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Check out the email I received from Hip2Save reader Emily –

[h2s_box width=”2″ style=”dashed” color=”#7755CF”]Yesterday a coworker was telling me about a program where she is a mystery shopper for amusement parks and gets in free or reimbursed for her costs – it’s called Amusement Advantage. I signed up yesterday and hope to try and fulfill some soon. I personally haven’t done it before, but she has done a few and said you don’t make too much extra money but she enjoyed being able to take her family to places for free. There are lots of options to do so it looks like a good deal. Maybe something worth checking out! [/h2s_box]

Head on over here to see where Amusement Advantage is currently or expected to be completing shops in the future (they add new locations frequently and notify all shoppers in their system).

**Interested? Head on over here to sign up and for more details (keep in mind that the application process may take 15-30 minutes to complete)!

(Thanks, Emily!)

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  1. Cassandra White

    Thank you!!!

  2. Taya

    Just filled out an application! Thanks

  3. Gaby

    I don’t really understaing is free how it work? I just fill but I don’t know
    Can someone explain please

    • Emily

      Each project pays out differently. You don’t really make any money on it, but in the description it will tell you what you are required to evaluate/do/buy and what you will be reimbursed for.

      It doesn’t seem to be like Pinecone where they send you surveys based on your information, you can go in and search for surveys and request to do them.

      For example, at the bowling alley near me, I’m required to do bowling, laser tag and buy an entree from the snack shop. I pay for those out of pocket and they pay me so much money. The money is a few dollars more than I’m expected to pay.

      At an amusement park near me, I get 2 tickets up front to get in that day and am required to take at least one person near me. Then, I have to buy drinks at 4 locations throuthout the park. If the cashier tries to upsell me, I have to buy the more expensive souvineer cup. If not, then I buy the regular. I turn in my receipts but I’m not reimbursed for the drinks, I’m given 3 more tickets to the park. That’s great, if you’re planning on going to the park b/c now you have souvineer cups for your return trip. πŸ™‚

      If I were going to an area with a bigger park (like Universal or Cedar Point) and had my dates picked, I’d try to get in to do it there. The price of those two park admissions is worth a few drinks that I’d probably have to buy while visiting there anyway.

  4. sarah

    I completed a shop for them. I don’t think I would do it again bc I spent aboutn$60 and was reimbursed in tickets.

    • 78Brownie

      Thanks for the heads up sarah πŸ‘

    • Taya

      Ya thats a little spendy just read they reimburse with tickets since you to show reciepts for certain things where u have to buy…

    • Suzanne

      Reimbursed in tickets for what? The same park that you’d shopped?

      • Emily

        Yes, for the same place that you shopped. I guess they’re hoping that you’ll want to go back.

    • Lindsay

      You can always turn around and sell the tickets on eBay, to a friend, or craigslist.

      • scotc1t

        Hi. Thanks for all your interest in our shops. To clarify one point, you actually cannot sell any tickets we provide for any shop at any time. The tickets can be given to friends or family for their own personal use, but the sale of tickets is strictly forbidden. Happy Shopping!

        Scot A. Carson
        Owner / CEO
        Amusement Advantage, Inc.

  5. Hahp11

    Even if you’re reimbursed in tickets, still sounds like a pretty good deal as it’s pretty much a buy 1 get 1 free deal. If you and/or your family/friends like the place the first time, you get to go back again free! I’ll take it!

  6. April

    I shop for them. They are legit but be sure you are willing to put in 1hr+ for a thorough report.

  7. Melissa

    If you aren’t registered with a-closer-look.com, I suggest them highly. Been working with them for years, and recently Chuck E Cheese shops have been popping up. They will reimburse up to $40 in purchases of food and game tokens.

  8. Richele

    I am registered with them already. If you are wanting to do this, here is an example of what is required: un-reimbursed expense includes purchase of 1 additional ticket, 1 prepared food item, locker rental, gift shop purchase, and for water parks possibly “equipment” rental. What you get is 2 tickets to get you into the park before you go and once you complete your 3+ hour (it will take that long) report, you get 3 more admission tickets.

