SurveyMini App Review: Fast Surveys for Gift Cards?

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The SurveyMini app is one of the many paid survey apps on the market.  While I wouldn’t say it’s the best option, it’s one that may show up in your search if you use the Google Play Store or iTunes.  As I write this, it has more than 500,000 downloads with a measly 3.2 out of 5-star review.   With that many downloads, I would say it’s somewhat popular.

While the reviews are mediocre, I wanted to download the app to see if the reviews are indicative of what other people are saying.

As in all of my reviews, I always test out the product and then leave my honest opinion to hopefully help save you some time.  My goal is to help people save time by making money online.  As there are so many scams and low-paying opportunities out there, someone has to do the dirty work and weed these out, right?

If you love taking surveys and you want to do so via your phone, let’s take a gander at the SurveyMini app and figure out if it’s worth our time.

What is the SurveyMini App?

The SurveyMini app will reward you for answering quick surveys, said to be no more than 11 questions.  These questions are often related to places you visit, such as a store, restaurant, or attraction, to name a few.  So, the more you travel, the more survey invites you can receive as it’s based on your traveling habits.  Every time you complete a survey, you can earn points, in which you can use toward gift cards.  The app is also said to offer free food and discounts, too.

The company that backs the SurveyMini app isn’t prominent on the main page, but I did see them being noted on the privacy policy page.  Known as the Service Management Group,  they are said to help brands get smarter about their customers, patients and employees to help drive changes and boost loyalty.

This company does seem to be very credible, being founded in the early 1990s with more than 200+ employees.  They are currently based in Kansas City, MO and are a privately held company.  There’s no question the company running this app is credible.

However, as in all my reviews, I always note that while the company is 100% legitimate, it doesn’t always mean the app is worth downloading.  After all, McDonald’s is quite popular, but their burgers aren’t the best around, right?

Signing up for the SurveyMini App

To sign up for the app, you can do so via the Google Play Store or iTunes, whichever phone operating system you may have.  The app is 100% free to join.

Upon downloading, you will be asked to create an account, which can be done either via connecting your Facebook account or you can simply create an account solely used for the app.  If you sign up via the app, they will just ask for your email, date of birth and to create a password, that’s it.

You must be at least 18+ years old to join.  It takes maybe 30 seconds at most to join.  This is very easy.

The SurveyMini App Dashboard

After you create your account, you can immediately access your dashboard, which will look something like this:

The surveys tab is where you will make all of your money and surveys will generally pop up based on your location.  As long as you allow the app to track your whereabouts, you should receive a survey notification here and there, most of which comes from corporate chain visit locations such as an Applebee’s, Dunkin’ Donuts, 7-11, etc.  How many SurveyMini surveys you receive will depend on where you go.  Your app will always take you directly to your surveys tab.

After every survey completion, the app will reward you with points, or in some cases, special offers, which can be used sort of like a coupon at the brand.  As for points, these can be converted into rewards such as a gift card.

Aside from the surveys, you can also click on the accordion menu which presents a few other options, including your rewards, your wallet as well as access to your account information.

Each option is fairly self-explanatory and I will explain what each category does next.

Ethical Hack/Cheat:  Always make sure your location settings are set to on for this app so that it can track you.  Whenever you sit at a targeted location for more than 10 minutes, you should get a survey alert.

The Rewards

The best part of the app, the rewards, will be available once you earn enough points.  Like almost all reward apps I talk about, you will need a certain number of points to cash out.  Just head to the rewards tab to see which rewards are available at the time as well as how many points it will take to receive that reward.

In my research, it appears it will take about 12,000 points to redeem a $10 gift card and about 25,000 points for a $25 gift card.  If you’re patient enough and wait for a $50 gift card, you will only need 48,000 points.  As you wait, the point value does increase, so if you are willing to wait, you can get more for your points.  This is entirely up to you, however.

Aside from cashing out, as mentioned prior, you can buy “offers” too, which can include coupons.  So, in that example, I could cash out for a free Krispy Kreme donut if I wanted to.  You just have to make sure the offer makes sense as most of the time you’re better off redeeming your points for a gift card.


Lastly, your wallet section will have your rewards.  According to the site, the more surveys you take, the better your chances are at “winning awesome deals” from your favorite stores and restaurants.  It could look something like this, for instance:

In some cases, you can purchase coupons as well, which would show up here if you were to do so.

If you were to score a deal, then you would show this coupon to the restaurant/retailer just like any other digital coupon.

The Online Reviews

As in all of my reviews, I like to scour the internet and see what other people are saying, both good and bad.  In my hunt, here’s what I found:

The Pros

  • short surveys, usually less than 11 questions as mentioned
  • backed by a very reputable company
  • if you travel a lot, you can get many invites

The Cons

  • reports of surveys glitching
  • very few surveys (if you don’t travel much)
  • not many redemption options
  • can’t see redemption options in the beginning
  • high minimum cash out rate at $10
  • no PayPal or Amazon
  • problems with reward coupons
  • won’t make much
  • low Google Play review

Final Thoughts

5/10If you travel a lot, then you may want to consider the app, however, don’t expect to get rich in using this app as most people report making less than $5~ a month.  This redemption rate could be much higher or lower all depending on how much you travel.  Seeing the surveys are very short, it won’t take that long to complete them and earn points.

Since these surveys will only trigger based on where you visit, I would only recommend downloading it if you find yourself visiting retailers and restaurants multiple times a week. If you don’t, you won’t get survey invites, making the app pointless.

In the end, the app is legitimate and it does pay, but how many surveys you get will greatly depend on your travel habits.

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Tom Nathaniel

Hi! My name is Tom Nathaniel, and I created LushDollar to help share my honest thoughts on everything money. You won't find gimmicks here. It's the Internet's most honest money site after all. I graduated from Arizona State University, and I have worked in the finance industry since 2006, consulting with multiple Fortune 5000 companies.

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