars” you earn; whereas the points earned through Opinion Check-In automatically go directly into your IHG Rewards Club account. As I am unable to earn IHG Rewards Club points through e-Rewards because I joined as a member via another frequent guest loyalty program — and because I rarely stay at hotel and resort properties which participate in the IHG Rewards Club program — Opinion Check-In just might work for me in the future.

This seems to be a good way to keep the points in your IHG Rewards Club account from expiring if you do not mind taking surveys — especially as many of the easy ways to earn IHG Rewards Club frequent gustily loyalty program points in the past do not exist anymore — but this is not exactly the easiest way to earn IHG Rewards points; and you might find that the time needed to complete the process may otherwise not be worth the effort.

Source: Opinion Check-In.

12 thoughts on “Earn 1,000 IHG Rewards Points to Complete a Survey: Worth It?”

  1. Carl P says:

    I got an email the other day from Opinion Rewards Panel.. I think I did the initial one for 1000 Wyndham points.. Now they offer 80 Wyndham points for 15 minutes ($1.60 if you assume you’d used 15K points for a $300 room – a stretch).. That not even minimum wage.

    Then there is Rewards for Thought where I initially did a survey for 500 Avios points to extend expiration. From thereon the offers were never worth it. How about the recent offer of 74 Avios points for a 20 minute survey? That’s maybe worth a dollar?

    One time maybe, but after that send it to the junk mail.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I cannot argue with your points, Carl P.

      However, doing one survey per year — if that is possible — might be worth the time to keep points in an account from expiring if no other option is feasible…

  2. Carl P says:

    A question or two on IHG. Is the 1,000 birthday points for real? If so, does it count towards extending expiration, thereby never having to worry about it?

    I’ve never seen the points, but I’m not sure if I had the birthday in there last year. I guess I’ll see in a month or so.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Those are two good questions I cannot answer because I have not yet tried it, Carl P. — and my next birthday is months away.

      You will know before I do if you decide to try it — and why not, as you really have nothing to lose — but please allow me to wish you an early happy birthday!

    2. Lucas says:


      As my birthday is today, and I did receive the points, I can confirm the 1,000 Birthday points exist. I got an email and just had to complete a very short registration to get them. I’m not sure if they would prevent other points from expiring though.

      1. Brian Cohen says:

        Thank you for providing that information, Lucas

        …and happy birthday to you!

  3. DaninMCI says:

    The short term time cost is nothing compared to the long term time involved with these. Now you will be getting emails that will promise something like say 100 points or 400 points, etc. to come complete the survey. You will sink 5 or 10 minutes into those only to find that either the survey has received enough responses or you don’t qualify. At least with e-miles it will give you what it promises. I have an account like this associated with Spirit Airline (to keep those from expiring of course) The false promise of some of these survey programs is the big problem I think.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I already received three new e-mail messages with offers to participate in surveys, DaninMCI — but like e-Rewards, they are clearly marked and I can choose whether or not I want to participate in them.

      Of course, there are many people who loathe receiving e-mails such as those; and I can understand that…

      …and I suppose I can always cancel my membership at one point in the future if the bombardment becomes too unbearable.

  4. Chris says:

    We did that process for wife’s IHG account, and even though it was a grind to get through it — and in the end she only qualified for, drum roll …. 5 points — those points hit her IHG account immediately, and in the process extended her about-to-expire 50K points for another year. That gives us the time we need to think about using those points or, maybe next fall, extending them with another big 5 point catch.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      True, there are some surveys which are a “grind” to get through, Chris

      ..but there are also surveys whose topics or time to complete are also not so bad for those five points — you can basically recognize them just from the e-mail message — and for the purpose of your strategy of keeping points in an account from expiring, even one point can be worth the time and effort.

  5. Mike says:

    Lots of these online for many incentive programs where they can be useful for the purpose of extending points life. Spirit Air is my favorite, though. Their normal program mile lifespan is just 90 days. The fine print in their survey program, moreover, limits you to a lifetime payout of 2,000 miles. So a 20 point Spirit survey is more worthwhile than a 200 point Spirit survey, if your purpose is to keep miles alive. You can’t change spots on a leopard.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Thank you for that interesting information, Mike

      …and no, you cannot change the spots on a leopard — but if I flew as a passenger aboard an airplane operated by Spirit Airlines, the reason would certainly not be for wanting to become a member of its frequent flier loyalty program.

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