    • Emily

      I saw that a lot of places required you to buy an additional ticket. Since there are just two of us in my household, I figured I’d used one free ticket, buy an additional for the guest that I have to bring, and then when they e-mail me tickets, have 4 tickets. Sell them to a friend to cover my expenses for the day I had to go. πŸ™‚ I’m more interested in actually going to the park for free, I don’t need to make any money. I just want a really fun day out that doesn’t cost me anything.

  9. Sandra

    I’m a regular mystery shopper with a number of companies. Amusement Advantage is a higher-reward one, but a lot of work. For each park you have to visit a certain number of eating establishments, rides, etc. I did a zoo and it was stressful running around trying to get all the places in the allotted time and remembering all the details — the name of each person that served you, what they look like, exactly how they handled your cash, etc. Then it took a few hours for me to write it all up. If you don’t follow their guidelines to a T, they “fail” your shop and don’t reimburse you. It’s a lot of things to remember. I can’t imagine doing it with small children, though you’re allowed to do the shops with children.

    For people who are naturally detail oriented and don’t get stressed out, it is a great way to visit places for free. I had my tickets reimbursed and had a bonus too, which made me about $20 in cash.

    • Teresa

      Which companies do you do mystery shopping for? I’d like to apply, but only to reputable companies. Thank you!

      • Ashley57

        Check out http://www.mysteryshopforum.com/. They will share a lot of good information. A good beginner company that is all over the US is MarketForce.

  10. Brit0211

    I have gone bowling for them and I also use several other mystery shop companies and love it

  11. Alyssa

    What are some other solid mystery shopping companies you all recommend? Thanks in advance!

  12. Sarah

    I signed up earlier, but after looking at some of these comments as well as the actual requirements, my first thought was, “are you kidding me?” That’s great that they provide tickets up front for different attractions, but if I am expected to purchase lots of things (one place I looked at wanted you to buy drinks from SIX different locations in the park), that should be covered beforehand, not after the fact. Oh well.

  13. smellyann

    http://www.volition.com/mystery.html

    Here are FOUR PAGES of reputable, reliable, LEGIT companies for which you can mystery shop. I am a gold-level mystery shopper (have been for almost a decade) and am happy to answer any questions that you may have. If you do, and want to email since I probably won’t keep coming back to this post, please email me at Melanie_Odette AT yahoo DOT com πŸ™‚

  14. Carol

    I shopped for Amusement Advantage years ago, and I thought it was definitely worth it. Yes the report was long, but they reimbursed the full amount that I never would have otherwise been able to afford. My only small complaint that when they paid through paypal, paypal deducted a small fee from the payment and refused to refund it. Typically payments from mystery shopping fees do not incur paypal fees so this annoyed me. I would still do it again- I’m going to update my info and see what shops they have near me these days!
    To the person above who commented on a certain company shopping a pizza store- pretty sure that is in violation of your agreement with the mystery shopping company to reveal a client like that.

  15. Meredith

    Thank you! My kids are just getting old enough to really enjoy amusement parks. I applied last night and already got an offer to mystery shop at Cedar Point. We can’t make that one right now, but they also work on referrals, so if you are interested I would love for you to use my link. Thanks!

  16. scotc1t

    Hi. Thanks for all the interest in our company and our shops. To clarify one point, you can’t ever sell the tickets you are provided by our company. They may be given to friends or family for their personal use, but again the tickets cannot be sold at any point. Happy Shopping!

    Scot Carson
    Owner / CEO

  17. patstevens2015

    Grade A company! I have worked for them many times, including BIG parks. I have always received my payments, if it’s through paypal or some other reimbursement. The reports can be lengthy and will need a GREAT NARRATIVE! You MUST use, and I can’t express this enough, USE PROPER SPELLING, and YES, punctuation matters, sentence structure, etc. When you fill out the application for ANY mystery shopping company with poor grammar you will not work for them, if you somehow make it past the screening and submit a faked report or a report with spelling errors, or lies about the shop, you will not get paid. Some companies will send an email about errors in the report. This is a MAJOR part! These Shops are all easy to do, especially if you had language arts in school.

  18. Jasmin

    I just filled out an application! Thank you!

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