Posted by Chuck on January 17, 2020
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Published on January 17th, 2020 | by Chuck

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[Update] Miles App Review: Get Points Automatically for Every Mile You Go

[Update 1/17/20: They sent out an email blast that “tomorrow at 3 pm PT” (I think that means Friday 1/17/20 at 3 pm PT) they’ll be releasing an Amazon gift card redemption option with limited quantity. If you have Miles points racked up, you’ll want to keep an eye out since the other redemptions aren’t usually that good.]

There’s a new app called ‘Miles‘ which tracks your movements and gives you points for every mile you go. It runs entirely in the background without the need to open it or do anything. It’s currently only available for iOS and is coming soon to Android.

  • .1 miles for each air mile
  • 1 mile for each car mile
  • 2 miles for each carpool or ride-share mile
  • 3 miles for each mass transit mile
  • 5 miles for each biking mile
  • 10 miles for each walking mile

Points can be redeemed for prizes to get discounts at select vendors. Some sample prizes:

  • $5 Vudu credit + free movies – costs 1,200 miles
  • New Wag! customers can get 2 free walks and a free lockbox – costs 1,200 miles
  • 7-day free trial with Coursera – costs 500 miles
  • 20% off your Rhone purchase – costs 600 miles
  • New Silvercar customers: book an Audi for 1 day or more and get a extra day free – costs 1,200 miles

Our Verdict

At launch, they allowed points to be redeemed for gift cards to places like Amazon. That made the app useful for someone willing to give up their privacy. Now that they just have these various discount offers, I doubt it’s worth anyone’s time/privacy.

Most of the offers look like the regular recycled first-time-customer offers you see on various platforms, not something special to the Miles app. There is a $5 Vudu credit for 1,200 miles, so that might be useful to some. Other than that, if anyone notices something good, let us know.



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anon
anon

Also apparently it is invite only so I can’t even sign up. Also sounds like during the time when they had gift cards, several people reported receiving a gift card that was already used… hard pass from me.

escot
escot

Wait… what? There’s an app that tracks your every movement?

Pass the soma. About time “we” as a points-earning community do some serious push-back about such privacy raiding hordes. They couldn’t ever pay me enough to go for this….

*tic, then again,, might help investigators find your body parts if you ever visit a Saudi embassy. (e.g., apparently key evidence now being mentioned in the Khashoggi case)

Dylan
Dylan

Google and facebook already tracks your every move. I might as well get airline miles for it.

escot
escot

good answer — though there you have the option to turn it off. (or so they say) Ah, so the calm accepting logic next is, let’s just drink the soma and see nothing amiss, and just ask for some more soma to make us feel better. (or better yet, call it a “security” for our brave-new-world…. (reference intended) and be thankful they can track our remains)

millionairenextdoor
millionairenextdoor

escot we all belong to each other anyway, lol. But I’ll skip the soma.

Pablo
Pablo

What kind of idiot would use those things?

DollarDog
DollarDog

Google at least never shares that information. No guarantee this random company won’t share it or sell it.

Ben
Ben

Of course, Google never shares information when they can sell it instead. That’s their whole profit model, getting paid for information.

Dylan
Dylan

I wonder how it knows if you are flying, biking or walking? Because i remember when people were using GPS spoofing (A way to make it appear you are in a location where you are really not) to game the system in pokenon go when it was popular. I could see people GPS spoofing this

YL
YL

They probably track your location every x seconds to determine your speed and/or if you’re on certain route that corresponds to mass transit. Not sure how they’d track carpool/ride sharing though.

Vy
Vy

Root access. Or you’d have to link your ridesharing apps with this one to get credit.

Alex F
Alex F

They do. I was stuck in really bad traffic the other day and it thought I walked a mile instead of drove. I think it takes into account a lot of different things like start and end point (both airports) and if the route you went was a train track or across water. Also, the app knows when you are driving because of the phone being connected to Bluetooth (my cars logo shows up on all of my driving trips).

Daniel
Daniel

How does it know if you’re driving alone, carpooling, taking the bus, biking, etc.?

ChannelZ28
ChannelZ28

Is there a full list of rewards available somewhere? I’m pretty active and don’t value my privacy much. I estimate I could earn 300-400 miles a day. I think I’m interested if I could see the redemption options.

Yoni
Yoni

Perfect for Airline Pilots, Mass Trans Bus/train drivers, Delivery drivers, bike couriers,

If only they had something worth redeeming the miles.

flav
flav

it was fine when they did amazon gc. now its like every offer you see on ticketmaster and drop.

getting vudu credits and deleting it asap

Li
Li

“7-day free trial with Coursera – costs 500 miles”.
WTH is this? Coursera gives 7 day trail for free on their official website.

anon
anon

Most of the deals they’re offering are deals you can find for free. If anything they’re probably making money when you take their deals even though you’re ‘paying’ for them with miles. Makes it seem premium for users who have never heard of the services elsewhere or are ignorant to the alternate apps that offer them.

Drew R
Drew R

Just got the message this is available on Google Play yesterday. The rewards are nothing special as DoC said, but I figure since tons of companies are already tracking all of our locations and selling our data to advertise to us, what’s one more that’s at least transparent about it and (tries) to give a reward for it here and there.

NIck
NIck

Most people use the ‘tons of companies that track them’ because of the value brought to the table by these companies are perceived to be worthy of the price of privacy by those people. Like, google tracks you, but also provides map/navigation (and quite a bit more) at the same time.

Now I’m not sure whether ‘recycled first-time-customer offers’ are really worth it for anyone;)

This is in the same sense as “many things are expensive in life” is no justification for “let’s buy this worthless xxx for $100000, they are at least transparent about the fact that it is worthless and there’s no hidden fee on top of the 100k”.

zzcodi
zzcodi

thx for this post. Does anyone know of any app where u can earn or redeem as a reward a coupon for $ off at chewy.com? such as $15 off $49 (not limited to new customers). I thought This miles app getmiles had this offer, but I cannot find it. Any ideas appreciated

Fish
Fish

Reward: $1 Amazon gift card
Quantity available: 25
Cost: 1,000,000 miles

have fun!

/s

Boris
Boris

Waiting…

Snowmanc
Snowmanc

I see nothing….
Did you see amazon gift card option?

Mimi
Mimi

3:02 pm & nothing.

Makido
Makido

Same here, I don’t any new redemption options. However, I also didn’t receive an email (not sure that matters).

kdot
kdot

nothing…

Raj
Raj

I wonder if they meant Saturday, the 18th by “tomorrow”

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