Watch some ads, get more frequent flier miles

For the 14.5 million unemployed people with more time on their hands during the recession, watching Internet ads and answering online questionnaires may seem like a big waste of time. After all, there are job applications to fill out and jobs to find.

But spending about five minutes a day looking at ads can lead to a free flight by accumulating frequent flier miles through e-Miles, a Web site that gives hotel or airline loyalty points for watching TV ads and answering short surveys.

"There's some people who have more time than they did before to do this," e-Miles chairman and CEO Hal Brierley said of the effect of the recession on his company.