When I ran a contest last week to give away $200 in credit with SniqueAway, what happened was that they approached me and offered me a credit. But I thought it would work better to give it away to a reader. I’ve never been much for pursuing comps, which is probably rather silly, but there ya go. It’s fun to do the giveaways anyway.
Sure, I put up my referral link because supposedly you need to be referred to SniqueAway to sign up, and somebody ought to get the referral credit if there is one, but though a couple hundred people signed up with the link I didn’t actually get anything from it (nor did I expect to) because referrers only get $25 per new member who actually buys something from the site.
That makes sense, right? Companies will pay for customers, not just e-mail addresses of people that don’t buy.
Sometimes companies will reward just signups. Modestly.
Why is why I’ve been surprised by TripAlertz.
It’s been much the rage the past few days on several blogs, I’ve seen several posts on it by Frugal Travel Guy and then yesterday I was finally hit over the head with it by The Points Guy.
- Really, really easy to sign up. Just enter your email address and a password, no other personal information. They send you an email right away to confirm the email address you signed up with.
- Then in the upper right corner of the page is a big orange button, “Invite Friends Travel Free.” Either send emails to your friends or use a referral link they give you, and everyone who signs up through you gets you a $10 credit. No one has to buy a thing.
Now, the website is a little bit glitchy, but don’t worry. When you sign up it may say “error on page” but your account has been created. You enter an email address and password. If it doesn’t look like it worked, it did, just log in with that email address and pasword, and you’re good.
There’s no limit to the signup bonuses. I’m sure you’re not supposed to sign up multiple times yourself with different email addresses for the referral credits, of course. But have a bunch of co-workers? Friends? Mommy groups? Just get everyone you know to sign up using your referral link, signup takes seconds, is easy, and each one earns you $10.
But what about the deals?
The first deal listed at the moment is 3 nights including breakfast at the Renaissance Aruba for $465. So 47 referrals and it’s free. Heck, 25 referrals and it’s $215 for 3 nights. They even have a space flight deal going on…
This won’t last. In a way it reminds me of the “Free iPod” multi-level marketing schemes, though there each of the people you referred had to take an action that generated income to the website. Here, all they get are email addresses and are paying $10 per email. I can’t imagine that it’s really worth building their list at $10 per email.
So sign up, then get every one of your friends to sign up for $10 apiece to you, they can get each of their friends to sign up at $10 apiece to them…
And of course you don’t have to use my referral link, as I mentioned several other folks have their own referral links available, Rick the Frugal Travel Guy has it on his website (and he sent it out to everyone whose email address he has, too!), so does Brian the Points Guy. I won’t be offended. 🙂