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Do you sometimes feel like driving is your part-time job but someone forgot to pay you for it? Shuffling the kids off to school in your car, then to after school activities, then to the dry cleaners, then to the grocery store, then to ….and the list never seems to end. What if you could make money driving places you normally do?
Well, now you can. I’ve been using the MileUp app for several months now to make money driving and I love it. It’s totally passive. I mean completely. Once the app is downloaded on your phone you do nothing else but drive and claim your gift cards (or sweepstakes entries). (See May 2017 Update below)
*NOTE: If you’re more interested in using your vehicle as a real side hustle, we think that Uber or Turo might be better options. These options are definitely not passive but the earning potential is more than what is possible with MileUp*
How to Make Money Driving Places You Normally Do
How Does It Work?
Here is exactly how the creators of the app describe this no brainer money maker:
“MileUp uses your phone’s sensors to track your driving activity – like how far you travel, when you are driving, or how many stops you make. By sharing your driving data, you’re helping us improve our accident detection technology – helping us make driving safer for everyone on the road.” Source: Website
How Do I Earn?
It’s quite simple. Download the MileUp app and earn points for every single mile you drive. You earn points for each mile which can be redeemed for gift cards or sweepstakes entries. (See May 2017 Update below) You can also earn points by joining driving challenges. At least one new challenge starts each week. To win the challenge, rack up the number of miles specified in the challenge and you collect those additional points.
As of this writing, MileUp offers the following gift cards for redemption by app users:
- AMC Theatres
- Game Stop
- Regal Entertainment Group
Recent sweepstakes prizes included a brand new Jeep Renegade, a $500.00 gift card, and $500.00 cash. MileUp advertises future sweepstakes to also include gadgets, vacations, and more.
How Much Can I Make?
This will absolutely depend on how much you drive. I work from home so my driving is limited. From what I’ve seen from friends, a household should be able to average $80 – $100 a month. Now, that’s a nice chunk of change for doing nothing more than downloading an app and keeping it on your phone.
MAY 2017 IMPORTANT UPDATE: THIS APP NOW ONLY REWARDS DRIVING MILES IN THE FORM OF POTENTIAL SWEEPSTAKES ENTRIES. IF YOU SIGNED UP A WHILE AGO (LIKE I DID) YOU WILL STILL HAVE YOUR GIFT CARD POINTS TO USE BUT THE APP IS NOT PROVIDING NEW GIFT CARD POINTS ONLY SWEEPSTAKES ENTRY POINTS.
LESSON OF THE DAY: APP TERMS AND CONDITIONS CHANGE OFTEN AND QUICKLY.
Who Are These People?
With the ability for anyone to create an app and make all sorts of promises online, I personally checked them out before downloading it to my phone. Agero, the mastermind behind the app, has been around since 1972. In 2011, they introduced Roadside Connect to the public. They have a pretty strong history of working in the automotive industry as a provider of safety technologies, roadside assistance programs, and advanced safety systems for automobiles. In other words, they are not a new kid on the block.
According to their website: “75% of new passenger vehicles sold in the U.S. use Agero’s solutions”.
One More Cool Thing
Now, we certainly hope you never get into an accident but if it does happen – how’s that for a bonus?
Who Can Use The App?
You must be at least 18 years of age to use the app to make money driving.
Do you have an app you love that pays for passive activity? We’d love to hear about it. Let us know in the comments section below.
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