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How to create Amex referrals
Did you know that you can use your current American Express card to refer someone? Sure, you can use your Gold card to refer someone else to Amex Gold. But what’s even cooler, is that you can use use your current Amex to refer them to almost any other American Express card. I’m going to show an example of how you can even refer Business to Personal and vice versa!
It’s something a lot of people don’t know about, but it’s a great way to earn a referral bonus even if your friend doesn’t want the same card. Let’s walk you through how to do it.
American Express has maintained a great referral program that incentivizes its current customers into referring new customers by rewarding them with bonus points for each referral ( up to 55k points per year ). It’s a fantastic way to earn bonus point. Historically, those referrals were limited to a specific card referring that exact card. It then moved to within a family of card, and in 2018 they opened it up to pretty much any card. The big exceptions are Delta cards.
As long as you’re logged in it should prompt all of the cards that are eligible to refer to other cards.
Example: Using an American Express Business Platinum to refer to Amex Gold
Here’s what the referral option looks like for the Amex Business Platinum where the referral is populated
If you click that link you’ll see this:
Keep scrolling down and you’ll notice the following menu
The original referral is highlighted. You can change it to “All Business Cards,” and this will give you the option to see all business cards you can refer to, or as the title suggests, personal cards as well.
Here’s what you’ll see when you change it to Looking for a Personal Card
17 different offers populated for me. You see that my Amex Business Platinum can refer to cobrand cards as well – this is consistent for Amex cards that earn membership rewards. If you have a cobrand card, the referrals are more limited.
If you wanted to refer someone else to Amex Gold , you’d scroll down to Amex Gold and click “View Details.”
Amex Business Platinum referral –> Personal Cards —-> Amex Gold
Copy the link in your browser – this is what you’d post on my site or send to friends/family.
You always want to open “incognito” since as you can see other offers may populate. Amex Gold ranges from 60k to 90k ordinarily.
Use personal to refer a Business card.
If you wanted to refer someone a business card you can do so. The process is the same except you’d go to “looking for a business card” and populate business cards.
You’d then see a list of business cards. If you click on view card details and copy the new link in the search bar, you’ll now be referring to that card.
What bonus points do you earn?
Whatever the bonus that’s offered from the card that originated the referral.
- Miles Amex Biz Plat referral —> Jenny signs up for Hilton Aspire —-> Miles earns Membership Rewards
- Miles Amex Hilton Aspire —> Jenny signs up for Amex Gold —-> Miles earns Hilton Honors
Do referrals count as income
If you populate referrals you may end up receiving 1099 forms for each referral. On 55k points, you’d get one for $550, or roughly a penny a point.
Where to leave your referrals? On my referral pages!
I keep Amex referral pages where you can earn a shed ton of points whenever readers use them. Go there to leave links that correlate to the card mentioned.
- Amex Gold
- Amex Green
- Amex Aspire
- Amex Platinum
- Amex Biz Platinum
- Amex Everyday Preferred
- Amex Blue Business Plus
- Amex Biz Gold
This is a quick and easy way for you to earn more points via referral.
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