CashCrate is no longer accepting new registrations and will be sunsetting our program effective April 1st, 2019. Instead, we've partnered with SwagBucks to give new users a $15 sign-up bonus, and existing CashCrate members a $20 bonus. These deals are exclusive to CashCrate and are our way of saying thank you for so many great years.

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Referral Program Changes for 2017

The survey and offer marketplace has changed dramatically over the past several years. There used to be many more offers available than surveys. Today, many more surveys are available, while the number of cash offers has greatly decreased.

To keep up with these changes, we also need to make some changes to our referral program and will discontinue the second level as of January 1, 2017. Sites with more than one referral level are being equated with MLM’s, and some survey providers are not willing to work with sites having more than one referral level. Going with one referral level should open up more survey opportunities to us in the future.

If we don’t make this change, we’re going to find survey opportunities become more limited. So the change is necessary to bring more surveys and more revenue to your first level referrals in the future, and ultimately more revenue to you.

We understand the loss of the second level will be upsetting to some of you, but the financial loss will really be quite negligible. Survey commissions were not paid for the second level. Also, in preparation for this, we raised the first level survey referral commission in March to increase member earnings ( Big referral program changes are coming! ). Instead of paying a flat 5 cents per completion, surveys started paying a 20 to 30% referral commission, depending on the member level. The new 2017 referral levels, commission percentages, and other advantages are below.


Members can now reach higher levels such as Gold and Elite through earnings. This option was not available before. We’ve also lowered the active referral requirements for some levels. This will make it easier for members to reach these levels and have access to different payment options such as PayPal and Direct Deposit.*

The $3.00 bonus when a referral from any country earns their first $10.00, and the $1.00 bonus when a referral in the United States, Canada, or United Kingdom completes their first survey or offer are still available. The $1 bonus option becomes available at the Silver level.

We look forward to 2017 and to bringing more surveys to you.

*Note: Payment by check is available worldwide to all members. Direct Deposit is available to USA members only. PayPal is available to all countries where it is accepted. The payout minimum is still $20 for monthly payments, and $100 to qualify for a weekly payment.


  • February 04, 2017 9:58pm
    I personally like this because I was able to reach ELITE level faster. Now my earnings I am enjoying the commissions I get from my referrals. Before the second level commissions made made it more harder. I agree second level makes it like MLM and Cashcrate is not MLM. Thanks Admin!(: for this change I am promoting more often ever since I became ELITE easier and not going to stop since I reached my goal. ELITE level was my goal for many years..
  • December 15, 2016 1:12am
    I've tried referring friends but it's as if they don't believe Cash Crate works or don't think it's worth their time all though I have told them it's worked fine for me. Any suggestions?

    From CashCrate: Some members have show their friends checks they received from us. You can also show your friends our Payment Wall, where members post pics of payments they receive from us:

    Sometimes showing people payments can help with getting referrals. We also have lots of other tips for getting referrals posted on the Forum: